Post # 1
Ok my question today is about the ever so popular DIY photobooth idea. I want to keep mine simple and only have a fabric sheet back drop with maybe a chair & fun pillows & maybe bubbles for creative shots BUT I don’t think I will provide cameras ect. Just have it for people to take their own pictures and have fun with. Is that tacky to NOT provide the cameras or go to the trouble of having someone take pictures all night and send them out later? Or would people rather have fun with it on their own anyway. I’m thinking most people bring their camera to weddings anyway, right??
Also do I need a cute sign explaining to guests what it is & what to do ??
Oh and P.S. we are having our guest book attendants take all the guests pictures as they sign our "book" in front of the same backdrop earlier in the day if it matters ??
Post # 3
If it were me I would provide a camera and assign someone or a few someones to take the photos for at least part of the night. Lots of people will bring their cameras to the wedding, but if you ask them to take their own photos, you run into several problems:
- One person in the group can’t be in the photo because they are busy taking it, meaning you either have a photo missing one important group member or they have to recruit someone else to take it, which is a hassle
- People who didn’t bring cameras can’t take photos in it or will have to borrow a camera…in which case how will they ever get to see their photos?
- How will you get the photos once they are taken? Will you contact every guest to ask them to email the files or upload them to a website? So many photos you may never see. However, if you are more concerned with people having fun than with getting all the photos, maybe this is not as big a concern for you.
Maybe you could compromise and have the photobooth staffed for part of the night. I would definitely put up a sign explaining what you want people to do for optimum effect…even though we have all heard of this idea, it will be brand-new to some guests! Good luck and it sounds like your photobooth would be really cute.
Post # 4
Perfect suggestions, thank you! I believe I will have someone take the photos for part of the night then people will have cought on if they wish to take their own later in the evening. We can also make a cute sign in addition just in case people miss the gist
Post # 5
I love this idea! I think i might steal it! Check this out this, here is another option to make a guest book (this is what i am doing even if i do book a photobooth) I will leave the space for the photo blank and i’ll print out the extra copies after but i’ll let them write the message the day of the wedding.
Post # 6
Oops here is the photo! hehehh
Post # 7
The logistics of collecting photos after the wedding is surprisingly challenging. I wouldn’t rely on it. For no good reason, I’ve only received photos from three people. Trust me – many more than three people took photos at our wedding and have TOLD us they WANT to give us their photos. But over six-months later I’ve just given up.
I would ask a friend or family member to man the booth or volunteer a camera so that all the photos will be on one camera. You could leave disposable cameras, also, which wouldn’t be very expensive but also probably wouldn’t be as high-quality. I agree with Chelseamorning that the primary disadvantage to not having a manned booth is that one member of the group will be absent from the shot, although your guests can probably flag someone down (perhaps the next person in line). Perhaps you could ask someone to do it just during cocktail hour or during the reception line, and encorage guests to take their photos then. The person doesn’t have to be tied to the booth all night.
Post # 8
I would say provide a camera on a tripod with a cable shutter release for the pictures, obviously with a HUGE media card for all of the pictures.
Post # 9
I totally LOVE this idea! I have looked at the ones you rent and they just are NOT in my budget. I think I’m going to "hire" my daughter’s friends to take the pictures – that way they feel like part of the day and they aren’t just sitting around bored while everyone talks. Another thing to add to my To Do List! GREAT IDEA!!
Post # 10
Hi. Great ideas. One other FUN suggestion is to add a basket of props for dressing up. i.e. feather boas, plastic necklaces, funny glasses, different hats etc. I did this for a client, I filled it with a lot of the things from my 5 year old daughters dress up clothes, so it didn’t cost a thing. Ask around, maybe a niecie, cousin or friend who has children could loan stuff to you. I wasn’t sure how it would look and was going to pull the idea on the day of if it looked tacky. But, it was a hit and all the guests loved it. The bride loved it too, because she got some really fun pictures. You could also look into purchasing an inexpensive digital camera, you can get them for $40 or even a disposable digital. Having someone there to take pictures is defintiely helpful and the sign is a must. Have Fun!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
We’re planning on doing something similar to sherijohnson’s suggestion: setting up a tripod with a digital camera set on "10-second timer". That way everyone can join in on the fun! :o)