Millennials, Rejoice! Selfie Stations Are the New Photo Booths

This hi-tech DIY trend is taking over


Photo by Alea Lovely

Photo booths have essentially become a wedding-reception staple but we’re loving this updated take on the idea: the selfie station. Basically a photo booth without walls, selfie stations are a simpler way for guests to take photos of themselves and share them with the newlyweds.

You could stock your selfie station with instant cameras (like the popular Fuji Instax) and extra packages of film, alongside a clothesline so guests can display their snapshots. Or, you could set up an iPad that’s loaded with a photo-sharing app that will allow guest to snap photos and share them in an online wedding album. Whatever you decide, a selfie station is a more streamlined version of the photo booth, which means it will take up less space at the reception.

Wondering how to work the selfie station into your own celebration? These seven examples are all creative takes on this fun photo trend.

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DIY Selfie Station

Wendy Laurel Photography

This 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; baskets contained packages of extra film for nonstop photo action.

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Bathroom Mirror Decals

Shannen Natasha

This couple placed clever decals on bathroom mirrors that complimented guests and encouraged bathroom selfies as they primped before returning to the reception.

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Selfie Guest Book

Anna Roussos

During cocktail hour, guests were encouraged to take a selfie and then affix the instant-camera photo to a blank guestbook using washi tape and pen a note to the newlyweds.

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Mirrored Selfie Sign

Love & Light Photographs

Turn a mirror into your selfie-station sign so guests can give themselves a once-over before looking pretty for the instant camera.

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Digital Camera Selfie Station

Michele M. Waite

In lieu of signing a traditional guest book, attendees were encouraged to snap selfies with a digital camera provided by the couple. The images were later made into a book a special keepsake.

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DIY Selfie Stand

Lucky Malone

This 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.

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Selfie Sticks

Tec Petaja

At cocktail hour, tables featured selfie sticks and cute wooden signs displaying the couple’s wedding hashtag, so guests could easily share images throughout the event.

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