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DIY Tutorial: Photo Booth Chalkboard Speech Bubbles

Hello Kat & Rock n Roll Bride readers, I’m Rebecca Douglas of www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk a Kent based wedding and lifestyle photographer who loves working with people and making and creating beautiful things!  When I’m not shooting and doing photography related stuff I love to get a make on with all sorts of materials.

I really loved the images that I was seeing from wedding photo booths and so wanted to develop these blackboard speech bubbles for guests to write messages on while in photo booths at weddings.

Supplies Needed:

♥ 3mm thick MDF
♥ Chalkboard Spray Paint  (I bought mine from amazon but you should be able to get it in craft stores or places like B&Q too)
♥ Chalk board pens (as above)
♥ A laser cutter or jigsaw
♥ Sandpaper

Method:

Step One: Cut the MDF into the shapes you want the speech bubbles to be. You’ll find there are a lot of sellers on eBay that already sell pre-cut shapes if you don’t have a laser cutter or jigsaw yourself. I’ve had a google around and there are also a lot of companies that offer laser cutting online, where you just email in your order and voila, the cut shapes are sent to you. That said a bit of elbow grease with a jigsaw and sandpaper will do the trick too.

Step Two: Set out a wide area of newspaper and lay the cut shapes out. Before you start spraying, make sure you have a big border of newspaper, or you’ll be left with a newspaper shaped outline on your garden path like mine is now sporting! (Whoooops!) When you start spraying, be sure to keep a consistent movement across the shapes as you don’t want paint to build up in one area (this will show up in photos). The can recommends that you spray at a height of 30cm from the surface which gives a good even coverage.

Step Three: Leave the shapes to dry for around 20 minutes. I used this time constructively and had a cup of Yorkshire brew and a few obligatory custard creams.

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A Multi-Coloured South African Wedding: Mark & Manilla

When Mark & Manilla’s colourful wedding landed in my inbox I just about burst with excitement. There’s nothing quite like a rainbow wedding in my opinion!

The South African wedding was held at The View Boutique Hotel, a glamorous hotel in the heart of Johannesburg. “I felt that the ceremony should be the serious part of the day but I wanted the rest to be a very relaxed and festive carnival style celebration!” the bride told me.

“My final wedding for last year was an instant favourite,” wedding photographer Rensche Mari wrote. “As soon as I walked into Manilla’s home I knew it was going to be one of those weddings where I was just going to be wowed the whole way. The wedding had a carnival feel to it, the bridesmaids all dressed in different shades of green and each outfit was unique. Manilla’s whole look was so refreshing and just a lot of fun, her dressed popped with the beautiful colours and her dress even had the same green velvet as her shoes.”

Manilla’s stunning dress was made by Arwen Corsetry. The colour scheme she chose was complimented beautifully by all the wedding details – including bunting handmade by some ladies in an retirement home and all the DIY stationery and reception decor. The couple designed and handmade everything they possibly could. I’m loving the multi-coloured balloons on the ceiling!

Their wedding car was their own, which they decorated with brightly coloured ribbon and streamers.

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A Budget-Friendly Wedding Planned in just Four Months: Terry & Elle

For Terry & Elle their wedding wasn’t about a big show or how much money they could spend. After a health scare in October 2011 they decided they wanted to get married quickly so planned the whole thing in just 4 months. They wanted a wedding that represented them and didn’t cost a bomb. As the bride explains, “We held a wedding for 90 guests, including bridal party plus all bridal attire, wedding rings the works for under 15,000 AUD (that’s about £10,000) – the average Australian wedding is $36,000 – do it all yourself and be resourceful and you can achieve wonders!”

“We did everything DIY – decorations, catering, fashion everything! Our original quote for catering was $10,000 so we shunned that idea and did it ourselves for $2,000! Whilst DIY allowed us greater control over our wedding and make it cost less, it is very easy to get carried away and become stressed! We learnt that it’s very important to keep on top of it all at all times!”

Elle wore a handmade green wedding dress with accessories which she found at flea markets. “We did a lot of shopping online, in flea markets and at op-shops etc. We also found out 7 days before our wedding that I was pregnant with our first child! It was a challange to keep it a secret.”

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A Fun Fair & Carnival Themed Wedding: Julie & Jaques

I’ve known about Julie & Jaques’ wedding for a long time because the bride’s sister and maid of honour is one of my best friends, wedding photographer Shell de Mar! I’ve been hearing all the exciting details of the wedding plans for so long and now I’m thrilled to not only see the results but to share them with you guys too.

The wedding took place in Melbourne. The ceremony was held on the rooftop of the Arcadia Hotel and the quirky and cute reception was at Garage Cafe, Carlton.

“We started with a simple ceremony, focusing on just us and our love toward each other. In fact, we love ‘us’ so much that we had our faces everywhere in the crowd, as part of the ceremony program,” Julie laughed. “We decided on a fun fair theme for our reception from quite early on. Before we planned on anything else, we knew we wanted something über fun. And nothing screams fun like a fun fair! So we turned Garage Cafe into a carnival and we were the hosts!”

The couple put a lot of work into their wedding details with personal touches and fun treats for their guests at every opportunity! “We had a candy bar buffet with take-home lolly jars, cupcakes with a big top as the top cake, big tops as table centrepieces and a seating plan and festoon lights and bunting. An ice cream van arrived during dessert time with music on.”

“We also had a photobooth with silly props. Supposedly we are both quite vain (!) so the very first thing that we booked and paid for was the photo booth! We chose In The Booth as our supplier and it was the perfect choice! Our guests had heaps of fun taking silly pictures with fun props. It was definitely one of the highlights for many of our lovely guests.”

DIY and crafts a-plenty was also the name of this wedding planning game, with the bride, groom and their friends and family getting stuck in to create as much as possible themselves. “We did pretty much everything ourselves, with the help of a multitude of friends,” Julie continued. “I designed most things from name tags to bunting patterns to invitations but Jaques came out with awesome ideas once in a while, such as the photo program fan. Many of my girl friends helped fold origami hearts out of colourful wedding magazines donated from previous brides. Jaques and the boys set up festoon lights and other decorations few days before the big day.”

“We wanted to throw an awesome party to celebrate our big day with the awesomest people in our lives,” the bride concluded when I asked about their wedding theme and inspiration. “It was really as simple as that. We love the fact that every wedding is unique, and so we tried our best to show who we are through our own wedding. This meant a fun filled day with heaps of things to keep everyone entertained.”

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A Homemade Whitstable Wedding: Sinead & Dan

Sinead & Dan were married in Whitstable at Beacon House, with a reception afterwards at the groom’s parent’s house. The great thing about Beacon House is that it’s one of the only wedding venues in the UK that’s licensed for an almost outdoor wedding, on the porch of the house, overlooking the beach. However it’s a small venue, hence why like a lot of couples Sinead & Dan moved to another venue for their reception.

Beacon House is the most beautiful house, we fell in love with it and Katrina the owner as soon as we arrived for the first visit,” the bride told me. “We married on the veranda with just 20 of our closest friends and family, with the beach as our backdrop. Instead of an aisle, I walked along the seafront to meet Dan at the top of the stairs, while a guitar and sax played. It was perfect, even if there was a 70yr old man in teeny tiny Speedos sunbathing on the beach while the ceremony took place! Our reception was in Dan’s parent’s garden. We found that a lot of venues imposed a lot of rules, you had to use their caterers, their bar service, corkage charges, end times, car parking etc. Having it at home gave us so much freedom and it felt so comfortable being there.”

The couple made their wedding their own with all the personal touches and details. Most things were collected over the years by trawling car boot sales and second hand shops and were things they already owned. They also found a lot of items on etsy or were handmade by friends. “We wanted a small intimate handmade wedding and an amazing reception – great music, great food with exciting and interesting decor. We are so lucky living in Whitstable, with a close-knit community of amazing businesses, I was keen to source everything as local as possible.”

“We wanted our friends and family to come to our wedding and feel as they would if they were on holiday; relaxed, comfortable and ready to have fun,” Sinead explained. “We had a marquee in the garden, but I was keen to make it less marquee like, so we covered the walls of the marquee in deck chair fabric and dotted some choice 1950s style furniture around. I absolutely loved the detail in the planning, and sourcing just the right things…we served the bubbly in Babycham glasses that I had collected over the year and I used lots of 50s children’s annuals and board games as centre pieces and to decorate the furniture and it just wouldn’t have been right without the ‘Kiss Me Quick, Squeeze Me Slow’ hats for the photobooth.”

“We had sticks of rock and cones of fish and chips as favours with a raffle in the evening! Our friend made us our very own seaside peep board as a wedding present, which provided hours of entertainment. I loved looking around and seeing our friends and family smiling, laughing and taking pleasure in all the detail, the details that me and Dan had so much fun gathering and putting together.”

Sinead wore a Candy Anthony wedding dress and it was the first wedding dress that she tried on! “As soon as it was on I knew I had to get married in it,” she continued. “I always knew I wanted a tea-length dress, that 50s look is just so feminine and pretty. I wanted a huge petticoat underneath, it just felt so much fun and really girly. It was also important to me to have a dress that gave me freedom to move, I wanted to cuddle people and I wanted to dance the night away. The slightly shorter length was perfect for that. I’ve heard about a lot of brides that looked amazing on their day but couldn’t move a lot or sometimes even breath very well – I don’t understand that logic. The Candy Anthony dress also allowed me to create a different look in the evening, I took off the sash and lace overlay. I had a tiny bow belt to put on and a matching pillbox hat, I found a blue cashmere cardigan to put on top. I love my dress so much and the girls at Candy Anthony are so lovely!”

“Someone said to me recently, that they wondered if homemade weddings like mine and the weddings that feature on blogs such as Rock n Roll Bride, put pressure on brides to make everything themselves and find newer and more creative ideas,” Sinead concluded. “I felt quite pissed off about this (particularly as the person works in the industry) because in my experience it was the exact opposite. I think there is so much pressure on brides full stop, but particularly at the beginning when everyone is offering their ideas, hopes and sometimes expectations of your wedding. I felt a certain amount of pressure to do things a certain way – the traditional way. Blogs such as Rock n Roll Bride reassured me and encouraged me to make our wedding exactly how we wanted it. Having the freedom to be able to put our personality into our wedding was incredible and I think forums that showcase these weddings, simply inspire and reassure other brides. It’s not about keeping up with others it’s about realising it’s ok to put your stamp on your wedding and a great place for idea sharing!”

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A Horror Movie Themed Wedding: Catinka & Dennis

Being huge movie buffs, the theme for Catinka & Dennis’ wedding had to be set around their biggest passion – horror films! They were keen to make sure the wedding didn’t end up looking like a cheesy Halloween party though, so they DIY’ed and crafted their way through the planning process.

“The challenge for our wedding was that the horror themed decor should look nice, colourful and stylish but also fit the theme,” the bride Catinka told me. “We made Ouija board placemats and as favours every guest received a survival box with useful stuff in case they ever had to survive a classic horror movie situation. It was filled with matches (to see in a dark basement or to use as a weapon), chalk (to mark your way back), a whistle (to draw attention) and some other stuff like that.”

“We didn’t have traditional dinner but a pizza buffet with pizza boxes (no plates, you know, like at a real movie night). We also came up with a survival training game as most of our family are not massive horror geeks like us! We prepared various tables with written instructions for little games and tasks.”

“The games included jump rope to get in shape (to be able to run away from murders or monsters obviously…) throw balls on cans (in order to learn how to aim) and even had a fishing game with little horror puppets that needed to be correlated to the movies they were taken from. Our guests loved them and it really kept them entertained! We’re not big fans of dancing so we didn’t want our entertainment to be a band”

The evening was concluded with all the guests being served fresh popcorn and nachos and everyone sitting down for a The Bride of Frankenstein. I just love love love this idea!

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