The best DIY photo booth backdrop ideas for your wedding reception

Best DIY photo booth backdrops

Aimee McAuley Photography via the Wedding Chicks

It appears these days that no party or wedding reception is complete without a photo booth. They are a fun, entertaining activity for guests to partake in, and they create memorable, lasting memories, as well as great take-home favors for guests.

However, renting a professional photo booth does not come cheap. That’s why thanks to the numerous amounts of DIY tutorials available on the Web, more couples are choosing to create their own photo booth backdrop! It’s an opportunity to create a backdrop that goes with your wedding day theme and décor so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Before you start creating your one-of-a-kind backdrop, there are a few other things to consider about setting up a DIY photo booth.

  • A photo booth is that for a reason because there’s nobody standing there taking the photos for you. Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment before you decide to take on this project – something that can take photos (point and shoot camera, iPad, iPhone, etc.), a tripod, and a remote shutter release button will typically be enough for a successful photo booth. Using Wedding Party app’s mobile (and free!) photo booth feature is perfect for this…
  • Choose a location wherever your wedding is being held that is ideal for setting up the photo booth but is removed from heavy walking and mingling traffic. It should be visible to guests (otherwise, what’s the point?), but it also shouldn’t be the focal point of the reception. Hallways or narrow spaces are typically best for photo booths. If your wedding is outdoors, make sure there is somewhere to hang your backdrop.
  • Don’t forget about lighting! If you’re having an outdoor wedding, then you’ll receive the best since natural lighting is ideal for photos. If the photo booth is set up indoors, consider having a spotlight and photography umbrella for the best lighting conditions.
  • Lastly, props are always a fun touch that are sure to liven up your photos. You can get our free photo booth prop printables to DIY the props yourself!

For more details and tips on what you should have and consider for a DIY photo booth, HGTV and Curbly break it down step-by-step.

Best DIY photo booth backdrops

Jake & Necia Photography via Style Me Pretty

Depending on what type of backdrop you plan on making, that will dictate how soon you should start on it; however, since the two to three months leading up the wedding can be hectic and stressful, I would recommend getting started as soon as you narrow down what you want. It never hurts to be ahead of the game!

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A shabby chic country wedding by Gage Blake Photography

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There’s nothing lovelier than seeing a wedding where a bride and groom actually have FUN on the big day — and today’s couple, Janelle and Tyler, did just that! It’s clear that the bride and groom are best friends and were so excited to get married on the big day. Janelle looked gorgeous in her strapless lace gown and Tyler and his groomsmen were perfectly dapper in gray suits. With pops of pink and rustic decor like mason jars, burlap and lace, their rustic, shabby chic country wedding in Ohio was perfect. Luckily, Gage Blake Photography was there to capture the entire day from start to finish!

A few words from the bride:

The most memorable moment of our wedding was the ENTIRE day! I loved every part of the day and I would not have changed a thing. From the start with the moms and my girls, to the ceremony where everything became “official”, to the pictures where the weather was perfect, and ending with an awesome party filled with food, fun, family, and friends. 

Click through to get inspired by Janelle and Tyler’s wedding day!

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Win $2000+ for your bridesmaids’ style with our Bridal Party Bash giveaway

Win $2000+ for your bridesmaidd with the Bridal Party Bash giveaway!

From the moment you get engaged to the moment you say “I Do”, your bridesmaids are with you every step of the way — so why not treat them to something nice every once in a while? If you’re getting married later this summer or fall, we’ve got just the thing for you! We’ve teamed up with Union Station, Rocksbox, Sole Society and Minted to gift one special bride and bridal party almost everything they need for the big day.

How much is almost everything, you ask? Our amazing, stylish prize package comes out to over $2000 in goodies, which is sure to help you and your bridesmaids out in the budget department! It only takes a few seconds to enter, and one lucky group of ladies can win:

  • 8 bridesmaid dress rentals from Union Station
  • 8 three-month jewelry subscriptions to Rocksbox for wedding-perfect jewelry
  • $500 to Sole Society for shoes, clutches and more
  • $500 to Minted for bridal stationery and day-of decor
  • 8 bridal party tanktops from Wedding Party

Ready to win? Use the steps below to enter now:

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 1. Click here to visit the giveaway page

2. Enter your email — this is your official entry

3. That’s it! Share the giveaway with your friends to get more entries!

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Hurry and enter soon though, the giveaway is only open until June 26, 2015. And make sure to share the giveaway with your bridal party — the more entries from your bridal party, the more chances you’ll have to win!

Curious about the fine print? Read our giveaway terms here.

Tips to handling your mother-in-law during wedding planning (and starting off your relationship right!)

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Ellie Asher via Bridal Musings

Are you struggling with the in-laws? Wish you had an easy solution to family disharmony? Is your mother-in-law driving you bananas? Okay, I’ll stop that now because it’s reading more like an infomercial…

I really hoped I could open this article with a historically accurate yet hilarious anecdote about how and why in-laws, (especially mother-in-laws) have established themselves as the Kim Jong-Un of family members… but I can’t.

I’ve just found lots of angry websites where people can vent anonymously about their awful in-laws stories, so I’ll move on.

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The one thing I do know, is that I’m going provide you with some deep breathing exercises and steps to keep calm and hopefully nurture your relationship with your in laws (you mother-in-law, MIL, in particular). Hopefully these tips help you to enjoy the wedding planning process together, so you can go back to trying to figure out how to get your hair to grow faster so that you can achieve that luscious fishtail braid that you spotted on Pinterest.

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