Photo booths might be one of the most fun parts of a wedding reception! From the backdrops to the props to the hilarious out-takes, what’s not to love!? There are lots of options for photo booths such a hiring a photo booth company, or getting one through your photographer, so be sure to check out our list of local DC, MD and VA photographers and photo booth experts. We had a reader write in recently asking different DIY photo booth options. So, if you are looking to save money or are last minute with the planning, Janice from Bellwether Events is here to share a DIY photo booth that she pulled together using her computer and some really fun props. Take it away, Janice…

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Photo Credit: Kurstin Roe Photography

Photo booths are all the rage at weddings, but not everyone can afford the price tag, so we decided to create a DIY pop art themed photo booth. This photo booth was created to go with a pop art wedding ideas feature that we put together, so be sure to check out all of the other ideas and inspiration that go along with the photo booth.

There is a photo booth application built into the Mac laptop with a pop art feature. We set the computer to that setting and let the guests do the work. We created some awesome props and set it all up on a table with two chairs in front of a solid, fabric backdrop. Most of these props were homemade, or picked up from Target. Throughout the night, the guests can come and take (and re-take!) their own photos using the props.

For the props, we used loads of fun, pop art ideas, including classic pop art items like Campbell’s Tomato Soup cans, Coca Cola bottles, and masks of famous faces including Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, the Paul Frank monkey and John Lennon. Putting a spin on the current mustache trend, there is the Rolling Stones mouth too!

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Here are some DIY photo booth tips:

  • Space: You’ll want to create a separate space for the photo booth such as off to the side or in a corner at your reception. This way, guests can take their photos when they want and not bother the dancers or create a crowd near a doorway or the bar area. When you do your venue walk-through before your wedding, be sure to mention that you’d like to have a photo booth so that your planner or site representative can give you some good location options. You want to make sure it is in a spot that your guests will notice, but that won’t be in the way.
  • Instructions: Be sure to leave instructions for your guests. The idea of a DIY photo booth is that no one needs to operate the booth, so you can set it up and walk away. Do leave instructions so your guests can figure it out and enjoy.
  • Funny Photos: Props and backgrounds help to set the mood for your photo booth and they also help to break the ice with your guests so they loosen up and take funny pictures. You’ll get the formal photos with your photographer, the photo booth is a chance to get those hilarious photos that you can’t plan for. We picked our props up at Target and used fabric for the background. You can easily make your own props, search the dollar store for props or there are loads of photo booth prop vendors online and Etsy.
  • Sharing: Once your wedding is over, with this model the photos are already on your computer for sharing on social media with your friends and family. You can also upload the really good ones to a third-party site like Shutterfly to have them printed.

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Thank you so much, Janice, for sharing your DIY photo booth with us! You can find Janice with her great wedding ideas and wedding planning experience on her website at Bellwether Events. Be sure to check back later this week because we’ll have more DIY photo booth advice and research for you. In the meantime, check out our collection of DIY weddings and free wedding printables.

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.

Photo Credits: Kurstin Roe Photography

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