7 Fun Ideas for Polaroids at Weddings

One of our favorite wedding ideas is the use of Polaroid cameras. Sure, they’re a throwback, vintage-inspired idea, but Polaroids are a consistent crowd-pleaser. Today we’re sharing seven fun ideas for using Polaroids at weddings including a polaroid guest book, a life-size Polaroid photo booth backdrop (use it for your wedding, bachelorette party, or outdoor party this summer!), a Polaroid cake topper, and more. We’ve also located the supplies you’ll need to make these a reality. And, to make this post even sweeter, we’re giving away a Polaroid-inspired find below. What is it? Read on to find out…

Polaroids at Weddings: 7 Fun Ideas

1. Polaroid Guest Book

Up first is the unique Polaroid guest book, an idea I wish I had known about for my own wedding.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid guest book

photo: kate miller photography via junebug weddings

How It Works

To make a Polaroid guest book, you’ll want to gather the following:

Polaroid camera
film (tons and tons of it)
– blank journal or scrapbook
– glue or double-sided tape
– fine-point markers (these are my favorite)

On a table, display a sign that tells guests to use a camera to take a photo and sign your guest book. You can either have guests take a photo and hang on a clothesline with clothespins (see above) or place the photographs inside a book (see below). Since this will be a new idea for many guests, you’ll want to include a sign that gives clear directions (something simple like, “Snap a photo and sign our guest book” will do the trick).

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid guest book chalkboard sign

via pinterest

Guests will take a photo, print, and stick it in your guest book while signing their name underneath. The bride and groom should take the first photos as an example for guests to follow.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid guest book

photo: angela and evan photography via seattle bride mag

If you opt for hanging the photos instead, you can compile the completed photos in a scrapbook of your own after the wedding.

2. Polaroid Save the Date Magnets

If you plan to use Polaroids at your wedding, consider sending a themed save the date magnet to guests to kick off the fun. We spotted these over at Fifth Vintage and love them. You can have filters applied to give your save the dates a vintage look.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid save the date magnets

fifth vintage

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid save the date magnets

fifth vintage

P.S. You can win a set of these! Scroll to bottom of post for details.

3. Polaroid Escort Cards / Seating Charts

Think outside the box: skip a traditional seating chart and use Polaroids instead! Here are three inspiring examples:

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid escort cards

via the knot

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid escort card display

photo: leo druker via rustic wedding chic

Polaroids at Weddings - escort cards

photo: matt guegan via bridal musings

If you’re wondering, but Emma, how in the heck do I get all of those photos?! the answer is simple: Facebook. Oh, and clever sleuthing for those who are not on Facebook. You can pull up a user’s profile pic, snap a photo (or print it out and glue to a makeshift Polaroid-inspired cut-out), and assemble the photos in alphabetical order. Write the guest’s table assignment on the back so they know where to be seated. For guests not on Facebook, ask friends or family members to grab a (copy of a) photograph for you to use.

4. Polaroid Cake Topper

Ah, one of my favorite ideas: a polaroid cake topper! This one’s easy: he snaps a photo, she snaps a photo, and the photos are placed into the top of a cake using a simple place card holder.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid cake topper

left | beth armsheimer, right | devlin photos via hifi weddings

5. Life Size Polaroid Photobooth Backdrop

Make your own Polaroid photo booth backdrop using foam board. Guests can stand behind it for their photo to be taken. (‘Employ’ someone to be your photographer or have guests take photos of each other.)

Polaroids at Weddings - life sized polaroid photo backdrop

photo: love ala via style me pretty

6. Polaroid Place Cards

If you prefer a personal touch to place cards, consider using Polaroids! I think this would be pretty time consuming for each place setting (the seating chart above would be, too, but I think it’s too cool an idea to pass up) so you can always just make them for the bride and groom or wedding party.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid place cards for bride and groom

photo: aok photography via boho weddings

7. Polaroid Wedding Favors

Need a unique favor? Check out these mini polaroid magnets! You could have them made using your favorite engagement photos.

Polaroids at Weddings - mini polaroid magnets

mini polaroid magnets

Which of these ideas is your favorite?

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Giveaway! Win Polaroid Save the Dates!

We’ve teamed up with the always inspiring Fifth Vintage to offer fifty (50) Polaroid save the date magnets for one lucky reader! Enter for a chance to win below.

Polaroid Wedding Save the Date (by Fifth Vintage)

o Enter between 4/28/14-5/4/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 50 Polaroid Save the Date Magnets by Fifth Vintage. (50 Prints of 4.25″ x 5.5″ Vintage Photo Wedding Save The Date Polaroid Magnets with Matte Finishing)
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/5; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $69 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter


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  • Trevor Boyle

    It would be great to be able to send the EastMountain magnets out to our friends and families.

  • Monica

    I like the HeathrowPark Rustic Photo.

  • Lucki Grrl

    the garden twig rustic design is lovely!

  • C Kostas

    Your Polaroids post is wonderful and creative a style I would choose from the Fifth Vintage website is the 50 Wedding Save The Date Polaroid Magnets – HeathrowPark Rustic Photo Personalized 4.25″x5.

  • Trevor Boyle

    Difficult to choose but the Marvelle Vintage invitations are a great choice.

  • C Kostas

    Emmaline Bride your website is wicked! I would choose the 50 Wedding Save The Date Polaroid Magnets – HollaPark Vintage Photo Personalized 4.25″x5.5″.

  • Casey Barreto

    RetroDrive is another favorite!

  • Lucki Grrl

    I love the Orlena Vintage Floral card suite – sooo pretty!

  • Anna Tardiff

    Polaroids remind me of my childhood!

  • Trevor Boyle

    The photos we recently had taken would work well with the CarolynaDrive magnet.

  • Casey Barreto

    Also loving the TurinHill magnet with the added stamp on top.

  • Casey Barreto

    I have been admiring Fifth Vintage since they were last featured on here probably about five months ago! I’ve seriously had them saved into my bookmarks for since then. We’re finally getting ready to order our save the dates (just got our engagement photos back) and have had my eye on the Hollapark magnets.
    All fingers and toes crossed on this one. We need to order 75 and the only thing keeping us from already purchasing these was the cost for two sets.

  • Natalie G

    It is so hard to choose a favorite, but out of the polaroid ones i like the northcreek vintage the best.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/116241187/50-wedding-thank-you-polaroid-magnets?ref=shop_home_active_19

  • Andrea C.

    These magnets are adorable and so useful :]

    Favorite design: Orlena Vintage Floral Personalized Card Suite

  • Anna Tardiff

    your giveaways are great! They are all giving me ideas, even if I don’t win. I got a magnet as a save the date myself, recently, and loved it.

  • Andrea

    Wonderful ideas! I’m liking numbers 1 and 5. Great keepsake!

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Thanks, Andrea! Glad you liked them!