Post # 1
Hi bees! FI and I really want a photobooth at our wedding, but we don’t want to spend a lot on it. Our photographer offers a photobooth add-on to our package: it would be a backdrop (not an actual booth) with props and another photographer taking pictures. It’s $350 and there are no prints included – our guests can view pictures in an online gallery after the wedding (and buy a print for $1). My FI and I will also have access to the prints online and get a DVD or USB with the prints on them along with full rights to the pictures, so we can post them wherever we want and give our guests prints if they want them (or let them print them from our own online gallery).
If you were a guest at a wedding, would you think it was weird if there was a photobooth but no pictures?
Post # 3
@EllEmm005: Well no, but I’m biased. I’m hiring a student photographer for the night to take pictures in our “booth.” The photos will be uploaded to a display throughout the night for a continuous slideshow and freely available online. We’ll print a copy and send with our thank you notes as well.
But I don’t consider this a wedding favor either since there is nothing to take home.
Will guests be able to download their photo for free? I don’t like the option of buying a print–especially for a $1 a piece. If the only option was to buy it, I would feel a bit scammed.
BTW: Our student photographer is only costing a $100, with another $30-50 in props/backdrop/etc., if you are looking to save some $$$.
Post # 4
I think that’s pretty normal. I’ve been to a few weddings with photo booths and they did not have printed on demand photos. You had to go online later and order them. No big deal.
Post # 5
@EllEmm005: I’ve never been to a wedding with a photobooth that gives you prints – they get posted online, I’m sure there’s a way we can buy them but I never have. I know the wedding we were just at the couple gets ALL the photos from the wedding including all the photobooth ones. I just asked her to send them to me so I can get them printed. I’d probably forget to bring my prints home if they were there.
Post # 6
We are having an actual photobooth that prints out the photos stips right away, so we are using them as favors.
I think it’s fine to do it your way, but since they don’t get to take it home the night of the wedding I wouldn’t consider them to be a favour and I think you should give them something to bring home
Post # 7
I’d be fine with that, it’s really the dressing up part that’s the funest part anyways. Since you have full printing rights I’d reccomend making an album on facebook and tagging everyone so they can see the photos. Someone on facebookdid this and lots of people commented and used the photos for profile pictures which seamed fun
Post # 8
At my MOH’s wedding last month she had this. It was a HUGE hit. But they weren’t favors.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
While I love getting the prints, as long as you have a disc and can post them for everyone that is totally fine.
Post # 10
@wabanzi: Thanks for the tip – I’ll keep an eye out for student photographers since that might be a better option.
The $1 print threw us off – we didn’t want our guests to pay. But that’s only if they order through the photographers website – we’ll be able to post the pictures ourselves and then they can print them (or download them or do whatever they want with them) for free!
ETA – I love the thank you note idea. That would be perfect for our not as tech-friendly guests!
Post # 11
Thanks ladies! I feel a lot better about this now – one less thing to worry about! 🙂
We are definitely doing favors that the guests can take home with them at the end of the night (probably something edible). Most of my family wouldn’t consider photobooth pictures to be a “favor” (I disagree!) so we would end up doing a second favor even if we did have printed pictures.. which is why we’re trying to keep costs down. (I probably psoted this in the wrong section, sorry!). But thank you so much for all of your feedback!!
Post # 12
@ash064: I’m glad to hear that the facebook album went over so well – we will definitely try that!
Post # 13
I don’t see WHY the photos have to be printed out immediately (other than it makes the experience more like an actual photo booth in a mall I suppose)
There is absolutely nothing wrong with peple seeing the photos realatively shortly afterwards in the same way as You / they would see photos from the Reception overall.
And it should cost considerably less than all that printing on the spot !!
We had a Photographer at our Back Home Reception who was strolling around taking shots all night (we booked them on purpose, seeing as we Eloped and had a Photographer at that event… we wanted to be sure we had the Reception photographed too)
The Photographer took important formal shots… Cake Cutting, First Dance etc.
But also casual shots of people and the goings on. We also had a pseudo photo booth set up, exactly as you described (Themed Backdrop & Props) and the Photographer took some photos there as well… but a lot of Guests took their own pics too (don’t know if this would be an option for you or not IF you are going to be paying a Photographer to do it… they get really adamant about their “rights” to photograph)
Anyhow ours was far more informal… and not the Photographer’s primary focus (and they didn’t bring an Assistant, just them).
People for the most part took their own shots at the Photo Booth and then shared them with us and others via FaceBook & Email.
All worked out well
Hope this helps,
Post # 14
i would not want to pay $1, i would want the strip right then. every time i’ve ever been to a photobooth, i got it right away.
i think it is tacky to make guests pay. if you cannot afford the extra bit, don’t have the photobooth and save your money.
Post # 15
Honestly, I prefer a photobooth that prints out the photos instantly, but it’s not worth busting your budget. It would be cute if you printed out the phtos and included them with your thank you notes.
Post # 16
I have never seen a photobooth where you don’t get your prints. I think that is what makes the whole thing fun. So yeah, I would think it is a little weird, sorry.
Maybe you could put up a sign or something that says you will post them afterwards or send prints to people with a thank you card?
And it wouldn’t be considered a favor if you don’t have prints to take home.