(Closed) Polaroid Guest Book (can I find in stores?)

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I really dont have any stores suggestions, sorry. But have you tried searching for cameras on craigslist? ive found a couple there. As for the guest book, you can just but a plain one and have double-sided tape for people to attach the photos to.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’ve never seen on in the store, but I could be totally wrong.  I had to order my adesso album off the site. The cheapest place for film is ebay- you know I haven’t really seen it in stores.. but I’m not sure again.  I would take the hit on shipping or call a few stores in your area. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I think they’ve stopped making film for the cameras (I could be wrong, but for some reason that’s coming to mind). Ebay will be your best bet. 

From the NY Times, "In late 2008, Polaroid Co. plans to entire discontinue their line of remaining polaroid films (Type 600 and Spectra are among the popular used labels)." 

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/polaroid-abandons-instant-photography/

 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i’m in l.a. and i saw some polaroid film last week at walgreens and the only place where i’ve seen polaroid cameras (besides online) are at thrift stores…for like $5…it might be worth a try

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

You’re inquiring about the guestbook – we’re having one at our ceremony too. 

I’ve only found them online…we live in Vegas.  You can find the film in Walgreens.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

http://www.adessoalbums.com/ will deliver very quickly if you’re short on time. However, I would take this as a sign that it’s just not meant to be!

We had a poloroid guest book at our wedding and I am less impressed than I thought I would be with the result. First off, we had 186 guests, so if you have much less, things might be more successful.

If you do have a large attendance, here’s my experience. I bought the film way in advance and the whole set up cost almost $300. Yes! For real! I knew film was expensive but I didn’t expect it to add up to that much. (The book I used to put them in was only $20.) PLUS, the album is only part way filled up and lots of people didn’t get to participate. Some reasons are that we had a tape dispenser malfunction, little kids who liked to run away with the camera, and even though I bought 110 pictures and asked for group/couples shots, I still ran out of film too fast (and have no idea what happened to all those pictures).

So, heed this experience if you wish as a reason to go another route! And have a wonderful wedding!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you can, I’d order film from Office Depot online. eBay may seem like a less expensive option, but it isn’t. The best deal on eBay is $1.50 for each (and we are talking 100+ photos) and OD is selling them for $1.12 each (for at least 40 photos).

I’ve read you need 75% photos and pages for each photo of the total number on your guest list. The best guest book I’ve come across (recommended by my photographer) is Guest Book Store. From what I’ve found shipping is very fast and they don’t delay sending it to you.

Also, to make sure you get the most out of your book, Guest Book Store has a couple of tips to help make sure all guests have enough time to fill out the pages, that it is fun and not stressful, and that you get the most bang for the buck.

Good luck! And if it’s too late, I’m sorry. But you’ll know about other options for future celebrations. 🙂

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The company stopped making the cameras and film in February 2008. At least, it stopped making what we commonly think of as instant photography. Fuji now is the only manufacturer of instant film (in the same way), but you have to use the company’s branded cameras.

I think there is a mod for some Fuji film to be used in a Polaroid camera, but it’s a little tricky and not always reliable.

However, Polaroid now has a handheld photo developer. The PoGo is about $100, Amazon has a special on it for just under $95. It looks interesting, but an old Polaroid (eBay purchase for under $10 including shipping) with Office Depot film is less expensive.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A Dutch company is starting reproduction of polaroid film in 2010 so have no fear, it will be back.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i know this is too late to help you, but since i read this post and found a great tip i will leave a comment, too.  (office depot for film!? i never would have thought of it and it really does beat any price ive seen, and ive been window shopping for months.)

i had bought the adesso book on ebay last year and got a super great deal, but didnt even think to price film (i serve overseas and hadnt heard about polaroid’s sadness).  eek on ebay  and amazon film prices!!!

anyway, just emailed adesso albums asking about the fuji films being compatible with the polaroid books (they arent) and they offered to buy my books from me in exchange of the fuji books! even after i told them i hadnt bought from their site, they will put the price i paid toward an exchange.  how sweet is that?! AND they have a generous military discount.

but now that ive found a good price for the polaroid books (here), i dont know anymore.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

psych! 

just tried to add polaroid film from OD to my cart and it is unavailable.  boooo.  guess that simplifies my dilema, though

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i agree with cricket, i liked this idea when i started planning then thought about all the probs/high costs involved. so instead, we are putting out a digital camera on the guest book table and asking people to take pics (may have a cousin stand there and take pics). they will leave notes for us as well. then after the reception, i plan on getting a heavy duty scrap book, and glueing in the notes from the guest, and their pictures next to them. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I found this online today at work, maybe it will be helpful?  Its FugiFilm’s take on the Polaroid film, which seems to be readily available and less expensive…. http://www.fujifilm.com/products/film_camera/instant/   

What i have gathered from lookin at these sites is that ebay is a good source to buy the film 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Have you considered making one?  I am making this one. I ordered the chipboard flip from creatforless.com for $15 We aren’t doing polaroid because it is expensive and we have a digital camera with photo printer but when I looked into it I found cheaper film for it on Amazon.com, ebay, and craigslist.

http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/wedding-guest-book.html

 

Hope that helps!

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