Beautiful Polaroids At Your Wedding

Everything You Need To Know

In the latest years using Polaroid cameras at weddings became popular. A wedding without instant photos is quite rare to find now. The small prints are a perfect way to entertain your guests during pauses in your program and to create tangible memories that are available right away. Creating a Polaroid guestbook is fun for all ages. Kids, their parents and even the grandparents love using these engaging gadgets.

To make your wedding day as perfect as possible, I have put together the most important info for choosing and using instant cameras at the celebration.


Fujifilm Instax or Polaroid?

This is THE question you have to ask yourself: Do you want to use Fujifilm Instax or Polaroid Originals instant film.

Using Fujifilm cameras with Instax Wide film has a number of advantages over Polaroid Originals film in (vintage) Polaroid cameras.

Polaroid Camera with Instant Picture

Polaroid 600 camera and Polaroid Originals film

Instax cameras are easy to use and explained in just a few minutes. Our two short videos are all you need to get started.

Instax 300 Camera with Instax Wide Picture

Instax 300 Camera with Instax Wide picture

A major advantage the Instax film has, is the shorter time until your prints will be developed. Instax needsabout 7 minutes compared to about 20 with Polaroids film. It’s cheaper too at about 1 EUR per shoot, compared to just over 2 EUR a print for the Polaroid film. Last but not least capturing many guests in one shot of Instax Wide is easy. That’s why it’s called WIDE 😉

Fujifilm Instax Wide

Fujifilm Instax Wide

The original Polaroid has it’s own magical charm though. The classic format: White frame and square picture is just timeless. Polaroid Originals also have a number of fun special editions (color frames, black-and-white film,…).

Wedding Polaroid

The Original Polaroid Format

For most events and weddings we recommend our Fujifilm rental package. It has everything you need: The cameras, film and props, like fake beards and glasses. You can pick it up from our Vienna office or have it sent to you. We ship free worldwide on all orders over 120 EUR!

Here are links to products you might need for the party, our rental solutions and film:


Instax Camera and Wide Picture

Fujifilm Instax Rental Camera with Film


Polaroid Camera with Instant Picture

Vintage Polaroid Rental Camera with Film


Fujifilm Instax Wide 20 Pictures

Fujifilm Instax Wide Film


Color 600 Film by Polaroid Originals

Polaroid Originals Film for Polaroid Cameras


Tips on How, Where & When To Take The Pictures

When is the best time to get the shots?

In our experience it’s a great idea to give the guestbook it’s own stage. It should be a special part of the wedding. Announce that it’s happening and how it works. To make it a success remind your guests to use the cameras and leave their message to the happy couple in the book.

Wedding Photo Booth

The Photo Booth

Where and how to take the Polaroids?

Place the photo booth in front of a background, like a wall (which can be decorated). If you take the pictures in the middle of a room you won’t be seeing anything from the background due to the flash, it will just be pitch black. The best results you will get if you take the pictures with flash from a distance of about 1.5 meters to 2 meters away from your subjects.

How many photos do I need?

If you plan to “just” take Polaroids for the guestbook, you will need about the expected number of guests divided by two.

In our experience if you have about 100 guests you will need 50 shots max. You obviously need more pictures if you plan to have family and friends also take some photo memories home.

Who should be in charge of taking the photos?

We think it’s important to designate a guest to as the responsible person for the photo booth. He or she can explain how to use the camera, help with taking the pictures and reloading it.


The more and funkier props you have, the better! Search your attics and basements for fun sunglasses, hats and feather boas 😉 A great addition to your collection are the DOIY paper props which come with our rental packages but can be purchased separately from our shop as well.

Tip: Provide a vase for the props

Vase Polaroid Wedding


There are many beautiful wedding guestbooks out there. One thing we especially like are black pages instead of the quite common white pages. They will help the Polaroids to stand out and your guests can use silver, golden or other metallic pens to fill the pages with love. Also great are Washi tapes and stickers. Providing those to your wedding guests will make it a lot easier for them be creative and craft their personal message for you.

Wedding Album Guestbook

Album with black pages

The more diverse your pens, stickers, tapes are the easier your guests will have it to decorate their page.

Washi Tapes and metallic pens

Metallic pens and washi tapes

You have questions? We are happy to help! Just leave a comment or write us:


Share this post on Pinterest:

Wedding Tips Pinterest

How to get the best results from Polaroids when the weather is not good 5 easy tricks to get the most out of your pictures It’s rather easy to shoot good Polaroid’s when the weather is nice. But, when it’s now always nice. Hence I’ve compiled the five most important photo tips for rainy, overcast […]

How to take Polaroid pictures outdoors?


Today’s tip is about how to shoot with your vintage Polaroid 600 camera outdoors:

Outdoors, under normal light conditions, use the flash override shutter button. It is located right beneath the flash shutter button. Check out our Manual for Polaroid 600 cameras for pictures and more information.

Watch the following video to find out how it’s done:

Just press it all the way to take your picture. There are some outdoor situations that might require you to use the flash, for example if you want to make a portrait when not much light is available, when the subject is backlit or when your subject is located in a doorway or under a bridge.

Check out this video to see how to apply the tips:


Check out our other tips:

How to take good Polaroid pictures indoors?


Today’s tip is about how to shoot indoors:

If you want to take a picture indoors, use the flash by pressing the flash shutter button. Check out our Manual for Polaroid 600 cameras for pictures and more information.

Check out the Video and see how it’s done:


There are circumstances where you’d rather not use flash indoors, for example when you want to snap a Polaroid of something that’s lit by a natural light source, such as a window.For taking pictures of people indoors with flash it is recommended to place your subjects in front of a light colored background (i.e. a white wall) and stand about 1.2 to 3 meters (about 4 to 10 feet) away when taking the picture.

Watch our video to learn more about the topic:


Check out our other tips:


How and when to use exposure correction

Today’s tip is an important one for using Polaroid Originals color film. When should you use the camera’s exposure correction?

Polaroid Photo-Tip 10 - Exposure correction

Exposure correction slider on your Polaroid 600: Default position (middle)

Your camera has a slider to control how bright or dark your picture should be. Adjust it to manually tell your camera to change the exposure of the next picture. With the Polaroid Originals color film (Oct. 7, 2017) we recommend leaving the slider in the default position.

Polaroid Photo-Tip 10 - Exposure correction

(1) Adjustment in normal bright daylight

Your pictures turn out too light? Move the slider further towards the black arrow (2).

Polaroid Photo-Tip 10 - Exposure correction

(2) Adjustment for a very bright setting

Your pictures turn out too dark now? Move the slider towards the middle position (3).

Polaroid Photo-Tip 10 - Exposure correction

(3) Adjustment for when your pictures turn out to dark

Polaroid Photo-Tip 10 - Exposure correction

(4) Usually you wouldn’t move the slider towards the white arrow.

You might want to move the slider as shown in picture (2) when either the sun or the setting is very bright.

Watch our videos to learn more about exposure correction for Polaroid 600 cameras:

Check out our other tips:

Why do I have to protect my Polaroid pictures from sunlight and how do I do that

Today’s tip is about how and why to protect your Polaroid Originals and Impossible Project color pictures from sunlight:

Instant film contains multiple layers. One of them is a regular film negative, which is why the photo is sensitive to light until it is fully developed. The development time of the Color Polaroid Originals picture is about 15 minutes.

The reason for this rather long development time is mainly caused by the so-called opacification layer. It is another, blue, layer within the film, which protects the lower (light-sensitive) layers from light.

Think of the opacification layer, or opacifier, as a chemical curtain that needs to be drawn over the film to protect the image you’ve created.

The opacifier isn’t perfect protection: Therefore we recommend using the “Frog Tongue” (or film shield), a device that can be installed in most Polaroid 600 and SX-70 cameras which helps to further protect your pictures.

Polaroid Photo-Tip 9 - Protecting Polaroids from Sunlight

Polaroid 600-type camera with built-in film shield

And this is how you take and remove a picture using the film shield for Polaroid 600 box-type cameras:

Polaroid Photo-Tip 9 - Protecting Polaroids from Sunlight

There’s another method to protect the Polaroid if you do not have a camera with a built-in frog tongue. Watch our video to learn how to install the film shield in your Polaroid 600 camera:

Hit the shutter button. Right after the photo got ejected, quickly turn the camera by 180º or take the picture with the darkslide (put it on the side with the developing picture). Then quickly place the picture in a bag, pocket, book or let it develop face down (be careful to not bend it).

Polaroid Photo-Tip 9 - Protecting Polaroids from Sunlight

Darkslide – A cardboard that protects the film from light

Avoid exposing and developing in direct sunlight; this will cause overexposure and reddening of the final result. Polaroid instant-photos are no longer sensitive to light after a few minutes but it will take about 15 minutes to fully develop the Polaroid. It might even develop further after that point!

And that’s how it works:

Polaroid Photo-Tip 9 - Protecting Polaroids from Sunlight

How to protect the Polaroid picture from light

In short: Expose your Polaroid as little as possible to sunlight.

Watch our video to learn more about the topic:

Check out our other tips:

How to create colorful Polaroids?


Today’s tip is about how to really make your colors pop:

There is one key ingredient to colorful pictures: Color! If you want to have saturated colors in your Polaroid Originals instant picture the subject must be colorful. How to get good colors in cold weather? Check out tip #4. Tip #9 is also helpful!

The first picture is the perfect colorful subject. The second not so much 😉

Polaroid Photo-Tip 8 - How to Get Great Colors in a Polaroid
Polaroid Photo-Tip 8 - How to Get Great Colors in a Polaroid


Check out our other tips:

Get close and make your subject the main focus of your picture


Today’s tip is about making your subject the main point of interest:

To make the most of your instant-shots we recommend getting close to your subject and making your subject the main interest of your picture! Frame it in your viewfinder as big as possible and keep the background simple. Don’t think too much about it: Often the simple things work best in a Polaroid.

Check out our video for more info:


A few sample pictures:


Check out our other tips:

What is a parallax error and how can I work around it?


Today’s tip is will teach you about the parallax error, what it is and how to work around it. The Polaroid 600 type camera will take the picture through the lens, but you’ll see the scene through the viewfinder next to the lens. This results in a so-called parallax error. This error is bigger the closer you are to your subject, it’s less visible the more far away you are.

Polaroid Photo-Tip 6 - The Parallax Error

Polaroid 600-type camera

Polaroid Photo-Tip 6 - The Parallax Error

Parallax error

If you are for example framing your subject in the middle of the viewfinder, your camera in fact “sees” it closer to the left, upper corner. To work around that we recommend avoiding full frontal framing of your subject. Rather go for a side angle. You could also frame the subject a little bit more to the left, leaving space on the right side of the viewfinder. Another note: Your camera doesn’t show you the full scene it’ll capture in the viewfinder. It’ll add a little bit on all sides. This makes the parallax error seem smaller.

In short: We think it’s very hard to successfully work around the parallax error. Our tip: Don’t worry too much about it – rather embrace the imperfection 🙂

Watch our video for more info on the parallax error:


Check out our other tips:

How to prevent blurry and shaky pictures from happening


Today’s tip is about how to avoid blurry Polaroids. Hold the camera steady until the picture leaves through the exit slot. This is especially important when there isn’t much light available. In dim light the camera shutter stays open longer than in bright light. Any movement (of the camera) while the shutter is open will result in a blurred picture.

We therefore recommend holding the camera in your left hand, your palm on the bottom of the camera.

This will simulate a tripod and give your camera extra stability. Be careful to not block the film exit slot at the front of the camera! Press the “flash override shutter button” from the bottom. There’s the most space for your finger!

Polaroid Photo-Tip 5 - How to NOT Blur Your Pictures

This is how you should hold a Polaroid 600-type camera

Pressing the shutter at a Polaroid camera

Press the shutter button the way it is depicted

Watch the video for more tips on how to avoid blurry Polaroids:


Check out our other tips: