(Closed) Fauxto / Photobooth Choices- Which one is best?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Which one(s) are best?

    Disposable cameras

    Hire amatuer to take pics

    Instant camera/film

    Camera with remote and software

  • Post # 3
    3120 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    10283 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    5540 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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.

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