With so many couples doing photo booths at their wedding, it makes total sense to combine the fun of a photo booth with an ultra-personal photo guest book signed by your guests. But you’re probably wondering how to make a photo guest book, and if so, you’ve come to the right place. It’s super easy to make a photo guest book: you just need a few easy-to-find supplies to get started. And the best part is, you don’t need any DIY knowledge to make your photo guest book because all the hard work has already been done for you thanks to My Guestbook, maker of these gorgeous high-quality Instax guest book photo albums. Read on to find out everything you need to put together your own photo guest book you’ll flip through for years to come!
How to Make a Photo Guest Book for Weddings
Photo booths — with photo guest books, of course — are a must-have for wedding receptions for a few reasons. For starters, a photo booth is fun for guests and is another source of entertainment for people who don’t like to dance (or, for people like me, who need to take a break from the dance floor to rehydrate). And while photo booths are great for guests, they are most fun for newlyweds. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not have photo memories (with scribbled well-wishes) instead of just a few signatures or handwritten notes? We say, why not have both! And that’s why you’ll definitely want to create a photo booth for your wedding, along with a photo guest book. And here’s how you do it.
To Make a Photo Booth
First, you’ll want a photo booth. You can hire a service to do a photo booth for you, but that typically costs around $600 and up. If you want to make a DIY photo booth, it’s really easy to do: you will need a backdrop (at least 4 feet by 6.5 feet), a small table, one of these cameras, lots of film, batteries, these markers, and this photo guest book album.
I love this backdrop! It is so vibrant!
For a backdrop, decide what you want the background to look like. Choose something festive, like sequins (these backdrops are from Drop Studios):
The backdrop can be anything you’d like. Hang it on an empty wall with good lighting, or use a backdrop support system.
You will need a small table with all of your supplies for the backdrop. You will also want a sign that tells guests instructions: “take a prop, strike a pose, add your photo, and sign a note”. Something along those lines will work!
Guests will take turns snapping photos of each other, so on the table you’ll want to have it restocked. You’ll want one of these cameras, this film (and plenty extra), batteries, these markers, some photo props, and this photo guest book album.
These small Instax cameras are really awesome. They’re easy to use, pretty affordable, and come in lots of colors. This is shown in black, but they also have hot pink, blue, light pink, and white.
Now, to tie it all together, you will definitely need one of these Instax guest book albums to collect all of your guests’ photos. This is the ultimate album for instant photos and it fits the Instax photo film perfectly. We spotted it at My Guestbook and it is the best one we’ve found to use for a photo guest book.
These guest books are so cool: they’re handmade by an artisan bookbinder, made with pristine white paper with an ultra-luxury feel, and each page has two photo inserts so you don’t need any messy glue sticks to keep photos in place. There are lined spaces for handwritten messages by guests alongside their photos, and it offers page spacers so the guest book won’t fan out when it is full. This photo guest book is perfect for your wedding.
Guests will stand in front of your awesome backdrop, grab a props, strike a pose, snap a photo, and place it in the book. With the markers, they can scribble a little message for the newlyweds in the book. They can snap additional photos to take home as favors, if you’d like.
After the wedding, you have an amazing photo guest book album with your guests’ smiling faces, well wishes, and a book that is so much fun to flip through! Instead of reading who attended your wedding, you’ll be able to see their smiling faces. I love that.