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Photo favors have remained popular in recent years as they provide both a take-home for your wedding guests and a source of entertainment at the wedding itself. Variations of this idea are now available to give you budget options and to set your wedding apart:
Photobooth: The traditional photobooth is sure to be a crowd pleaser as guests can gather in the booth for fun shots throughout the night and have strips of pictures printed almost instantly. A CD of all images is typically provided for the bride and groom, so they can see the fun their guests had throughout the evening!
Photo Flipbooks: Photo flipbooks are an absolute blast at any event and are starting to appear more and more at weddings. A small area is set up at your reception with a white screen as a backdrop. A 6 second video is recorded of guests having fun and being silly, and then 1.5 minutes later, voila! A flipbook is created with custom art work to match your wedding colors and theme and is a fabulous favor for guests to take home and enjoy for weeks to come! As the pages are flipped, the guests appear to be moving, and the bride and groom receive a disc of all video captured throughout the evening for extra laughs!
Photo Station: Similar to a photo booth, the photo station is a reserved area at your reception with a neutral backdrop for large (or small!) groups of guests to be photographed without having to squeeze into a tiny booth! 4×6 prints can be printed on site and distributed to guests as favors, and of course a disc of all photos is provided for the bride and groom! Some companies are even offering instant Facebook posting and tagging via iPad as part of the station as well!
We’ve all seen the traditional guest book where each guest signs his or her name on a line, recorded for posterity, and sure to be stuck on a dusty bookshelf or in a keepsake box rarely to be viewed. However, for the bride who wants to try something a little more creative, the guest book can really be an area to have fun and show some originality. Some of my favorite wedding trends in guestbooks are include:
A wishing tree is a fun décor piece that can be customized to match your wedding colors. Guests simply write a special message or wish for you on small cards with ribbon affixed to them. The wishes are then hung from the tree and then removed after the wedding and placed into a scrapbook!
For the playful, silly, and fun couple, create a custom “Mad Lib” for the bride and groom and have guests complete it during cocktail hour! Who knows what hilarious creations they will come up with!
Polaroid Guest Book
For a fun and interactive activity, position a Polaroid camera on a table with supplies and have an assistant snap pictures of guests for them to then adhere to a scrapbook with a special message! These pictures get more fun as the night goes on!
Art for Your Home
Instead of having guests sign a matted picture of the two of you, why not change things up a bit and create a custom art piece for your home? Here we have used a historic picture of the venue where the wedding reception was held and guests signed their names around it. A map of the city where the two of you met or were married, a painting of a place that has special significance for you, a family crest, etc etc – the possibilities are endless for what you could have matted and signed in lieu of a traditional guest book.
Engagement Album Guest Book
You are likely to have an engagement shoot captured by your wedding photographer prior to the big day. Most photographers offer an engagement album that can also double as your guest book with lots of space left around the pictures for guests to sign their name or leave you a little message. Best of all, the book itself becomes a wonderful coffee table décor piece in your new home together where you can smile at the pictures of the two of you while also reading your guests’ special words to you.
We can’t wait for the November wedding of our awesome, smart, and fun couple Amanda & Andy at Christ the King and City Place. And we received some great compliments from them on their wedding website! http://www.mywedding.com/amandaandandrewmiller/custom.html