Our Photo Guestbook

Recently I completely finished gathering everything we will need for our guestbook. This was another great thing to cross off the list before we get too close to the wedding. There are so many unique and fun options for guestbooks these days; not many people still opt for the traditional book of signatures anymore. Something I’ve always wanted to do was the the photo guestbook. I love photography and I have scrapbooks and photo albums jam-packed with photographs. I was sort of the record-keeper as a kid—I took and kept most of the photos and films of my friends as we were growing up. Therefore, the photo guestbook seemed like a natural choice for us—plus something Mr. C and I will enjoying flipping through for years to come!

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Image source: Ruffled / Photography by: Alexandra Roberts Photography

Mr. C gave me a Fujifilm Instax MINI instant film camera for Christmas a few years ago. Granted, I don’t use it very often (the film is rather expensive), but as soon as we got engaged I knew that it would come in handy! The idea is to have each couple or group of guests photographed. The instantly developed film will then be added to our guestbook with a personal message. We plan to have an attendant stationed at the table for a while in order to assist guests in taking photos. There is also a cool little fisheye mirror at the front of the camera, which will allow guests to take selfie photos as well, in case the attendant has left for the evening.

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In order to cut down on confusion we also plan to have some of our groomsmen and bridesmaids add some of their photos and messages first so that other guests can get a feel for what they should do. Overall, though, I don’t care if it is disorganized or messy—part of the fun will be seeing what silly photos our guests take and what messages they write or draw for us.

Interested in making your own photo guestbook? Here are some of the things that you will need:

1) An Instant Film Camera:

A Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera (around $100) or its cheaper, smaller cousin the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s (around $65).

2) Instant Film:

This will vary depending on which camera you choose, but it’s cheapest on Amazon. I bought the Fujifilm Instax MINI film on Amazon at around $17 for 20 photos. I’ve also seen this same film sold at Walmart and Urban Outfitters at slightly higher prices. I bought a few of these two-packs so that we’d have around 60 photos. I figured most people would take photos as a couple or a group, and we are expecting around 100–120 guests at the wedding.

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3) A Guestbook:

You need a book that can accommodate the photos and room for a personal message. The photos are actually fairly thick, and I imagine they will add a lot of height to your book, if that makes sense. We went with this one from Amazon:

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There might be better options out there, but honestly I just wanted something simple that would get the job done. This one has a beautiful color that will match our wedding decor, and it was inexpensive.

4) A Sign with Instructions:

Here’s the sign I made in Illustrator that will be framed and sitting next to the guestbook and camera.

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And here it is printed out and in a frame I bought at the thrift store and spray painted white:

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5) Adhesive:

Instead of tempting fate with messy, slow-drying glue, we decided to go with cute, colorful washi tape! What is washi tape? It’s sort of a gentle masking tape, usually with fun, colorful patterns and designs. I picked up an insane amount of washi tape in Japan over the summer, and I have been saving it for a rainy day. Well, I’m glad I did because it will make the perfect addition to our guest photobook. The multi-pack you see below is one of the exact same ones I bought in Japan!

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6) Archival Ink:

You don’t want those endearing messages from guests to fade over time, so make sure they are written in acid-free archival ink! I bought some Pigma Micron pens in a variety of colors.

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What type of guestbook will you have at your wedding?

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Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    AvocadoLover 7 posts, Newbee @ 1:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing the details. I think the washi tape is going to look great as opposed to glue or photo corners! Great idea!

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    jayceedee 255 posts, Helper bee @ 1:26 pm

    My FBIL and his wife did this at his wedding and it was a huge success! However, I would recommend having one of the BMs or GMs being in charge during cocktail hour or something like that (maybe they can switch with someone after 15-20 minutes). The day before the wedding, the bride told me what she was planning on doing (leave the camera out for guests to do it) and it gave ME anxiety, and I wasn’t the bride! I was afraid people wouldn’t know how to use it, change the film, etc. plus I thought it might be annoying for couples to have to stop someone to ask them to take their picture. So I volunteered to be in charge, and I think almost every body had their pic taken and left a message. I even had the DJ make a few announcements. I just knew I would have been disappointed if people didn’t sign the book and include a pic, and having someone assigned to that task ensured that it would get done.

    When I stopped doing it, people who had forgotten to do it tried and they had no idea how to change the film and work the camera (even though it was very simple to use). Just wanted to tell you of my experience so that you can make sure it goes smoothly :)

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    elysion 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:30 pm

    Yay I love washi tape! This sounds like it’ll be such a fun guestbook!!

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    h_annas 62 posts, Worker bee @ 1:32 pm

    Jayceedee made the point that I was going to! I really think that will be a good idea to have someone attend it. Maybe a couple people, even if you have tweens/teens cousins, they could probably work the camera and get guests to participate. I love the idea!

    We have a large wooden F(our last initial) and having people sign it. I still need to figure out the best pens to use for it though.

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:56 pm

    I second the Micron pens – we used them for our wedding quilt and everything turned out great!

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    autumnwren 255 posts, Helper bee @ 2:31 pm

    Thank you for the idea! I might add some props for a way cheaper option than a photobooth :)

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 4:11 pm

    This is a great idea Ms. C! I am not going with the traditional guestbook either. We are doing a wishing tree instead and will have a nice scrapbook made with all of the wishes from our guests.

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:13 pm

    Your sign and guestbook absolutely fit with your overall wedding – can’t wait for details shots. :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:30 pm

    What a fun idea, I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

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    lac125 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:40 pm

    Great idea! And good thinking about the archival ink. I never would have even thought of that, but I’m making a note to remember to pick some up!

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    shida_girl 32 posts, Newbee @ 10:43 pm

    We JUST did this Sunday for my sister-in-laws wedding. We had 2 attendants to make sure everyone had their picture taken and made an announcement to remind folks to write their message next to their pic. We used digital cameras with a small Selphy photo printer (actually cheaper than the polaroid and film and each pic printed in less than 30 seconds) It was a huge hit! It is a great memory for the bride and groom to have!

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    Selaen 64 posts, Worker bee @ 5:21 am

    We’ve got the exact same camera for a bit of a different purpose..

    We’ve played around with the camera for a bit (gotta love “polaroid” photos!), and have to say – people WILL get confused, just because there’s a couple of quirks there. No biggies, but some people just aren’t that comfortable with technology, especially one that belongs to someone else.

    We’re going to have an attendant (probably one of my FSIL’s) walk around the room, taking pictures of everybody. These will then be collected into a this wedding book I have (I’m a tad dweeby that way; I have a wedding inspiration book that I’m going to add our final pictures for “comparisons” sake… The guest photos will then be scattered about, and that’ll be our unofficial wedding book, something less formal than our actual wedding picture book/guestbook).

    What I would suggest is; try to get a digital copy of the image as well. You never know; you might get some absolute crackers out there that you want to share to the world. And it’s for longevity as well; if your guestbook pics fade for some reason, you can always re-print…

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 6:45 am

    This will be super cute! I too am planning on having family/bridal party sign the guest book before a lot of the guests arrive. I feel like that cuts down on confusion :)

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    Oinky, Guest @ 1:51 pm

    This is an excellent idea. We considered this too for our wedding but were not sure of the total cost. We were going to hire some cameras, but adding on the cost of the film just left left us with our jaws on the ground. Would love to see the finished product!

    We have been to another wedding where they had a photo booth which would spit out two copies of each set of four photos taken (one set for the newly weds’ guest book and one set for the guest). That also worked out very well, lots of fun for those part-taking. Again, cost had left us searching for paper bags.

    We ended up with a ‘thumb tree’ on canvas from Etsy which turned out to be a huge success.

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    Chiefoinky 2 posts, Wannabee @ 1:52 pm

    This is an excellent idea. We considered this too for our wedding but were not sure of the total cost. We were going to hire some cameras, but adding on the cost of the film just left left us with our jaws on the ground. Would love to see the finished product!

    We have been to another wedding where they had a photo booth which would spit out two copies of each set of four photos taken (one set for the newly weds’ guest book and one set for the guest). That also worked out very well, lots of fun for those part-taking. Again, cost had left us searching for paper bags.

    We ended up with a ‘thumb tree’ on canvas from Etsy which turned out to be a huge success.

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    Lise J, Guest @ 1:53 pm

    We will be doing this next year for our wedding. We’re planning to have my sister or brother manage the camera to make sure everybody gets a polaroid and signs their name on it. It is going to be used for the guestbook, but before that as an element in the table plan.

    I am going to make a hanging frame with each table number in it and a string underneath it with clothespins on, so that guests can pin their polaroid on the string of their table for everyone to see who is who :-)

    Thanks a lot for showing the framed sign – I hadn’t thought of that before I saw this post :-D

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    flblonde93 1887 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:00 pm

    A dear friend of mine did this at her wedding and it turned out very cute. Almost everyone participated, even a few wedding crashers. When we were looking at the album the day after wedding, we noticed two photos of uninvited people. One photo was of a teenage hotel valet eating wedding cake with a note saying their love had inspired him and thanks for the cake. The other was of a girl and two guys toasting with a note that said open bar= off the chain. We thought was hilarious.

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    Lynley, Guest @ 4:29 pm

    We made a layflat photobook from Shutterfly with our engagement photos (they have guest book designs on their website especially for this!) and had people sign it with messages. Not only do we have a nice photo album with our engagement photos but all the kind messages as well. Absolutely love it! I was going to do the Fuji camera idea (we have a couple of old Polaroids) but film was so expensive we went the other route.

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    How did your guest book turn out? I don’t remember seeing it in any of your recaps – but maybe I missed it?

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