Wedding photobooths are still soaring in popularity as couples embrace a fun-filled day with all of their guests – and why not?
But with the average price tag of photobooth hire setting you back by hundreds, these amusing additions can tip you over budget. The answer? To make a DIY photobooth instead!
It’s easier than you think, requires no technical skills and can make your budget go much further (maybe that dream pair of Jimmy Choos won’t have to be a dream anymore…), so here’s how to do it in four simple steps!
Step One: Source the frame
While a traditional photobooth will come complete with a backdrop or physical booth to get into, you’re going to need to be a little bit more creative.
Why not spend a weekend scouring antiques shops for a pretty, oversized frame that you could prop up or hang? This can become your DIY photobooth, with guests hopping into the frame for their funny snaps.
Step Two: Choose a camera
Hired in photobooths are either automatic or come with an attendant (often your photographer) so the guests don’t need to actually take the photo themselves. You can still have this for your day though if you choose carefully. Why not use a digital camera placed in position on a tripod that has a timer function, for example? This way, guests can press the button themselves without any attendant required and still get into the picture in time.
Polaroid cameras are also a really popular option because you can have the prints instantly, just like you can from a regular photobooth. Don’t forget to position your DIY photobooth near to your guestbook so that guests can stick their snaps in and leave a message. This pretty much guarantees a guestbook that is personal, memorable and will make you laugh out loud each time you open it.
Step Three: Pick your props
Let’s be honest, the fun of photobooths is that they bring out the inner child in us, whatever your age. And when you throw alcohol into the mix? Things just get funnier!
That’s why no photobooth, homemade or otherwise, would be complete without the right props. Start things off with a film director’s clapboard, then add some funny items to dress up and pose with! You could make them colour coordinated with this pastel set of photobooth props, go colourful with this quirky arrangement of ties and bowties or opt for the traditional masks, moustaches, top hats and oversized glasses kit…
Step Four: Create your album
If you’ve followed our advice and positioned your guestbook within easy reach of your DIY photobooth, you’ve already covered this step… apart from the photos captured on phones instead! While friends are crowded in front of the camera, remember that other guests will be snapping them on their mobiles too.
Make sure you don’t miss any of the photos from your big day, photobooth or otherwise, by creating an Instagram hashtag. You’ll then be able to find all of your wedding day photographs there, in one place, so you don’t miss a moment of your perfect day. The best way to let your guests know? With a cute Instagram wedding sign of course – you can grab yours here.
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