(Closed) Can I have guests use their own cameras for a photo booth?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@mvg120:  no. Set up a computer or a camera of your own.

Post # 4
1709 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I think it would run more smoothly if you had a camera set up with someone manning it.  If people are using their own cameras, they make take their sweet time and use all the props and leave a really long line of people waiting.


Post # 5
47 posts

Do you have any teenagers you could bribe? They could probably do a good job without having to pay them a ton. Also, you know your friends and family best and what their opinions are about stuff like that. I think if it were me, I would like the photobooth idea a lot and that would outweigh any thoughts on having to find someone to take my picture. Whenever I stress about some of those details I decided that my wedding is going to be about celebrating our lives together with friends and family and if what I want to do doesn’t hurt that then I go for it. Good luck deciding!

Post # 6
1459 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

You’d need something set up so that they can take photos from a distance or you’re going to get a lot of myspace style photos, someone manning the station would work better 🙂 

Post # 7
741 posts
Busy bee

@mvg120:  I think it’s a great idea that they take their own pictures (who doesn’t have a camera these days), but I think it’s a little much to ask them to do the extra step of having to share those photos with everyone.

If you decide to go this route, what you can do is create an instagram or facebook page for the wedding and have people tag it. Then you can organize the pictures if you really want to!

Post # 8
8574 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing our own photo booth, we plan to get an polaroid camera for them to use with lots and lots of extra film. Perhaps you could do this as well.

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

Absolutely! I went to a wedding last year where the bride had set up the backdrop with fun props and then we just took Photos of each other. Worked great! 

Post # 10
33 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

just give lots of fun props!


Post # 11
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We did a “sort of” Photo Booth at our casual Back Home Reception… themed backdrop, some props etc.  And let folks do with it as they pleased.

The downside was not a lot of people utilized it… and so only a handful or two of photos were taken overall I think.  And I’ve seen even a fewer (mind you I’m not on FaceBook)

Ours was as I say a Back Home Reception Party, and an overall older crowd (40s and up).  And so maybe a not a lot of folks understood the whole concept.  And to be fair we didn’t really have an “official” announcement for it.

I think that in this day and age, it would be totally acceptable / do-able to let folks take their own pics… besides being a cost saver for you… it also means that it might encourage Guests to share their photos on networking sites (or set up a link on your Wedding Website where folks can upload photos to).

If you do it… for a Regular Reception I think there would be more usage if you do announce it (out-loud via your MC or DJ).  And also consider some well placed informative signage.

For the record… when Mr TTR and I were making the rounds of the room… whenever we stopped by the Photo Booth, it seemed to be fun for whoever was hanging around to get goofy pics with us.  So bare that in mind… you want to make a point of utilizing it yourselves as well.

Hope this helps,


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