Hands down, the photo booth is one of the most fun parts of any wedding. It's a time to get downright silly and capture the best moments of the celebration. What makes a photo booth even better? The perfect backdrop that will impress guests the instant they see it. From elegant (think succulents) to bold (bright pops of color), we've rounded up some genius backdrops that you can re-create yourself. No matter your type of event (indoor, outdoor, daytime, nighttime), these picks will keep the smiles coming all party long.
If you're looking for a way to bring R2-D2 or the Ninja Turtles to your wedding, then you're in luck. "How?" you ask. Why, with geeky and fun photo booth props, of course. Here are some of our favorite options that you can download and print on the spot for convenience (and endless hours of picture-posing laughs). We have a feeling you'll want to keep these even after the celebration is over, especially once you find out there's a LOLcat in the mix.
In the days of cell phones and video chat, there's not much of a reason to keep a rotary telephone around other than its vintage good looks. A new project called the Rotobooth is repurposing those antique devices of yore in a way that is so 2012: a text message-sending photo booth.
Rotobooth users dial their mobile numbers the old-school way with long winds around the rotary phone located below the camera lens. Creators of Rotobooth hacked the phone with an Arduino microcontroller, so that once a photo is taken, it's sent to Flickr, and the user then receives a text message link to that photo on whatever number was dialed on the rotary phone.
This retro take on a modern digital photo booth was actually part of a hacking session at Twilio, a cloud-based texting company, and was used to send text message photo links to those smiling for the Rotobooth camera. Go, hackers!
Photo: Flickr User mauxfaux
I have a big collection of photo booth photo strips in a shoebox from when I was younger. There's just something about the photo booth experience that really captures a moment! If you want to get that same retro flavor but don't have access to a photo booth, then check out Shutterfly's new little sister, Wink. Wink lets you print photo booth style strips in a few simple steps, and all it costs is $2.50 per strip (including shipping and tax). Just upload four photos to Wink (or use their iPhone App) from Flickr, Facebook, or your hard drive, put in your shipping and payment info, and get a sweet and glossy photo strip in just a few days.
Additionally, if you wanted to send a few to your friends as a gift, but don't have their address, you can input their email instead and Wink will send them a preview of the photo strip while getting a confirmation of their address. No spamming, they promise.
Why do some people seem unfazed that a photobooth is talking to them? And telling them to tuck in their boobs, to move to the other side, and to give it a hug? Well, some people have the proper WTF?! response. Check it out . . .
Sure, this trend might be picking up at weddings and parties in general, but trends are usually hot for a reason: Skip the disposable cameras and capture candids with a rented photo booth! Guests will have another great activity for the reception, you'll have even more awesome photos for your album, and face this reality: Everyone loves a photo booth!
Photobooth.net helps you find and reserve a photo booth around the country (and has a great piece of advice: Traditional photo booths need a venue on the ground floor due to their weight). And Party Booths also supplies digital photo booths, if quality is an issue.
Best and worst part: Aunt Ida and Uncle Marty may find the booth after several glasses of champagne punch and get a little frisky. Those will be shots for the album for sure!