- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Our daughter was married in July, 2012. The wedding took place at a venue where we had to set up everything ourselves – tables, centerpieces, decorations and everything.
We had our hands full! It was a vintage-themed wedding, so I brought lots of props to set the mood. For example, instead of a guestbook we had an old typewriter set up in the entryway, and the guests typed messages to the bride and groom. Old suitcases were used for the guests to put their gift cards and gift packages in.
My husband and I spent most of Friday preparing the hall and then returned early Saturday morning to put the finishing touches on it before leaving to get ready for the wedding.
The Photo Booth Set-Up:
One of the last things we did was set up the photo booth. We used Sparkbooth photo booth software, purchased online for only $59.
We put my laptop on a table a few feet away from the backdrop and set up a webcam that I had purchased for less than $20. I printed “Space Bar” in a large vintage font on white tape and attached it to the space bar of my laptop.
I framed a brief instruction list and displayed that next to the laptop, which said:
Welcome to the Banze Photo Booth!
- Grab some friends.
- Grab some props.
- Press the Spacebar button.
- Smile – you have five seconds.
- Smile again.
- One more time!
- Your photos will be available at: flickr.com/photos.
We turned on the software, that we had downloaded at home a few days prior. We took a couple of practice photos to make sure that the spacing was correct, and then we walked away to attend our daughter’s wedding!
Everyone Loved It!
Following the ceremony, the bride and groom and the rest of the wedding party arrived at the photo booth which turned out to be a huge hit!
Everything ran perfectly!!!!
Young and old and everyone in-between had a blast using the photo booth and watching others enjoying it too.
We used a backdrop that I’d purchased second-hand, it was a large piece of vinyl that had a photograph of a red velvet theater type curtain printed on it.
Our guests loved the vintage hats, gloves, glasses, and other props that I had collected and put in a hamper next to the backdrop. I also made some fun signs for our guests to hold up. I also spray painted an old picture frame in the ‘accent’ color of the wedding that people could hold up to frame in front of the group.
Our DJ offered a mobile photo booth for rent, but he wanted to charge over $1,000 for just a few hours of service. Fortunately, the only minor expenses we had for our photo booth were the Sparkbooth software at $59, and the affordable used props that I purchased at estate sales.
I made up business-size cards that had the Flickr web address on them and had them on the table for guests to take with them. Our guests loved that the photos were immediately available on Flickr and many of them are still using photos from that night as their Facebook profile photos.
I also printed all of the photos after the wedding and the bride and groom included them with their thank you notes.
Using Sparkbooth made it sooo easy, and the photo booth really contributed significantly to the fun wedding reception that we had for our daughter. The groom, who was hesitant about the photo booth idea had to ‘eat his words’ and admit that it was tons of fun and a great way to celebrate the happy event of his marriage to my lovely daughter!