Post # 1
Fi and I had the dreaded budget talk again tonight ::womp womp:: and we realized some things are going to have to be cut–like the photobooth. The cheapest I found was around 800…and for LA that’s really good! I know I really want one and don’t mind having a DIY one, but I just need some advice on the logistics of a DIY photobooth.
I know how I’d make it, so I don’t really need advice on construction but more on the operation aspect. So ladies who DIY’d your own booth tell me did you just set up a point and shoot? Is there any way to print out photos on the spot? How did you give guests their photos? Any ideas and advice would be awesome!
Post # 3
@Miss Zig Zag:
I know someone who could do it for $500 for two hours. Message me if your interested since I dont think I could post the info here. I know this doesnt answer your question, but it might change ur mind.
Post # 4
My plan right now is to download software on my pc (http://www.partyboothapp.com/) that automatically prints the pictures as they’re taken.
I have the perfect computer for it though…I have a 25-inch HP touchsmart all-in-one PC so I’ll be able to set it up so that they just hit something on the screen (it’s a touchscreen pc) to start the process, and it has a built in webcam so it will do everything.
Post # 5
I feel the same, having a photo booth would be amazing but the price is just too much for us, especially as we’re having two events- one in Europe and one in the US and I’d like it at both! At the moment, I’m thinking that I’ll buy an instant print digital camera and set it up on a tri-pod facing a curtain or something like that then I’ll have a table beside it with the book they can then post their pics and a message to us in. And maybe some props that people can be silly with in the pictures.
I’m really interested in what other people are going to do!
Post # 6
I made my own photobooth and the pictures from it (used in my guestbook) was one of my favorite things from the wedding! I posted a review of the whole process here:
Post # 7
mrs. pincushion has a good diy photobooth tutorial!
Post # 8
Were doing our own little variation of a photobooth. We’re making it by buying fabric from the store, and putting it over my mom’s old grapevine structure. We’re going to set up our digital camera, and camcorder. We’re going to have everyone take photos, and say what they want. We’re going to leave a little “prop box” in there with funny little things for them to wear while taking photos. Since we don’t have the funds for a photobooth, or anything like that, and since my Fiance works at Wolf Camera, we’re going to print wallets of all the photos and send copies of whoever the belonged to with thier thank you cards.
We also have a guest book photo book that we’re going to fill with pictures from the photo booth. 😀
It may not be a traditional photo booth, but we’ll have good footage of peoples wishes for our video – not wasting videography time AND photos for everyone, and ourselves for the cost of prints, and fabric.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the input ladies! I think we ultimately may just set up my point and shoot in front of a cool fabric and print out the photos to send along with our thank you card. I wish photo booths weren’t so expensive! Le sigh…
Post # 10
@miss zigzag – Don’t be sad! I actually thought it was great doing it myself (once I figured everything out) b/c it was possible to have a more interesting background AND I got to have printouts that day as well as have copies on my computer so that I could make a really cool collage for my wedding album:
I think the DIY photobooth was great, so don’t feel disappointed that you can’t have the professional one. I got everything I wanted out of a photobooth and all the parts cost me less than $30 (if you don’t count the photo printer…since I was able to sell it afterwards!).
Post # 11
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 # 12
@UpstateCait:Wow that sounds awesome! Fiance and I both have macs but we only have the macbook so I don’t think it can really run the photobooth all night. Have you thought of renting out your set up to other brides?
You did such a great job with your photobooth too! And I’m not really sad about not having a pro photobooth, just the thought of how everything wedding related is so overpriced makes me sad. I’ve been to 3 weddings with photobooths so far (and a lot of our guests were at those weddings too), so we might even scrap the whole photobooth idea and do something totally different.
Post # 13
If you have a mac, there’s a program specifically for diy photobooths. It’s completely automated. You just install the program and your guests tell it when to take pictures and it lays it out in the photostrip format and prints. I wanted to do this for my wedding so bad but I didn’t have the right version mac.
Check it out in this thread.
Post # 14
@Miss Zig Zag: We actually have and we think we might! We dont use the TV or the iSight camera and we only use the mac mini as our media center (but if we were to rent it out, we would probably just buy another one). If it turns out as good as we think its going to, I definitely think other local brides would want to rent it!
Post # 15
The software is now called Spark Booth, and the web site has been moved to http://sparkbooth.com
Post # 16
anyone have any suggestions for someone who doesn’t want to have the photos print out that night? I’d rather not have to purchase a new printer and/or leave it unattended and have someone deal with it when it’s out of paper/ink or jammed… is there a software program that is good at collecting photos and just saving them?
or is there a way to link the computer up the camera so that the images automatically transfer over? thanks in advance for any help!