Creating a fun and interactive wedding reception is the top priority for many couples. After all, your guests have traveled from far and wide to celebrate alongside you. And let’s face it, fun memories make a great wedding. Have a photo booth at your wedding reception and enjoy the pics for years to come.

Breaking the ice

What better way to get your guests mingling than to have a photo booth set up in a foyer or common area. Some wedding venues will have an ideal set up, while others will require you to be creative. Be sure to situate your photo booth in a high traffic location so that everyone has a chance to enjoy.

Goofy and glamorous

Having some props on hand can transform the variety of picture options available. Easy items to incorporate include:

  • Feather boas
  • Sunglasses, Googly-eye glasses
  • Mustaches
  • Masquerade ball masks
  • Hats, scarves, wigs
  • Heart and star cut-outs
  • Ivy, bouquets, flowers

Combining some hilarious and fancy props will ensure there is something for everyone. Incorporating your wedding theme is a great idea as well. For example, if you are having an “Under-the-Sea Enchanted Garden Party” you could have some fish or whale stuffed animals or cut-outs for your guests to pose with.

DIY style

Creating your own do-it-yourself backdrop can provide you more room if you are looking for larger group pictures. However, this can be a time consuming endeavor. Basically, you can create a set and have a variety of items for guests to sit and stand on (think bales of hay, covered chairs, chaise loungers or whatever will fit your venue best). Some empty picture frames can be hung from a tree outside and guests can use nature as their backdrop. Hiring a photographer or a close friend to handle the camera is another necessary detail that will have to be arranged if you are creating a DIY photo booth. Simple background ideas include:

  • Tulle and lights
  • Balloon feature wall
  • Silk screen or Free-standing dividers
  • Palm trees, fig trees, vines or floral arrangements
  • Log wall or Arbor
  • Wallpaper set
  • Fireplace

Renting a photo booth

Most wedding and party rental locations can set you up with a traditional photo booth. These need access to electricity and work best indoors. Check into the delivery and return policy to ensure you have enough family and friends to safely handle the transport as any damages will be costly. These booths are a riot, although the small space can make it hard to photograph more than one or two people at a time. Be sure to plug it in and take a few test pictures upon set-up to ensure it is in proper working order ahead of the big day.

Excellent party favors & Wedding keepsake

Having your names and wedding date printed on the pics or stamped on afterwards makes a great memento. Print a duplicate of every guest picture so that you can have a fun keepsake of your special day too. The options are abundant. Candid shots often make the most memorable photos. Consider having some clear magnet picture protectors on hand so that guests can slip their new memories right into a protective sleeve and display on their fridge when they return home. This can be an excellent way to add your name and date ahead of time as well. Have a dish or basket available with signage asking guests to help themselves and voila. You have just simplified your thank yous and your favors in a fun and easy way.

Whatever fun you decide to create for your reception, Swan Manor can accommodate it. Between our stately manor house, carriage house ballroom and manicured grounds, the wedding reception of your dreams is possible on our grounds. Contact us today to schedule a meeting and tour. Call 704-776-2530 or use the contact form here on the site. We look forward to hearing from you.