posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3296 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

Another bee did something like that. Wish I could remember who it was!


What about using polaroids so you still get the same effect?  Personally I like that idea better. With the pro photobooths, guests have to wait for the photographer to process and edit the photos. With a polaroid, they can instantly see their hilarious pics.

Post # 4
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

My friend sort of did this, they paid a friend with a nice camera like, $50 maybe and got one of those instant print printers that you can put the memory card in directly and print. I don’t think it was that expensive.

Post # 5
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

To be honest, I don’t really like the idea of having your guests use their own cameras for this. I don’t think it will go over as well as you’re hoping for. If you want to make your own actual photo booth, it is possible. Darling Husband and my Father-In-Law built ours and it was amazing. I’ll c/p one of the posts that I made about it since I’m far too lazy to type it all up again. Be prepared, it’s gonna be long and the formatting may be a little screwy…

 We built 2 seperate walls that would end up facing each other. The first wall was 4’x7′ and housed the TV, camera and macbook. We cut out a square large enough to mount the TV (37″ flat screen) and made a frame around it using scrap wood, which was later painted. The camera was mounted ontop of the TV in a way so that our guests could adjust the height if needed (our guests ranged from 3′ to almost 7′) but they couldn’t remove it. We built a shelf into the back to house the laptop that was running our custom photo booth software (DH is a mac developer so he wrote the software that we used). We drilled a small hole in the wall that lined up with the sensor on the laptop so that the remote would work. Both walls were reinforced with collapsible legs for east transport.

The second wall was 6’x7′ and that was used as our backdrop. Both walls were designed to look like we were in a living room with modern wallpaper, crown molding and white wainscotting. We set the walls up about 7-8 feet apart so that we were able to maximize the amount of people we could fit in a frame. The traditional photo booths are nice but you can hardly fit anyone in them. We were able to get upwards of 12 people into ours!

We purchased a few coordinating curtain panels and rods and installed those for added privacy. We felt that our guests would be more comfortable if they could take their pictures without being on display so the entire booth was draped in curtains.

Everything was controlled by apple remote. Darling Husband set it up so that the main button on the remote took the picture (needed to make it as fool proof as possible). When our guests stepped into the booth, their image would be on the TV. When they were ready to take the picture, they would click the button and the screen would count down from 3 and then snap the photo. It would stay on the screen for a few seconds before going back to camera mode to take more pictures. We could have enabled a video mode as well but we were worried switching back and forth may be too technical for some and Darling Husband didn’t want to have to man the photo booth all night.  

We had a table set up outside of the booth with some dry erase boards, markers and a bunch of props for our guests to use. Because of the way the camera was set up, any pictures that our guests took with the dry erase boards came through backwards. It was an easy fix to flip the pictures after they were uploaded to our home computer. 

All in all, it was an absolute blast and our guests loved it. Darling Husband and my Father-In-Law built the entire thing. I wish I could say I contributed but short of painting a bit and selecting the bitchin’ wallpaper, I didn’t do much. We’ve already had a bunch of people tell us that we should rent it out. We would consider it if we had a way to transport it but it requires a truck and our little sedan won’t cut it. For now, it lives on in my IL’s garage. 

ETA: The booth cost about $400 to construct including all materials used. We already had all of the electronics so those aren’t included in the total. 

Post # 7
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had a photobooth. I chained my laptop to a table and used a photobooth program. I wrote step by step directions for how to take a picture and placed them near the basket of props. Tons of props from Five Below and dollar stores. The photos were saved to my laptop. And we uploaded the pics to our photo website for guests to download as favors. Not exactly a tangible favor in the strictess sense, but it worked great otherwise. And I figured people will either print theirs or not. Favors seem more and more an optional part of weddings nowadays.

Post # 8
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I agree that it’s better to go either with a cheap printer or a polaroid camera. I love the photobooth idea.

Post # 9
12 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014


I know that you want to cut the prices. So how about something like this. Yu still have the backdrop but instead of your guests using their own cameras, ask a good friend to be available for a a couple hours and a digital or polaroid camera; and create fun and funny props and have the friend take pictures.

Like this:


The other alternative, if you must have your guests take their own pics, is to set up a computer station with chairs in front of a backdrop and use a photobooth-like program for your guests to use…and a printer of course. 🙂

Like this:


or this: http://sparkbooth.com/

Do a google search for: Spak Booth, DIY Photobooth and you’ll see that the possibilities are endless 🙂


Post # 10
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t read any of the previous responses, so sorry if I’m repeating anything. I think it’s fine to just have a back drop and let guests take their own pictures. It sort of looses the ‘photo booth’ excitement because you don’t get anything instantly, but it is still certainly fun. One of my friends just did this at her wedding 2 months ago…lots of people had a great time with it and the props where so quirky. The only recommendation I’d make is to make sure the ‘photo booth’ is clearly labeled so everyone sees it and knows where it is. I was sitting right in front of it and had no idea it was there until almost the end of the reception. A table/corner/area like that can get lost among all the other things going on so just make sure you make it obvious.

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