Wedding Wednesday: DIY Photobooth

Wedding Wednesday: DIY Photobooth

I looked into renting an old fashioned photobooth for the wedding, but it turned out to be difficult and expensive. Instead, we’re going to set up one of our own.

The plan is to make a little “stage” out of a wood picture frame with yellow curtains that guests can pose behind. A digital camera will be tied to the frame on a long string. I’m debating having things like fake mustaches and hats, it might be a little too much. I’ll print up some of the photos to send out with my thank you notes after the wedding.

PS: The photo in my cheesy mock-up comes from Amanda and Matt’s great DIY photobooth featured on Snippet & Ink.

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  1. Allison at 7:45 pm

    Having a polaroid camera on hand might be fun for guests. I love the anticipation of waiting for the polaroid to develop. Plus, polaroids have a little old-school charm, in my opinion.

  2. mrsem Author at 7:49 pm

    I was thinking polaroid too…but I was worried people would “steal” the best shots to take home?

  3. Andie at 8:38 pm

    You can buy a relatively inexpensive remote for some digital cameras. We have one for our. Looks fun!

  4. Allison at 9:04 pm

    Well, they might “steal” the best shots but I think that would make for a unique and fun favor to take home.

  5. G at 11:46 pm

    I was originally going to go Polaroid on my photo booth but was glad we went digital in the end. I bought a colored backdrop that matched our colors and bought a few headpieces for the booth–cat ears, bunny ears, masks. It being so close to Halloween it felt apropos! At first people were timid, but the majority of pictures prove otherwise.

    Our photographer set up the gadget-y end so that people would just stomp on a pedal and that would act as the “click” for the picture to be taken.

  6. holly*anja at 2:51 pm

    Emily – we made our own photobooth as well and we love some of the pics even more than our professionals! We also had a friend (who is a great photographer) carry around our other digital camera all night and take random photos of friends, etc, while she was hanging out. She shot over 400 pics and they were great!!! If you have a willing friend, it’s a really fun way to extend your photography time 🙂

  7. Megan Hall at 8:50 pm

    Definitely go for the moustaches and hats. We had funny hats at ours and since then have decided that hats make an instant party.

  8. Never teh Bride at 3:38 pm

    I love the costume idea! And if things get too complicated, I definitely second using a Polaroid camera… if you can still find the film.

  9. Greer at 7:24 pm

    Someone else online also had the great idea of buying a polaroid pogo portable digatal printer, which is cheaper and better quality than an old-school polaroid camera and has the same effect.

  10. 2dBride at 6:51 am

    We are using an inexpensive photo printer that makes two wallet-sized photos. The guest gets one (and we've got some cute favors to stick it into), and we get one for our guestbook. Details are at this link.