Photobooth without printing pictures. Is it worth it?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I would just scrap the idea. I don’t think it’s fun if you don’t see the photos right away – it kind of defeats the purpose, you know?

Post # 3
1719 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldn’t want my pictures on a website, even if it was password protected or something like that. I would prefer them to be e-malied to me. 

Like the commenter above me mentioned, a big part of the fun of photobooths is seeing and getting the pictures immediately. Without that immediacy, it’s just not as interesting. Well, not to me anyway. I probably wouldn’t use the photo booth. 

Post # 4
1528 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I beg to differ. I am planning to go this route. I’ve never actually been to a wedding with a traditional, old school style photo booth. At my friend’s wedding last year, her dad posted the pictures the next day to his website and posted the link to the bride’s facebook page so everyone could have access to it. They also had a sign out with the URL so people who don’t have fb would know where to get the pictures. I would probably print out business cards or something with the URL (usually can get them free from vista print) so people could take them with them. I am planning on doing it this way. Personally, I’d much rather have the digital version of the pic than a small photostrip of pictures that I can’t share with my friends. What if there are 4 of us in the picture? How do we all get a copy? It seems like more of a headache. 

Post # 5
49 posts

I think it’s not that bad of an idea because everyone uses their pictures on the internet nowadays anyway, you could even create an instagram or a fb account just for this event and upload all the pictures there. you could just write it on the photobooth and make it fun. 

Post # 6
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

can you buy a poloraid to use for the day.  that might be fun. then you’d probably need someone who would be willing to stand to take pictures.

Post # 7
42166 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you can still have some cute pics if you make it clear to the guests what your process is. The business cards with the url is a great idea.



Post # 8
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’d love getting a photo strip right away AND having the option of them being on a website so I could print additional copies, or get a larger version of them or something.  But half the fun of a photo booth is getting your photo strip souvenir right away.  If you JUST have the website, I would think a large amount of people would just kind of forget about it and never collect their pictures.

Post # 9
4043 posts
Honey bee

akk380:  So, we did a DIY photobooth and didn’t print pictures on the spot. I used my nikon camera (paid my 18 year old cousin $20) to take pictures. Then I went to walmart and printed each photo. I included the copies along with thank you cards. People loved it and it was easy/cheap. Something to consider…

Post # 10
602 posts
Busy bee

We basically did the same thing. We posted the pics to a personal password protected website after our wedding and sent the website w/ the login credentials along with our thank yous. Guests went onto the website and saved whatever pictures they wanted to their own computer. A lot of our guests used the photo booth pics as their FB profile pics for months following our wedding. I think they much preferred getting the digital copy over a printed one. I know I would. A printed one would go on my fridge for a few weeks and then end up in a drawer somewhere never to be seen again. You’ll always have the digital.

Post # 11
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

akk380:  I think it’s a good idea since most people want a digital version to post on FB or other social media.

We’re doing a photo guestbook – not really a photobooth since I don’t have a background or props, but guests can take photos of themselves and put in our guestbook to sign.  I’ll be setting up my DSLR on a tripod with a remote shutter and attaching it to a printer.  Guests can print out their own copy if they want, but I’ll also be uploading the photos on a website the next day.

If you do want the option of printing a photo, Canon sells a great photo printer that’s affordable and compact.  Plus, you can always use it after the wedding.  I just purchased this one from Amazon.

The paper and ink refills are pretty affordable as well.  108 sheets with ink for less than $30.


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