I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I am not a crafty bride. I don’t have a stash of markers, hole punches, and tissue paper. I definitely do not own a glue gun. Yet, despite these limitations, occasionally I find myself wanting to recreate the gorgeous details of weddings that fill the blog world. Enter the world of Quasi-Crafty projects. Somewhat akin to a boxed cake-mix, these projects require little skill yet yield surprisingly close results to the real thing (and at lower cost!). This weekly post will provide how-to’s to some of my own crafts & highlight those from other real weddings.
Oh, Photobooths. The darling of wedding blogs, they are fun, stylish, and sure to leave you and your guests with awesome pictures. And like many blog-chic details, I fell head-over-heels for them. Unfortunately, like many things in wedding-land, however, they are expensive. A simple photobooth can cost $895 and up! Luckily, it’s not too hard to create your own wedding Photobooth experience. All you need are three things: a camera, a backdrop, and your friends. (If you want to make it more complicated, then you should check out here and here. I will warn you – these may require a hammer!) Here are my 3 easy steps for an affordable Photobooth:
1. Photography. For this step you will need a camera. You have several choices.
- First, if you already own a digital camera – Great! Place it on a tripod and let your guests take pictures. No tripod? No problem – you can buy one for $25. I would consider hanging a sign on the tripod with instructions on how to shoot on a timer.
- Looking for a more retro, authentic feel? Then an inexpensive Polaroid camera is a great option! A combination of a digital camera and Polaroid camera is also a great way to allow guests to take small prints with them while preserving all the photos for your own enjoyment later.
- Lastly, if you know you want premium quality photographs, you should look into hiring a photographer to attend the photobooth for the reception. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to find a budding photographer who would work for 3-4 hours of the reception for $200-300. You could ask your wedding photographer for recommendations, place an ad on Craigslist, etc.
- Support System: If your venue has two walls, a post and a wall, or something similar, consider simply hanging a clothes line to hold your cloth backdrop. This is definitely an economical option! Another budget-friendly option is to buy a photographer’s backdrop stand from Amazon for about $40.
- Backdrops: Here is where your wedding’s style and personality can shine. Amazon sells photograph backdrops for $35 and up. For more economical alternatives, try discount fabric stores or an Ikea Shower Curtain. You could even use ribbons, crepe paper, or saris! If you create a backdrop out of fabric plan on purchasing 4 yards of fabric and some fabric glue. Simply fold over the top of the fabric to create a loop and glue it down – it will slide right on the backdrop stand like a curtain!