Ways to set up a custom photo booth

Photo booths are a big hit at wedding receptions, baby showers, and birthday parties. You can follow certain steps and free printable templates to build a custom photo booth for your next party or event instead of paying for a rental.

Having a photo booth at your wedding is a terrific way to entertain your guests. It’s a great way to keep visitors occupied at the reception, and it will provide you with priceless memories.

A photo booth can cost anywhere from £400 to £700 to rent, depending on the duration for which you need it and what type it is. You’ll get roughly three to four hours of the photo booth, complete with props, a dressing-up box, and digital copies of the images. Extras like a guest book and a USB drive are commonplace.

If that’s out of your price range, you can build your own photo booth for far less money. Setting up your own can be just as easy as paying someone to do it if you’ve already rented many decorative props or had some from previous parties.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to set up your own DIY photo booth, including where to put it and what equipment you’ll need.

Material required for setting up the booth

There are certain resources that you need to purchase to get a beautiful photo booth ready all by yourself and within your budget. 

Shoot camera 
Tripod for camera 
Nails and hammer
A remote shutter release
Backdrop stand if required
A backdrop 

Lighting umbrellas and spotlights can be considered optional equipment.

If that’s out of your price range, you can build your own photo booth for far less money. Setting up your own can be just as easy as paying someone to do it if you’ve already rented many decorative props or had some from previous parties.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to set up your own DIY photo booth, including where to put it and what equipment you’ll need.

Steps to set up your photo booth

By following these simple steps you can set up your photo booth as a professional 

Select an appropriate spot for the booth 

It is absolutely inappropriate to have a photo booth at a place where none can notice. Place it just beside the main reception area for easy access. Try a small adjacent room, a pop-up tipi or gazebo, a caravan or an old horsebox, or even a portion of the dance floor.

Create a beautiful photo booth backdrop 

Although it may appear complicated to make an artificial fern wall, the process is actually fairly simple. Attach these fake moss mats to a trellis to start your outdoor project. Just hot glue a number of false hanging vines, palms, and giant fake ferns onto the wall, and you’re done.

Gluing secondhand books to pallets for a literary-themed backdrop is easy. Charity shops and friends’ damaged books are good places to get books. When a school replaces its English textbooks, they may give away part of the older editions.

Select your camera type

There are a variety of cameras that may be used in a photo booth.

The simplest method is to use a polaroid camera. Prints of guests’ selfies will be available immediately.

A tripod with a DSLR camera can also be used. However, use a remote control to snap a picture or get the help of a few willing volunteers to stand in front of the camera for a while. A basic selfie stick with a high-quality phone will also get the job done.

Get some props

Photo booths are definitely incomplete without beautiful props. You can purchase a few funny, beautiful props such as long hats, moustaches, jewellery rings and many more.