Bad idea for photo booth?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I love photobooths, but I don’t really get the point of a selfie station (like you’re describing).  I doubt if people are going to take selfies they are going to remove themselves from the dance floor or whatever just to use the backdrop. I’ve seen a few weddings recently with polaroid cameras which would fit into what you are looking for. I personally would rather a digital or print pic that is of a better quality than a polaroid even if i have to download it later. Plus, polaroids take forever to ‘develop’ and if the wedding is indoors you might have some lighting issues. 

We did a photo booth using a DLSR camera set up on a tripod with a remote control. Great quality pics and I have a really nice album of just photo booth pics. We put the pictures up online the next day on my photography website for guests to download. We had little business cards printed up with the URL at the booth so people could take it with them and check for their pictures later. My cousin had a similar set up for his wedding and it went over really well at both weddings. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

We had a selfie station, backdrop, props and a selfie stick

Pros:

Our guests loved it, it was used all night long

Economical

Super easy to set up

The photos are very funny

Cons

We have nowhere near all the photos eventhough we had a hastag.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

huisinjj :  DSLR stands for digital single lense reflex. It’s just a fancy name for a digital camera that can use alternate lenses, control shutter speed, etc. i honestly wouldn’t spend a whole lot of time or money on a selfie station. Sometimes they go over well and other times they aren’t used at all.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

huisinjj :  It’s just a fancy digital camera (like your photographer uses). We already had the camera so didn’t buy it for that purpose. All you need is a camera that can go on a tripod and will work with a remote. The upside of doing it this way is that we have alllllll the pictures. They’re hilarious and amazing and I’m glad I didn’t miss any of these. Do you know anyone who is tech savvy to help you set it up? My uncle helped us. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

huisinjj :  If you’re going to have a photobooth, you need to put out some money and get a camera and printer, whether you rent or purchase.  I attended a wedding with a setup like you are describing and it was not used AT ALL.  They even called attention to it, people walked over and drew all over the backdrop (chalkboard, intentional) but still not one person took a photo there. You’ll be wasting your time.  Additionally Snapchat?  Only if you just want your own generation’s pictures and no one else’s.  I don’t know a single person over 30 who uses it (generally speaking).

Sorry, I know I was a downer – you can have a great station if you just put out a little cash for something that’s already set up.  Cousins of mine had a camera/printer hookup that just remained in place all night but was not a full-on photobooth. It was heavily used, especially by all the kids.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

i’ll be doing something like this, because my wedding planner happened to have all the stuff for it, so free yay. selfie stick with a flash will do. if you wanted to you could put an unlocked old phone of yours labeled, so they can take a picture for you and also with their own camera.

if its free i don’t really care whether its used or not haha. but there will be young people there who enjoy these things so i’m including it for fun.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

huisinjj :  We went to a wedding and they had some Polaroid cameras, props and book. It was actually really cute! Everyone loved it. Your guests don’t get to take the photos home with them, but that’s ok. Everyone had a lot of fun making the guest book for the couple.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Why not buy a polaroid camera? Although I guess you would need someone to “man” the station.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Why not buy a polaroid camera? Although I guess you would need someone to “man” the station.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I bought a Fuji Instax 210 off eBay, bought the film at Walmart and we’re going to have a spot set up against the brick of the building so people can take pictures and take their picture home. It actually takes decent pictures.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

we had a polaroid camera at our elopement party. we designated a younger sibling and her friend to man the station and she took pictures of every single couple that walked in for us, and they took a second snap for the couple to keep. there was lots of film left out for people to use the camera all night. We did create a backdrop of PVC and white fabric as a background because we didn’t really have a plain wall available to use so everything looked “busy”. Lots of our friends and fam used the backdrop for their own pics on cams/phones too. We didn’t bother with props or anything though. it worked out really well and i have to regrets about deciding to make the backdrop at 730pm the night before the party 😀

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