Have you been to a wedding with a photo booth?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Bunny82:  I have been to 4 now with them. And if I have room in my budget I will do them. They are AWESOME and the pictures serve as the guest book. There are a variety of ones, IMO the best are the ones which are “open”… NOT boardwalk style. More people can fit and the more in a photo the better. A lot of places will have packages with props or you can buy your own.. oriental trading has good ones.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve been to 2. One had props and one didn’t. Props are definately a plus. What was really great wasa  that they had attendants that did all the prop changes so you never knew what you would get, which was really funny! For example…

The first photo is just cute without props.

Then they quickly put a tiara on your head for the next shot.

Then you get a feather boa.

Then a big pair of sun glass.

Because you don’t know what you’re getting, you laugh, and get really natural smiles.  Awesome!

Post # 5
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Busy bee

There was a photobooth at my fiance’s cousin’s wedding, we never even got over there. It wasn’t really popular but her wedding was smaller; almost all family, so a good amout of older people. That may have had something to do with it. I think the only props they had were provided by the company.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

I’ve been to a couple with a photo booth.  I always get so excited, then have to stand in line and watch everyone else be creative, but when it comes time to take my turn, it’s like I don’t know what to do.  I always end up with some really stupid faces and then one normal smile one.  And it’s fun, but I don’t really like props much, they can seem so cheesy!  

I like the props that are on sticks (mustaches, lips, glasses, etc.) or the chalkboards that you can use to caption your own photos.  I also love frames, those are fun to incorporate!  I really dislike hats and wigs and random sports equipment – things that someone just went digging in their parents’ garage and grabbed random stuff.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Not only have we attended weddings with a photo booth, we had one at our wedding as well. It’s a huge hit and we love photo booths! It’s nice because the photos can double-up as favors and people like photo booth photos more than whatever random goodie you give them because it’s truly personalized. In addition, it is highly unlikely your photographer will capture photos of every guest unless you have a super small wedding. A photo booth increases the odds that you will have photos of almost all of your guests.

A few things to consider is:

1) Let people know what the “hours” are of the booth. This is important because otherwise, everyone will bum-rush the booth and the line is insanely long initially but then by the middle of the wedding, no one is in line.

2) Make sure your DJ, BP, coordinator, and anyone else that is involved in the wedding remind people to check out the photo booth and encourage them to go as often as possible. We splurged and booked it for literally the entire night but because of logistics, it wasn’t in the same room as the main reception. People forgot we had a booth or they assumed it was impolite to go more than once.

3) Forego the external monitor. Ours came with option for external monitors, meaning anyone standing outside can see what is going on inside. I’m not implying that your guests will engage in XXX action in the booth, but people don’t need a dozen people watching what they’re doing and seeing the silly poses/faces.

4) See if the company will give you a CD of all the photos after the event. I let our guests take both copies because I was getting them all electronically anyway. If you want a photo guest book, then they can leave you a copy.

5) Make sure you and your groom snap photos too! We were so busy hosting that we only had one photo strip to ourselves and that was because our vendors pushed us in there.

The photo booth company provides props (usually for a nominal fee) but I am paranoid about germs and lice so I provided my own props. I went to a party supply store and got props in the colors of my wedding. Fun props include giant sunglasses, tiaras, boas, plastic fedoras, mardi gras-type beads, etc. You can also get vintage-y props on Etsy or cut them yourself, like paper moustaches on a stick or signs with words. Conversation clouds are also really popular too or dry erase boards. If you buy your own props, it will get pricey but it wouldn’t surprise me if you can resell them to another bride later. In some ways, the sillier the props, the better. The giant sunglasses were ridiculously popular.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we had one at our wedding and everyone had a blast! we ended up extending the rental for another hour because everyone was having so much fun. and we love looking thru our scrapbooks and seeing everyone’s pics and reading their messages.

we put together our own prop box because it was cheaper than having the company provide them. most of the stuff came from the dollar store.

we had silly hats- a cat-in-the-hat-type, a cowboy hat, and a jester hat

funny glasses- the kind w/ the nose and mustache, star-shaped ones, and oversized sunglasses

a fairy wand

2 feather boas

2 feather masks, which i attached to sticks to, so that guests had the option of wearing them or holding them up to their face.

i wanted to have funny chalkboard signs too, but i never got around to doing it.

as for what i don’t like, i’m so over whole mustache trend!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

No,only at children’s birthday parties and corporate events, where I think they should stay.  I am not a fan of themes or carnival atmospheres at weddings at all.   I think it detracts from the significance of the day, which  stands on its own.  Sorry! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I went to one that had a photobooth. I wasn’t interested in it, and was really unimpressed when the DJ kept insisting that guests go over and use it. It was off-putting to be TOLD that I had to use it. We’re not doing one. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes – I’ve been to one with a photo booth and I LOVED it!  We weren’t planning on having a photo booth until we went to this wedding.  It was so much fun that it sold us on getting one for our wedding.  They had masks, hats, boas, signs, etc. as props.  Then we also got to glue our strip into a guestbook for the bride & groom along with writing a message!

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We had a photobooth at our wedding and it was sooo amazing! Definitely money well spent. Our guests enjoyed the crap out of it and our vendor gave us a CD of all of the photos taken in there and Jeez our guests are cray-cray. The pics were hilarious. Ours came with props (boas, HUGE oversized sunglasses, hats, canes and signage). It had LED lighting that matched our colors and went so well with our uplighting. It was a gorgeous addition to boot! It also had a screen outside the booth so that people on the outside could see the pics being taken.

My only regret is that DH and I never got a pic together in it. We were too busy greeting our guests and taking photos with them that we neglected to get one with EACH OTHER…ALONE. But ah, It’s ok, our wedding photos are amazing so I am really not bothered.

Apparently none of our guests had ever been to a wedding with a photobooth so they were seriously amazed. Our wedding has been deemed the “event of the year” lol.

ETA: As the night progressed and more alcohol was consumed. Those darn pics got funnier and funnier.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes! My cousin had one and it was awesome. My favorite family photo is from the photo booth! We all have silly hats and moustaches and funny glasses. I don’t think you can really go wrong with any prop, although super hero and hockey themed props seemed to be the most popular.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I haven’t been to wedding where there has been a photo booth. Not sure if they are thpop popular in the UK. They seem fun though. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

FI’s cousin had one and he didn’t like it so we didn’t do it.  But the kids and many adults did!  We’re not going to have one because he’s so anti.

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