Post # 1
I’ve thought of basically all the guestbook options out there and the Polaroid style is the only one I really really love. But since they’ve discontinued their cameras, I don’t want to spend a fortune on this project. I’d be willing to set a budget at ~$200. Our guest list is 150 and I’m guessing people will probably take some photos home with them, so we’ll need about 100-125 shots.
If you did the Polaroid guestbook, about how much did you spend on film and cameras (and what was your guestlist)?
Any other digital alternatives to this that I’m not thinking of??
Post # 3
I’m going the polaroid-like route for our guest book. Here’s what I found – older polaroid cameras are easy enough to find through craigslist and ebay however the film is now rather pricey. (off ebay looks like film packs average almost $2/picture). And some of the film is past the expiration date so the quality may be questionable.
The alternatives I found were a “newer” polaroid camera. They now make a model called Pogo with Zink (zero ink technology). The camera and printer all in one model is around $200. Or you can by just the printer and it’s compatible with most digital cameras and has bluetooth so you can send pictures directly from your cell phone. The special paper is around 2″x3″ and has an adhesive back if you want to stick them directly in your guest book. The paper costs are around $6 for 10 print sheets or $17 for 30 sheets (approximately $0.60/picture). Note: the printer itself says the battery life is good for approximately 20 prints but it also runs and charges with ac adapter.
And then I found that Fuji has a new polaroid-like camera called Instax. Like a polaroid, it’s a basic camera that you load film into. The camera is around $50 – they have 2 sizes – the regular prints old-school style polaroid and the mini prints credit cards size pictures. I bought mine from B&H. The film comes in packs of 10 and is around $16 for a 20pack(approximately $0.80/picture) and lots on ebay too.
For the guestbook, I found specific books for the polaroid pogo and the fuji instax but they were around $50-60. At Michaels, I bought an expandable 8″x8″ scrapbook with a picture window, on sale for $9 and then a few 10-page refills and glue dots so around $30 for my book.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
Post # 4
Flying fox, THANK YOU! I looked up the Fuji Instax on Amazon.com and it is really affordable and the film isn’t bad either. Have you had any luck using expired film? I read in a review that it’s just as good, but I don’t know if I want to risk it.
I think this is such a fun idea and it’s exactly what we want for our guest book. I didn’t think I could afford it but now it looks like we can! Are you planning to sell your camera after your wedding? Did you purchase one or two cameras?
Thanks for the recommendation!
Post # 5
I have some friends who did a photo guestbook using their digital camera. They had a designated photography team who sat at the entrance to the reception area that had the food, and to get in, you had to have your picture taken.
They used scrapbook pages, all spread out on the table, each divided into 4 ‘sections’ – if RightTop and LeftBottom were reserved for photos, then LeftTop and RightBottom were lined to be signed (I think they designed these pages themselves).
So Photographer 1 would take your picture, show you on the digital to make sure you liked it, then Photographer 2 would write the photo number (from the camera) in an empty photo box on a guestbook page, and hand you that page. You signed next to where your photo would end up (where Photog. 2 had just written the number that corresponded to your picture). Photog. 2 also kept a list of names of each person in the photos that she wrote on a numbered list (the numbers being the corresponding photo number from the picture Photog. 1 had previously taken).
Does that make sense? It was a little slow, but they had the pages loose, and it was at the entrance to the buffet area, so people just kind of spread out down the table and did their thing. They went back later and stuck all the photos in after having them printed. Presumably this was the hardest part–keep ’em all in order after printing!
I haven’t seen the finished guestbook, but from the look of things, it was going to be beautiful.
Post # 6
You’re welcome. I’m glad all my research is helpful to more than just me 🙂 Sadly, I have all those little toys at home – I learned all this the expensive way.
For the polaroid camera, I bought one at a goodwill store. But when I looked at the film prices, I about choked. I haven’t, nor do I think I would be brave enough to tryout expired film. Since you can’t really re-do the day, I would hate to have paid good money for a waste of film.
Then I went and bought the little pogo printer. It’s really cute and very handy. The prints are decent. However, I would have to leave out my digital camera or find another camera. The battery life is my biggest issue – my venue is outside and I don’t know if our reception table is close to an outlet 🙁 I was willing to deal with it and hope for the best but as I was shopping for albums, I came across the Fuji instax.
Sooo, I ordered the Fuji Instax and it’s due to arrive on Monday. I’ll let you know how it turns out after I test it. The good part – it runs on 4 AA batteries – so I bought lots of those. I only bought one, since we have 70 people. When I looked at prices bhphotovideo.com had the best price – same as amazon for the camera but a couple dollars less for the film and batteries were only .59 for 2packs.
Sorry so long.