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:
A Rubber Chicken
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?