Post # 1
I need some bee expertise!!! I reaaalllly want a photobooth, but we think it’s too expensive for our 5 hour reception. I’m willing to spend up to $250 on an alternative(s). These seem to be the leading choices, including the cost of bringing our own background and props:
1. Disposable Kodak cameras on each table ($150)
2. Hire someone to take pics, mail with thank yous ($100)
3. Buy an instant camera & film (like Fuji Instax or Polaroid) and take double shots for guests and us ($250)
4. Borrow a nice camera with a remote and have people take their own, use photo software (no printing), mail with thank yous. ($100)
I want to make it easy for people to participate! Right now I’m leaning towards doing both #1 and #2. Which one(s) would you recommend? Which did you use that were a hit? Are there any hidden costs (besides printing later)? Is there a better idea? Thanks for all advice!
Post # 3
I feel like disposables on the tables are a bit 1990s. No offense to anyone who did that! I also think people like to have something they can take with them that night. I might consider printing.
Post # 4
My sister attempted to do a faux-to booth at her friend’s wedding and I helped her with it. It was really difficult to get it set up in the reception and she said the lighting was horrible, so the pictures weren’t good. So I’d advise against setting up a nice camera/remote/computer unless you have ample time to set it up correctly, with extra lighting if needed.
What about just instagramming photos? I think instagram is even cooler than polaroid, and you have more control over things since it is digital. Get a bridesmaid to go around to the tables with an iphone and take the photos (or you can always instagram the photos later).
Post # 5
I had a polaroid digital camera at my wedding. I set it up on a tri-pod with a set of instructions for people to DIY.
I set it up so that photos would print automatically, and was on a 10s timer. People kept trying to F&*& with the settings, and screwed it up for a while. I walked by at one point, and it was set to video. We got a bunch of video of people trying to figure it out.
Because of this, a lot of people missed out on their chance to visit.
If you are going to go this route, make sure you designate someone to man it, or at least check on it once in a while.
Post # 6
We had a DIY photo booth and used a variation of your last option. Ours was pretty elaborate but basically we set up an iSight camera, projected the image onto a large flat screen TV and ran the photobooth software on one of our Macbooks. Our guests used an Apple remote to take their own pictures.
I’m far too lazy to go into more detail but you can read about our photo booth in this thread, if you want.
Personally, I voted for your last option as I think it would be the most user friendly. We didn’t print out any pictures at the wedding but instead uploaded them to our wedding website afterwards so our guests could grab them off of there. Your idea of mailing them with the thank you’s is a great alternative.
Post # 7
The last wedding I was at had a friend of the groom with a nice camera taking pictures in the “photo booth” and an instant printer that the memory card went in and the prints were given to the guests about 5 minutes. It worked really well because there was no one messing with potentially expensive technology that they could break but disposible cameras are pretty crappy quality picutres.
Post # 8
There’s a local pub that has a fauxto booth. They set up a DSLR with a laptop/software and printer and had a button that you could step on to start it. It was all encased in plywood so no one could touch anything except the button (which was on the floor) and the opening where the pictures came out. I thought this was a really great idea, but I can’t find a good, small printer to use with it.
Post # 9
@chasesgirl: Yea, that was a concern of mine- having people use someone else’s expensive camera. I think we should plan to have someone there.
@metalbride: I’m sorry yours didn’t go so well! Thanks for sharing, I need to keep in mind how easy it is for people to mess up camera settings.
@babymakes3: All that prep work is something to consider, I’m trying to avoid biting off more than I can chew!