@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.