(Closed) Polaroid Guest Book

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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Helper bee

While I love the idea, I wonder if guests will take the trouble to fit their Polaroids into photo corners in the scrapbook. I know you want to have them write stuff under their picture, but is there any way to have them write on a separate piece of decorative paper, which they can somehow temporarily attach to their photo so you can paste BOTH into your book later? That way you won’t have guests asking "how do I put this together?" and futzing with photo corners or glue at your reception.

Maybe you could get a big box/wish bowl type container, and have it in front of the camera, along with pens and decorative cards with mini clothespins or paperclips already clipped onto the cards. Have a sample set out, with the card written on and clipped to the photo, so people know what they’re supposed to do. Heck, put instructions out! Then people can just drop the card and attached photo into the box and you can assemble your book at your leisure.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

The polaroid guestbook was a big hit at the wedding.  We had a friend take photos of the guests as they arrived and we also left the camera out during the reception for guests to take more photos.  We assumed 1 picture per couple was sufficient and got the polaroid book to go along with it.  We only use 1 book for 100 guests.  Many guests ended up taking group photos.  People loved finding their pictures and leaving a personalized book, and in the end, it makes for a great coffee table book. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Hi all,

So I have seen this done several ways and was hoping to get some advice for my own wedding. We originally saw this done almost two years ago … and the bride had scrap books which she covered in a fabric that matched her decor.  Then we (the bridesmaids) solicited pictures and had the guests gluestick in thier picture and write a response.

About a year ago we went to a wedding with one of the pre-designed templates (I am assuming Adesso) and it seemed pretty fancy — although I thought the pages were a bit too big for the messages.

We are trying to be on a budget, but want the quality to be nice enough to last.  I know the adesso albums are around $400!! We are going to have almost 200 people there, so does anyone have ideas on the best options for us since $400 is out of our budget?

I was thinking journal from etsy and then putting photo corners in as mrs. lime blogged about.  anyone done this??

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I haven’t done mine yet, but I had planned on using those glue dots for people to put them in-figured it’d have to easier than those darn photo corners even I myself don’t have the patience for!  I did a test run and one of the glue dots seemed to do the trick!

Post # 8
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Worker bee

We did a polaroid guest book the DIY way, and it was such a big hit wiht the guests!

We purchased a Kolo Newbury album (ivory) and cut out the part of the wedding invite w/our names to put in the front window. Instead of photo corners, we got one of those roll applicators of glue dots, so people could take up as much or as little space as they wanted.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Just a thought, my girlfriend had a photo copier out on a table with her scrapbook and tape for the photos. Since it seems that everyone has a digital camera now a days, we were all able to just insert our chip into the printer. It will show all your pictures on the screen and you just click and print the pictures you want, insert them on your own page and write out your litte message. For those who did not have a digital camera, the couple had one at the table for everyone to use.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Something our photographer mentioned regarding Polaroids…they won’t last forever.  He actually recommended we take pics of the polaroids if we decided to go that route so that we’d have a digital copy.  Because of that I’m thinking we might just do a digital camera instead, fill in the photos ourselves later and have people write in the guestbook next to where their pics would go…

  

Post # 11
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Newbee

For anyone not so crafty- have you found any other ones besides the Adesso ones (which are adorable, but I agree about the page being too big- no one is going to want to have to try to fill up the equivalent of a year book page). also, the Adessos only hold 30 pictures which they say is enough for 75 guests, but we are having 150 and I really don’t like the idea of multiple guest books.  i am tempted to try to dyi route, but i am really not that good at that sort of thing. if anyone has any "pre-made" ideas, I would love to hear them!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Sort of in the same vein – just went to a wedding where they did a photobooth guest book.  They had rented a photobooth and had an attendant to manage the pictures etc, and then guests glued in their photos and signed the book.

I know this can get pricey in NYC but perhaps more reasonable in other cities. 

As for polaroids, they also have a version where the film is smaller photos and adhesive, so you just peel off the back and stick.

Either way, the attendant was nice as he took care of all of the logistics.  Could just ask an accquaintance to manage everyone.

One last tip – get everyone’s photos on their way in or during cocktail hour early on.  Things got pretty funny after a few round of drinks, but people started to look a little disheveled and there were a lot of racy pictures in the end!

Post # 13
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Wannabee

i had a fairly small wedding and found Adesso albums to be PERFECT. They make special photo albums that are made specifically to fit polaroid pics. 

The book is constructed similar to the Kolo albums, but contains thick pages designed such that each page will hold two pics (one per side). It was a HUGE hit with my guests. It was a treat to have an already completed album with pictures and messages from our guests to read the next morning. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding where this was done with just a regular album with blank pages and two rolls of double stick tape were put out.  The pages were kept loose so that more than one person could be writing at once.  Worked great- I’m planning to do the same for mine.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I found a beautiful scrapbook/photo album at Michael’s in my wedding colors and had a friend "dress up" the pages with some beautiful paper.  The guest book attendants took pictures of the guests as they arrived for the wedding and clipped them onto a decorative board I had constructed with pretty fabric, styro board and ribbon.  Then for the reception, the polaroids clipped on the boards were transferred to the reception hall and as guests came into the reception they could grab on of the pages, a pen and some double sided mounting stickers and they would write their message on the page and then mount their picture to the pretty paper.  It was a hit!  The only thing sad was that we hadn’t made up enough pages so there were some guests who didn’t get a chance to write anything in the book.  In the end though, it was great to have their picture! 

 As far as Polaroids not lasting forever, I thought I’d heard there was some sort of preservation spray that you can apply to th Polaroids to make them more permanent.  I haven’t checked into it myself but hope to soon.  Our guest book is one of my most prized posessions. 

 

Post # 16
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Wannabee

I used the polaroid photo album at my wedding — and it was a huge hit.  I had a friend of mine sort of man the area and take photos of the guests and give them some instruction on where to write in the book.  I actually bought three of those Adesso Albums from http://www.colormewedding.com and I only had about 130 guests.  So, we had some room left over — so my friend just took random snapshots throughout the night — cake cutting, dancing, dinner, etc… it is actually my favorite photo album from the wedding now.  Especially, right after the wedding… when you are dying to see pics and can’t wait for the photographers fancy album to come back.  It was fun to look at that and read through everyone’s comments the next morning.  I think they have those albums on sale at the Color Me Wedding place.

Enjoy!!!

Mrs. Tuley 

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