When it comes to weddings, parties and celebrations, the one entertainment element that is usually always asked for is a photo booth. They are a main source of amusement for your guests, giving them the opportunity to make themselves look utterly ridiculous by wearing oversized glasses, or a fabulous feather boa. Whenever I am at a family celebration or a wedding, I always get accosted by an aunty or overzealous cousin, and pulled excitedly towards the prop box. Sifting through cowboy hats, moustaches and the occasional rubber chicken. I love it!
Recently, I have seen some quirky and creative alternatives to the traditional photo booth, including D.I.Y options such as photo sets and backdrops. There are so many new ways to capture the moment, and most of the below ideas can work out much more cost effective.
With Instagram taking control of our entire social media world, the custom polaroid frame is becoming a very popular photo option at weddings, parties and corporate events. Many people are choosing to create their own hashtags, allowing your guests to easily share and upload images straight to social media. They can also be incredibly cost effective, InstaFrame UK offer personalised social media frames starting at £24.99. However if you want to get a little more creative you can buy your own blank frame and customise it yourself.
Bespoke photo backdrops to fit your theme and style give that extra personal and artistic touch. The design possibilities really are endless, from floating curtains of ribbon, chalkboard walls, rustic hay bales or a floral arch. Bakckdrops can add drama, additional styling and create a talking point
Similar to the photo backdrop, but adding a little extra ‘something’ are photo sets. Again this can be tailored to your theme and style, add vintage furniture, a large novel prop or even a kissing booth.
I love a head in the hole opportunity. I am the first person to stick my head through and transform myself into the fairground classic ‘Strongman’. Create your favourite film characters, interesting bride/groom scenarios and bring out your personalities with this fun photo option.
Along with Instagram, the ‘selfie’ obsession has well and truly taken over, you can now hire the ‘Selfie Mirror’. I provided one for an event last year and it went down very well, guests were commenting throughout the evening on this fun photo idea. ‘Just Pose‘ have a great Hollywood-esque Mirror Booth which also comes with large light-up ‘Love’ letters. Although this is more expensive than your DIY options, if you have the budget this is most definitely a crowd pleaser.
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