Make your own photo booth for your wedding to capture candid photos of you, your bridal party and your guests. The pictures from your do-it-yourself photo booth can easily serve as favours for your guests and contribute to your wedding keepsakes. Traditional photo booths cost upwards of £650 just to rent and don't offer much in the way of creativity. By making your own photo booth, you can ensure it complements your wedding theme and colour scheme.
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Things you need
- Fishing line
- Fabric, sheets or curtains
- Foam board
- Chair or bench
- Digital camera
- Memory card
- Timer/remote (optional)
- Photo printer
- Photo paper
- USB cable (optional)
Set up a basic frame for the backdrop of your photo booth. Use a PVC or wood frame, portable laundry rack or other frame you can hang fabric from. Use tacks, small nails or hooks on the walls to hang fabric as well, if they are allowed by your venue. Use string, such as fishing line, to tie it to a hook or hang it from a tree.
Hang or drape colourful fabric, sheets or curtains to serve as the backdrop of the photo booth and to block off the area from the rest of the reception. The background can include a colourful pattern for lighthearted pictures or a solid rich material, such as velvet, for formal pictures. Choose a colour or pattern that complements your wedding colours and theme.
Make large shapes to hang from the ceiling instead of a simple background. For example, cut hearts, a large moon, stars, butterflies or whatever shapes complement your wedding theme out of foam board. Cover the foam board with glue and glitter for a three-dimensional background.
Provide a chair, bench or stool for your guests to sit on, if you desire. This is a good idea if you don't plan on having a designated photographer for the photo booth so guests know exactly where to sit to be in the frame. Consider using bright paint to mark the area of the floor the guests should stay inside of.
Assign a photographer or attendant for the photo booth. If you have a few teenage relatives or friends that can man the camera, assign shifts so someone is always there. Otherwise, set up a tripod and attach your digital camera. Insert a large memory card that will hold all of the pictures your guests could possibly want to take.
Set up a wireless remote for your camera or tape instructions to the table or wall for guests to know how to set the timer on your camera if you won't have a live photographer at the photo booth.
Use a table near the photo booth to set up a photo printer. Stock the printer table with extra photo paper to print pictures for your guests to take with them, add to a picture guest album or for your own keepsakes. If you have someone assigned to the photo booth, she can print the pictures right away. Otherwise, consider hanging a sign asking guests to pick up their pictures at a predetermined time.
Tips and warnings
- Choose a spot for your photo booth that will be noticed but won't get in the way of the hubbub of activity. A corner that's visible is ideal. Check with your venue about any restrictions for hanging, tacking or setting up your photo booth.
- Set out props, such as wigs, feather boas and faux facial hair, if you want your guests to really get silly with their photos.
- Using a whiteboard or chalkboard will allow your guests to write messages that will show up in their pictures. You can even write "Thank You" on the board and take a picture with your new spouse to use as your thank-you cards.
- Have extra batteries and memory cards on hand in case your camera runs out.
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