The New Photo Booth: 4 Creative Alternatives to the Wedding Staple

Planning Tips
Creative Photo Booth Alternatives

Photo: Gia Canali

Love the idea of a photo booth, but feel like they're overdone they are at this point? For brides-to-be looking for something a little bit more outside of the box to entertain guests, these four fun and fresh alternatives are guaranteed to be big hits.

1. A Polaroid Camera Guestbook
Tap into your inner child, and take it back old school style on your wedding day with a bunch of Polaroid cameras, perfect for a vintage theme. "They're a fun and inexpensive alternative to renting a photo booth," says seasoned San Francisco-based planner Amy Kaneko, owner of Amy Kaneko Special Events. She recommends designating a friend to take a picture of each couple as they arrive at your ceremony, and then your guests can paste the Polaroid into a nice guestbook and write a message next to it (selfies are always an option too!). "If you want goofier pics like you'd probably get with a photo booth, all you have to do is leave the cameras out once the dancing starts up!"

2. A Video Booth
Also dubbed a Speak Now Booth by Amy and her team, this idea is similar in concept to a photo booth, except your guests get to record private videos. "You can leave a heartfelt message, or go in with a group of friends and do a funny song or dance or really anything your mind comes up with," she explains. "It's kind of like giving every guest the opportunity to make a toast without the pressure of everyone watching them." To DIY it, she suggests setting up an iPad or a tripod (preferably in a convenient yet not overly noisy location) and letting your guests tape messages that way.

See More: Kids' Corner: How to Entertain Your Tiniest Wedding Guests

3. A Caricature Artist
Because honestly, there's no better wedding favor than a custom (and comical) portrait of yourself! While hiring a caricature artist probably wouldn't work as well at a huge wedding due to time constraints, for one on the smaller side, it's certain to be a crowd pleaser, plus everyone gets to leave with a special keepsake. Nowadays, the idea has even gone digital! For example, for a wedding with a Silicon Valley crowd, Kaneko says they brought in an artist who does amazing caricatures on his iPad.

4. A Virtual Graffiti Wall
Interactive, unique and one idea your groom is sure to be down with too, a virtual graffiti wall lets your friends and family snap silly pics, just like they would in a photo booth, that they can then edit on a giant screen using infrared spray cans (i.e. there's no mess to clean up later, yay!). "Guests love creating original artwork, and some companies can even print a copy for them on site," notes event designer Melissa Brown of Styled by Melissa. "It's definitely a creative choice for the free spirited and fun loving couple."

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