Post # 1
So, I’m trying to figure out the best time we should have our photo booth for 4 hours available during our 5 hour reception (1 hour cocktail party, 4 hour dinner reception).
In terms of the venue layout, we will have a portion of the room available for cocktail hour and then the other half will open up in full for dinner – we’ll still have the bar/cocktail area accessible throughout the rest of the reception.
Should the pb be available right from the start in the cocktail area for something to do or will people be too busy getting food and drinks to care (our timing is late too, 8pm-1am)? But if we wait till dinner starts, won’t people be preoccupied with eating, toasts, first dances, etc. to make photobooth time?
I haven’t talked to the pb company or venue yet to see if we have restrictions from them, but I’m doubting that we will. What have other people done?
Post # 3
Have it during cocktail hour because people will need something to do.
Post # 4
i would wait until after cocktail hour. give guests a chance to mingle, then give them something to do. if you’re having a plated dinner, there are breaks between courses. if you’re having a buffet, not everyone is eating at the exact same time. (plus by then people get a few drinks in them and you get much funnier photos!)
Post # 5
Since we are using the photobooth as a guest book we are having it open during cocktail hour. We are paying $50 for the hour during dinner where it will be “idle” and than it will be open again after dinner. So, basically it will be there for 5 hours but we only paid for the 4 hr package.
Post # 6
@Eca813: wow, I’m not even sure if that’s an option for us, but I’ll definitely ask! Thanks!
Post # 7
@Eca813, that’s what we did too! It didnt open until after dinner.
Post # 8
We are doing something similar to that for our photo booth. We are having it open for cocktail hour (that’s when we are having pictures taken). Then when we come back after pictures we are having dinner and the photobooth will be shut down for an hour then they will open it up again for the rest of the evening.
No one will be using it during dinner anyways. We did have to pay $25 for the idle hour but it will be worth it. I hope this helps a little. Good Luck.
Post # 9
If the “idle” time is not an option I’d open up the photobooth after cocktail hour. Most people will be too busy chatting/getting drinks to use it. Plus the best photos are usually after a couple of hours of drinking anyway