Unique Photo Booth Ideas

Are you planning on using a photo booth at your wedding? There are so many creative ways to incorporate your wedding theme into your guests’ pictures. We have pulled together some of our favorite wedding photo backdrops for you to look at.

Balloons are a super fun and easy way to incorporate your wedding colors into the photos.  If you want to customize them a little more, you can order balloons with your wedding date or other sweet sayings printed on them. Paper chain walls are another inexpensive option for your photo booth. You and your bridesmaids can spend an evening putting them together during a movie marathon. Add props like mustaches, kissing lips, and glasses and you have a cute photo opportunity for guests.

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Balloon wall inspired by: Wedding Wire
Paper chain wall inspired by: Wedding Chicks

You can also hang a panel of damask or other printed fabric and provide your guests with an ornate or brightly colored frame so they can take individual or group pictures in a fun, unique way. If you are having an outdoor wedding, hanging a rustic frame from a tree branch and allowing the surrounding scenery to be the background makes a lovely photo.

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Fabric photo wall inspired by: Andy Gaines
Metallic backdrop: Oh Happy Day
Floating rustic frame inspired by: Style Me Pretty

These light up initials are so unique! We love this idea for a Hollywood or modern themed wedding. Another fun idea incorporates colorful streamers and paper flowers as a backdrop which creates a beautiful picture, especially for an outdoor wedding. The best thing about this particular backdrop is that it is really easy to customize the streamers to fit your colors.

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Light up initials inspired by: The Woman’s Lounge
Flowers and streamer backdrop inspired by: Wed Over Heels

Great props can make the difference for a photo booth. Chalk board speech bubbles allow your guests to send you a personalized message, making the pictures double as your guest book! Photo frame walls are also another popular idea. Gluing framed pictures of your and your groom’s family onto a foam core wall and adding empty frames for guests to put themselves in creates an adorable look.

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Chalk board speech bubbles inspired by: Wedding Chicks
iPad photo booth inspired by: Pad Gadget
Framed family photos inspired by: Crafterholic

If you would like to create one of these booths, but don’t want to hire a photographer to man it, there are now apps for the iPad that allow guests to take the photos themselves. All you need is the app and an iPad tripod which can be found online. What fun!

Are you planning on having a unique photo booth at your wedding? Have you seen other unique photo booth ideas?

Baby Shower Ideas

With all the recent talk about the royal baby, we decided to give our readers some tips on how to throw a beautiful and fun baby shower!

Not everyone is looking to break the bank when throwing a shower. That is why we geared more toward simple, yet elegant decor that almost anyone can replicate for an event. Centerpieces will definitely add to the ambiance at a shower, and floral is an easy way to add a pop of color. An elaborate arrangement is not needed, but a more simple, smaller arrangement will give your table a focal point and enhance guests’ experience.

Using mason jars or small glass bottles is definitely a cost effective and adorable idea to have a simple centerpiece arrangement on the tables at a shower. Wild flowers are currently trending for centerpiece designs at weddings, and this look can easily be used at a shower as well. We also love the fun idea of using baby’s breath at a baby shower! Fill a tin watering can or a galvanized bucket with baby’s breath and place on tables, and you have a perfect centerpiece for a small, outdoor gathering at a shower!

Baby Shower Centerpiece Inspiration Board

Centerpieces Inspired by: Martha Stewart

For an even more cost efficient arrangement for tables, we  like the idea of using a single flower placed in a tall, slender vase to create height on a table, or a single rose bud in a votive candle holder for a lower arrangement. How adorable are the champagne flutes filled with flowers as well!?

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Centerpieces Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Filling a cylinder vase with water dyed blue or pink to symbolize a boy or a girl topped with a floating candle is another creative way to save money by eliminating floral but still adding color to a tablescape.

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Centerpiece Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Getting guests involved at an event is a great way to increase enjoyment at a party. Fun games are easy to create for a baby shower. “Take a Guess” game is a unique place card displayed at each table setting for guests to partake in as they sit down to enjoy food.  A “Blindfolded Diaper Change” game is a great way to get guests on their feet and enjoy what this whole event is centered around – BABIES!

Creating unique baby themed favors is a great way to show appreciation for your guests’ attendance at the shower. Why not add a fun tag line to the favor boxes like the one shown below on the popcorn box, or a milk and cookies bar!

Baby Shower Gifts and Games Inspiration Board

“Ready to Pop” favor idea from: Ready to Pop Shop
“Take a Guess” game idea from: On to Baby
Cookie Bar favor idea from: Anchor

What are some other cute/unique ideas for decor, favors, games, etc. you’ve seen at baby showers?

Summer Garden Party

Garden parties are the best opportunity for you to enjoy close friends and family in the most natural setting… your backyard! Whether it is a Sunday brunch after church or a Saturday night dinner with cocktails, a garden party is an awesome excuse to add some pizazz to your backyard with bright, colorful summer decor that will add vigor and life to your party.

We decided to share some easy and simple decor ideas for a garden party that anyone can put together.

We love the idea of incorporating real fruit into centerpiece arrangements. Not only does it add color to your table setting, but the aroma of fresh fruit will enhance the summer outdoor feel as well.

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Dress up your bird bath or spare bucket you have lying around the garage by filling them up with water and adding floating flower heads! You can coordinate the flowers you use with the arrangement you have on your dining table or you can use fresh flowers growing in the yard. Add floating candles as well to the water to create a great nighttime ambiance for your guests to enjoy!

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What are some of your summer garden party decor ideas that you have used or plan to use??