Best camera and film for DIY photobooth & polaroid or fuji guest book?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought a printer that ONLY prints postcard sized prints….you can print directly from your cellphone or camera…the printer is a Canon…I dont think we will print on site though (we are also doing our own photo booth)..I was thinking of having someone there to take the pics..and then after the wedding I was going to write on the back of pics of our guests a thank you note and then mail it to them…

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lifegirl:  This. I’m thinking of doing similar. I also wanted a guest book with adhesive polaroids, but realized it isn’t the most ideal. We’re doing a faux-to booth with tripod and regular camera, and I will bring the camera home with me, print some doubles, put some into a guestbook myself, and include the pics with the thank you cards as a nice surprise! That way you always have a digital copy too, not just one polaroid that might fade/get lost/damaged. Plus the polaroid is a cute idea, but also a lot more expensive than walmart prints and your already-owned camera!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

i don’t want to print on site simply because it just adds more confusing logistics for guests.  i haven’t decided if i’ll have DIY camera/tripod setup, or a second photog manning it, but it would get quite cumbersome if there’s a lot of people surrounding the area, waiting for their photos… you can’t assume that everyone’s going to know what to do (although it seems simple at the time). i just want to avoid as much confusion/hassle as possible, which is why i’m avoiding printing on site. it IS a great idea, i just don’t want to deal with it so i went for an alternative solution.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Shkragoldfish:  Yes….2 reasons…I want to use them as thank you cards afterwards….and also I think there will be a lot of wasted prints if people get to print them on site..especially as the alcohol goes down:)  The main reason though was that I want to surprise people with the thank you card in the mail.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lifegirl:  2 excellent points!! i imagine there would definitely be some waste, and i’m excited to send them in the ty cards as well 😀

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Shkragoldfish:  Out of curiosity, what did you decide on?  I am trying to figure out the same thing 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I posted a question similar to this in tech, but alas no responses.  We were planning to hire a student photographer using a digital photographer, upload to a share site, and send prints with thank you cards.  I was also considering having the student photographer update a monitor display every-once-in-while with the photos so guests could see a continous slide show during the reception for some immediate gratification. I’ve made these photo cards to give out at the booth:

But my head has been turned by the polaroids camera that print and save to digital.  Apparently, the Fujifilm Instax takes better pics (but smaller), but then we would have no copies of the photos.  The polaroid Z2300 or Z340 is what I’ve been looking at. The film is about $.50-.75 per pic purchased in bulk.  

Just don’t know what to do now…

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