The term “photobooth” has come to mean a few different things with regards to weddings. In my opinion, it can now be generally referred to as meaning one of the following:
- A legit photobooth (a la the mall or your hometown roller skating rink)
- An area at the wedding where your wedding photographer sets up a backdrop, some props, and takes “Photobooth” pictures
- The ultimate DIY version- you prop a camera down on a table with some instructions and props, and let your guests have at it!
I REALLY wanted to have Option #1 at my own wedding. I had heard that people had a blast with these things at other people’s weddings and the picture could easily double as the wedding favor. If you are thinking of going this route – be sure to check out the following rental companies that serve this area:
- The Magestic Photobooth (*offers a vintage style booth* totally drool-worthy!)
Option #1 quickly dropped from my list when I learned of the price. Unfortunately, due to my budget, it had to be cut (the band was a bigger deal to us!)
…SO… I started researching Option #2. This is something you want to decide on BEFORE picking your wedding photographer – namely because not all photographers offer this option! After talking with our wedding photographer, we learned that this wasn’t something our photographer normally does and we then started to explore other options.
Which brings us to Option #3: The DIY Photobooth Alternative!
Once we decided to go this route – it actually became quite easy to make. Here is what we needed:
- 1 Fujifilm Instax 210 Camera & Film (RIP Polaroid!)
- Blank Guest Book (we got ours from Etsy seller, RedOtter!)
- Markers for guests to write in your book
- Props (we went the mustache route) & box or jar to hold props
- Permanent Adhesive Rollers (we used these for ALL of our DIY projects, invitations, name cards, menus etc…)
- Extra Batteries (just in case!)
- Instruction Signs for Guests!
We had the polka dot ribbon leftover from our invites & menus too – so we kept it consistent with the instructions as well. We kept our instructions short and sweet:
- Choose your ‘stache
- Strike a Pose
- Snap a Picture
- Paste the picture in our guestbook
- Write your message
- Congratulations! You’re done. Now go have fun.
Along with the instructions – we took a picture of each “step” to paste on the instruction card (seen above). We asked the catering company to bring extra table number holders to hold the instruction cards!
Step 2: Collect your props or make some easy DIY Mustaches! My crafty husband cut out some ‘staches from thick felt and then hot glued them to dowel rods from the craft store.
Step 3: Get all your props, camera (with extra film & batteries!), guestbook, instruction cards, and glue rollers together in one big box. At the reception – map out an area for your guests to have a BLAST using your DIY Photobooth and creating a seriously memorable guestbook for you and your hubby or wifey!
Our guest book is seriously one of my favorite things from that day! All of our guests had so much fun taking the pictures and leaving us funny notes – beats a signed picture frame any day, right?? Check it out for yourself! (all shots below are from our wedding photographer, Live It Out Photo):
My mother & her best friend!
IDK how … but every single one of our guy friends here picked the most appropriate mustache for themselves, right????
We made sure to get in on the action!
And again with Andy’s boss & coworker!
Andy & his mom show everyone how it’s done!
And then Andy’s dad gets in on the action too.
Seriously people – I cannot recommend this option enough – it has the crafty, DIY feel, and SO much fun included, but without the hefty pricetag! Even my grandpa got his picture taken! Our guestbook is one of the funniest things I have ever seen!
Let us know if you plan to do this for your wedding!!