Capture those memorable moments from your wedding with a DIY photo booth that’s simple and fun to create.
Wedding guests love to put on oversized glasses and a feather boa and show off for the camera. And why not make it easy for them? Let’s face it—the open bar helps!
Creating a DIY photo booth will allow you to capture those moments that the professional photographer may have otherwise missed. It encourages your guests to let their hair down and have fun, all the while capturing the moments you might miss.
Of course, you could hire a photo booth and leave it for the professionals to deal with, but, if you’re looking for a cheaper, more personalized option, follow these tips to create a DIY photo booth for your next event.
1. Find the Perfect Location
Start by searching for the best spot at the reception venue. It needs to be evident to the guests but not in the way of other activities. Corners of the dance floor are always good options, as are spaces outdoors. Just remember to signpost if you think your guests may have trouble finding it.
2. Build the Backdrop
- A backdrop can make all the difference in your photos. Streamers, balloons, ribbon, flowers, the options are endless! Transform a plain wall into something you will want to remember. Don’t forget – if you’re renting a space, make sure you know the rules around wall hangings.
- Don’t want to make a DIY backdrop? That’s fine too, you can purchase all sorts from sites like Etsy.
3. Incorporate Lighting
There’s nothing worse than a poorly lit photo. What good is a photo if you can’t make out the faces? While a camera with a flash is always an option, allowing your guests to use their own devices may result in inconsistencies. If you can’t find a location with natural light, use an inexpensive floor lamp to brighten up the area.
4. Photo Booth Props
Loosen up your guests with goofy props. Costumes, hats, masks, and the like will encourage your guests to laugh, and the resulting photos are always a lot of fun.
5. Add a Frame
- Frames are not only great for displaying pictures – they’re perfect for getting the great shot. Purchase a frame and remove the backing and glass to use as an easy prop.
- You can also make your own from cardboard for an inexpensive option. Add flowers and other embellishments to make a point of difference.
6. Instantly Share Your Pics
- Use the photo booth as a selfie station rather than a spot for more serious photos. Ditch the disposables and avoid the risk of theft! Everyone has a smartphone, and that way, no is asking for pictures after the event.
- Make it even simpler with The Guest app. Sign up, set up your event, and invite all of your guests to download the app. Pictures and videos are uploaded automatically to the app and available to everyone.
Now you know all there is to know about creating your DIY photo booth for your special day.