Pictures are a huge part of any wedding day, and even though you have a professional photographer around to capture the day, there should be no limit to the number of photos to have. A photographer will ensure that all of the major moments and memories are documented, but there's always room for photo opportunities throughout the night that your photographer may miss.
Photo booths are a hit at most weddings, but they can be costly and often eat up a large chunk of your wedding budget that you didn't plan for. To make sure that all the guests have access to their own mini shoots throughout the wedding, here are four ways to create your own DIY photo booth and save money along the way.
1. Selfie Sticks for Everyone
A fun idea is to have a selfie stick on every table. That way, your guests can become mini photographers of their own and capture moments throughout the night. Sure, you may end up with a whole lot of pictures of your guests faces, but it will make for a fun time to review all of the funny and behind-the-scenes photos post-wedding.
2. Set Up a Tripod
Make your own unofficial photo booth by setting up a fun backdrop and a camera on a tripod. You can even make your own props for the booth so that guests have fun items to use in their poses.
3. Go Old School With Disposable Cameras
Set these on tables — or even on a separate table near a fun backdrop. People can take pictures of one another, and you can get them developed after the wedding to see all of the fun.
4. Provide Polaroid Cameras
These instant photos will be great souvenirs for people to take home with them. Guests can also leave them for you as a way of signing your guest book. Either way, this is a fun way to have quick snaps of your guests throughout the night to reflect on the morning after the wedding.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.