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7 Tips for Creating a Seriously Fun DIY Photo Booth

July 24, 2018 | juliette

photo by Lena Peterson Photography

When it comes to wedding reception activities, photo booths are still as popular as ever and DIY photo booths, in particular, are perfect for couples looking to save a little money. You don’t need fancy equipment or a lot of extra stuff to make the perfect photo booth for your wedding. With these tips, we’ll show you how to create a seriously fun DIY photo booth that will encourage your guests to strike a pose and fit in seamlessly with your design aesthetic — all without busting your budget!

    1. 1. Get creative with the backdrop

      The backdrop is the focal point of your photo booth, so you want to make sure it’s eye-catching without being too distracting. Think ribbons, curtains, banners, balloons, or chalkboard walls with cute phrases. You can keep it as simple or get as fancy as you’d like; you just need to give guests a designated area that will look cute in photos — and on its own when guests aren’t using it!

photo by Kristen Soileau Portraits

photo by Anna Duncan Photography

photo by Ed Godden Photography

photo by Jason Lucas Photography

photo by Lena Peterson Photography

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photo by THEUPPERMOST

SIMILAR FIND: This customizable rustic wedding backdrop is perfect for a fun photo booth backdrop!

photo by Deidre Lynn Photography

SIMILAR FIND: Add your hashtag or wedding date to this navy and gold wedding photo booth frame!

photo by Love and Perry

SIMILAR FIND: We’re loving this macrame backdrop from Etsy if you’re trying to achieve a similar look!

    1. 2. Light it up

      When you’re putting together the lighting plan for your wedding reception, don’t forget to include lighting in and around the photo booth. This can be anything from clever neon signs to curtains lined with twinkle lights. If you’re hanging lights in the background, make sure to also place lights in front of the camera — pointed toward the booth, placed at average nose level — so that your guests’ faces are completely visible in the photos. A selfie light would be the perfect choice to add direct, high-quality lighting! For all our tips on choosing the correct wedding lighting and a handy checklist, check out our ultimate guide to wedding lighting.

photo by Bek & Addison Photography

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photo by Daring Wanderer

photo by Jordy B Photo

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SIMILAR FIND: Etsy has all the photo booth lighting you’re looking for!

    1. 3. Provide plenty of props

      The best parts of any photo booth are the props, so make sure to provide as much variety as possible. Etsy is full of shops that provide signs, cutouts, and masks that would be perfect for your DIY photo booth (see our favorites linked below). But, keep in mind, you can also find hats, wigs, glasses, jewelry, and other accessories at thrift stores, second-hand stores, costume shops, or even your own closet. The sillier and more outrageous the better!

photo by Ed Godden Photography

photo by Jordy B Photo

SIMILAR FIND: Check out these super sweet customizable props from Postboxparty!

photo by Christy Cassano Meyer

photo by Lena Peterson Photography

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    1. 4. Set up in a highly visible location

      The whole point of a photo booth is to capture all of your guests in a totally informal, seriously fun way, so you’ll want to make sure all your guests can see it no matter where they are at the reception. If possible, don’t shove your photo booth in a corner or set up in a separate room. There will be so many other things happening at your reception and, if guests don’t see it, they’ll simply forget about it. Think of this as another focal point for your design and set it up in an area that everyone can see but still gives people plenty of space to take individual, small group, or large group photos. Also, don’t forget to set up a directional sign pointing guests straight to the booth!

photo by Nisha Ravji Photography

photo by Shepard Visuals

photo by Dearheart Photos

photo by Jason Lucas Photography

RELATED: 37 Etsy Wedding Welcome Signs That Will Help You Greet Your Guests in Style

    1. 5. Provide polaroid cameras

      If you’re looking for a low-tech and easy way to get printouts of your guests’ photo booth snaps, Polaroid cameras are the way to go! The best part? All of your guests, no matter how young or old, will know how to use it. Encourage everyone to take a couple of snaps so they can keep one and they can leave one for you in either an album, on a frame, or in a simple box. Just be sure to stock up on extra film to last all night.

photo by Ryan Chard Smith Photography

SIMILAR FIND: We’re obsessed with this adorable baby blue Fujifilm Instax!

photo by Vera Gayazov Photography

photo by Joelle Julian Photography

    1. 6. Or make it a selfie station

      To keep your DIY photo booth even more simple, let your guests use their own phones to snap selfies. Guests are going to be taking selfies all night as it is, so they might as well do it with fun props in front of a fab backdrop! We highly recommend providing at least one selfie stick to help capture large group shots. You could even take it one step further with a selfie stick stand to give guests a little more room to play and pose!

photo by Anna Duncan Photography

photo by Kay + Bee

photo by Nick + Danée

  1. 7. Let everyone know how to share their photos

    Whether you decide to provide Polaroid cameras or ask guests to use their phones to snap photos, you’re going to want to collect these precious memories to look at after your wedding day! So, be sure to include a sign with clear instructions on how you want guests to share their photos. For a Polaroid photo booth, provide an album, glue sticks, and pens so guests can paste a photo with a personal message or set up a frame and clothespins for guests to hang their photos on. For a selfie station, ask guests to use your wedding hashtag or upload to a shared photostream. Don’t be afraid to be thorough with your instructions so you get exactly what you want!

photo by Love and Perry

photo by Nick + Danée

photo by Nisha Ravji Photography

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photo by Lindsey Noel Photography

SIMILAR FIND: These printable signs are super cute, can be used for a variety of signage needs, and are under $10!

Looking for more activities to keep your guests entertained during your cocktail hour or reception? Make sure to check out these 8 tips for a killer cocktail hour and these 9 creative reception activities your guests will love!

photo by Bek & Addison Photography

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How to Throw an Enchanting Woodland Wedding

October 4, 2016 | nicole

woodland-wedding photos by Artemis Photography and Ping Photography

If you’ve been dreaming of a woodland wedding like something in a storybook, we’re here to help you achieve the look! More and more couples are saying “I do” to getting married in the woods instead of traditional venues, but there are a few things you need to consider before getting hitched in the wilderness. From logistical needs that are unique to a forest setting to styling tips that enhance the natural beauty of your surroundings, here’s how to throw a totally enchanting woodland wedding.

Find the Perfect Ceremony Spot

Whether it’s against a big tree or in an opening in the woods, your ceremony spot should showcase the beauty of the surroundings while highlighting what’s most important — you two saying “I do!” Location scouting before the day-of can give you an idea of where you’d like to set up your ceremony, but keep in mind that a forest isn’t maintained, so a tree may fall or other natural conditions may change up what you had in mind. As with any ceremony location, don’t forget to consider where the sun will be shining!

this-couple-diyed-the-heck-out-of-their-dream-wedding-at-mounds-state-park-42-600x899 photo by The Colagrossis; see more from this wedding here!

earthy-oregon-wedding-at-hornings-hideout-nakalan-mckay-10 photo by Nakalan McKay; see more from this wedding here!

this-eclectic-prince-william-forest-park-wedding-is-just-ridiculously-beautiful-india-earl-10-600x900 photo by India Earl, wedding design by ; see more from this wedding here!

Let Your Floral Design Get a Little Wild

Overgrown bouquets have been trending for a while now, but there’s no better place to carry one than a woodland wedding! Because a forest setting is naturally unkempt, a tight, round bouquet can look out of place and take away from the organic vibe. Keep your wedding look as effortless as the landscape with an asymmetrical shape, mismatched blooms, and dripping greenery.

this-couple-diyed-the-heck-out-of-their-dream-wedding-at-mounds-state-park-34-600x899 photo by The Colagrossis, wedding dress by Hayley Paige; see more from this wedding here!

pacific-northwest-wedding-inspiration-at-rattlesnake-ledge-sweet-pea-events-013 photo by Allen Tsai Photography, wedding design by Sweet Pea Events, floral design by Studio 3 Floral Design; see more from this wedding here!

magical-mendenhall-glacier-wedding-with-waterfalls-and-wildflowers-joel-allegretto-17-600x900 photo by Joel Allegretto, floral design by Bloomsbury Blooms; see more from this wedding here!

Invite the Locals

No, we don’t really mean that you should send Save the Dates to neighboring deer and squirrel families! However, plastic critters couldn’t be a cuter addition to your woodland wedding decor. From cake toppers to escort cards, your favorite creatures are the perfect touch of whimsy!

this-woodland-wisconsin-wedding-straight-from-pages-storybook-28-600x900 photo by Artemis Photography and Ping Photography, cake by FlourGirl Patissier; see more from this wedding here!

find-the-height-of-woodland-elegance-in-this-robinswood-house-wedding-18-600x394 photo by Jess Hunter, wedding design by Vira Danh Forevents; see more from this wedding here!

minnesota-woodland-wedding-at-juliane-james-place-matt-lien-33-600x400 photo by Matt Lien, art by Small Adventure; see more from this wedding here!

whitefish-montana-wedding-cluney-photo-8-600x899 photo by Cluney Photo; see more from this wedding here!

Decorate with Natural Elements

Styling your ceremony and reception with natural elements can help to create a consistent setting without detracting from the beauty of your surroundings. Tree stumps and wood rounds may not have been organically placed in the woods where you’re celebrating, but they certainly look like they belong when you’ve built a romantic display by pulling elements from your setting!

this-woodland-wisconsin-wedding-straight-from-pages-storybook-25-600x900 photo by Artemis Photography and Ping Photography; see more from this wedding here!

rustic-garden-inspired-wedding-at-southern-lea-farms-16-600x899-600x899 photo by Swak Photography, wedding design by Signature Events, cakes by Fatty Patty’s Cakes; see more from this wedding here!

Pitch a Tent

One of the obvious differences between being married in a traditional venue and a forest is the lack of accommodations. A tent is a great option for providing coverage over your reception, ensuring that animals, wind, and falling leaves aren’t interfering with your décor or guests.  Choose a tent with a clear roof to keep the outdoor affect, or string cafe lights across the ceiling for an enchanting look!

woodland-wonderland-wedding-fort-boggy-state-park-22-600x900 photo by Max & Sam Photography; see more from this wedding here!

handmade-lake-house-wedding-in-new-york-andrew-franciosa-studio-9 photo by Andrew Franciosa Studio; see more from this wedding here!

Or Feast Under the Stars

To get the full effect of a wedding in the forest, skip the tent and have dinner among the trees! There’s nothing dreamier than an outdoor dinner party, so treat your guests to long tables, earthy accents, and hopefully a light breeze!

boho-wedding-inspiration-in-the-lush-little-cottonwood-canyon-7-600x902 photo by Nhiya Kaye Photography, wedding design by Wildflower Weddings and Events, rentals by Diamond Rental; see more from this wedding here!

quirky-forest-wedding-bear-paw-lodge-alison-yin-photography-16-of-28-600x900 photo by Alison Yin Photography, wedding design by Merrily Wed; see more from this wedding here!

a-folksy-ohio-wedding-at-grandma-and-grandpas-house-8-600x900 photo by Coley & Co Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Create Vignettes with Furniture Rentals

The wide open space of a forest can be a blessing and a curse when it comes to organizing your wedding. Vignettes give your guests a sense of direction, letting them know what areas are part of the celebration, and what’s just wilderness. Furniture can turn any corner of the woods into lounge seating, a dessert display, a photo booth, a drink station, a place to sign your guest book, or anything you can imagine!

intimate-woodland-wedding-in-memorial-park-16-of-43-600x401 photo by Lena Peterson Photography; see more from this wedding here!

agate-slice-ceremony-backdrop-white-sparrow-blooming-house-creative-24-600x900 photo by Cassie Loree Photography, wedding design by Blooming House Creative; see more from this wedding here!

boho-wedding-inspiration-in-the-lush-little-cottonwood-canyon-13-600x902 photo by Nhiya Kaye Photography, wedding design by Wildflower Weddings and Events, rentals by Diamond Rental; see more from this wedding here!

Looking for something special to hang above your woodland wedding? Check out these 22 hanging reception décor ideas for more inspiration!

xoxonicole

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Intimate Woodland Wedding in Memorial Park

November 21, 2015 | jackie

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DJ and Mary’s woodland wedding at Memorial Park in Loma Mar, California was the essence of a truly magical day. An enchanting dark forest, bundles of cotton for a bouquet, and gold décor all came together to create their bohemian, intimate wedding. Lena Peterson Photography documented the moments so perfectly that we can’t stop talking about all the gorgeous details from the wedding, and our favorite part? Of course, it’s the cake made of pancakes!

The Couple:

DJ and Mary

The Wedding:

Memorial Park, Loma Mar, California

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From the bride: My favorite moment was the first look. The entire night before and morning of, I was filled with butterflies and nervousness, but the second I saw DJ standing on the beach I was filled with joy and peace. It felt completely real, and that feeling of comfort gave me the full confidence that this was meant to be.

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The Wedding Team:
Photography – Lena Peterson Photography
Venue – Memorial Park
Makeup Artist – Angelica Lyka
Hair Styling – Angelica Lyka
Wedding Dress – LaceBridal
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – H&M
Groom’s Apparel – Forever21 MenH&M
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Frank & OakH&M
Favors – Paula Maita & Co.

 

A huge thank you to Lena Peterson Photography for sharing DJ and Mary’s whimsical woodland wedding with us! Want to see more inspiration for a forest wedding? Head over to this bohemian forest wedding in South Africa!

xoxoJackie

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Waterfront Wedding at South Whidbey State Park

April 5, 2015 | jackie

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After finding out his fiancée wanted to keep her family’s tradition of an elopement, Robert decided to do something special. He knew Kate loves Seattle and decided that he would surprise her by planning the entire wedding in secret. After they arrived for their vacation in Seattle, Robert told Kate they were actually there to elope. She was ecstatic! The couple exchanged personally written vows at the enchanting South Whidbey State Park and was surrounded by natural greenery and waterfront views. Red florals in the bouquet added a pop of color to the calm, serene setting. Photographer Lena Peterson expertly captured the precious moments the couple spent at their intimate elopement.

The Couple:

Kate and Robert

The Wedding:

South Whidbey State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington

The Inspiration:

Soon after we got engaged in June, I learned that Kate wanted to keep her family tradition of eloping. It sounded perfect to me. Our desire was simple… Make our wedding day about our lives coming together in a way that matched us. We wanted it to be unique and possibly a little adventurous, while being fun and stress free. Two months later, we were still in the preliminary stages of planning. There were too many beautiful places to choose from, and we were having a hard time deciding. Wedding planning was becoming stressful, which was something Kate had hoped to avoid. Because she loves surprises, I decided to plan it all without her knowing. 

I knew Kate would want it to be beautiful and unique, and I knew she’d want amazing pictures. After deciding on Seattle, countless emails and phone calls, I found the right minister and photographer, and soon found the right location. The only detail left was for her to buy a dress once she found out. We flew to Seattle arriving late Friday. Early Saturday morning, I told Kate her Seattle wedding dream would soon come true with “Oh by the way, we’re getting married on Tuesday.” She was surprised and thrilled! She found a dress that same day.

The pictures speak for themselves. The rain held off and we were surprised with a double rainbow after the ceremony. It was perfect! So, in short, timing was a big factor for our inspiration :)

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The Moments:

My favorite moment of our wedding day was when Robert and I stood hand in hand on a windy, cloudy Seattle beach and made the promise to be committed to each other for the rest of our lives. We had written our vows together. We shared hopes and dreams, we cried, made each other laugh. Time stood still. Our hearts were so full of love and I think that it brought everything we felt for each other into one moment. It was so powerful.

The Couple Recommends:

We really only worked with an officiant, photographer and hair and make up stylist and all three of them were amazing!! Pat worked very hard to officiate our day in a way that made it true to us. Shyn did a beautiful job on my hair and make up. She was professional and super fun to work with. The photographer, Lena, was so amazing. I can’t say enough about her amazing talent. Her pictures speak for themselves. She went above and beyond before the wedding, during the wedding, and after to make sure our day was perfect. She was quick to respond to emails and questions. She even scouted out our ceremony sight the weekend before the wedding since she had never done a shoot there. Our pictures are gorgeous (although we know we may be partial :) and Lena did the most incredible job of capturing our wedding day as the fairy tale that it was.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Lena Peterson
Ceremony Venue – South Whidbey State Park
Reception Venue – Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill
Floral Design – Floral Masters
Officiant – Pat Stimac
Makeup & Hair – Pacific Brides

Thank you to Lena Peterson for sharing Kate and Robert’s sweet elopement with us! Looking for more elopement inspiration? Check out this whimsical elopement in the Blue Ridge Mountains and this romantic Elopement in Italy.

xoxoJackie

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