When your wedding is over, you’re left with lots of cake, gifts, memories, and– perhaps most important of all– photos of your special day! There will be a great many pictures of the bride, the groom, and the wedding party… but wouldn’t it be great to have formal– or not-so-formal– photos of each and every guest and family member as well?
photo here via Your Best Wedding
Enter the photo booth!! It’s a little station you set up to entice your guests to pose for their very own photo session! You can put your photographer in charge, ask a friend to man the booth, or just hand out disposable cameras and ask everyone to be sure to stop by the booth and snap a few shots. You can get as fun and creative as you like with backdrops, props, and costumes, and leave the smiling and posing to your friends!
More ideas and inspiration for your Photo Booth:
To ensure that they would have unique keepsake photographs of their guests, the couple set up an outdoor portrait studio made up of lengths of bright floral fabric draped over a clothesline. The photographer chose the background best suited to each subject’s outfit, mixing unlike but complementary patterns to create a jubilant, richly textured collection of pictures. (Martha Stewart Weddings)
Create your own photo booth with an oversize canvas backdrop. You can dowload the design below and take it to a copy center (like FedEx) that can print the large file. Then hang it up at your reception and have your photographer or friends capture candid moments that you can add to your guest book. Get the Photo Booth Backdrop Clip Art
You can rent an actual photobooth and have invite your guests to use it. The added privacy may help encouraged spontaneity!
If renting one is beyond your budget, try this makeshift DIY photo booth tutorial from the things we think but do not say via Manolo. You’ll get awesome shots like these (via cosentino):
Take your photo booth to the next level with an interactive family photo wall (via Manolo) featuring snapshots of family members and family members’ weddings. Guests can pose in empty frames, becoming “part of the family history.”
More creative backdrops… a wood pile sculpture (photo credit here via Green Wedding Shoes):
… and some more fun fabric backdrops from Green Wedding Shoes:
The poses are only as fun as your guests choose make them… here are a few people having a grand old time! Photographer Dennis Drenner set up this mini photo studio against the wall of the beautiful old Tuscan villa where the guests were staying. Sometimes Dennis took the photos, sometimes the wedding guests took the photos themselves using a cable release.
A couch, some hats, and sunglasses make for great pictures too! (Poof Photobooth on flickr)
Sometimes, you don’t need much of a background or props to get people to act goofy… (MugShots photo booth from wdphoto)
Check out another example Photo Booth from a recent wedding at
November 1st. It was a lot of fun and a really big hit!