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The extras: Photobooth backdrops

August 7, 2011

In the final weeks before the wedding, we have three final decisions to make regarding favors, the send-off, and a photobooth. At first we weren’t sure whether we’d do any of them {or whether we could afford them} but we enlisted the help of friends and family and have decided to include all three. Luckily, the favors were determined this weekend {more on that later!} and we’re pretty sure the send-off has been taken care of as well. The only thing left for us to decide, then, is the photobooth. So I’ve been scouring the internets for inspiration and ideas. Take a look at what I found.

Pastel ribbon wall via Ruffled
A bit of gold via 100 Layer Cake

I really love ribbon walls. It seems like a fairly easy DIY project–tie a bunch of different ribbon to a piece of twine, string, or even a tension rod and there you have it. It’s also a great way to incorporate your wedding colors.

Pretty yellow & matching seats via Green Wedding Shoes

Using fabric for a backdrop may even be easier than ribbon. There are so many different options for fabric and so many different places to buy it–JoAnn Fabrics, Michael’s, IKEA. I like the idea of putting two or more fabrics side-by-side too.

Fringey streamers via Oh Happy Day
Hanging globes & fancy streamers via Martha Stewart Weddings

Another cheap and easy DIY option: streamers or paper lanterns/globes. Surprisingly they look really pretty grouped together–and they don’t look like cheesy party decorations. Oh Happy Day has a great tutorial on making those fringey streamers. And, of course, there’s always Martha Stewart.

Perfectly staged via Style Me Pretty
Vintage inspired via Green Wedding Shoes & Style Me Pretty
Travel themed via Green Wedding Shoes

Quite possibly my favorite backdrop idea–a staged setting where your guests become a part of your wedding theme. Obviously this takes more work but I think it’s so so so cool. Imagine all the possibilities!

The props via Lovely Bride
Creative sign via Lovely Bride

And now the fun part–the props! People relish the opportunity to be silly and there’s really no better place to do that than a wedding. My favorites are empty frames, chalkboards {for your guests to write fun notes on}, sunglasses or regular glasses, and hats. Oh, and mustaches–while some don’t really get the point–are pretty goofy too.


Our plan is to set up a backdrop and props and have our guests take pictures with their own cameras. We’re going to include our email on the photobooth sign {and programs} and ask them to send us their pictures. We think it’s a great way to get photos of all our guests while not tying up our photographer–or paying for an additional camera and tripod. I’ll be sure to get one of me and my groom sporting sombreros and mustaches for your viewing pleasure!


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