During our 6 years of running a photobooth business we have heard couples say they want to have a photo booth for their wedding reception. However, “for that sort of money we could make our own”! Of course, everyone should plan their wedding according to their budget. We get it! But before you get into this ambitious project of DIY photo booth, let’s review what exactly you are getting yourself into:
You’re going to need some sort of device you can use as a camera-software interface. Most people have Tablets (or iPad) or Mobile devices (cell phones). And you certainly have to own one to even begin creating your DIY photo booth.
In addition, you will also need to pair your device with a printer or forgo printing all together! Oh, how fun for all your guests. The whole purpose of the photo booth is to be able to have memorable prints for all your guests and yourself! So, you need to have a printing capability.
Moreover, you will need to a solution for mounting your Tablet(s)/Device(s) and resolve any lighting issues. The recommendation here is to use Tripods connected to special housings for your Tablet/Device and special mobile lighting sources which attach to the top of the Tablet/Device.
As a result, all of the hardware will certainly set you back by a few hundred dollars.
Factor that in when considering creating your own DIY vs. getting a professional photo booth. Your wedding guests deserve to have an unforgetable photo booth experience at your wedding!
What to so here? At the very least you’re going to need a “photo booth” application or some other form of photo booth software to act as an interface. It will allow for a “photo booth” style photo session to take place and then convert the pictures into photo strips or postcards.
In addition to formatting pictures, these programs can add various effects to your photos to make them look a certain way. For example, Sepia and B&W. And what about adding your logo, a wedding tag line or a hashtag?
What’s the cost? There are some free photo booth applications, but if you want to do it right you’re going to be up for around $60 – $300 for a decent application.
Enclosed or an Open Air photo booth – you still need to have some structure. The simplest way to do this is to create a frame from steel or plastic piping, corners etc. which you can get from your local hardware store and then hang curtains all around it to make it like a traditional enclosed or open-air photo booth. Depending on the materials you use here you’re going to be up for at least a few hundred dollars. Why not let a pro photo booth company worry about that? We have multiple Open-Air and Enclosed options, you can check it out here.
And what about the cost of Props, a Photobooth Album? Who will assist your booth so that your guests get the most out of it?
The most important question, are you ready for all this TIME INVESTMENT when you have to plan so much for your wedding? Let us take that burden off your shoulders!
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Clearly, DIY photo booths can become way more expensive than what they initially may seem to be! Even once you have sourced all the items yourself it’s going to take a full weekend to assemble and test! Even the professionally made photo booths have hiccups from time to time but at least there is a professional photo booth business standing behind their machines to fix anything. You’re going to be totally on your own!
Good luck and Happy PhotoBoothin!