The best gift items involve instant gratification, and that’s what you get with an Adesso Polaroid Scrapbook or Guest book album. The gist of the idea is that your friends and family gather into groups to take Polaroid portraits during a bridal shower, baby shower, wedding or any event. That’s when the extra fun kicks in – they pop the Polaroid into the album right then, and everyone writes you a fun note next to their Polaroid. It’s simple, fun, and done on the spot.
What Makes the Adesso Guest Book Unique
Adesso happens to make the only Polaroid sized mat pages for scrapbooks and guest books. That means if you want to create an instant guest book or scrapbook using Polaroid pictures, Adesso is literally the only way to go. The 8″x10″ pages are archival quality mats that allow you to simply slip the Polaroid in so that it’s surrounded by a professional looking white border. No waiting, no snipping, no arranging – just slip in the Polaroid and write a cool message. Viola, your scrapbook is complete. Adesso arranges the pages in your scrapbook so that the left hand page features the Polaroid toward the bottom, and the notes area toward the top. The right hand page is flipped, with the Polaroid at the top, and notes at the bottom. This makes for a pleasing variety when you flip through your finished guest book or scrapbook.
How to Get Everyone in your Adesso Guest Book
If you’re having a large party, where the guests don’t all know each other or don’t necessarily mix a lot on their own, you’ll need to put a little effort into getting everyone in your Adesso scrapbook:
At a bridal shower, use the scrapbook as a great conversation starter. Consider assigning a friend or two to wrangle the Adesso guest book. Their job is to walk around and offer to take group Polaroid photos of people for your scrapbook. Ask everyone to write how they know the bride and groom or write a piece of advice to the bride and groom. Leave the scrapbook with that group for a few minutes, and they’ll have a chance to talk together about what to write.
At a wedding, ask your DJ to make an announcement about the Polaroid guest book several times during your reception. Make it funny: all guests are required to supply a Polaroid and sign in before receiving their next adult beverage. You can even ask the bar tender to take group shots of 3-4 people when they’re placing their drink orders. The guests can write their notes in the Adesso scrapbook while they wait for their drinks. If that slows the bar line down, someone will volunteer to step in to take those Polaroid photos for the scrapbook!
At a baby shower, think about taking a Polaroid of the mom to be after every 2-3 gifts are opened. Include the gift givers, the mom, and the gifts in each Polaroid for your scrapbook. You can also take multiple Polaroid photos, and give each person a copy as a little memento of the day. This will make writing the thank you notes the next week much easier! Pass the Adesso guest book around for people to write their baby advice while the next 2-3 gifts are being opened. Be sure to read the guest book out loud for everyone toward the end of the party.
Tips for Creating the Best Adesso Guest Book
Get everyone in the Polaroid taking mood right away. For our wedding, we had our pictures taken before the ceremony to make the day go smoother. We took a couple Polaroid photos of the bride and groom then, and slipped the best one into the cover of the guest book before the ceremony. A welcome note on the first page of the scrapbook got everyone all mushy right from the start.
Since Polaroid photos look best as close-ups, ask your Polaroid wrangler to get close in and fill as much of the frame as possible in each photo. Trust me, when you flip through your Adesso scrapbook 10 years from now, no one will care what Aunt Gertie’s shoes looked like. And if her shoes are that great, take a close up!
Estimate the amount of film you need for your guest book by dividing your number of guests by 3 (you want 3 people in each Polaroid,) and then multiplying by 2 (some Polaroid photos will get tossed, and some will get taken home with the guests.) If you use a specific table for your guest book, consider putting out a sign that encourages people to group together, and to take multiple Polaroid photos so that they can put the best one in the scrapbook.
Some people wonder about Polaroid photos holding up over time. Not so. When kept out of sunlight, Polaroid photos actually last up to 100 years, which is 40% longer than your standard processed film. Your Adesso scrapbook is sure to outlive you.
Adesso Guest Book Pricing & Options
The Basic Adesso Guest Book holds 30 Polaroid photos in archival pages, and can accommodate a party of up to 75 people. The guest book features a 3″x3″ die cut in the cover, so that you can personalize the book with a photo of the guest of honor. Available in 8 custom dyed Japanese fabric color choices. $59.95
The Anniversary Edition Adesso Guest Book is the same format, and is covered in silk shantung custom dyed Japanese fabric. It’s available in gold, black, pewter and red silk Shantung. I went with the gold version for my wedding, and we love it. $74.95
Adesso also offer kit packages, which include a Polaroid camera, and film for 40 Polaroid photos. No need to think about batteries, as they are part of the film package. You can also order extra Polaroid film, slip cases for multiple albums, personalized nameplates, pens, and organza gift bags. I added on a plastic protective cover for $5. It seemed like good insurance against my guest book getting smudged from food or drink at our wedding.
Our Adesso guest book kit arrived within a week of ordering it online, and we received an email checking to make sure the order was correct once it arrived. Everything arrived as expected. About a week later, we got another email with discount offer, in case we wanted to purchase another item.
I’m definitely purchasing Adesso guest books for all of the bridal and baby showers I attend this year!