Photo Guest Book

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

A friend of mine did this with the Fuji instax camera and it was such a huge hit that we’re doing it ourselves, too! The photos take a minute or so to develop but it wasn’t an issue at all as we were all so excited about how the pictures would turn out that noone minded waiting. My friend used little double-sided sticky foam pads which were ideal, although we’re using double-sided stickers as we want them to sit pretty flush with the pages. We’re setting up a table with ‘stations’ (photo station, sticker station, writing station) so more than one person can take part at once. I’ve made little instruction cards which man each station:

 

 

According to my friend she LOVES her photo guestbook, as it really shows what a great night it was. The first half is very ‘formal’, with everyone taking a nice picture and writing a nice message. But as the book goes one they get a bit more silly and funny, as everyone gets a bit drunker. I can’t wait for ours!

 

Post # 4
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1243 posts
Bumble bee

@NYE_bride:  WE did this and it turned out sooo well! Our guests loved it! We love having a guest book that we can flip through and see pictures as well as read.

It was only the day before the wedding that I found the film, so I hadn’t prepared a sign or anything. I had already bought a guest book that had blank pages on the left, and lined pages on the right, as well as self adhesive photo tabs (found them both on sale earlier in the summer).

Anyhow, when we got to the wedding, the camera, extra film and book were there. A friend was signing the book, and I rushed over and explained about the camera and tabs.  He immediately took it upon himself to capture EVERY GUEST for the rest of the night and get them to sign our book!  He was so freakin’ awesome about it!!!

we didn’t use any props a la a photo booth, we just wanted to have something to remember our guests by.

I would suggest the following:

– if you can, find a fun friend to entrust taking the pictures and having people sign the book. It really worked far better for us than even having a sign to explain would have.  Our friend who did this had a blast doing it, and every guest I’ve talked to since has commented about “who was that awesome guy with the camera?”.

– I would have got a plain black paged book (I intended to, however ran out of time and money) and colourful gel pens to jazz it up. (Still, our book is a treasure)

– ensure you have lots of film (we had 60 images for 100 people, with of course most people being couples).  I’m sure some guests took pictures home with them, which is fine too. Heck, buy way more than you need if you like, and take what you don’t use back.

– make sure you have back up batteries. It would be awful for your batteries to die half way through.

Post # 5
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1248 posts
Bumble bee

commenting to come back for reference!! I always thought i’d want to get a book of our engagement pics for people to sign, but it would be really neat to have pictures of our guests that are out of the norm. Plus this way you almost make sure you get a picture of everyone! I’ve never been to a wedding wiht a guestbook like this, but sounds like it has had plenty success before! Great idea!!

Post # 6
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2150 posts
Buzzing bee

@NYE_bride:  Thank you for making this post, this is exactly what I want to do for our guest book! 

Post # 9
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MichiganGirl24:  

Ours is a custom made one from Etsy based on the scrapbook from the movie Up. It has 50 blank pages, each easily big enough for two or three photos plus messages. We have film for over 100 photos, and we have a total of 110 guests coming.

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