Kayla
Beginner June 2018

Diy selfie / photo booth station

Kayla, on January 15, 2018 at 4:04 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 22
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Hi guys, I've been debating what to do about a photo booth. There's lots of super cute diy photo backdrops on pinterest with wallpaper and cute picture frames for people to stick their heads through. My dad said he will make me one for my wedding. Is it tacky to just have that there with a table of props to use, without a way for people to take the photos with the expectation for them to use their phones? Me and FH both think it's a good idea but I am also kind of on the fence, thinking it may be tacky to just have people take their own photos and not provide a means for them to do so. The backdrop will be super cute and I'll get lots of fun props. People always post their photo booth pics online anyways. I either want to do this or get a photo booth, no in between because I don't want to deal with the technical stuff myself. Opinions please!

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Latest activity by Kamaldeep Kaur, on May 1, 2018 at 6:54 AM
  • C
    Beginner May 2018
    chevalia ·
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    I don' think it' tacky at all. Sounds gun to me. If you want though you could always get a Polaroid camera and some extra film. Guest can sign pics also as a cute guest book idea.
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  • Kourt
    Devoted January 2018
    Kourt ·
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    I’m doing a DIY photo station and we’re not providing selfie sticks because a lot of people have a difficult time figuring out how to get them to work and just use their phones anyway. I figure there will be other guests around who can take a picture of the group or people or they can go about and take their own selfies with the props.
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  • JerseyGirl
    Master May 2017
    JerseyGirl ·
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    We had a DIY photo booth/self station. We had an iPad on a tripod set up to take pictures. The app had the option to email pics plus we printed and mailed them with our thank you cards. I know a lot of people also took pics with their phones.
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  • Nicole
    Expert November 2018
    Nicole ·
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    I definitely love the option of an iPad set in a tripod suggested by PP. I have a Polaroid camera and while I would suggest that too, it can be just as costly depending guest size and how many people want to reuse the station since a twin pack of film usually run $20+
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  • ap2al
    VIP October 2018
    ap2al ·
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    That’s what we are doing! Im thinking of doing the Polaroids as well so that people can get instant pictures too.
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  • edecker
    Super December 2024
    edecker ·
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    I think the photo booth idea sounds great! Your backdrop and frames and props sounds like fun and everyone loves a photo booth! However, like you said, you should not be expecting them to take their own picture, and shy people like me wouldn't want to ask anyone to do it. Either hire a photographer to help with the photobooth, or maybe buy a tripod or stand for them to use Selfie timers etc. There definitely needs to be a way to take the picture for yourself. I have even seen things that you plug into your phone and the cord runs long enough to where you click the button and it takes the pic for you (kind of like a selfie stick but not) Hope i helped!

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  • DoctorSq
    Savvy May 2022
    DoctorSq ·
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    Would you mind telling us what app you used? I am interested in doing something similar for our engagement party but I am unsure how to go about it.
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  • Madison
    Savvy June 2018
    Madison ·
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    We are making a backdrop and having a few selfie sticks, a bunch of props that we are printing off and putting skewer sticks on, and an iPad set up on a tripod for easy uploading and emailing later on. We have been going to thrift shops and discount stores to try and find dress up items like boas, hats, jackets, etc. We also have a Polaroid camera that I may want to use but I do not want to buy a bunch of film for it.

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  • Susan
    VIP December 2017
    Susan ·
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    We did this with a Raspberry Pi and a touch screen and people had a blast with it. They had the option to email the picture to themselves and it was also synced with a Google developer account to upload to Google Photos. We thought about using my iPad, but were worried about a $500 thing getting broken. But DH and I were both comfortable doing the amount if programming needed to make it work and to troubleshoot. (There's a great guide for the setup here: https://makezine.com/projects/raspberry-pi-photo-booth/)
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  • JerseyGirl
    Master May 2017
    JerseyGirl ·
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    We used one of the Simple Booth apps (they have a few different editions). We also looked at Pocket Booth but at the time Simple Booth was less expensive.
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  • Lisa
    Dedicated August 2018
    Lisa ·
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    I think it will be fine to do it your way. We are doing one too and we are putting a cheap tablet at the table with the props with a sign giving them the choice to use there own phones or our tablet to take the photos with.
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  • Kc&do
    Devoted August 2019
    Kc&do ·
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    It's not tacky my cousin did that and people used it and had fun.
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  • JerseyGirl
    Master May 2017
    JerseyGirl ·
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    Also get creative with props to keep cost down. We actually used tinsel garland in different colors cut in pieces to use as boas instead of purchasing actual boas. There are tons of templates online to make props as well or watch for sales at Oriental trading, Party City and similar stores.
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  • Emily
    Expert May 2018
    Emily ·
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    We're doing one, in a way. we'll have a photo printer nearby and a station with all the stuff for it. i think its super cute. i've wanted a photo booth at my wedding since i was a teenager but they're just too expensive, so we're DIYing ours.

    we're not doing a backdrop necessarily, but providing some props and the photo printer itself. that way guests can take photos throughout the day and through the venue instead of just at the station. we looked into the HP Sprocket printer and I bought it - there's an app and it bluetooth/wifi hooks up to your phone and you can print the pictures to the printer from the app. the pictures save so people can post them, they can share them with us through the app in case we want to print copies, and then the printer prints them right there. this is how we're doing it but the Fujifilm Instax cameras and other printers exist too, there's plenty of ways to do this, with or without the use of smartphones. its all up to you how you want it to be.


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  • Jill
    Expert August 2018
    Jill ·
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    Following.... we're going the DIY route also!
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  • Estera
    Devoted August 2018
    Estera ·
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    I think it would be kind of annoying to walk around and find someone that is willing to take your picture at a Photo Booth that doesn't provide a camera. Do you have anyone in your life that can set up their DSLR or something on a tripod and have a remote so people can take their/the group picture themselves? I think that'd be way less trouble for the guests. Just an idea though hope it didn't come off rude or anything.

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  • M
    Savvy May 2018
    MrMonkey ·
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    Love the raspberry pi idea for the setup. Turning that into an animated gif would be super. I wonder if there’s preset ones so I wouldn’t need to tinker w code?
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  • Karen
    Expert May 2011
    Karen ·
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    Foam picture frameDiy selfie / photo booth station 1

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    Fun props from dollar store, etcDiy selfie / photo booth station 3

    We did a DIY Photo station for my nieces wedding. I had a camera set up on a tripod ($30 or so). Would either have another person take the photo, or have it set on a timer so your guests could hit the button and run into position. I then had a Shutterfly account that I sent all the photos to. Printed the info on how to access the account so that guest could print their own photos if they wanted any copies. I then had all the guests photos put into a Shutterfly photo book for the newlyweds!

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  • Marisa
    Savvy March 2019
    Marisa ·
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    I would prefer a way that ensured me to get my picture immediately. The iPad/camera idea is cool but how do I get my picture? I like the Polaroid idea. Also you could set out selfie sticks. I would actually prefer to use my own phone unless the pic automatically prints.

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  • Kayla
    Beginner June 2018
    Kayla ·
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    Eek I caved and got a photo booth 💸💸💸
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