Post # 1
I’ve been trying to keep my wedding small and reasonable (haha, I know), and so far, I’ve been incredibly successful. Until Tuesday. We had an really cool digital photobooth come to work for an event, and everyone had a blast. People who are usually reserved were hamming it up, and to boot, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE looked really amazing in the light they used. So, of course I got the gentleman’s card, and shot him an email. Turns out that all good things come with a price, and I can see why they do mostly corporate events. Technically we can afford to use it, but it would definitely send a sledgehammer through the ole budget.
So here’s my question for you ladies. Have you ever gone over on something that’s technically frivolous, and if so, was it worth it?
Post # 3
I would say, if you can, go for it! These booths are soooo much fun! It can really enhance the experience for your guests (and the pictures can be very fun to keep too… you could give out a card with a link to their picture as favors!). If you have been doing a good job of keeping everything small, let that be your treat!
But before signing up for it I would do a couple of things:
- Calculate if it is somehting you can afford (even if going over budget). Is this something that will cause you financial stress down the road?Since you saidtechinicallyyou can affod it, it sounds like you may be able to do it! 🙂
- Once you decide you can afford it, decide that you will get it if you really want to… then sit on it for a little bit, keep organizing other aspects of the wedding and see if the enthusiasm fades. I think that sometimes, deciding that you will get it if you want it makes the anxiety of not being able to have it go away and then you can think about with a cooler head.
After that, if you are still psyched for it, get the booth!
Best of luck deciding!
P.s.: I totally know what you mean. There were so many cool things that I hadn’t thought about before that I ended up really wanting for our wedding!… though in the end I went ridiculously cheaply by eloping in Las Vegas!
Post # 4
I really love the idea of a photobooth. They seem like so much fun! You should do it!
ps~ I am not a very good budget girl. Sorry!
Post # 5
I’ve seen other brides making their own photobooths. They recruit someone to take the pictures and then print them out on a photo printer.
Post # 6
He may be quoting you a high price because he thinks the sky’s the limit for a wedding. I would take a look at how much it would cost you to DIY this, or try to negotiate with the guy.
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Post # 8
Another idea is that your photographer might offer some sort of photobooth. I know the one I want to use has an add-on photobooth set up. I love the vintage ones though.
Post # 9
I completely understand your dilemma. Originally we weren’t planning on hiring a videographer, but when I learned that my 93-year-old grandma wouldn’t be traveling to the wedding, videography became a must.
As I started reviewing videographers, I found one who does amazing documentary-style films as opposed to a home-movie style videos. I immediately jumped out of my seat and did a little dance — I had to have it!
I was able to negotiate the price down by 15% but it was still a pretty nice chunk of money we hadn’t planned on. My fiance very reluctantly agreed to add this onto the overall wedding budget as long as I could come up with a reasonable plan for saving the additional funds. I worked it out and we’re all set.
I think the key is to pick your battles, and if this is something that you feel will make a real impact on how your wedding day plays out (or is remembered) then it’s worth exploring what your financial capabilities are. Don’t break the bank to do something "extra", though. And always, always … negotiate, negotiate, negotiate!!!
Post # 10
Thanks so much for all of the advice!
I spoke with him yesterday and I offered to let him put his website address on the bottom right corner of each of the printed photos, basically leaving my guests with a tiny ad for his services. He seemed intrigued, and should be coming back to me today with a new price!
I also realized that what I want is interactive fun for my party-goers, so I priced some classic photobooths, which seem to be less glam, but still in the same spirit for a much easier price.
Post # 11
Sigh, photobooth is on my wishlist if we find an extra 1200 laying around.
Post # 12
AWESOME NEWS. My idea to put their logo in the corner went over really well, and I’m getting 20% knocked off the price! So excited! Thank you all so much for your advice and support!
Post # 13
Do you mind posting the website of the photobooth you’re getting? Thanks!
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
That is great!! We had a faux-to booth and it was a HUGE HIT!