|Reenski’s DIY Photobooth Outcome|
After seeing so much hype about photo booths, I thought it would be a good idea for my wedding, and set out to find a reasonably priced one. However, even with Groupon deals, I couldn’t justify paying $350 or more for a photo booth given my overall budget. I thought I would have to give it up until I came across a tutorial on Offbeat Bride that used Sparkbooth software.
Sparkbooth offers a 10 day trial that you can download to start playing with settings and seeing how things print out. The pictures will print with a watermark on them, so unfortunately using just the trial won’t work. They offer various layouts for different sizes of photo paper — I went with a 4 block square for 4 x 6 photo paper with space on the bottom for a logo.
The software also allows for multiple pictures to print and for them to be emailed or shared online (if you have WiFi available to you). I wanted to keep things as easy as possible, so I set it to automatically print one picture only. Luckily, the program automatically saves all pictures — both each shot and the whole “strip” — to your computer, so you can share and print more later.
The “home” screen of the software displays simple directions and has a countdown for each picture (which you can also customize), so guests were able to sit down with their props, hit the space bar and smile!
I created my logo using the same template from Wedding Chicks that I had used for my invitations. I did this around midnight the morning of my wedding, so I wasn’t going for anything amazing. Using Microsoft Paint, I was able to copy/paste our names and the date into a small image that fit perfectly at the bottom of the pictures.
You can also create logos in many other programs, from Photoshop to online logo generators. This was just what worked best for me.
- Software – $59
- Printer – $10
- Ink – $37
- Photo Paper – $12
- Webcam – $11
- Curtain (Backdrop) – $11
- Props – $10 (basket, big sunglasses, leis, beads)
Denise: Loved it! I liked that it had your personalized logo, the props were awesome and it was def original. Do wish it printed quicker and had duplicates..one for each of us to keep.
Deanna: I thought it was great keepsake and a fantastic way to keep us entertained during the cocktail hour. It was easy to use and I liked that it took multiple shots just like a “real” photo booth. Clearly, I think wedding photo booths are a must – they’re so fun!
Daisy: I think it was a very good idea. It was fun to have all the different items to use to make the pictures fun. It was worth it.