Photobooths are great at weddings because they provide an excellent focal point for guests to gravitate towards and enjoy, giving them something to do while they’re eyeing up guests they aren’t sure are relatives of theirs or not.
But avoiding awkward uncles isn’t the only reason to rig up your photobooth, because they’re also brilliant for capturing those impromptu – often hilarious – snaps as the evening wears on and guests start to loosen up. And, perhaps best of all, you don’t need a boatload of professional equipment to have an on-site photo booth experience at your wedding!
When it comes to the backdrop for your photo booth, the choice is really up to you. If you want to go for a super retro, ‘I feel like I’m inside a disco ball’ approach, you can find cheap metallic backdrops in silver, gold, purple, puce (well, maybe not puce) any other tone quickly on Amazon, eBay or your local party supply store.
The best approach calls for a double layer backdrop because that provides a solid background for snaps and doesn’t allow light to break through from behind. But you could also opt for a custom backdrop from somewhere like Backdropsource and have whatever image you want. So, if, for example, you want your backdrop to feature your cat dressed in a mini-tux and glowering out at guests, then you can do just that!
In practical terms, you’ll want to make sure the backdrop is at least 6 feet in height and 4 feet in width, and this will ensure it matches the dimensions of most photo formats.
*Top Tip - Always check the height of the ceiling at the wedding venue! You don't want to turn up to set-up the booth and find out your ceiling is too low!
Get the Light Right
Most people don’t realise how much light you need for good photography – think back to any snap you’ve grabbed in a nightclub, sure it was an Insta winner and then found its just a blur of darkened, unrecognisable body parts – so it’s important to make sure you’ve got good light coverage of your photobooth area.
We’re not talking brighter-than-the-sun halogen lamps here, but you do need to make sure the area has strong light that eliminates shadows and provides flattering pics. Everyday lamps will do the trick, providing you can source enough, and you use bulbs marked ‘Daylight’. These bulbs give a much more natural, fresh look than others, and that’s just the look you want.
Give Your Guests Some Inspiration
One of the best ways to encourage your wedding guests – from the tiny youngsters to the venerable elders – to get in on your photobooth experience is to give them something to accessorise with and lark around. We’re not talking hair clips and scarves here; we’re talking about oversized props, costumes, masks, hats and anything else you can think of that people can’t help but pick up and use to goof around.
This makes for some great wedding snaps, and it’s also an excellent way to help people loosen up and feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Not everyone at your wedding will like having their photo taken but giving them something to accessorise and play around with goes a long way towards loosening up even the most reserved guests!