(Closed) DIY Photo-Booth: an “I DO” or an “I DON’T”??

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would love to do a photo booth too, but that is way beyond our fundage. I looked at polaroid cameras online and they are around $80.00 but the film is expensive-comes out to $1.00 a pic basically. For my wedding of 120-150 guests, that would still be a bit more than I wanted to spend. I am thinking of still setting up an area with some props and things, and assigning one of my older nephews the task of manning a digital camera. I thought about putting a black board up and having people write their names and wishes to us on the board and pose next to it with the prop of their choice.

Post # 4
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ask your photographers if they will set up a faux photo booth.  Ours do it free of charge.  They just set up a background towards the end of the night and take the pictures with the same camera.  The guests don’t get their pics then and there but we get a CD with all the pictures which we can the mail/email out.

Post # 5
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a huge Xmas party last year and wanted a photo booth so bad but couldn’t afford it.

I bought a large vintage art frame from Goodwill and took out the glass/backing. I spray painted it gold and hung a fake mistletoe in the middle. Then I had my 15 year old neighbor (who I paid to help with food, etc. that day) to walk around with the frame and my digital camera, go up to people, have them hold up the empty frame and then take pics with my digital camera.

The pictures were soooo awesome! Better than I ever expected. By the end of the night, people were grabbing the frame and taking their own pictures with it.

I ended up making a CD with all the pictures and mailing them off.

I cant believe it turn out to be such a fun, inexpensive and awesome way to capture the moment.

I am going to be doing this again at my wedding. Granted I think it depends on the style of wedding you are having (I am having a non-traditional, open bar, pretty much just a big party reception) but this may be an option for you.

Post # 6
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are having a DIY photo booth but it will be set up like a real photo booth with the help of my handy Future Father-In-Law who will be building us the actual booth. I posted about it a bunch of times on here so don’t mind the copy/paste since its rather lengthy and I’d rather not have to re-type it all…

FI’s a big Mac (not the burger, the computer) guy so we’re going to run the photobooth application on our mac mini and set it up with an iSight camera and the LCD TV that we have in our bedroom (lived here for almost 3 years and its never been turned on!). The image will be projected on the TV and our guests will be able to control the camera with a remote. We will also give them an option to record a short video if they want to.

My Future Father-In-Law is super handy so he’s going to build us the actual photo-booth (think the rented ones only more personalized) and we’re going to have everything set up in there. We’re going to wallpaper the inside so the pictures have a cute background (I’m leaning towards a subtle damask pattern).

Instead of using a traditional guestbook, which I’m not a big fan of, we’re going to go the chalk board thought bubble route and have our guests write their “guestbook” entries on the thought bubbles and take pictures with them. We’re also going to get a bunch of props from etsy and the $ store for our guests to use for the photo-booth during the reception (cocktail hour will be strictly “guestbook”).

After our wedding we will upload all of our guests pictures to our wedding website and they will have the option to print or save them to their own computer. We’re also going to incorporate those pictures into our wedding day photo-book that I will make after we get our pro pics back.

We’re both really excited for this. We’ve never been to a wedding with a photo-booth (and we’ve been to alot of weddings) so I think our guests will really enjoy it.

ETA: I forgot to mention the best part! This whole thing is going to cost us roughly $100! We already have all of the electronics needed to do this. My Future Father-In-Law is building the photo-booth and even though we are of course going to offer to pay for the supplies, he won’t take our money. So in the end, we will end up having to just buy the props, accessories (I want to put a funky mirror on the outside so people can check themselves out before stepping in) and the wallpaper. SCORE!

Post # 7
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

we’re having one too! Our photographers are setting it up…..and we’re sending out the pictures right after! So fun, and so much cheaper!

Post # 9
427 posts
Helper bee

@CaitMarae—FABULOUS!!!! I love all of your ideas….I wish I had your creativity! 😉
My best friends wedding which was very recent, she had a DIY photo booth but it didn’t turn out the way she had planned. I wish I could have seen this post before her wedding so I could have offered her some great ideas!

Post # 10
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I really wanted to do something like this too and ended up with this DIY photo wall. I hung wedding photos of all the guests at the wedding and had my brother’s girlfriend take photos with her camera of everyone behind the wall for about an hour after the ceremony. Loved the way it worked out.

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Post # 12
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Love it!  We’re planning on making one too, but we will put all the photos on a website for guest to view later (maybe give them a slip of paper with the URL once they take their photo).  Do you think it’s okay that we don’t print them right away?

Post # 13
7 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am doing a DIY photo booth at our small reception! If you have a MAC computer there is an almost free photo booth program you can download. This guy created it and all he asks is for you to make any sort of monetary donation to him via pay pal and then he will email the program to you which you DL onto your mac computer and voila! It works amazing and I bought 4×6 kodak picture paper at the good will brand new for $5 and donated $4 for the application!! If you just cut those sheets in half it will make perfect photo booth pictures. A friend of mine is lending me her props that she uses at all her parties with her DIY photobooth.


Google David Cline DIY photobooth for MAC computers. That should pop up with his website. I can’t seem to find the link I went to. Good luck!

Post # 14
184 posts
Blushing bee

Been to two weddings where they did this, it was a flop.

Maybe 10 people did it (including the wedding party).

A lot had to do with location and people understanding what you were doing.

Post # 15
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow, $2000 for a real photobooth?!?  I had one at mine (a HUGE success) and the entire thing only cost $600 for the night and unlimited pictures including the scrapbook.  If you’re uncomfortable with doing it youself I would shop around some more.  However, I think if done right and properly “publicized” during the reception a “faux-to-booth” could be a big hit.  I’ve seen it flop and I’ve seen in it be a huge success.

check out if red eye photos is in your area, thats who did ours and it was awesome!  Here’s an example from my sister in law’s facebook, lol.

Post # 16
184 posts
Blushing bee

@courtbu17:   We did one just like that for my daughter’s wedding…..smashing success.

The same company that provided our DJ servicies did the photobooth and it was like yours with printed pictures for the guests, scrapbook, and CD with all pics for the bride/groom.  Unlimited pics and available to the guest in B/W or color–their choice.

We paid $1800 for both the photobooth and DJ.

It was outstanding and SO glad we did it that way. 

I know there is another company in town here that did charge $2000 for just the photobooth and it was not nearly as good as the company that did ours. We had seen them at a bridal show and tested their system.


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