The 411 on Photo Booths
If you want your wedding to be extra memorable for your guests, you’ll need more than just a DJ and great food. There are lots of options when it comes to entertaining your guests, but one sure way to make sure that they recall your reception with fond and amusing memories is to have a photo booth!
Why you should have a photo booth
Candid, Fun, & Spontaneous
Photo booths are a great way to keep your guests entertained. Not everyone enjoys dancing, so having another option to enjoy themselves will mean a lot to those guests. Great Grins Photo Booths says, “There’s almost nothing better than capturing your friends, relatives and guests having fun, laughing smiling and acting a little silly at your wedding.” There’s always an awkward hour between the ceremony and reception where the wedding party and newlyweds take posed photos and the guests are expected to converse with each other. You can spice up your cocktail hour with a photo booth to keep your guests from getting bored! Tap Snap Photo Entertainment says, “With a photo booth, your wedding guests will have something fun to do – and it’s suitable for guests of all ages!”
Great keepsakes for you and your guests
Most photo booth companies print two copies of the photo strip – one for the guest and one for the bride and groom! This ensures that your guests will have a great keepsake from their wedding that lasts much longer than those chocolate favors and mean more than the customized can koozies. “Who doesn’t have at least one photo booth strip on their refrigerator, mirror or office desk?!” Great Grins Photo Booths wants to know. Plus, if you have digital copies of the images, you can share and tag your guests on social media!
Instead of having a book at the entrance of the reception where your guests simply sign their names (one you probably won’t look at after your wedding), you can create a more fun and creative guestbook with a photo booth! Have your guests print an extra copy of their strip to put in a scrapbook along with a sweet message or marriage advice. You’ll have fun perusing the photos of all of your friends and family enjoying your wedding reception and laughing in feather boas and fake mustaches.
What you should ask your vendor
Is there a limit on the amount of photos taken?
You’ll definitely want to know about any limits the photo booth company has! Could you imagine having your photo booth pack up halfway through the reception because your time is up or you ran out of film?
Do you offer an idle hour?
Simple Snapshots Photo Booth recommends asking your vendor about idle hours. “Usually done during the dinner time,” Simple Snapshots says, “the booth will close down for a hour, but remain set up.” This way, you can have your photo booth present during the entire reception but won’t have to pay for times you don’t use it.
Will I have digital copies?
It can be so fun to share these images on social media – especially for those of your guests who couldn’t attend. Some guests may not print out a second copy of their image for the bride and groom or a guestbook, so having a digital file ensures that you will see every photo taken.
Do you bring the props?
It’s important to know whether the props are provided or if you’re expected to bring your own. Most companies will provide their own, but you can determine whether you want them to be fun and cooky – like sombreros, sunglasses, thought bubbles, and costume jewelry – or a little more dignified with chalkboard signs or Team Bride and Team Groom signs.
Will there be an attendant?
An attendant is not always present with your photo booth and isn’t always necessary. However, it can be very convenient, as they can remind your guests to print extra copies, customize backgrounds, keep the line moving, and make sure that there are no damages or lost items. Plus, if you have any issues with the photo booth, there’s an expert right there to fix it!
What sort of new technologies or package enhancements do you have?
Photo booths are no longer a box with a curtain where you and a friend take 4 photos in the span of 15 seconds. There is so much more to them! Alongside the physical props your company provides, you can also have digital props! With Tap Snap Photo Entertainment, your guests can choose fun backdrops – posing as Duchess Kate and Prince William, or as jungle explorers in the Amazon. “They can also create animated GIFs (4 poses combined to make a short video montage) to bring their party photos to life!” says Tap Snap Photo Entertainment. Instead of a strip, you each guest can print a single 4×6 photo that fits perfectly into a frame!
What kind of backgrounds and customization can I have for my wedding?
Whether you want a floral background, green screen, or allow the guests to choose a colored fabric, there are a ton of different options when it comes to customization! You can add a border to the photos, have customized font or a logo, add your wedding date, “The options for designing the personalized photo strip for your special day are endless and a great photo booth company will work with you to get the perfect look and message on your photo strip for your special day,” Great Grins Photo Booths assures brides and grooms.
Photo booths are a great way to add a special and memorable touch to your wedding reception. Plus, they’ll give you and your guests great keepsakes and are perfect for sharing online. There are so many more options and features than the photo booths you remember from middle school. Look into a photo booth company early – Simple Snapshots Photo Booth recommends about 6 months in advance – so you can secure your date and photo customization!
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