Photo Booths
Article thanks to Lauren Sargeant Bride Online Columnist

Photo Booth Checklist

Photo booths tend to bring out the silly side of everyone who enters. They keep your guests entertained and they inspire some hilarious moments, captured forever in print. Photo booths help to ensure that these memories last a lifetime, yet they're far from time consuming to arrange, if you follow this simple guide.


9 Months to Go

• Start thinking about what kind of photo booth you would like. Do you want an automated booth, a booth with an accompanying photographer or would you like your guests to play the role of photographer? Do you want your images saved to a hard drive or printed instantly? These are all things you need to take into consideration.
• If you're going to hire a photo booth – or a photographer to do the job of a photo booth – start looking around now and having consultations with vendors.

6 Months

• If you're hiring a photo booth, this is the time to place your booking. Photo booth vendors tend to be pretty busy these days, so get in quick, before they completely book up.

2 Months

• If you're doing your own photo booth, make sure that you've got all of the necessary equipment. Essential items include the camera, extra batteries, memory cards, a tripod, a remote shutter release, lighting, a backdrop, a laptop - or some sort of monitor for viewing photos – and props. If you'd like your guests to glue their photos into an album and write a personal note, you'll also have to set up a printer - and easy-to-follow printing instructions - along with your laptop.

1 Month

• If you’ve hired a photo booth with a green screen, and you want to use a custom backdrop, make sure that you've submitted your background image(s) to your vendor.

The Day Before

• If you're doing a DIY photo booth, make sure that your camera's batteries are charged and that the memory cards have enough space on them.

The Big Day

• If you're doing double prints for your wedding album, make sure that the signing table is set up, with the album and clear instructions for your guests.

• For DIY booths, ask someone trustworthy – and technologically-minded – to set up the camera and monitor for you (as well as the printer, if you're using one). Again, make sure that clear instructions are displayed, for your guests to follow.

• Don't forget to jump in the booth with your honey and/or a bunch of your friends, and have a bit of fun in front of the lens. Let loose and shine bright. You'll laugh about these photos for years to come – guaranteed.

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