How to Take Fun Wedding Photos

Although wedding vows by their sacred nature and ultimate purpose demand extreme sincerity and the utmost degree of seriousness, wedding photos do not. In fact, wedding photos which are considered cool or fun are preferred nowadays as they deviate from the triteness of traditional wedding photos. Instead of having serious photo shoots, you can ask your wedding photographer to take fun wedding photos. This can make your guests loosen up and enjoy the event even more. Wedding photos can be made more fun with the use of colorful backgrounds, silly expressions, and funny accessories and accessories.

Using Colorful Backgrounds

Many wedding photography services offer different kinds of backgrounds for their photo booths. Fun wedding photos often use colorful backgrounds or those with specific themes like a zoo, a circus, or other places of happiness like Disneyland and even different kinds of movies including animation and horror. Some backgrounds which are not funny in themselves may produce a funny effect in a blatant comical or even satirical sort of way like prison cells or mental institutions which are jokingly attached to the idea of marriage. Location shooting may also be an option like a photo shoot in a playground or in an amusement park where the bride and groom as well as the guests and the members of the entourage can actually have fun while their pictures are being taken.

Making Silly Expressions

Though considered quite tacky by some, making silly expressions through outlandish facial contortions is a more appropriate way of encouraging fun instead of merely smiling or laughing. These stir up excitement more than just sitting or standing and looking into the camera lens with a timid smile. They also encourage a comfortable atmosphere where people need not hide behind the screen of proper decorum at all times.

Using Funny Accessories

Using funny accessories is common for photo booths. A couple can actually have funny props on each table for the guests to wear, or play with, as the photographer roams the reception venue and takes snapshots of their silly antics. Funny accessories may range from small items such as a clown’s nose, bizarre eyeglasses, a long mustache or a crazy wig to large ones such as a mug shot placard similar to that of a prisoner’s, a “for sale” poster pointing to one’s spouse, a biohazard indicator, or even a “doomsday” sign depending on the type of humor the couple can accept or even endure.

Taking Candid Shots

Those who do not wish to be quite outlandish can opt for candid photos. The idea of fun is not entirely confined to being wacky. Just capturing the happy smiles and laughter of the guests during the even could be fun enough. Taken during unguarded moments, these candid shots are as real as they can get. It would be great to look at these photos later on and laugh at the lighter side of wedding: a piece of cake falling from the groom’s mouth, a piece of vegetable caught in between the bride’s teeth, a guest wiping cake icing off his nose, or accidentally stepping on his dance partner’s gown.

Fun wedding photos are great for reminiscing about this milestone in a couple’s relationship and how the people close to the couple shared this special time with them.

Wedding Photo Booths

A fantastic idea that is becoming ever more popular is the wedding photo booth – a special area for guests to have photos taken as mementos of the day and to add to the bride and groom’s album. You can either create one yourself, work in conjunction with your photographer or even hire an entire photobooth for the day.

To make your own, all you need is a secluded area – get creative – we’ve even seen one inside a camper van! If you can set aside a small room or corner for this purpose then great – if not, then setting up an area or marquee outside will do just fine too. Use a plain background if possible, and make sure it is well lit and there’s no danger of the camera being knocked over.

You can have a designated photographer, or set up a tripod and a camera with a remote or cable release so your subjects can take photos of themselves without having to set a timer. Provide props like empty picture frames, hats, wedding paraphernalia or blackboards or giant speech bubbles so guests can write notes to add to their pictures. Outside is best for lighting, but if you’re shooting inside then just ensure the light is good and the camera settings are adjusted for the conditions.

Photo booths seem to capture those real moments at weddings – away from the formal posing and usually after a couple of drinks! Many couples treasure these photos as much as their professional ones because they truly show the joy and personality of their guests. Don’t forget to sneak in there too – it’s not just for guests!

The options for silly and wonderful photos are endless. Play dress up, act out your favourite poses, or simply show off your gorgeous wedding dress – you only get to wear it for one day after all! Your guests will love getting together to celebrate your day in photographic style.

Photo booths can be rented all over the UK and range in price, depending on their facilities. Some also allow video messaging and live streaming to an external monitor which can be placed in the reception room. Expect to pay upwards of £500 for a professional booth, however. If you rent an automated machine you will have the option of having photos printed there and then, or put onto disc for you to take home and distribute (or use as blackmail) as you wish.

Real Wedding Photos

A wedding is incomplete without a photo and a video coverage. I know these can cost a lot sometimes, and many couples would usually choose to hire photography and video services that are of low quality. As a result, their real wedding photos tend to look blurry, out-of-focus, or just plain rubbish.

If you do not want that to happen to you, you might as well think everything over. Completely removing a photo or a video coverage should not be an option! You could always hire somebody that would fit your budget. Let me share a few tips that you might want to use.

1. Do a total review of your budget. Start by listing down the most significant things needed in your wedding, such as the venue, gowns, food, and decorations. Try to get a place that looks gorgeous but is affordable at the same time. You can do this by canvassing as early as possible. Do the same with all the other stuff.
2. Stop yourself from purchasing things that are unnecessary. For example, do you really need to buy those expensive giveaways for your guests? Could you not just search for something else that is as good as the other one and half the cost? It is important that you practice being logical and practical in this situation.
3. Choose a photography and video coverage package that is cheap but is proven to be of great quality. Remember that being expensive does not necessarily mean high quality. You can start by searching online or asking the people you know if they can recommend a professional but affordable photographer and videographer for the job.
4. Consider purchasing a digital wedding photo package. This has become popular because of its low cost and efficiency. The photographer would take digital but real wedding photos on your special day, and they would give you two options: they could put all the photos and videos on a CD or DVD, or you could ask them to give your printed copies of everything.

I hope those tips could help you save a lot of money. Always put in mind that there are always cheaper and more practical options when planning and organizing a wedding. You just have to know where to look.