How to Do a Photobooth Cheaply at Your Wedding

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How to Do a Photobooth Cheaply at Your Wedding
Use a standard digital camera to create your photo booth. (photo camera image by A74.FR Ben Fontaine from

Photobooths at weddings are becoming a popular trend. It is a fun activity for your guests and it ensures you get pictures of guests your photographer might miss. While photobooths are available for rent, you can set up your own photobooth in the corner of a room or in a convenient outside space. Booth rentals can run as high as £516 a day or £195 per hour. Setting up your own photobooth area is cheap way to do a photobooth for a wedding.

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Things you need

  • Polaroid camera
  • Digital camera and printer
  • Photobooth attendant
  • Small table
  • Blackboard or divider
  • Guest book
  • Photo paper
  • Props
  • Old sheets and quilts
  • Dry-erase board and marker

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    Gather old sheets and quilts to use as backdrops for your photobooth. Solid colours can be used to get a more uniformed look on your pictures. Use a divider or rolling blackboard to drape your fabric over. Check with your venue to see if they have these items for use. Dividers can be purchased at craft shops.

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    Section off an area near your wedding reception using the dividers. Utilise a corner so you will only need to block off one side. The location will make it easy for your guests to go through and is out of the way of floor traffic (see Reference 2). Drape the fabric over your divider and use that as your backdrop.

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    Hire an attendant specifically for your photobooth. Sometimes your wedding photographer has a package for wedding booths and can provide an additional photographer. Consider having a friend or family member take pictures to save more money. (See Resource 1)

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    Purchase an erasable board for your guests to use to put their names or fun remarks for the wedding couple to remember (see Reference 1). Set up a table for your guests to sign a guest book as they enter the photobooth area. Use a Polaroid camera to take instant pictures or set up a digital camera and digital printer to get instant pictures for your guests. Instruct your attendant to keep one and give your guests one.

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    Collect props for your guests to use to create funny and memorable pictures. You can find props at novelty stores, thrift shops and any dollar store. Hats, wigs, gloves, glasses and masks can be fun props for your guests to use to create a fun photobooth photo (see Reference 3). Set the box of props on a table outside of your photobooth.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you are located in a lighted area. Take test photos to make sure the pictures are clear.
  • Use a tripod to hold the digital camera steady to get a quality picture each time.

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