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Photo booths are a cunning way of capturing candid moments—and entertaining guests—at your celebration. Add one of these easy decorative background ideas, and everyone will look forward to the moment they get to say, “Cheese!”
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Polka Dot Backdrop
Put polka-dots on display with this custom backdrop. Choose a design at Pickawall, or upload any photo or graphic you'd like, and they'll print a supersize version on vinyl fabric.
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Hanging Fringe Backdrop
Transform a plain wall into a colorful piñata-style collage by adhering an array of fluttery strips cut from sheets of paper, vellum, and foil.
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Serve up a photo area stocked with decadent decoupage desserts. To create it, we photographed the goodies, then enlarged, printed, and pasted the images on the gold and white paper "table."
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Score cinema-worthy shots of your friends and family by hooking up a projector to your computer and aiming it at a rear-projection screen. Both are rentable—your photographer can help you find them, though most towns have photography shops that offer this service. Or, if you want your visuals to extend all the way to the ground, suspend three yards of Rose Brand gray rear-projection material from the ceiling. On your big day, set up the projector behind the screen fabric, let guests choose the backdrop they like best, and offer thematic props, like this vintage Vespa. You could even turn several shots in a GIF for free at Gickr.
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This cheery backdrop can come together in one afternoon of crafting. Make some of these multifaceted beauties, thread them onto string or monofilament, and, voilà, multidimensional décor to add color and depth to any photo.
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Moon and Stars Backdrop
Channel the easy glamour of the twenties and thirties with this stellar photo booth display. To make, cut foam board into a crescent shape, spray with glue, blanket with glitter, then hang with fishing wire.
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Designate a photo nook by adding dimension and color to any blank space at your reception with this origami wall hanging.
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Flagging Tape Backdrop
Secure strips of flagging tape, originally used for blocking off construction sites, to a wall with glue dots (one on each end) for a festive photo booth marker. The fluorescent plastic comes in tons of colors and patterns (gemplers.com) and is incredibly inexpensive, which translates to infinite partying possibilities.
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Dress up a bare wall with cascading diamonds cut from self-adhesive vinyl sheets. When the night is over, they're a cinch to remove.
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Fun Wallpaper Backdrop
To temporarily spruce up a space, drape wallpaper from a rod (we used Scalamandre's "Venetian Carnival," decoratorsbest.com), and wait for the magic to happen.
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For a creative focal point, tape off a simple design on a 4-by-8-foot piece of white plywood and spray-paint over it. When it's dry, peel off the tape, and you're good to go!
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Stage your pictures the elegant way with an oversize lace-patterned canvas. Download this design and take it to a copy center (we went to FedEx Office) that can print the large file. Then hang it up at your reception and have your photographer or friends capture happy moments that you can add to your guest book.
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Hanging Crepe Paper
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This pretty picture booth is seriously simple: Drape a few yards of varying fabrics from an overhead pole and strike a pose!
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Date Wall Decal
You don't have to be a graphic designer to mark your day with a logo. Upload simple artwork, like your wedding date, onto Lumi.com, a website specializing in branded supplies and then choose how you want to use it. Here, we made a large wall decal, perfect for customized photo booth backdrop!