Post # 1
I have been thinking about putting together a photo album with pre-placed tabs on the left-hand side of the page and space for writing us a message on the right and then leaving a polaroid camera on the table for guests to take a picture of themselves and insert in the book beside their comments.
I’m still not sure if this is actually feasible as with 85 guests someone would need to change the film cartridge and such. Does anyone have any other interesting ideas?
Post # 3
There alot of great ideas people have posted in the last few months. If you have time do a search of the message boards. Here is one from a few months ago:
Post # 4
I think its a great idea – although you’re right, you would have to have someone in charge of the camera. That would work better all around anyway, as whoever you asked to do this could take all the pictures (giving you some more consistant quality) and also explain the process to the guests. I’m sure that people have done this with way more than 85 guests, as it seems to be a popular concept.
Post # 5
I love this idea- and really want photos of each and every one of my guests, but I wouldn’t bother with a polaroid- use digital and then put it together afterwards.
I think you’ll be disappointed by how few people do it, or how few people do it correctly. It seems complicated for people to do on the fly (since they generally sign the guest book on their way into the reception) and who do you dislike enough to chain to the guest book table all night taking polaroids? The person in charge of that would have to invest a significant amount of reception time hanging around that table.
I think it might work better (or produce a better end product) if you have guests sign pieces of paper (instead of a book) and have your photog take pictures of each table. Then after the fact assemble the pictures with the well wishes in an album.
Post # 6
I think your idea sounds great! We did something similar… We had a friend and her boyfriend (who honestly seemed very happy to help us, and really the guestbook area… they explained what we were doing and took a photo of each guest/family with a digital camera. Then each guest wrote a note to us in the book… later, we got the photos printed and put them into the book. We had 300 guests at our wedding and there are only a handful of families that we don’t have a note and photo for. Overall, I’m so happy that we did it and a lot only helped during cocktail hour, so the rest of their evening was free) manof guests enjoyed it (the guestbook photos are available to our guests on flickr, so if they want a copy, they are able to have one).
Post # 7
WE are doing the photobook as well. But instead of everyone taking their own pictures with a polaroid we are going to designate two people to take pictures of the guest as the arrive at the reception. I will then have my guestbook already laid out with a spot for comments and then save room for the picture that I will insert at a later date. I hope this helps!
Post # 8
What you’re talking about is pretty much exactly what I had in mind for our guest book; though I would probably have the guests write wishes/note seperately and put them in the book myself later [same with the pictures too].
A note about polaroids, as the film is being discontinued it can be pretty pricey, so if you’re dead-set on it make sure you can fit it in your budget.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
We’re either getting a big canvas for everybody to paint on (I might get vetoed on this because of the mess 🙁 ) or having everyone sign the mat that will be around the prettyfied wedding lisence.
Post # 10
I think it’s a great idea if you can make it work. Could you put a friend in charge of taking photos? We wanted something different, but easy, so we are having our guest fill out postcards and mail them back to us.