{DIY Photo Booth Ideas}

Image

I personally love the photo booth idea at weddings.  Your guests are having fun, and they are dressed up, so what better time to let them cut loose and get their picture taken?  The days of renting a photo booth for a few thousand dollars are over.  Wedding budgets just aren’t that elaborate for most people. And now, thanks to the internet, a great photo booth can be created for a fraction of the cost and with a little bit of forethought.

The exact photo booth idea appropriate for your wedding or event will vary depending on a number of items, such as your venue type, the layout of your event, limitations in your rental contract, and what resources you’ll have available.  You will have to figure out if you will be able to hang things on the wall, or will you need a self-standing frame.  If you have to come up with a self-standing frame, will you have a wall available to help support it?  If you want to set up your booth outdoors, you will need to figure out if you will be able to make use of the grass for anchoring your frame or will there be trees available that can be an asset to your set-up.  Then you also need to think about prep-time.  Will you have time to assemble it before-hand, or will you have to do it all on-site when you arrive at the venue?  All of these things matter.  But luckily, there are quite a few simple and low-cost options for creating a great DIY photo booth.

One thing you need to remember is that the backdrop is just the backdrop.  You do not need to create the world’s most amazing photo studio.  When the picture is taken, you will not see the white pipe or the clips holding the backdrop in place.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it look as nice as possible, but just keep in mind when you’re planning what will be seen by the camera and what won’t.

Here are a few ideas…

{clothing racks/pvc pipe and curtains/fabric}

TheGirlInspired tells you how she does it.

photo backdrop2

Image

Image

{use balloons as a backdrop when no wall or structure is available}

Image

Image

{hanging frames/backdrops from string}

Image

Image

Image

Image

{self-supporting frame}

Image

{science project style}

Image

{tiki torches with a frame}

 Smarty Had a Party tells us how she did it

Image

{turn a wall into a backdrop using diy pendants}

Image

In summary, a DIY photo booth can range from simple to complex depending on the options you have available at your venue, spacing restrictions, and whether you are allowed to stick or hang from the walls and ceilings.  Luckily there are a lot of low cost options that may work as a great solution.  What you can’t do with your backdrop, you can make up for with chairs and props (to be discussed in a future post).  Make sure you have a good understanding of what your venue does and does not permit.  Know where in the venue you want to set the booth up.  And work with what you have.  Give it some thought.  Run your ideas and obstacles past someone that wants to see your vision come true.  There will be a lot of people that don’t get it and will try to talk you out of it.  Why do you want to do that?  That’s too much trouble.  That’s what the naysayers will say.   Those will be the main ones you have to drag out of the photo booth once it’s up and running.  When all else fails, keep it simple – try a lot of balloons and some chairs, and have a great time!

Advertisements