11.03.2008

Do It Yourself: The Photo Booth!

Okay, so remember how I mentioned that we're on a budget? It's not exactly minuscule, but it's not gargantuan either. So we appreciate shortcuts.... more affordable versions of all the things we'd splurge on if we could. Of course, the term "shortcut" is a bit misleading, because being budget-friendly usually means taking the DIY-approach, hence spending less money, but more time and energy to get what you want. But I digress....

Example: A Red Cheese Photo Booth would be SO much fun at the wedding, and we love the idea of turning our guests loose and reaping the benefits via hilarious pictures, but the #1 rule of budgeting is keeping your priorities straight, and this idea just didn't make our top 5.

Then, hallelujah, there was an article in a Southern California Brides magazine that planted the very first DIY seed in my brain. It was simple: hang a cool piece of printed fabric as a backdrop, set up a tripod, and presto! Instant photo booth. We'll definitely be making a trip to L.A.'s fashion district to find some sweet fabric for our backdrop. (P.S. I tried to find the original article on Brides.com, but no dice. If you are inclined to skepticism, click here.)

Nate and Jaclyn of The Image is Found have put their own spin on the Photo booth, and the results are hilarious, unexpected, and often embarrassing. Check out their blog (scroll down to 10.12.08) and you'll see what I mean.






(All images from theblogisfound.com)


In an effort to encourage even more silliness in the photo booth, we'll be providing a bucket o' props (Remember, I used to be a bit of a theater nerd, and I have lots of theater nerd friends. We like props, ok?) Here are just a few of the items that will fill the bucket:

Feather boas
Stunna Shades
A Sombrero
A Rubber Chicken
Water Pistols
Fake Mustaches
A Viking Helmet

How will we obtain all these outrageous props? I'm glad you asked. Browse around the Windy City Novelties website, if you dare. It's a little addictive. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Anyone else going to set up a DIY photo booth or portrait station? Do you have any suggestions for other props we could provide?

9 comments:

Amy@Fiancé Meeting You Here said...

I really LOVE this idea. I've seen some great funky fabrics used as well. Do you know if someone is standing taking the pics? That's the think I've always tried to figure out. A timer?

Emilia Jane said...

I'm totally going the DIY photo booth too tho I can't decide between polaroid and digital. I've seen weddings with different wigs to wear and that's always fun!

lauren said...

There is also the option of buying photobooth software and setting that up. My friend did this at her wedding. They used software that one of their friends made, who is now selling it at Seemonkey.net. As a wedding guest I can say it was so much fun!

jp said...

Here's some ideas...
www.photoboothinfo.net

lindsayr said...

I am trying to the same thing at our wedding in march. My only question is how are you hanging the fabric? I was thinking of sewing the fabric like a curtain, but didn't know if that would make it easier or harder to put up at our outdoor site. Any advice?

Anonymous said...

im defintly doing this idea at my wedding! i am going to have a little heart shaped chalk board for guests to write on as a prop, also couloured photo frames without backing!

i think i will have a digital camera on a tripod and encourage people to take photos of each other....

Venessa said...

I want to do this but have the pictures print on the spot. Two per person, one goes in the guest book/scrapbook for them to sign next to and the other they can take home.
Does anyone know of any camera/printer combos that can do this? I was at a wedding this summer that had this and it was a blast.

jesslope said...

awesome! we also had a photo booth at our wedding and made our own props too. the guest had a blast.

Photobooth said...

Those are really advisable props that you can use on your Photobooth but it is always better if you pick or use a props that related on the theme of your party or event.