When it comes to hosting a fun, lighthearted reception, there are plenty of activities to set up to keep your guests entertained, from food stations to lawn games. And photo booths have certainly been included as a wedding reception activity staple for years. But what about taking an updated spin on the idea? Enter: the selfie station.
In the digital age, taking a selfie is basically second nature, and chances are, your guests are going to be taking them at your reception anyway. So, why not set them up for success and have a little fun with it.
There are multiple benefits to setting up a selfie station at your wedding, as opposed to a photo booth. Photo booths require more room, walls, props, and sometimes the technology is even a bit more than you need. A selfie station is a simpler way for guests to take fun, candid photos of themselves to share with the new happy couple in unique ways. You can set up a DIY selfie station in a variety of places, even adding multiple stations throughout your reception, and who better to look to for creative ideas than the couples who have already pulled it off. From stocking your station with instant cameras to outfitting an iPad specifically for the job, there are multiple ways to pull off a personalized station that fits your wedding style.
Read on for seven creative examples of how real couples incorporated a selfie station into their wedding.
Create a DIY Selfie Station
Set up a fun station your guests will never forget. One couple hosted their reception in the backyard of their home in Maui, which was transformed into a party complete with a glowing tent, string lights, flowers, and all sorts of DIY details, including this selfie station. Guests were encouraged to snap instant camera photos and clip them to a display. The set-up was complete with baskets containing packages of extra film for nonstop photo action.
Compliment With Bathroom Mirror Decals
Bathroom selfies with your BFFs are inevitable, right? One couple placed clever decals on bathroom mirrors that complimented guests and encouraged bathroom selfies as they primped before returning to the reception.
Opt for a Selfie Guest Book
Looking for a creative guest book idea? During cocktail hour, guests at one wedding were encouraged to take a selfie and then affix the instant camera photo to a blank guestbook using washi tape. Penning a note to the newlyweds was a sweet added touch.
Use a Mirrored Selfie Sign
Want to give your selfie sign dual use? Turn a mirror into your selfie station sign so guests can give themselves a once-over before looking pretty for the instant camera.
Set up a Digital Camera Selfie Station
Want to capture candid moments? In lieu of signing a traditional guest book, attendees at one wedding were encouraged to snap selfies with a digital camera provided by the couple. The images were later made into a book as a special keepsake.
Make a DIY Selfie Stand
Who says you can't go totally DIY? One creative couple made their own selfie station that featured an iPad mounted to a wooden ladder. A handmade sign instructed guests on what to do: grab some props, tap to start (they had downloaded a selfie app), and smile for the camera.
Encourage the Use of Selfie Sticks
Take a selfie and use that custom hashtag you worked so hard to come up with. At one wedding cocktail reception, tables featured selfie sticks and cute wooden signs displaying the couple’s wedding hashtag, so guests could easily share images throughout the event.