Budget Bride Tip for June 24: Create a homemade photo booth

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

Molly and Nick Kepler knew a photo booth would provide fun entertainment for guests at their wedding reception held in the town park in Avoca, Neb., Memorial Day weekend 2011.

But they also knew that renting the trendy system, which typically features a traditional-appearing photo booth that uses a digital camera to produce photo strips on the spot, would’ve blown their $17,000 budget.

So they created their own version with three empty frames Molly paid $10 for at a Goodwill Industries thrift store.

“We strung them in a tree,” says Molly, 29, a registered dietician.

A friend of their photographer snapped digital shots of guests posing in the frames during the cocktail hour.

“There was a line at one point of people waiting to have their picture taken,” Molly says.

She and Nick, 29, a corporate banker, even posed for a few shots.

To encourage guests’ fun, Molly assembled props, including moustaches she made out of felt and attached to sticks, an old red boa of her sister’s and a bowler hat. All were placed in a suitcase her grandparents used on their honeymoon 60 years ago.

“The next day, everybody said how much they loved the photo booth,” Molly says.

Here she is in her wedding gown with Nick in the homemade photo booth ...

This is Molly and some of her friends posing with the props ...

And this is the box of props ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags

Budget Bride Tip for June 18: Ask guests to RSVP online

Budget Bride Tip for June 19: Hire a one-man band to provide the music

Budget Bride Tip for June 20: Build, stock and staff your open bar

Budget Bride Tip for June 21: Decorate with locally grown flowers

Budget Bride Tip for June 22: Skip the champagne toast

Budget Bride Tip for June 23: Let guests pour their own drinks

Thanks to Molly and Nick Kepler for sharing personal photos from their wedding album with us.