Wednesday, May 5, 2010

DIY Photobooth

Inspired by Sara and Matt from one of our favorite wedding blogs, 2000 Dollar Wedding, Kevin and I have been thinking of ways in which our reception can be not only a celebration of our love, but also a fun party for all of our cherished guests to enjoy.

One of our favorite new(ish) wedding trends is the photobooth. Think being an eighth grader and going to the mall with your friends and taking those cheesy photobooth pictures that then print out on that little strip. You loved it, right? We did too. Since this has started to become fairly popular at wedding receptions, more and more places are popping up that are renting out these things out to couples. Downside: they. are. expensive. Really expensive. As in renting one of these for the day would cost more than double what it cost us for our entire venue. That's just not going to happen.

Fortunately, people are creative. Not me, not so much Kevin (sorry, I love you, can't even cut a straight line), but lots and lots of other people. Popping up now are lots of do-it-yourself photobooth tutorials, many of which we've started to check out.

This woman bought a high thread count sheet and painted a pattern on the sheet reflecting her wedding colors. Easy enough. Here's the tutorial.

The hardware is another story. We don't have a fancy schmancy camera yet. Again, thank goodness for the creative people of this world. The folks over at sevenEightcline have put together a program that works with their Mac, uses the camera within their computer, takes a shot, and then automates to print out 2x6's (photostrip size like in real photobooths) through an attached photo printer. Genius! All you have to do is make a donation to their program, and it's all yours.

I'm excited to take on this project and have it as a fun activity at our own reception. Stay tuned for updates!

1 comment:

  1. I saw that in the wedding channel! It's a cute idea! There's a show about million dollar weddings, and there was a couple that rented a photo booth from the mall (it was supposedly cheaper). They also had a candy stand, for guest to make their own candies bags.