Budget Bride Tip for June 24: Create a homemade photo booth
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 ...
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Thanks to Molly and Nick Kepler for sharing personal photos from their wedding album with us.