(Closed) Photo booth – worth it?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 49
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

I’m doing an instax (like a polariod camera but cheaper) photo booth and getting someone to take photos of people in front of a ribbon back drop. I have designed the guestbook so they put their photo into the guestbook. We already own the camera so just have to buy the film, about a dollar a print. 

Post # 50
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@creeative1:  You can hook up an old fashioned-like bulb shutter release.  You squeeze the bulb and the shutter goes off. I have yet to purchace one for myself, but I’m pretty sure they’re available for DSLR’s.  

You could also check out @pogmi ‘s post above.  They gave directions on using the self timer.  


Post # 51
2624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@pogmi:  good idea!

Post # 52
1365 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

So worth it!  We really wanted shots of all our guests since we’re both expats living in the US and it would be the only time that all of our nearest and dearest were together.  We put the photobooth by the dance floor and our guest book.  So people would sign the book, hop into the booth and then dance.

It didn’t take away from our guests dancing at all and we had some amazing shots.  I’m glad we didn’t have an actual ‘booth’ because it enabled more people to get in there – at one point we had 8-9 (entire tables).


Post # 53
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We made our own photo booth for under $20 with PVC pipe, a long piece of fabric, and some lips/moustaches from Etsy. We used my dad’s digital camera and a spare tripod from our photographer (who was a friend of ours).

Based on the resulting pics, our guests definitely had a blast with it!

Post # 54
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Fiance and I just won a photobooth for 2 hours for free, so we’re having one! We wanted one, but did not think it was “worth it” for the cost.  We are probably going to extend it to 3 hours and it will only cost us $75.  If we add in a scrapbook for the guests to put their 2nd strips into, it’ll only be $100 (but regular price it would have been about $800 – which I don’t think is worth it).

I’m super excited about it though, every wedding I’ve been to it’s been a huge hit, and we are having a large wedding (approx. 200) with a lot of friends (50 or so) so we think it won’t distract from the dance floor too much.

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@smirkypox:  Sorry to threadjack OP but I’m getting married in Buffalo, if you want some recs PM me!

Post # 55
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes!  We DIY’d our photobooth to save on costs and a friend of my sister (not originally invited to the wedding) manned it for us. It was a lot of fun and people had a good laugh with all the props.

Post # 56
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

Best thing I did… Hire a photo booth. It was A BLAST and all the guests loved it. Well worth the money and just make it the favor that way it is 2 birds one stone. 517 Events

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