The ‘nostalgia’ trend has been huge at weddings over the past year with creative couples treating guests to crisp sambos (a throwback to their childhood), candy buffets full of Refreshers and other 10p bag faves and photos just about everywhere. Photos are one of the best ways to personalise your Big Day and in keeping with the nostalgia trend, Instax pics are a big hit with couples and guests alike. This little trend is going nowhere and photos are going to be huge again in 2017 with couples working snaps in just about everywhere. There are lots of ways to get creative with Instax photos (Instax cameras are available from the Camera Centre FYI) from table names and place cards to fun photo walls – check out some of our favourite ways to incorporate all things Instax in to your wedding below…
1. Create a Cool Escort Card Display
Photo by Michelle Lange via Style Me Pretty
Let your guests know where they’re sitting with this cute idea – hang guests’ names on a peg line with a sign instructing everyone to find their name and replace it with an Instax snap of themselves! They’ll have great fun posing away plus you get some brill pics for your unofficial photo album.
2. Use Instax Photos of You & Your Partner as Fun Table Numbers
Photo by Mark Burton Photography
Make sure your tables are extra personal by displaying Instax photos of you and your new hubby or wife – you can do a pre-wedding shoot where you hold a chalkboard with the different table numbers on it OR use snaps of you guys throughout your relationship and write a table name underneath like your favourite restaurant or the place you first met.
3. Or Use Pics as Place Cards
Photo by Freckle Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
This will take a bit of organisation but guests will be blown away if they get to their seat and there’s an Instax snap of themselves sitting there as a place card! Get your maids/groomsmen on the case or be sure to get your Instax camera out at a wedding pre-party so you capture lots of fun pictures of your soon-to-be guests.
4. Have an Awesome Instax Photo Booth with Guest Book
Photo via Kara’s Party Ideas
The photo booth and photo wall trend has been popular for ages and it’s going nowhere! It’s a great way to give guests a little reminder of the day plus it’s great craic and the happy couple don’t miss out on any of the photo fun. One way to make the most out of it is to have an Instax style guest book as well – guests can have a ball taking photos of themselves with some props (they get to keep a photo too) and can pop a pic of themselves in your guest book along with some well wishes or advice.
5. Or Create an Amazing Photo Wall
Photo by Mike Larson via Wedding Chicks
Another fun idea is to have a visual guest book so everyone can enjoy the photos from the day. Leave out some props for guests to pose with and snap away – once they’re done, leave out some pegs so they can hang a pic of themselves on a cute peg line so everyone can have a look! Afterwards, you get tons of extra photos for your own personal photo album or scrapbook.
6. Use a Photo as a Cute Cake Topper Alternative
Photo via Kettle Glazed
Get the most out of your Instax camera – take a cute pre-wedding photo of yourself and your partner and use it as a sweet, alternative wedding cake topper, sure to bring an extra personal touch to your cake tiers.
7. Surprise Guests by Popping an Instax Pic from the Big Day in with the Thank You Card
Photo by Xanthe Burkley via Rock My Wedding
And you can have a bit of post-wedding fun as well – use Instax photos from your day and pop one in with your thank you cards as a sweet keepsake for guests!
The Instax Camera Bundle from the Camera Centre
If you are looking to invest in an Instax camera (we say invest ’cause you’ll get loads of fun out of it beyond the Big Day too – honeymoon, holidays, parties – you name it), the Camera Centre have an awesome offer specifically for weddings. You can pick up a fun ‘Fujifilm Instax 300 Wedding Gift Bundle’ which includes an Instax 300 Instant Camera, 60 wide format shots of film, a bespoke wedding guest book for displaying all your photos as well as self-adhesive photo mounts and a pen, so guests can write a wee message beside their photo.
They also have an awesome Instax SHARE SP-3 Smartphone Printer, making dream shots for your wedding day a reality! In true Instax Style, you can now turn your must-keep memories into actual creative prints. Just take the best pictures from your smartphone (or Facebook/Insta account) and the Instax SHARE SP-3 presents them in a stylish colour square format Instax print – all with a single click of a button. Portable and speedy, this classy printer is the perfect match for smartphones on your wedding day!
And if you’re a fan of the retro square pic, you’ll love the Instax SQ10 which has all the best features, combined with a little digital wizardry to help capture lots of special moments on your Big Day. Its amazing LCD screen lets you edit and apply filters BEFORE printing off your memories as awesome, retro square format prints – perfect for couples looking to add a retro touch to their wedding day! The main focus of the Instax SQ10 is getting the best ever memories; forever captured as shiny unique prints to remember your special day forever.
Instax Cameras and Accessories are available from Camera Centre, Grafton Street, Liffey Street, The Square Tallaght and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre or shop online here.
Main photo by Stephanie Hunter Photography
*This post is sponsored by The Camera Centre
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