I stumbled across a couple of great (and some not so great) vintage wedding guest book ideas on this afternoon.  (You can check out the post on TheKnot here.  I particularly loved the vintage typewriter idea, and also the voice recorder).  This made me think of an idea of my own which could be really cool for your guest book.  At a couple of weddings and Trash the Dress shoots I’ve photographed recently the bride and groom have brought Polaroid cameras with them.  (Yes, Polaroid did go out of business recently but it seems there are Polaroid film stock suppliers out there still so Polaroid isn’t extinct yet).  My idea was this: Get yourself a Polaroid camera and a bunch of film for your guest book table and leave it there so your guests can take photos of themselves (or any other person/object that grabs their fancy for that matter).  Include some fine-tip permanent markers so that your guests can scribble a brief note in the white part of the polaroid.  The last ingredient is a way to display the polaroids that guests have already taken.  I think a clothes line with some vintage wooden clothes pegs (or even brightly coloured plastic clothes pegs if you’re going a bit funky and modern) would do the trick nicely.  Make sure you put up a couple of polaroids with comments already written on them and leave the pens, film and camera nice and visible so your guests get the idea and start snapping away.  At the end of the reception you should have a bunch of lovely Polaroid photos of your guests with some great comments that you can treasure as keepsakes or even put in your wedding album.

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Patrick Fallon

I am a wedding photographer based in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand. I have been full-time with the photography thing since 2006 and still can’t believe I get to do what I love for a job! Here are a few words that I think sum me up: I AM…tall and bald, happy, imaginative, constantly hungry, active and friendly. I LOVE…my girl, coffee, photography, fooooooood, my family and friends, riding bikes, being outside, the simple things in life, people… I love my life! I believe that wedding photography can and should be SIMPLE, NATURAL, BEAUTIFUL.

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