I absolutely loved having my wedding and reception at the same venue. I would strongly recommend it to any bride out there. There was no frantic running around between two places to set up. My only fear having it at the same place, was what my guests would do while we were taking photos after the ceremony.
I opted for a do-it-yourself photo booth!
The idea of a photo booth was appealing to me, since I wanted as many photos from my wedding I could possibly get, but the cost of renting one was more that I paid for a lot of things in my wedding.
Lucky for me and my internet searching I found some amazing photo booth software! For $60 I downloaded Sparkbooth which uses your laptop’s webcam to take the pictures. I actually used a better webcam, hooked up through USB and mounted on a tripod, to get a little better photo quality, and alleviate the need for my guests to cram around my small netbook.
The best part about the software, is all guests have to do to start the process, is hit the space bar! Sparkbooth is the coolest software I have ever used.
Once we had the software in place, it was time to buy silly props for guests to use. After Halloween sales and the Dollar Tree became my friend, as I found cheap hats, glasses, boas, and chalk boards. I bought every crazy thing I could find and most items were used!
The photos we got back were hilarious and something we will treasure forever.
The best part is, I’ve used the Sparkbooth software several times since then. It’s fun and easy.
If you thought about having a photo booth and just can’t afford it, this is a great alternative, especially if you have a laptop and a webcam!
The pictures you’ll get back will be well worth the $60.