(Closed) Would you trust your guests to a DIY photobooth?

posted 9 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: Would you let guests man a very DIY photobooth themselves (end result: polaroids for us and them)?

    Yes, they'd be fine taking 2 cute pics.

    Hell no, somebody would steal it or use all the film up!

    Maybe, if someone checked on it throughout the night

  • Post # 3
    356 posts
    Helper bee

    We are. We are making it idiot proof. Macbook, webcam, printer, backdrop. All they will have to do is click the mouse on capture picture and bang. They won’t be able to do anything else but that. If they somehow stuff it up then I honestly don’t know what to do ha ha. 

    Post # 5
    10 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    The last wedding I attended had a DIY photo booth similar to what Milo posted.  They had a great set up and lots of props, however, there were technical difficulties the entire night, and the bride had to be the one to fix it.  I’m not sure if they even got all the pictures from it.

    DIY sounds like it could be a great idea – as long as you’re not the one running/fixing it!

    Post # 6
    3872 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had a photo guestbook with a cheap digital camera, partially because we were worried about people dropping something more expensive.  But the camera made it through the night unscathed, so I wouldn’t worry about that part.

    For the film, maybe put an asterisk on the note that says *We only have enough film for 2 pics per person!

    Post # 7
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I would have trusted all but 1 guest with a DIY photobooth. But the untrustworthy friend would have made sure we ended up with the most inappropriate photos humanly possible. It would be like giving him an open invitation to prank every person there and I would love/hate to see what sort of hijinx he would have come up with. Don’t get me wrong… we love him forever for his antics. He’s effing legendary and a night with him is certain to be an adventure. But the possibility of him with an official wedding camera would be a no-go.  🙂

    Post # 8
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would trust my guests, but I wouldn’t trust the equipment!! Technology never works when you need it to, you know?

    Post # 9
    1033 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think people will start to do glamor shots and use up a ton of film. Also, people will want more than just one when they take photos with friends.

    We had a photobooth that we rented and this happened with us. Luckly, we got copies of all of the photos and noticed that we didn’t get a lot. Also, there were glamor shots GALORE!

    Post # 11
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it is do-able but you really have to walk through every possible contingency and maybe have a friend who is willing to hang around and be tech-support when things go wrong. I also would worry that if it printed two copies (or whatever), they’d take both instead of leaving one for me, especially if it was a group photo. So I”d want to make sure the photos were being saved on a hard-drive to be printed later.

    We are choosing to use the pro photobooth through our DJ company. It wasn’t too expensive as a package deal and I’m a worrier about technical issues. I’m one of those people who can think of everything that can go wrong (I always have at least a plan A, B, and C just in life in general), and I wouldn’t be able to relax. I want everything to be super smooth. Plus, they will man the booth/table and get each guest to sign the guest book (with a copy of their photos) when the come out. That is worth it to me.


    Post # 12
    662 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I did this at my wedding. I had asked my dad to check on it through the night. I don’t think he did.

    People were F-ing with the settings and at one point I went by and it was set to ‘video’, so people got confused and gave up.

    I had explicit directions on how to load the paper, and told people to ask my dad for help if they needed it. Someone ruined a whole pack of paper because they didn’t read the directions.

    I love the photos that I did get, but I think a lot more people would have used it if it had an attendant. A lot of the older guests were intimidated by it, and the younger guests were a little tipsy and couldn’t figure it out.

    People will not follow the directions. Our camera had a memory card, so we could re-print the pictures at home. Most people left their photos in our guestbook and didn’t even take their own home.





    Post # 13
    1438 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    we did a polaroid guestbook for our wedding and it was a huge hit and everyone had so much fun.   Noone stole it, noone broke it, noone played with the settings, my coworker even took it around the reception and took candid shot of everyone.   It was a blast!   i’m glad they all had fun with it…. that’s what it was for!

    Post # 14
    8067 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    2 photos per guest?  How does that work if let’s say someone wants to be in 5 photos with other guests.  But those other guests are in only 1.  Is this over the limit?  Is it just supposed to be you and your date only?

    I think it could work for you based on the way you describe your guests (well behaved), but I think you should be aware it might not turn out how you envision it.

    Post # 16
    1127 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Provide more film. I mean, it seems simple enough. And have someone hold onto the extra film and check the camera throughout the night. When it’s run out, they can refill the camera. That way — you have some control.

    If there’s extra film after the wedding, return it and get your money back.

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