The Vintage Polaroid Guestbook – How To
Shake it like a Polaroid Picture!
When the glitter and confetti settles after your wonderful wedding day, when you finally get around to unpacking your overflowing suitcase from the romantic honeymoon, it is the nicest treat to take the time to look back on what your guests had to say about the day and the little messages they had for you. How much better would it be if you had a polaroid photo of them to go with it? Better still, for them to be compiled into a photo-book for safe keeping! When you’re busy running around, having the time of your life on your big day it can be difficult to be everywhere at once. It’s great to be able to get a little insight into what your guests thought and it’s fun to see how everyone scrubs up!
For hundreds of years the wedding guestbook has been tradition. Back then it was more needed as testimony of the guests to the covenant of marriage. Nowadays, we use the guestbook for the messages, for sharing advice. But let’s take it to the next level with The Polaroid Guestbook : The guests take the pictures of themselves (or you rope one of the groomsmen into being a amateur photographer) on an instant camera, they stick the snap into the book and leave their message.
This is the instant classic vintage wedding guestbook alternative. We love this idea. It has been around for awhile but we want to show you how it is done properly step by step and give you the tips and tricks you need. When done right this is the sweetest way of looking back at your guests messages. Once the prep is done with this one it is up to the guests to create it and by the end of your day… VOILA! An instant keepsake. A fun and informal way of hearing what your guests had to say. Totally bespoke, with a nod to the vintage era. So, without further ado… here is how you can achieve the ultimate in wedding guestbooks.
1.The Polaroid Camera
First thing’s first. The most important part is our polaroid camera. And it won’t be much use unless we have polaroid film for it too! And remember! Don’t forget to have a bunch of double-a batteries too, we don’t want the charge running out before the day does. Have somebody close-by who knows how to reload the camera with film just incase because if there is any technical difficulties your guests won’t be as keen to contribute. Simplicity is key! We adore how easy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is to use, it’s the most reasonably priced and it comes in a range of colours. You can get the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 in Harvey Norman.
If you need a little advice on how to reload the polaroid film to the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 see this video.
2.The Table and Instructions
Sticking with the theme of your wedding, put together your guestbook station, complete with instructions for your guests. Get creative here with props and materials. Take some inspo from our images. On the table will be the camera, extra film, extra batteries, the instructions, markers, sticky tape and the likes and the guestbook, also maybe some photo props. You want the location of your table to be set up for good photos. Make sure it is well lit and you have a nice backdrop.
There are many options for your instruction board, it could be handwritten chalk marker on a blackboard, handwritten pen, stencils, designed and printed. You can go as extravagant or as simple with this – just make sure it’s clearly visible and don’t go overboard with the amount of text. We suggest something like the eventsmithco: “Snap a Pic, Stick on our Guestbook, Sign your name and message”. Keep the signage in an eye catching spot – we want everyone to contribute to the guestbook, no passers by!
3.The Guestbook and Stationery
Picking the guestbook is pretty important, you want something good quality that is going to stand the test of time. See some of the examples for inspiration. We are big fans of using novelty scotch tape to stick the polaroids to the book. You could also use double-sided tape. Maybe have other little stickers, diamonds, glitter – whatever you like. And the Markers! Gold pens, silver markers etc.
You know how we like to do it at Spectacular Vintage – Handmade, Bespoke, Unique. It’s a very straight forward set up, one that you can do yourself. Maybe you want to add a little more vintage glam to the photo-book with stationary from one of our suppliers? You could get a professionally designed instruction board. You can see our stationary suppliers on this page and drop them an email with any of your needs.