How to set up a photobooth

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Scene Setter

It really is so simple to set up a photobooth; you just need a few essential items to create a fun and memorable party activity.

Whether you are using one of our fantastic photobooth frames or if you are creating a photo opportunity corner with an on trend crepe paper backdrop, it's a quick job with the Scene Setter know-how.

We have outlined the key pieces of kit you will need as well as handy hints for setting up.

Location, Location, Location

Finding the best position for your photobooth is important, it is key to find an area that is flat, well lit and has enough space for photo fun. A decorative backdrop can work magic at hiding unwanted doors or windows. We love our shiny foil curtains as they are so bling bling!

Rock Steady

Of course your guests will always use personal camera's and phones to capture their own pics. But for the best results; a digital camera, set upon a study tripod will give you great pictures. Try to ensure that your tripod is positioned on the flat thus ensuring that your photos are square. Decide if you want portrait or landscape, orientate your camera the right way and adjust the lens so that the whole frame is in shot. Once this is done the camera shouldn't need to be adjusted again and all your shots will be consistent.

Test your space

It's best to locate your tripod at least 10ft away from your backdrop and photobooth, this way you get the most out of your shot. Its worth trying out a few different locations and test shots. Once you have the perfect set up, put a little bit of masking tape on the floor next to the tripod so, should it get moved, you can simply set it back in the correct position. If this happens don't forget to check the focus!

1,2,3 - Say cheese!

There is normally no shortage of people happy to act as 'camera' man. But if you want the booth to stand alone you can set the the camera on timer mode (most cameras have this as a standard function) place a little sign on the camera so your guests know what to do.

For something more snazzy, wired or wireless camera remote controls are widely available for DSLRs. These are easily found online, but do make sure you buy one that fits your camera model. This is a great solution, your guests can pose and take their own shots. If using a remote we suggest tying the remote to a ribbon and sticking one end to the back of the frame so it's in handy reach.

Let's Vogue

When setting up a backdrop make sure that there is enough space for guests to move around, posing takes up a surprising amount of space! If using one of our photobooth frames we suggest that you leave at least 1m behind the frame, this amount of space also lets bigger groups get in the picture.

Let there be light

Lighting is important when taking any picture, try to position your photobooth in a well lit area. Take a few tests shots when you setup. If you need a little more light try using the automatic flash on your camera or if available place some lamps close by.

But if you really want to trick out your photos we suggest either buying or hiring a photo lamp, these are fairly inexpensive and can flood your shots with lots of lovely light.


Show some face

You should be set up ready to go, add a heap of photo props to add to the frivolity! Moustache's and hairdo's are popular choices. When choosing your props look for items that are easy to handle yet have maximum impact.

Last but not least

Make sure your guests know about your photobooth! Use signs or sandwich boards to show guests where to head to. When the party gets going you want to make sure that you get those magic moments on film.

Posted in How to set up a photobooth, Photo Booth Magic, Photobooth, Photos, Planning tips, Wedding Planning

How to Set the Scene at your Big Day - Part 2

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Scene Setter

Welcome to the second installment of 'How to Set the Scene at your Big Day'. Top Tips to style your day and make a decorative impact.

Get high!

Ceiling space can be a fantastic opportunity for stunning installation décor, a mass of tissue pom poms  or hanging crepe paper decorations add a celebratory atmosphere. To create an impact; simply group items together for maximum effect.

Show some face!

Encourage interaction between your guests, leave a suitcase for fun props by the bar for impromptu hilarity, A collection of moustaches, beards, hats and hairdos will get guests chatting away and make for some fun photos. Leave a Polaroid camera nearby or encourage guests to post pics on Instagram.

2 become 1!

It’s all about the two of you, create an celebratory backdrop to your bridal breakfast. Attach a symbolic ampersand between your two chairs or place Mr & Mrs letters in front of the head table. Crepe paper streamers are an easy and effective way to quickly add decorative impact.

Hope you found our tips useful! If you need any help with your celebration please do drop us a line, we would be happy to help.

Posted in Planning tips, Wedding DIY, Wedding Planning

How to set the scene at your big day - Part 1

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Scene Setter

It’s your big day and a super special celebration. Whether you want to be traditional or forge your own way, décor can create a celebratory mood. To set the scene, add dramatic decorative touches and focus on WOW factor party décor to make a memorable day.

Bring the drama!

Amongst the place settings, table favours and flowers it is important to have a dramatic wow feature that guests immediately notice when they enter your reception. Draw the eye and spell it out with giant letters as a party backdrop or beside the dance floor; whether it’s all about showing the love or celebrating the new Mr & Mrs. Go big, bold and bodacious.

Show One Direction!

Signage is not only a thoughtful way to ensure that your guests know where to find the bar but can also be a style statement. Ignore the dull and go for gorgeous signage; adding sumptuous ribbons or vintage broaches for extra decoration. You can guarantee that your signage will be seen and appreciated, so go to town.

Magic Moments!

Create memories to last with an on trend photobooth, it’s so simple to create a photo opportunity area where guests can pose with silly props and have fun together. It’s a beautifully simple idea, great fun for your guests and will make an impact at your reception. At the end of your magical day you will have hilarious photos that you will treasure for years to come.

Stay tuned for 'How to set the scene at your big day -  part 2'!

Posted in Photobooth, Planning tips, Wedding Planning

Tiny Tots DIY Photobooth backdrop

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Scene Setter

Well, we finally did it! We launched a kiddies mini photobooth and can happily report that the shoot was a rambunctious affair with sweetie and trinket toy bribes flying about like nobodies business. We noticed a while ago that children just love to strike a pose and it made sense to launch a mini photobooth frame for children's birthday parties, Christenings and extra special play dates.

Kids parties have come a long way from what we remember. Iced ring biscuits would not cut it these days!  Photo opportunity corners are easy to create, a super fun activity and allow a moment for you to capture those hilarious voguing attempts.

Our tiny tots photobooth frame is dispatched in a study card case, which is the perfect size and shape to be used as a backdrop should you wish to have one. You can use it as a blank canvas to create something unique for your day. Photobooth backdrops are a really effective way to add depth and visual texture to your photos.To get you started we've created a simple DIY tutorial below.

We used a mix of crepe paper rolls, foil curtain strands, scrap bits of wallpaper and card. A quick option is to tape fabric to the card, just find a material you love and away you go.

Posted in 1st Birthday Party, Backdrop, Childrens party, Christening Party, DIY backdrop, Kids Photobooth, Photobooth


Posted on September 14, 2013 by Scene Setter

Last week we were chuffed to bits to be a decor sponsor for Blogcademy, London. For those who are not familiar with Blogcademy it's a; blogging, branding, business and inspirational workshop headed up by a trio of phenomenal women; Kat of Rock N Roll Bride , Gala of Gala Darling and Shauna of Nubby Twiglet. These ladies know their stuff, in fact they OWN IT when it comes to blogging and social media. Individually they have a massive following, collectively their fan base is colossal. Having met them it's quite easy to see why!

Scene Setter got involved through the fabulous Kat, who, incidentally was the first person ever to receive a Scene Setter product - our theatrical love.  It's truly a delight to work with Kat, she is straight-up, straight-talking and a bonafide trail blazer in the blogosphere.


We had a great brand to work with, created by design guru Shauna. Scene Setter created a series of bespoke branded products for the event; a collection of signage, 3D decs, hand-finished crepe streamer wheels and photo props. We also provided one of our Lady Grey photo booths which went down a storm with the blogcadettes! Look out for the official pics coming soon.

We attended the Blogcademy and it was a sonic boom of inspiration and insight, and have come away overflowing with new ideas. The great thing is that you are being taught by people who have been there, done it and rewritten the rule book.

We have been schooled!

Posted in Bespoke, Blogcademy, Corporate, Rock N Roll Bride

Matthew Oliver, Wedding planner extraordinaire

Posted on September 10, 2013 by Scene Setter

Once you've peeled your eyes away from your bling and started to think about planning your wedding day it can very easily begin to get overwhelming. You really do need a list for lists at times.

There is a way to make everything easier and that is to learn from the professionals. Bring in the wedding planners! Whether you have the budget for a planner or not, Mathew's site is a wonderful resource; chocful of tips, inspirational mood boards and a genuinely useful blog.

Mathew can do everything from a full planning service, wedding day management to organizing a photo shoot.

Here are a selection of our fave Matthew Oliver design boards, all really great inspirational ideas for styling your day.

We love this Pop Art design board featuring our theatrical love letters. Be bold!


Oh my, how retro is a fab 1950s inspired board that oozes that old school glamour.


Ducklings and Chicks, a springtime feast for the eyes.Cute as cute can be!

Check out Matthew Oliver he's super friendly and full of wedding planing advice.

Posted in Planning tips, Wedding Planning

DIY Crepe Flower decoration

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Scene Setter

If you like easy DIY tutorials that can be done in front of the TV with a cup of tea, then these crepe paper flowers are just the ticket. These are an effective DIY table top decoration or favour and unlike most wedding DIY tutorials these are actually inexpensive. We will however give you the heads up, while easy peasy to make if you want to accumulate a lot of flowers then you will need to invest the time!

We used our crepe flowers to decorate our photo props basket making it a feature rather than simple storage.


Pinch the end and twist, pleating the crepe as you go.


Keep on going until the flower feels full, secure at the bottom with tape and arrange the petals to suit.

Use these flowers creatively, as mini table bouquets, church pew decoration or why not tie to ribbon and use as hanging decoration? Our favourite ideas are below; flower heart wreaths, jam jar tealight holders and sweetie bag favour decoration.

We used crepe paper from the sorbet collection however we do sell single colours if you have a particular colour theme.


Posted in Crafty Birde, Crepe Paper Flowers, Easy wedding DIY, Wedding DIY

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