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How to build your own photo booth

Looking to cut costs and build your own photo booth? Here’s how you can do it.

Entertaining your guests can become expensive – bands can cost hundreds of pounds, as can DJs, and what about the cost of a magician? Whether you’re trying to save the pennies or you want to do something fun for your guests, creating your own photo booth could be the answer.

 

How to make a photo booth

First, you’ll need a camera or a smartphone with a good quality camera, and a tripod to put it on.

You’ll need a mixture of props. Think hats, glasses, masks, inflatables, false beards, wigs, etc. The crazier the better! To make it easier, you can buy ready-made sets of photo booth props. Just take a look at somewhere like Hobbycraft for ideas.

 

Where should I put the photo booth?

Now that you’ve figured out what props you want, you need to find a place for your photo booth.

It would be a good idea to have it close to the dance floor or in the same room where the main reception is. You don’t want to set it up in a place where your guests won’t be able to find it.

You should also consider the backdrop and the lighting. Are there any curtains around a window that can be closed to create a backdrop? You may be able to find a blank wall that can be used.  You don’t want the background to detract from the guests in the photo, so choose something plain. Remember that the camera flash could reflect on a shiny background so, to avoid glare, make sure the wall doesn’t have shimmery wallpaper.

If you wanted to, you could create your own backdrop. You could hang chiffon like this incredible setup:

 

Backdrop with white fabric and pallets

This backdrop would be incredible for an Autumn wedding!

Or, you could create a colourful ribbon backdrop. For a more simple backdrop, you could hang a bedsheet in your choice of colour. Just be sure to confirm with the venue how you can hang it to prevent any damage.

If you want to push the boat out, you could have a flower wall created. The wall could be used throughout the day, and then moved to the photo booth location for the evening.

 

How will the photo booth work?

Now that you’ve got all your props and equipment together, you need to make sure the system will work flawlessly on the day.

First, you’ll need to set the camera or the phone on a timer. If you’re unsure how to do this, either check the manual or Google it. A 5- or 10-second timer should be enough. You should also make sure that there’s plenty of storage on the device. You may have to buy an additional memory card. You don’t want the device to stop taking photos because it’s got full memory.

Then, you might want to put a sign out that advises your guests of how to use the photo booth. It could say something like

Press the button and strike a pose!

This lets your guests know to push the button on the camera themselves.

When the day is over, you’ll have plenty of fun looking at all the ridiculous photos of your guests. Don’t forget to add them somewhere so your guests can see them. Facebook might be a good place to do this. That way, you can tag them in the photos!

 

If you want to take the hassle out of making your own photo booth, there are plenty of companies out there who can take care of everything for you!

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How to keep your wedding guests entertained during photos

Your wedding photographs are the one thing that remain once the wedding day is over to show all the little moments – your first dance, getting into your dress, and your first meal as a married couple.

But taking the perfect photos takes time, especially when you and your new husband or wife disappear off to have your photoshoot together.

No matter what part of the day you have your couple’s photoshoot, there may be a significant amount of time where you and your partner, the main stars of the show, disappear for an hour. But what are your guests going to do during this time?

I’ve had a think and have come up with some ideas on how to keep your wedding guests entertained during your photos.

 

If you’re having your photos during the drinks reception…

Lots of couples choose to have their photos during the drinks reception. This seems like a natural time. If you’re getting married at a church, people will be gradually arriving at your reception venue and receiving their welcome drinks and canapés. If you get married at a venue, it’s likely that they’ll want to turn the room around for your wedding breakfast.

So, if you want to have your photos taken during this time, there are a couple of entertainment options you can have.

The first is music. Hiring a string quartet, a pianist, a flautist, or even a singer to perform during your drinks reception is a great idea. Your guests won’t even notice that you’ve disappeared!

The second is games. If your venue has an outdoor space, you could hire some lawn games for your guests, particularly the children.

Finally, you could hire some bartenders who specialise in performance. Otherwise known as flair bartending, they can entertain your guests and throw glasses around while creating special cocktails for your guests.

 

Bride and groom posing outside amongst the grass

If you’re having your photos after your meal…

Some couples prefer to have their photos later on in the day. There’s usually a natural break between your wedding breakfast/speeches and the evening reception.

Say your wedding breakfast finishes at 5.30 but your evening guests aren’t arriving until 7, you have an hour and a half to have your photo shoot. This can be a beautiful time to have photos in spring or autumn as the sun usually sets around this time.

This would be an excellent time to have a photo booth set up for your guests or even something a little more quirky such as a caricaturist to draw people while they’re enjoying tea and coffee.

 

If you’re having your photos after your first dance…

This would be an unusual time to have your photos, but in the summer, it can still be light outside after 9pm. Make the most of the warm summer evenings and get some beautiful sunset photos.

But your guests need entertaining in the evening. DJs are still very popular so your guests can have a dance. Bands are also becoming increasingly popular. Although they’re more expensive, nothing equals the sound of a live band to create some amazing music.

Bride and groom dancing at sunset

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How to Display Wedding Photos in your Home

You’ve received your wedding photographs and you absolutely love them. But now what do you do with them?

Your wedding photos are beautiful. They’re everything you dreamed they would be. And now you want to display them in your home so your family and friends can appreciate them when they come over. You may have got a wedding album included in a package from your photographer, but I’ve come up with some alternative ways you can display wedding photos in your home.

Create a gallery wall

You might be struggling to find just one photo from your wedding day that you love. You love all of them! How do you choose?

Well luckily, you don’t have to. You could create a gallery wall using multiple photos from your day, just like Lauren has done:

Gallery wall showing wedding photos

 

Lauren has printed her photos quite large (16″ x 20″) but it’s up to you how many photos you want to incorporate and how you lay them out. You don’t have to do them in a square, and they definitely don’t all have to be the same. Some of your favourites could be printed bigger than others, and you could put them in the centre of your gallery to make them stand out.

You could choose to put them all in the same frames or in different ones. It’s completely up to you. A gallery wall is so versatile and is a great way to showcase your wedding and your personality.

Just make sure you have lots of different photos from different parts of the day so you have a real variety.

Home Accessories

If you wanted to, you could use some of your wedding photographs to decorate your home.

You could have mugs made with your favourite photos on, or have a pillow created for your armchair or bed. There are lots of companies that will print your photos onto a chosen object.

If you’re using multiple photos on one item, just make sure they look right together, for example, check they were taken in the same lighting and include similar colours, otherwise the photos may look odd together.

Use Polaroids

If you’re a fan of polaroids, this is a wonderful option for you and it’s great for people on a budget. You can have your photos printed into ‘Polaroid’ form. Many photograph printers will now do this for you. You can then use the photos to create a Polaroid wall of wedding photos.

 

Polaroid wall for wedding photos

Photo credit: Elevator Musik

This style is great for those who had a more informal/quirky wedding.

Printed Canvas

The final way to display wedding photos at home is with a canvas. Canvases come in many shapes and sizes and can be hung nearly anywhere in your home.

Living room with large wedding canvas above fire

Photo credit: Dream of Home

Canvas on wall above sofa

 

There are so many beautiful and unusual ways you can showcase your wedding photos so have an experiment and see what you can do!