(Closed) “faux”tobooth – your experience

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I did it and in my opinion it was pretty easy!

My husband and his dad built our photobooth out of PVC pipe – the built the frame and then we enclosed it with cheap red curtains from walmart. I want to say it was 6ft x 4ft x 6ft. For the actual photos we bought the sparkbooth software for $60 bucks and loaded it on a laptop. (you can use a built in webcam, but we bought a detachable because it took better still shots) From there you just need a nice quality printer, paper and some ink.

Throw a box of props in there and sign that says push space bar – it will take 4 photos back to back and print them immediately afterwards – you can even customize and have it say X & X  11-11-11 or something. It worked out really well for us and my guests loved it! it even saved the pictures straight to the hard drive so i had copies of all of them 🙂

be sure to find some time to go in and test the photobooth in the reception venue! i had my brothers running around during cocktail hour testing it out – should have done it wayy before then.


Post # 5
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did one and it was really easy. I bought a funky piece of fabric, sewed a loop at the top and hung it from some metal pipe. Our venue had exposed ceilings so we hung it from the ceiling beams. We just set up a camera on a tripod, put up a sign and a box of props, and let people go at it! It worked really well, and we got so many awesome shots. The only thing is that the camera we used ran out of battery so we had to take a break to recharge it. If you go this route I’d suggest having backups in case.

Post # 6
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011


There are lots of ways to incorporate this into your reception. The most difficult part is the photographer. You don’t want to have your professional photographer being pulled away from the both of you to take photobooth pictures every time guests want to use it. consider “hiring” one of your guests who is decent with a camera for an hour or two durring the reception and have your DJ announce that photoboothing will take place from now till then.

Next you want to consider scenery/props. a simple method is to drape curtains over a structure and maybe even some flower garland on the sides. provide your guests with silly paper cut-out props like phony mustaches glued onto wooden skewers or large rimmed opera glasses (you get the idea).  Or you can give them a small chalk board and some chalk to write messages and hold up in the photos. a more elaborate background could be any scenery picture you like and take it to kinkos and ask them for an oversized print secure it to the wall and tadaa! (ask your reception hall about being allowed to secure it to their walls first!)

Hope this helps!

Post # 7
22 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had one and I am SO SO glad we did!! We just set up a backdrop and had a basket of props available, and then we put our camera on a tripod with a remote. Everything ran really smoothly, we had no problems, and our guests really had alot of fun with it! 


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