Wednesday, April 29, 2009

#622: hi!

i know i've been toads MIA lately. it's a number of things. first, i don't know what to talk about. second, i was REALLY really sick for over a week and i'm still recovering (mom is convinced i have swine flu). third, the wedding is in less than a month so maybe i'm a little stressed out and don't want to blog about wedding stuff because i'm inundated with wedding stuff every single minute of the day? idk.

we're going to another wedding this weekend. hopefully we find time to write our vows at some point. heh.

oh. and there's another project i want to take on.

the polaroid guest book. except it won't be a free-for-all-take-as-many-pictures-as-you'd-like kind of thing. polaroid film = expensive. so i think i'm going to station 3 of my cousins at the front and have them take pictures of the guests as they arrive.

then again, i may not want to have another project on my plate.

then again, it'd be really cool to have a polaroid guest book.

22 comments:

dapotato said...

i LOVE our polaroid guestbook and am glad my friend convinced me to do it.

really, it doesn't have to be a lot of work. get an album/scrapbook. get some glue dots. get some pens. give cousins instructions. i only had 2 helpers (and 2 cameras) for 145 guests, and it worked out fine. helpers worked it both before the ceremony and cocktail hour, so there wasn't a backup. i'd say go for it.

Sea of Sun said...

they don't make polaroid film anymore. it's also really difficult to come by, since the stores are just selling what stock they have left. you could try ebay but it's expen$$ive.

also, i read that all polaroid film expired in Jan. '09 so the quality of it is quickly deteriorating.

Stephanie Lyn said...

I love this idea, but I'm fairly certain it wouldn't work for my guests. For some reason the women in my family hate being photographed!

I say do it, because polaroids are fun - but like you said, only if it will bring you joy & not overdue stress

Liz @ McFargan: A Midwestern Matrimony said...

I feel you. We are a bit over a month away and I'm starting to feel totally overwhelmed.

Prayers your way for peace of mind!

Sweet T said...

I'm all for the Polaroid guest book. We put the photo corners in a Kolo album the week before the wedding, and asked our one buddy to take pictures of people during the night. It came out great and was so easy. (but yeah, Polaroid film is pricey so stock up through Ebay)

ya meg said...

I want to do a polaroid guest book but it's way too much for pictures.. so I'm thinking have a reg disposable or lomo camera for people to get their pix taken & then just sign the page where their picture will go after the developing..

Autumn Witt Boyd to be said...

I'm stationing friends with a digital camera to take photos of guests as they arrive at our ceremony. Hopefully they'll get everyone. I know, not as cool as polaroids, but way cheaper and a pretty work-free project (give camera to friends, leave them alone to take photos, done). Just a thought!

Alison said...

@ya meg - have you ever used a lomo before? I have a lomo fisheye, and let me tell you, as much as I love it to death, it's really hard to get pictures lit properly (although I'm by no means a pro photographer.. I'm sure someone who knows what they're doing wouldn't have a problem).

So if you do that route (which personally I like way more than the reg. disposable camera route.. I love the washed out look of lomos!), just make sure you play around with a few rolls so you know what the end result will be.. last thing you want is to have over/underexposed/missing (because they turned out blank) prints in that book! Good luck though.. I really like the idea!

As for the polaroid thing... are you going to use that scnazzy printer dealie you posted? Then you don't need to worry about film, no? Yes?

PDX Bride said...

I have another wedding to go to this weekend too . . . I actually have 6 others to go to besides my own!! Crazy. Don't stress out too much!! And use this wedding to help you decide on things you do and don't want!!

Kristen said...

We did a "polaroid" ish guest book but we just had my husband's aunt and uncle take digital photos of everyone as they walked into the reception and we placed the photos next to the signatures once we got the film developed post-honeymoon. We made 4.5x6.5 inch rectangles of pretty papers and sort of scrap-booked the guest book and then told people to sign on the white and that the pictures would go on the colored papers. It turned out really pretty.

Here's a pic of the unfinished product: http://tinyurl.com/dfktpl

Anonymous said...

I was manning the photo station at a wedding that did this. I think it's a lovely idea, but it took FOREVER to get everyone through. If you are having a lot of guests, keep in mind how long it will take for everyone to get their photo done and sign the guestbook.

Anonymous said...

I considered doing this too, but we'll be doing a DIY photobooth instead.

My 2 cents: if you want to cut down on the back up that the last anonymous poster wrote. Use one of those Kolo photoalbums and leave a blank page or two per table. They can sign at their leisure...and get their photo taken any time during the night. You can match up the photos to the signatures later.

Also, I wonder if we have the same wedding date. I've got about a month left, which I can't believe.

Amanda said...

I heard that someone purchased the rights to polaroid film and will be continuing to make it due to the outcry of all the fans. :)

Also, we just wrote our vows last night...it was tough for me. Hard to sum up how you feel about your significant other in a few words...they turned out lovely though. :)

xo

the future mrs. j said...

Love the idea! But if all else fails you could use a digital and go the "Polodroid" route.

And I too have yet to write my vows! I'm hoping that inspiration will strike any day now.

Princess RiRi said...

This is such a neat idea! I've been "stalking" your blog for some time now and I'm totally in awe of your wonderful ideas and how well they turn out!

vanessa said...

Yeah I was going to suggest the poladroid option as well.

Since most people these days already own digital cameras you could set up a space and have one or two people take regular digital pics and use this program to get the vintage/nostalgic look that everybody loves about polaroids.

Plus, this way would be free (besides the guestbook purchase of course). Good Luck!

http://www.poladroid.net/

AnnC said...

The polaroid idea is great but 9 days from the wedding I don't have time to hunt for film (my parents have a camera).
So I'll just go with my first idea : our DSLR on a tripod, instructions on how to make it work, a frame to play with... and a photoshop processing afterwards to get that polaroid effect.

Ashley said...

my cousin had a polaroid guest book at her wedding - and it was completely worth it. my mom and i took the photos and then placed them in the book while the guests signed the book. my tip- definitely have two people taking pictures as there was a bit of a backup at the entrance of the church with only me taking pictures. but it turned out amazing and personal. make sure your "photographers" encourage people that seem in to it to take a fun/goofy picture so they don't all end up looking the same!

Once A Bride said...

my polaroid guest book is one of my fav elements from our wedding...we took one of the guests as they arrived in couples or groups and then took another for a favor. People got really creative with their pic and I still love looking through the book.

Julieann said...

I DID THE POLAROID GUEST BOOK FOR MY FRIENDS WEDDING!!! IT WAS AWESOME AND WORKED OUT REALLY WELL. She is a professional photographer. Let me know if you have any questions.

Heather said...

this is a really good project to add if you are going to add one more. you won't regret it!

The Perfect Pear l.l.c. - Jeremiah K said...

get well soon! takecare! just take a deep breathe and relax... and continue :)

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