Polaroid Camera Hire for Weddings – 10 Creative Ways to use them!

There is a big surge in couples using instax mini cameras at their weddings over the last year or so, since they offer a fun and nostalgic way to capture guests enjoying themselves at the event. The images can be used in a variety of ways as we have shown below.

Polaroid Camera Hire with Guestbook

If you are looking for something unique at your wedding, why not create a gorgeous film box to use on your big day and cherish the moments forever.  Setting up a photo guest book like this offers so much more than the traditional offering of just words in a book, set out a few Instax Mini Cameras on the table and ask your guests to snap a picture, sign it and add it your wedding guest book! Depending on the amount of guests you have you may get away with one camera on a side table, be sure you have enough film though! All in this could cost you less than £100!

Polaroid Camera Hire

Seating Chart

This is one of my favorites in getting creative with your seating plan. Super easy to do and you can coordinate with your event team or a member of the wedding party to help. Simply snap a picture of each guest as they arrive and display the pictures next to their seating assignment! Such a fun visual display for your guests.

Instant Print Camera Ideas

Wedding Seating Chart

Wedding Seating Chart

Cake topper

Take a picture of you and your fiancé either before the ceremony or right after and you can place it on top of your cake for a perfect cake topper!

Cake Topper Photo

Instant Photobooth with Props

The classic photo booth with props is a sure winner at any wedding! By using the instant print cameras and your own props you’ve got yourself a budget friendly photo booth.

Collect Them!

You and your wedding party can’t be everywhere at every minute of snapping photos of everyone, and its not the job of the photographer! By setting out multiple instant cameras around the venue or preferably your wedding tables you are allowing your guests to capture fun and festive images you will get to see later. You should encourage your guests to help capture your day by asking them to take some pictures and then place them in a dedicated spot such as a postbox.

Kids Fun

If your wedding will be allowing children to attend then why not make there experience super fun? Same principle here with the section above, set out multiple instant cameras on the kids’ table along with a few craft supplies. Your tiny guests will have the best time snapping pictures and then dressing them up.

Rehearsal Dinner Snaps

Allow your wedding guests a look at your rehearsal dinner by displaying images from the night before the wedding.

Instant Print Camera Ideas

The Ultimate Selfie Fun

Allow your guests to snap some selfies as they enter your wedding, relax at cocktail hour or dance the night away. These images will be fun to look at for years to come.

Invites

Create unique wedding invitations using pictures of you and your loved one. Capture some shots with the polaroid camera these could be from special days out, holidays or just fun selfies.

Centerpiece

Making centerpieces unique and personal at weddings is always something a couple would like to achieve. When you add in some fun personal photos to your centerpiece you have an instant or should we say Instax wedding winner!

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How to set up a polaroid guest book at your wedding

Looking for some advice on how you setup an polaroid guest book station?

I’ve thrown together a quick blog post with some hints and tips on how you go about setting one up!

The Camera’s

Polaroid cameras give you instant satisfaction and nostalgia – it’s hard to ignore and strangely addictive. The quality of the pictures may not be up to par with a digital camera or some of the latest smartphones but that’s besides the point. For sheer fun, capturing that special moment and watching it develop is hard to beat. There’s two main players in the industry at the moment and that’s fujifilm and The Impossible Project.

There’s a few a things to be aware of with the instant cameras. The size of prints will differ depending on the type of film the camera takes. Fujifilm sells three formats: the credit-card-sized Instax Mini (54mm x 86mm), the larger Instax Square (86mm x 72mm) and the Instax Wide (108mm x 86mm), which is closest in size to the original Polaroid format.

Be careful with people selling the fujifilm instax film online as there are several counterfeit sellers selling under par products. Purchase from Amazon so you know you have a reputable seller.

The Impossible Project also has special film adapted for the Original Polaroid OneStep2 camera called i-type and it comes in an array of options for the framing such as rose gold, monochrome, black & white and colour.

The film is relatively expensive, costing from about 75p per shot for the instax mini, up to more than £2 each for the Impossible Project’s i-type film

Our favorites are the Instax Mini 9 and the Original Polaroid OneStep2

Instax Mini 9

The Instax Mini range are great and come in a variety of colours, the instant print film comes in at roughly £12.99 (from Amazon) for 20 shots and comes in colour or black and white.

Original Polaroid OneStep2

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The Original Polaroid OneSetep2 comes from The Impossible Project who bought the patents from Polaroid and started reproducing the iconic Polaroid style cameras and films. We love this camera here at Original Photo as the quality and size of the film is much better than the Instax, it also brings back a sense of history when using it.

The downside to the quality and nostalgia is the cost of the camera and the film, with 8 shots coming in at an expensive £15 but they do look amazing!

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The Guest Book

For starters, here’s how a polaroid guest book works: instead of just a signature, guests snap a photo of themselves using an instant photo camera and then place their photos inside a book of choice. A sharpie pen can be provided so they can write a sweet message in or their signature along with the photo. After the wedding, you’ll have a complete photo guest book with memories and well wishes you can cherish for years to come.

You’ll want a simple table that’s reserved just for the polaroid guest book, camera(s), film, sharpie pen, and scotch tape (if your guest book needs it). Make sure it’s in a location that is well lit, offers a backdrop or some scenery (for guests to stand in front of). If you want to spruce up the photos and have a bit more fun, why not add some photo booth type props!

One of the biggest problems with polaroid guest books is guests either miss the table completely (if it’s not well-positioned in a high traffic area, like the entrance or near the bar) or they don’t understand what to do. So why not print and frame a designated sign so guests won’t miss the guest book area and include a laminated sheet of handy instructions on how to use and replace the film.

You can purchase guest books with ready made slots to place the prints into but we prefer the original look either by sticking them down with double sided tape or using scotch tape to secure the edges!

Polaroid Guest Book

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Polaroid Guest Book

For ideas on how to use the prints once you’ve collected them off the tables or station check out this blog post here highlighting a few good examples.

How you can use instant print photos at your wedding

Today’s post is all about how you can use instant print photo’s at your wedding. Instant print photos are great because they capture the precise moment in time without any filters, edits or manipulation.

There are tons of ways to use photos like these, they not only add a personal touch but they blend in as part of your wedding decor. The Original Photo Company chose these examples as some of the best ideas.

1.Repurposed Frame

By using a repurposed frame large enough to hold the amount of photos you need, utilise some twine and mini pegs with your guests name’s on a guest tag. The intention here is for your guests to use the instant print camera provided on their tables to take photos and replace there name tag with there picture. This is a great way to use the photos later on by adding them to a scrap book or a photo frame to cherish your wedding day and your loved ones for years to come.

This is a fab and easy way of keeping your wedding guests entertained, and you’re guaranteed to have a giggle at some of the photos!

instant print photo frame

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2.Photo Board

I love this one as you can incorporate your seating plan with the instant print photos, the idea here is that the guests find their photo which reveals the table they will be sitting on. For this to work you’d obvisouly need the photos prior to the wedding which you could capture at a prior event, maybe your engagement party?

Or again you could have the guests names here and ask them to replace their name with a photo, using an instax mini or original one step 2 next to the board!

instant print photo board

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3.Contemporary Framing

This contemporary frame is a great way to use and cherish all of those instant print photo memories from your big day

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Slightly smaller than the one above but just as cute

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4.Photo Guest Book

An instant photo guest book is the marriage of a photo album and a guest book. Photos are taken of guests at the wedding and put into the instant photo guest book where the guests then write messages to the bride and groom in the moment.

5 diy photo guest books

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5. String Lights

What’s not to love about string lights? Sparkly lights can add instant style to any wedding decor. A smaller version of this can be adopted at your event!

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Take a look at our how to create a polaroid wedding guest book post! And 10 more ways to use instant prints at your wedding!