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How to Make a Wedding Photo Booth

10 Tips For a Picture-Perfect Wedding Photo Booth

Winking, blowing a kiss, or wearing a boa — anything goes in photo booths, which is what makes them so addictive. While it's nice to have shiny, posed, professional photos from your wedding, more and more couples are also including photo booths at receptions to capture silly moments with friends and family. Before you start planning your wedding's photo booth, take a look at our 10 tips for a flawless photo booth.

  1. Rent a photo booth: The easiest way to add a photo booth at your wedding is to rent one. Companies like CapturePod offer packages that include all the equipment you need. You can sprinkle in customized decorations and extra costume options for the personal touch.
  2. Make a DIY photo booth: Homemade photo booths require a little more effort, but you have more control over the details. Check off the essentials first, like the location, camera, printer, and photo paper, before planning the decorations and costumes.
  3. Choose a camera: As a more makeshift yet versatile option, connect a portable photo printer to a DSLR camera, a laptop, or a web cam and let guests do their thing. For a retro touch, track down a Polaroid camera.
  4. Research mobile options: Photo booth apps exist! PopBooth (free) works with an iPhone or iPad, has several filter options, and instantly shares the images on Facebook. Hard copies of the photos can be sent as postcards in the mail for an additional $2.
  5. Check out photo booth software: There are plenty of photo booth software options, such as Sparkbooth ($59), which make it easy to set up a DIY photo booth, customize the templates, and turn on automatic picture taking and printing.

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  1. Decorate the background: A big piece of fabric makes the easiest background choice for DIY photo booths. Fabric stores offer the best prices, plus there are tons of funky prints to choose from. You could even give guests the option to swap out the backgrounds for more variety.
  2. Create a costume trunk: Go with a theme like "All Things Geek" and fill a box with superhero masks, capes, comic book hero weapons, mustaches on a stick, goofy glasses, etc. Otherwise, stock random props like feather boas, bright printed top hats, sunglasses of every shape, size, and color, and tiaras.
  3. Design your own template: Make (better) friends with Photoshop and design your own photo template or ask your invitation designer create one for you.
  4. Bring frames or message boards into the mix: If you don't have a curtained off area for the "booth," a large empty art frame will instantly focus the subject(s), plus it looks really cute. Another option is leaving white boards and/or chalkboards nearby so each guest can write down a funny, personal message to the couple.
  5. Save a scrapbook: These photos will circulate your social networks, but chances are you'll want physical copies of the photos, tucked away in a scrapbook. Allow guests to print multiple copies of the images, so the duplicate can be pasted into a guest book.
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vigorotaku vigorotaku 4 years
Good Advice. I have used a setup for years and many occasions. I summarized it on my site. <a href="">Photobooth</a>   Dan at Vigorotaku
Poser-Pal Poser-Pal 5 years
I do agree that hiring a Photo Booth business for a wedding offers peace of mind, potentially higher quality results, and simplicity in the before, during and after experience. But even though I own a Photo Booth business myself, I don't agree with the statement of DIY only being about saving a few bucks.   If a person has the technical knowledge and ability, and depending on where they live, it's definitely possible to create a DIY photo booth experience that rivals a lot of the professionals. Sometimes DIY is less about saving money and more about creating something that is better (or more suited to specific needs) than the available commercial options for the same price (or sometimes more).   So it all depends on what someone is looking for in a photo booth. Like anything else, evaluate the pros and cons of pro vs DIY and come to the best conclusion that fits a specific wedding.   Now, if a person is only choosing DIY to save a few bucks but they really want a photo booth and don't have a clue how to put it together, then it might be worth alotting more to the photo booth budget and cutting back on or DIY-ing something else. DIY definitely has its place in life and in weddings and it just depends on each individuals abilities, time and creativity as to whether the photo booth should be a DIY project or not.
Michael2668580 Michael2668580 5 years
I am sure it all sounds good to try and save a few bucks.  But really, just call in a Photo Booth rental company that has all the equipment to make a truly memorable wedding experience for the family or event clients and company.  If you want a great experience.  Just get it by those who how to do it right.    sanphotobooth 
Poser-Pal Poser-Pal 5 years
Good ideas. PopBooth is definitely good for smaller parties. If you do go the DIY route for a wedding, I'd recommend purchasing or renting some decent lighting equipment as well.
Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 5 years
Great tips for a fun photo booth, Anna!  I love these and hope that some of the weddings I'm attending this summer will offer these!
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