Mustache Madness!

When I started planning my wedding, I discovered a new and very popular trend: photo booths. Seriously, these things are all the rage with weddings right now. It’s no longer enough to have an awesome photography team covering your wedding; no, many brides and grooms also want a photo booth, a place where their guests can take fun and often crazy pictures to commemorate their special day. And with awesome pictures like these, is it any wonder that photo booths are so popular these days?


Image via Real Photography


Image via Stak Photographer Duo


Image via Ben Godkin Photo


Image via The Knot / Photography by Aruna B. Photography

The photo booth is one of the things I am most excited about, though I’m still working out exactly how I’m going to bring this project to life. Although we could rent one, Mr. Parasol and I really don’t want to shell out for something we could make ourselves with a bed sheet and digital camera. I’ll definitely be blogging about that adventure very soon.

For now, though, I’ve forged ahead with making some of the most important photo-booth items: props! As you can tell from the above pictures, guests have a variety of fun things to goof around with, and I want our wedding to be no exception. So today, I started working on mustache props for our photo booth.


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  • Black card stock
  • Wooden dowels
  • Scissors
  • Mustache templates (The ones I used can be found here and here.)
  • Glue gun (not pictured)

First, I cut out the mustache templates.


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Then I used the template to cut a mustache out of the card stock.


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Ta-da! Mustache!


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Here’s where it can get a little messy. It’s time to glue your mustache to the wooden dowel. I opted to use a glue gun because it’s quick and easy, and I have no complaints with the results.

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Don’t forget to let the glue dry!


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And there you have it! A whole slew of mustache props, ready for your guests to play with at your wedding!


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I am beyond thrilled with how these turned out. They were incredibly easy to make, and I actually had a really great time working on them because I was so excited to see the end results. And I think they look pretty fun. I showed them to 16-year-old Brother Parasol, who prompted marching around with one of the mustaches and talking in a faux British accent, calling people names like “Wilber” and “Dudley” and asking if they wanted to smoke a pipe with him.

And I admit, I couldn’t resist fooling around with them a bit myself.


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In my defense, I wanted to do a “test run” to make sure the mustaches will “work” for our guests on our wedding day. I’m confident that they will have just as much fun as I did goofing around with these awesome props. And I cannot wait to see the crazy photo-booth pictures we end up with!

Are you doing a photo booth or providing fun props for your wedding guests? What’s your favorite wedding prop?


Mrs. Parasol

San Ramon, California
Wedding Date:
September 2011
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    sarahbabs 6729 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:56 am

    LOL @ Brother P calling people “Wilber and Dudley!” That just made my morning :)

    Also, great DIY props! We are also going to try for a DIY photobooth, so thanks for sharing your journey!

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:16 am

    The photobooth was a huge hit at our wedding and everyone loved our moustache props. I’m sure your guests will love them too!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:21 am

    I love photobooths, I can’t wait to see what other fun props you use for yours!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:31 am

    I loved the photobooth pictures from our wedding! Can’t wait to see some from your wedding.

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    Jenlon 2205 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:41 am

    I am doing a photobooth… I’ve been torn about whether or not I should make these, but I love them! One question… I have seen these made with felt, instead of cardstock… do you think cardstock worked fine??

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    pookiepie 317 posts, Helper bee @ 10:42 am

    this is a fun project! will def do this too! thanks for sharing :)

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:48 am

    Those turned out great, and the last two photos of you are hilarious. :) Photobooth props are the best!

  8. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:08 am

    We aren’t doing a photobooth (insert sad face) but fortunately we are attending plenty of weddings this summer that are so we get to have tons of fun in them!

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    Christina Chairez, Guest @ 11:36 am

    Everyone loves the mustaches-on-a-stick! I just posted about some new ideas that I found on Oh Happy Day!
    I love that photo booths are so well known now, but we still have lots of couples & guests that have never seen one- and we’ve been doing this since 2003 (when no one had heard of it!). Just wanted to let you all know that, in case you are worried that it’s over-done. I’m biased, of course-but I think it’s more of a “new classic” than trendy thing. 😉

  10. marmalade Member
    marmalade 296 posts, Helper bee @ 12:25 pm

    Everyone loved the props for our photobooth. Especially the mustache! Great job!!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:04 pm

    @Jenlon: I was worried about that as well, but Mr. Parasol really didn’t like how the felt mustaches looked. The cardstock works great, and it’s easier to cut out. My only suggestion would be to cut out two of the same mustaches and glue them together so that they’re more durable. :)

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    Christina Chairez, Guest @ 1:10 pm

    My only suggestion would be to use shorter wooden sticks- I can take a pic of what I use to send to anyone who would like it. Depending on the style of photo booth, you may not see the hand holding the stick if it’s too long, and it looks better when you can 😉 That’s my advice after MUCH trial & error! You can also use double sided fusible web to adhere cardstock to felt- that’s what I do. Maybe I’ll put up a tutorial, it’s not terribly difficult.

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    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 1:26 pm

    Hahaha, these turned out great! Totally bookmarking this post for later 😉

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    Jenlon 2205 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:48 pm

    @Christina Chairez: I would love a pic of that! Any advice is so helpful :) If it’s easier, you can email to me at:

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    SB, Guest @ 2:00 pm

    These are so cute! I hadn’t thought about doing a photo booth or props, but now I think I might have to!

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    kmnowlan 207 posts, Helper bee @ 2:06 pm

    I just made some of these during my lunch break at work! Amazing timing!!

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    JD, Guest @ 6:52 pm

    I think these look smashing! Great job, can’t wait to see the rest of the photo both projects.

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:26 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that photo booths were a hit at so many weddings! I still haven’t been to a wedding that had a photo booth (how crazy is that??), but I knew we just had to have one for ours! We’ll see how it turns out since it’s totally DIY.

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    teacup 631 posts, Busy bee @ 2:46 am

    I’ve bookmarked your post for future reference :)

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