(Closed) Advice please: Did you/Would you regret your photobooth?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Photobooth, yay or nay?
    Yes, I would do it again (married) : (15 votes)
    26 %
    No, I thought it was a waste of money (married) : (5 votes)
    9 %
    Well, if I had the extra money, I would do it (engaged) : (24 votes)
    42 %
    If I had the money, I would spend it on something else (engaged) : (13 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony: Catholic Church, Reception: Hotel Ballroom

    We had a photobooth at our wedding, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.  We went with a company that provided two strips per “picture” — one for the guest to keep, and one for them to post in our guestbook with a note (which the vendor also supplied).  We got so many comments from guests saying how they thought it was such a great idea and so much fun — the booth was packed all night!  Also, it’s a lot of fun for us to go back through the guestbook with all of our strips and read everyone’s notes.  Since it was a lot more interactive than a “traditional” guestbook, we had a lot more people participate!  Good luck! 🙂

    Post # 4
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We moved some money around in the budget to make a photobooth doable. Have you thought about a DIY photobooth?

    Post # 5
    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We got a photobooth and I would do it again.  The pics from the booth are priceless!  We rented the booth for 4 hours, got double prints, a custom banner in our wedding colors, B&W or color prints, props, scrapbooking items, and a CD with all the pics for $800.  It was well worth the money IMO.  🙂

    Post # 6
    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    I’m thinking of doing a DIY photo booth. I have all the equipment and some tech savvy family members who I’m sure would be willing to help set it up and monitor it. I’m more concerned about losing my laptop! 😉 If I had an extra $1K, I’d totally rent one.

    Post # 7
    2714 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My aunt had hers and it was a total hit. She said it was one of the best purchases she made for the wedding. We had so much fun with it and she still raves about it so much that it’s convinced me to have one even though I didn’t originally want one! We’ll be paying $1k for it too. I know it’s a lot, but I totally totally totally think it’s worth it!

    Post # 8
    2866 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think if we had the extra money to spend I would have done it. They’re fun, interactive and you get pictures of everyone (which you may not get with just a photographer).

    Post # 9
    3620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Totally worth it, the guests LOVED it and we have a great photo guest book to show for it.

    Post # 10
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    doing a DIY booth would be worth it. i love the one where there are a bunch of frames for people to stick their heads through


    Post # 11
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I WISH we had done a photobooth – this is one trend I hope never goes out of style!

    Post # 12
    893 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re doing a photobooth and I am soo excited for it. Photos are my #1 priority and I was willing to splurge in that category.

    Post # 13
    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    HECK YES! We LOOOOOVED ours, and the guests loved it even more.  We still pull out the album of all the photos taken in the booth that night (The photo booth company people gave us all the pics and put them in an album as a gift to us) and laugh over them.

    Worth the extra investment

    Post # 14
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I really really want a photobooth too but just can’t justify the added cost, so I’m planning on going the DIY route.  Hopefully it will work out. 

    Post # 15
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    We provide our clients a faux booth {not really a booth more of a back drop, studio lights and camera on tripod with assistant} for our clients at half that price, have you talked to your photog about doing this or is that who is charging you for the actual booth? I actually prefer this set up over the other because you can fit a larger amount of people in each photo or do something cool like the frames on the wall.

    We also had one at our wedding and it was AWESOME!!!! We had a vintage type theme so we got old vintage hats, parasols, and mustaches on sticks. 

    Both our clients and our own wedding guest LOVE it.

    Post # 16
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    We did one and all the guests had fun in it.  I stupidly didn’t even think about taking pictures in it until the very, very end – when it was pretty much too late (I didn’t even get a picture with just hubby and I in it!) 

    I spent about 12 months gathering different props – and it was all great.

    The only thing I’d do different is not have a black backdrop – some of the colors disappeared into the black… I should have picked a lighter color for a backdrop – but Darling Husband and I couldn’t decide and black seemed to be a logical choice at the time.

    Had I not put the money down early on in the planning – I probably would have skipped it.  But, I’m glad I did it.

    Something important things to find out:

    How quickly the prints come out.  Ours came out super quick (almost immediately after the last picture was taken), and that is very important for flow IMO.

    We got double prints – guests took one home, one copy in a scrap book for us.

    We got a disk with all images and a hardcover scrap book with all the pages guests designed.

    It was a booth where you could stand up and take the pictures – which allows for more people in the booth.  Also, it came with on onsite attendant – to make sure nothing went wrong.

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