(Closed) Tell me about your Polaroid guestbooks

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@MrsDrRose612:  One of our couples did this at a recent wedding.  It was a cute idea, but not many people actually participated.  I think if you do it you need to have somone going around with the camera taking photos.  When we provide our Fauxtobooth they are always a big hit with people.  In a couple of them we’ve done a dry erase board that people can write messages for the couple on which have also worked out well.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d recommend getting a pretty small book, like 8×8 or smaller.  My SIL did this and she got a pretty big book, I think 8×10, and it was a 1 picture per page, so when it done, it looked really empty since most people didnt write much.   She just used a regular digital camera and got a small printer that printed on photopaper sticker.  It was a cute idea, but the excution wasnt great imo. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I haven’t done this myself, but Emmaline Bride (one of my favorite wedding blogs!) had a great blog post a few months ago: 

How to Make a Polaroid Guest Book

They show a couple of different ways to do it. It looks like an awesome idea and I’m definitely thinking about if for us now! 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am curious about a polaroid guestbook too. My biggest concern is cost. What do you think this will cost versus an actual photobooth? Has anyone done a polaroid guestbook and can break down cost for me?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Our photobooth isn’t a traditional sit in a booth type of thing, we use a fisheye lens so you can pack huge groups into it. It creates a humorous distortion to the photos, and we also provide a ton of props.  If the crowd has a good sense of humor and his having fun it can really be one of the bigger highlights of the event.  I think guestbooks are great, but they are never going to be as much fun as a good photobooth.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thanks @akp0702!

Surprisingly where I am at I have found an amazing photobooth for $550 for 3 1/2 hours including props.

I personally own 2 older polaroid cameras so I wouldn’t necessarily have to buy a new one but i found that film for those cameras costs $25 each. They only provide 10 exposures per film so it is pricey. I wonder if people would be ok to simply have more group shots instead of individual “shots” of each guest.

I agree with you. I have a feeling people would have more fun with a traditional photobooth. I think guests would understand it more especially older/non-creative guests.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are attempting a diy photobooth (still in the very early stages at the moment). This would serve as a guest book, as well as some entertainment for our friends and family. We plan on doing foam core painted with chalkboard paint, or covered in chalkboard Contact paper. http://www.curbly.com/users/bruno/posts/9304-how-to-set-up-a-diy-photo-booth-using-your-computer-free-software-download-included has a good tutorial  and free software for Mac. http://offbeatbride.com/2010/08/diy-photo-booth is a good one for PC (I don’t believe there is free software for Windows machines, yet).

The Offbeat Bride link has a good idea about using an external monitr, keyboard, and webcam (so no one can mess with the laptop).

I know, completely different from what you asked abou, but I figured I’d share =)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we want to do a polaroid guestbook as well…… only thing is, i have no idea where to even get a polaroid camera, haha

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