When you are planning a DIY wedding, or any wedding for that matter, you have to prioritize where to spend your budget and decide what you can get the most value from with your dollars. Personally, my advice to brides is to focus on the atmosphere, the ring and the photographs – they will be with you the longest. That’s not to say everything else should be skimped on, but let’s face it, 10 years later, even one year later the decorations will be trashed and your memory blurred, you will most likely never wear the dress again, the flowers will be dust, the food will be ….well you know… but get the overall mood of the event right, the perfect ring along with professional high resolution photographs and memories of perfection will be with you forever.
In that spirit, a photo booth is a fun way to capture some of the sweeter and sillier moments of the day. They have been become very popular at weddings in recent years and our bride definitely wanted to include one at their event. But commercial photo booths can be pricey…
A stand-alone photo booth with some digital background options rents somewhere in the neighborhood of around $700. for 4 hours PLUS delivery and set-up – can only imagine how much that would have been as we were an hour from the nearest vendor – but who’s got time for THAT!!? We knew this was a place to be inventive and create our own.
What our room lacked in warmth, it had in space. It is used as a multi-functional all purpose meeting space/venue several times a month as an auction house, for weddings, family reunions, meetings, etc. Just sitting back in the corner, being very plain and quiet, was a storage area for the items not in use during a particular event.
The space was created by suspending black curtains on rods from the drop ceiling and it was exactly what we would need for the perfect backdrop in a photo booth. Done!
Being at the beach with a military groom we decided to use two backdrops reflecting those aspects of the wedding as our backdrop themes.
The American flag we used was bought with a donation to the USO, the groom has signed it (along the left edge there) and it has hung at the front of my house in his honor since his enlistment last year and will hang until his return when I can present it to him for his new home. I love the idea of creating a history for special things like that.
We had some military props – jacket, wooden rifle, hats, etc. as well as an over-sized dog tag that was made by the groom.
The beach background was a simple striped beach towel in the bride’s colors and the props did the rest – small beachy signs, a pool float, hats, sunglasses, etc. . And just for fun, words, symbols, masks and colorful feather boas the bride picked out just for the fun of it!
Of course, we had the requisite mustaches & such(cut out by my girl out of black craft foam), hot glued to bamboo skewers.
Artfully arranged with a small white board and the instructions to write a word or two of advice for the couple as they go forth in their new life. Great plan! We were ready. My girl was the “official” photographer. She was available to take the photo in front of your background of choice, with your chosen props and your words of advice. Sounds good…but we all know what happens to the best laid plans! Let’s just say, the results were sometimes spontaneous and off center, but always, always perfection and the greatest memories of the day. Shall we?
Of course, once things got “flowing” at the wedding and the bar, the props did not stay at the photo booth but the photo opps followed the props…. it’s pretty evident the bride enjoyed the day.
So fun! Photos – whether professional, photo booths, candids by friends…it’s these moments that keep the mood of the day alive and enables the memories to be so vivid many many months and years later.
I am grateful you stopped by. See you next time…