{DIY} How to Make Your Own Wedding Photobooth

If you’ve been to a wedding recently, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or
even taken photos in a wedding photobooth. This fun trend has been on the rise
as weddings around the country, and contrary to popular belief, they don’t
have to be as expensive as you think! ![](http://theplungeproject.com/wp-
content/uploads/2012/09/photobooth1.png)

###### {Photo via [JoPhoto](http://jophotoonline.com/blog/museum-of-
appalachia-wedding/)}

Unfortunately for Michael and I, we had to strike the photobooth from our
wedding budget before I realized how easy it would have been for me to create
my own using the instructions I’m about to share with you.

### Here’s What You’ll Need

**1. A Backdrop** Every great photobooth has a backdrop. However, there’s no need to spend a fortune on a professional one when you can make your own. Plus, with a DIY backdrop, it’s completely up to you what color/pattern it is. You can use fabric, wallpaper, ribbon and much more! Here are a few of my favorite online ideas for building a backdrop:

{{> caption image=’/images/backdrop1-e1347805838129-150×150.jpg’ link=’http://lemonandraspberry.com/2010/06/diy-project-photobooth-backdrop/’ caption=’Free-standing PVC pipe backdrop as seen at Lemon and Raspberry’}}
{{> caption image=’/images/backdrop2-150×150.jpg’ link=’http://ruffledblog.com/diy-photobooth-vintage-wallpaper-frame-wall-backdrop/’ caption=’Vintage wallpaper photobooth wall via Ruffled Blog’}}
{{> caption image=’/images/backdrop3-150×150.jpg’ link=’http://ruffledblog.com/ontario-woodsy-canadian-wedding/’ caption=’Ribbon backdrop, as seen on Ruffled Blog’}}

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**2. Props** Once you have your backdrop, you’ll need a variety of fun props for your guests to use in their photos. Thrift stores and estate sales are great places to find vintage frames, crazy hats and other random/fun/unique props. Give yourself some time to acquire props in the months leading up to your wedding.

###### {Photo by [Mebo Photo](http://www.mebophoto.com/2010/02/27/daniel-rosanne-wedding-photo-booth/)}

You can also make your own fun props to add to the collection — from mustaches and lips like the ones shown below, to [DIY chalkboards](http://theplungeproject.com/8-ways-to-use-chalkboards-at-your- wedding-how-to-make-your-own-chalkboard-paint) for people to write fun phrases on! The key is to offer a variety of props to give your guests fun options and also leave you with a fun array of photos.

###### {via [Ruffled Blog](http://ruffledblog.com/diy-white-striped-mustache-on-a-stick-photobooth-props/)}

### 3. A Camera

You have a few options when it comes to actually taking the photos on your big day. Many brides hire a photographer for this, but if your photo package already includes a second shooter, you may be able to put your second shooter on the booth. There are also great apps available, like [Wedding Booth](http://www.weddingboothapp.com/), that will enable you to turn your iPad into your photobooth camera if you don’t have the luxury of using a professional photographer. Finally, there’s always the good ole’ digital camera approach. With a camera on a tripod, guests can easily take photos on a timer or have other guests take the shot for them. **So…are you ready to create your own wedding photobooth?**

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