DIY Photobooth

Here is how I made it happen for about 10% of the cost of the professional ones.

$5 Donation for Mac Photobooth Software (David Cline Photobooth Software for Mac)
$15 for printer and paper from  (Craigslist)
$69 for three printer ink cartridges (Staples)
$20 for 300 sheets of photo paper (Staples)
$40 for two spotlights with bulbs  (Home Depot)
$5 for purple curtain  (Anna’s Linen)

It also doubled as our favor!


The Banner

On my final walk through we decided the room needed a focal point. The easiest thing we could think of was a banner. Given that it was 7 days before the wedding, we figured it would be easiest to order one from a copy shop. Just for fun Because I am obsessed with DIY, I snuck a peak at a few DIY Banners. I found several that seemed easy. I found this one from Style Me Pretty and realized that we already had all of the things we needed to make it happen. I don’t think there are any good pictures from the wedding but ours said “Mr & Mrs Hughes”. Here are the supplies we used:

Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Paper Source Letter Cover Paper in Poppy
Paper Source Letter Cover Paper in Cream
Font of your Choice from

Bridal Travel Agency

Note: If you are easily offended please stop reading right now. This post isn’t going to be polite in anyway. Call me Bridezilla if you must.

Dear Friends & Family,

The wedding is very near and I am excited that all of you have decided to share my wonderful day with me. Most of you are spending your time to travel across the country to be with me and I appreciate it. It’s about 20 days away and things are super busy for me. Throughout the process I have been happy to answer most of your questions as best as I can. That’s what a hospitable person does.

Today is where all of that ends. Here are the things I am no longer doing for you.

3. Finding you a hotel that is close but cheaper. I booked a block of rooms to help everyone out. Even before the room block filled up I was asked constantly “Can you find me a hotel near the Hyatt but that’s cheaper.” Sorry guys use google maps.

2. Buying you a plane ticket. No one actually asked me to spend my money on their plane ticket. However, several people have called me to go online and they will give me their credit card number so I can help them purchase their tickets. You should try calling someone who lives near you to help you with this. Sorry that’s what a travel agent is for.

Now this top question is what caused me to lose it yesterday. I answered it politely but no more.

1. Giving you a list of cheap places you like to eat near the hotel? I’m an Elite Yelper so I have no problem sharing my opinion on what I like to eat. Sorry I’m not a concierge.

Please be understanding of my time.

Thanks & see you soon,


I am really not sure why people think that I should be this involved in their travel planning. I booked the room blocks (i did two different prices!), shared the closest airports in the save the date, and gave them information for super shuttle. In this information age do your research. I just think the bride is the last person you should bother with this. Only contact the bride to help her or if it’s dire. I’m sure you know someone else going to the wedding or who has traveled to that city before who can point you in the right direction.

All I want for Christmas (I mean my wedding) is a Photobooth!

Long ago I became obsessed with the idea of having a photobooth at the wedding. It seamed simple enough to DIY but I abandoned it because setting it up is more than I wanted for the friends who are helping out. Today I was looking for something totally random on the internet and somehow one of the “related links” led me to David Cline. David Cline made a program that automates your Mac Photobooth application and turns it into a real Photobooth. The pictures print and everything! If you are interested in such a thing you just have to donate via Paypal and he will send you the application and instructions. This will make the DIY process so much easier. All I will need is my computer and a printer. Umm does anyone have a photo printer I can borrow?