You spend months planning your wedding, and then just like that, it's passed you by in a flash. Thankfully, great photos can capture every aspect of the big day — even the tiny details you may have forgotten to notice. Without a doubt, there are certain shots no wedding should go without (like a bridesmaid powwow before sending the bride off). Here, we've broken down those must-snap moments so that even years from now, you can take a look at the pictures and feel like it happened just yesterday.
Winking, blowing a kiss, or wearing a boa — anything goes in photo booths, which is what makes them so addictive. While it's nice to have shiny, posed, professional photos from your wedding, more and more couples are also including photo booths at receptions to capture silly moments with friends and family. Before you start planning your wedding's photo booth, take a look at our 10 tips for a flawless photo booth.
- Rent a photo booth: The easiest way to add a photo booth at your wedding is to rent one. Companies like CapturePod offer packages that include all the equipment you need. You can sprinkle in customized decorations and extra costume options for the personal touch.
- Make a DIY photo booth: Homemade photo booths require a little more effort, but you have more control over the details. Check off the essentials first, like the location, camera, printer, and photo paper, before planning the decorations and costumes.
- Choose a camera: As a more makeshift yet versatile option, connect a portable photo printer to a DSLR camera, a laptop, or a web cam and let guests do their thing. For a retro touch, track down a Polaroid camera.
- Research mobile options: Photo booth apps exist! PopBooth (free) works with an iPhone or iPad, has several filter options, and instantly shares the images on Facebook. Hard copies of the photos can be sent as postcards in the mail for an additional $2.
- Check out photo booth software: There are plenty of photo booth software options, such as Sparkbooth ($59), which make it easy to set up a DIY photo booth, customize the templates, and turn on automatic picture taking and printing.
I've noticed that when it comes to wedding photos, there seem to be two types of photographers: the ones who take lots of people shots, especially of the wedded duo, and the ones who focus on the wedding as a whole, capturing all the details. Personally, I'm usually more enraptured with "the look" of the wedding than seeing numerous pics of the couple, but I can see how for some — i.e. the newly crowned Mr. and Mrs. — the people might be the most important and snapshot-worthy aspect of the big day. Whether you're in the bride's shoes or coming from a guest's perspective, what do you think?
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So last week was officially Wedding Weekend Week on the Sugar Network, but we just couldn't wait until honeymoon week to tell you about this: the Trash the Dress Movement. It's a simple answer to that age-old quandary of what to do with your wedding dress once the Big Day has come and gone. It was so expensive that you don't want to shove it in the back of your closet for the rest of eternity, but at the same time, where else are you going to wear it, the grocery store?!
The Trash the Dress movement was started by Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper, and involved him convincing women to wear their wedding dresses in water, on horseback, in snow, around a grungy city - all for the sake of a few irreverent wedding photos. In one case, a woman was even photographed standing in her burning wedding dress! Granted, the wedding dress is pretty much ruined after the fact, but I think this is a fantastic idea!