photo booth alternatives

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We re getting a Polaroid camera, hopefully 2nd hand off of eBay. Gets you the instant photos and then there’s plenty of backdrops on online 

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

futuremrsbennett95 :  Word of caution – make sure someone else knows how to work the Polaroid. My sister did this at her wedding and everytime the polaroids ran out or got stuck (which was unfortunately frequent) she had to go over and fiddle to fix it!! 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I had a backdrop and brought a cheap ipad stand, used that and got my Brother-In-Law to also take pictures with his camera

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We got our photobooth through groupon and paid way less than that, and had a great experience. My sister also did the same! Just a thought 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhBHxXivBZg

I’ve debated setting up my own with an ipad. The apps avaible make it seem like a decent option. I don’t have an ipad, but I could borrow one, or I could buy one. Could be even cheaper than renting a photobooth, and then I get to keep an ipad! :p

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

kimberbee17 :  I m sure between myself and the bridesmaids and groomsmen there ll be plenty of people who know how to use it 🙂 we re having a fairly small wedding so won’t need too much film. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

We’re thinking about making our own photo booth using pvc pipe and fabric.   I think your idea of using the ceremony backdrop is great!  You’ll get two for the price of one!   We’ll probably use a tablet to take pics and then print them out on to a printer.  We haven’t tried it yet though,  so I can’t speak to how well this will work. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

We had a polaroid camera and I made a few little photobooth props on sticks. Didn’t worry about the backdrop. I also printed and framed clear instructions for how to use it and how to change the film. It worked really well and now we have heaps of polaroids of our friends in our guestbook 🙂 

I think I spent about $200 on instax film which was far more than needed but then we had heaps leftover to use at our next-day picnic etc

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I did a Polaroid guest book/escort card thing, which I now have framed on my wall in my living room. It turned out great, and there are personalized messages from everyone

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2017

My cousin had a videobooth at her wedding that they made themselves, and then used DIY videography to record it! If you don’t want to spend a lot of money I’d recommend that!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We’re just setting up a backdrop, having some props on a table and putting out selfie sticks for a selfie station. I thought about doing an ipad or dslr photobooth but I don’t want to be responsible for fixing it throughout the night if something goes wrong.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

Groupon and Living Social ALWAYS have deals on photo booths. I realize that costs can vary by region, but I am in Northern California and I just searched Groupon the other day because our niece is getting married and there were many options with reasonable costs. We had a photo booth at our 2015 wedding. Ours was through our DJ company, who gave us something of a discount for booking both services, but even without a discount, it would not have cost the $800-1000 you referenced. You can get one for way less than that. I considered a DIY option, but having the professionals do it gave me peace of mind and I think, ultimately, saved me money. Who wants to buy and transport props, etc.?  

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