It’s no secret that I LOVE photo booths. Whenever I organise an event, you’ll find a photo booth of some kind somewhere – whether it’s a simple DIY one or a professional set up, there will always be an opportunity for guests to fight over moustaches, pouty lips and silly glasses and get snap happy. In fact, we just had a cute one set up for the little peach’s birthday party yesterday!
Photo booths are all the hype now so I take huge comfort in the fact that I’m not the only one with this slight obsession. Photo booths are pretty much a staple these days at weddings and you can totally understand why – it’s outrageously fun and the photos make for a fantastic keepsake for the Bride and Groom as well as their wedding guests. Even if you’re sick of seeing photo booths at weddings, you can’t deny how much fun they are and how they undeniably bring out the silly – even from the shyest of people!
So what do you need to create one of these awesome photo booths, you might ask? Well, I’ve got it all here – all the ingredients you need to create a kick ass photo booth that’ll bring an explosively good time to your big day!
(1) AWESOME PROPS
Every photo booth needs some awesome props for guests to get giddy and creative with. Think chalkboards, signs, moustaches, pouty lips, masks, silly hats, wigs, oversized sunglasses, frames, wooden letters, balloons, and anything you can think of really! Your photo booth supplier might supply some of these props as part of their packages or you can make DIY them using these printables or make your own signs, or buy some over on Etsy which have a great variety. I got these for our wedding photo booth and our guests loved them! Give your guests a good variety of props to choose from and I guarantee you’ll have to pry some of your friends away from the booth at the end of the night!
Photo by In An Instant Photography.
Props like moustaches, lips, silly hats and wigs are great for getting people into the silly mood and masks too for those shyer guests.
Chalkboards and signs are great for allowing your guests to write funny messages, send you well wishes or just do random things with it.
(2) COOL BACKDROP
Photo via The Wedding Chicks.
A cool backdrop is an absolute must when it comes to photo booths. If you’re renting an actual photo booth, those usually come with their own backdrops, many of which can be personalised to your wedding. If you’re setting up your own photo booth and working with your photographer on this, then there are endless fun and creative backdrops you can use that will work perfectly with your wedding theme and colours. Think garlands, tassels, ribbons, balloons, fringed garlands and fans, wall paper, lace, light displays, chalkboards and more! You can see some of my favourite creative backdrops here and here for ideas.
Yes it might seem self-explanatory but it doesn’t hurt to provide some simple instructions for your guests to follow, especially if you’re combining your photo booth with your guest book. This also helps to avoid confusion for those guests who aren’t as familiar with the photo booth concept, plus providing a cool sign with instructions adds to the decor of your wedding and is kind of fun!
I love the idea of combining the photo booth with your guest book to create a fun and memorable keepsake to flick back on in the years to come and have a laugh at the silly photos collated throughout the night. I had so much fun with the hubby looking back at our photo booth wedding guestbook and even found a boobie shot in there too!
Photo by Stephanie Hunter Photography.
And last but not least, for those of you thinking of setting up your own polaroid photo booth, don’t forget the camera! I personally love the Fuji Instax Mini and love how many cute colours it comes in which come in handy when matching your wedding theme. Just be sure to provide enough film in case your guests get a little too snap happy! You can also consider using a wedding app with all the information (including hashtags) provided to your guests ahead of time so that they can snap photos and directly uploaded to the app.
So that’s it. You’re now equipped with all the ingredients on how to whip up your own awesome kick ass photo booth. If you have any additional tips and advice for photo booths at weddings, do share with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear about your photo booth experiences – the good and the bad!
If you’re a little time poor and need an extra hand with your photo booth, Simply Peachy can help with rental of cameras, props and backdrop creation so drop me a line here!