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Thursday, May 19, 2011

First Comes Love, Then Comes Links: 5/19/11

Diana+ Dreamer from GeekSugar

By Anna-Marie

Sylvie wrote in looking for DIY photobooth ideas with two requirements. 1) No onsite computer needed. 2) A laid-back feel. “Our wedding is in a state park, reception in a barn,” she says. “We’re going for fun and not super formal—we want to build community among family and friends.”

Sylvie’s wedding combines two of my favorites: an outdoor ceremony and a barn reception. In keeping with the summery and natural feel of her celebration, here are a few things I found:

First come logistics: Depending on whether or not you have your heart set on instant results, you can either go the Polaroid route, or let everyone use their own cameras. For the latter, if you’d like to see everything all on one camera, you could try designating a specific photobooth camera (digital or film), and add a little note asking guests to snap an extra. If you don’t have one to borrow or spare, Overstock probably has some of the least expensive digital cameras on the web, but I swoon for lomography beauties like the Diana Dreamer and the Diana Mini. What can I say? I’m also the girl who likes my paper books, and probably won’t be going over to electronic readers anytime soon.

For Polaroid booths, check out this one over at a backyard wedding. No computer necessary, and your guests’ antics can be displayed in seconds. I’m a fan of the fabric backdrops and the sense of fun.

Speaking of fabric backdrops, how about a print with vintage buttons or tea roses? Warm Biscuit Bedding Company has retro and rustic by the yard. You could even pick one with flowers that will be in bloom at your wedding site.

And depending on just how DIY-happy you’re feeling, here’s a tutorial on stamping your own patio tablecloth, which could be hung as your background. Their pattern involves leaves, which could be painted green for all the lush trees of summer instead of the autumny orange they use, or you could try a similar technique with flower cut-outs.

I hope that helps, Sylvie—have a wonderful time at your beautiful celebration!


When Anna-Marie isn’t searching the blogs, she’s writing romance stories, cooking for her wife, or freelancing as a cake decorator and floral designer.

Want a few ideas for your own wedding? Drop me a line.

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