Photo booth fun for every wedding budget

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Photo booth fun for every wedding budget

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One of the biggest wedding trends right now is funny wedding photos taken in photo booths during wedding receptions. Although the more formal or posed wedding pictures are an essential part of any wedding album, creating an opportunity for you and your guests to let loose can make your big day that much more fun. Now all you need to figure out is what type of photo booth person you are.

Booth vs. Backdrop

There are many great photo booth rentals out there, which makes setting up a breeze. However, if your budget is a little tight, simply trade the expensive booth rental for a DIY set-up. Keep in mind that a photo booth doesn’t have to be an actual booth. It can be a beautiful backdrop in a corner of the reception area. Backdrops can be made using wooden pallets, colourful fabrics, tassels, bunting, balloons or even folded paper in fun patterns. Be creative, but make sure to ask your wedding photographer for advice on backdrops that look good on film.

Selfies vs. Professional Photographer

If your budget allows it, hire a professional photographer for the photo booth for guaranteed quality shots. The added bonus: your photographer can edit the comical pictures in post-production to match your more formal wedding pictures in look and style. However, if hiring a professional is not an option, rent equipment instead and delegate the booth to someone in your bridal party. A digital camera with remote shutter option, a sturdy tripod and someone to charge the camera batteries and manage the booth is often all you need. Or capitalise on the fact that everyone carries a smart phone nowadays by asking your guests to use their smart phones and have them upload the pictures to an app. If the lighting is poor, rent a light kit and ask your wedding photographer to help you set it up.

Silly Props vs Elegant Props

Whether you rent a booth, hire a photographer or let your guests direct the show themselves, props are a great way to inspire playful pictures. Capture your wedding theme in the props or go off-script with silly props. Ask your wedding decorator to provide the props, or if you’re on a tight budget, enlist the help of your bridesmaids and make it a DIY night. Download free printables for cut-outs and decorate those using different coloured markers, glitters, twine or pretty much anything you can get your hands on. Supplement the cut-outs with inexpensive wigs, masks, hats, sunglasses, feathered boas and vintage frames to bring out even grandma’s humorous side.

App vs. Print

Take some time to consider what you would like to do with the photo booth pictures. If you are hiring a professional photographer you can have him or her print out copies of the pictures for your guests to take home as souvenirs. Or have your guests paste a copy of their picture in a photo album with a personal message. That way you get to see all the goofy pictures and have fun while flipping through the album after the wedding. For a more modern approach, use a photo-sharing app. Have your photographer upload the pictures to the app and share them directly with all your guests, on social media or on a big screen in the reception area. It’s also the best way to collect all the photo booth pictures if you are asking your guests to use their smartphones to take the pictures.

To get the party started, jump in the first few photos and make memories that will last a lifetime.

(Image by Jacques Fortin)

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