Are photobooths over?

posted 3 years ago in Beehive
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I enjoy them. Even the years where we go to a ton of weddings, photo  booths never seem to get old. I had one at my wedding, and it was a hit. It was also a lot of fun to look at all the photos when I got the images! My guests sure did have some fun with it!

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A Historic Inn

I don’t care for them. I’m not a picture person, so I avoid them as a wedding guest. Also, the past 3 weddings I’ve been to had one, and the photo booths were mostly ignored. Two of the three brides said they wish they wouldn’t have paid for one. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I like them plus I think it provides a nice souvenir for your guests because they get to take home a picture. It also gives you a copy of all the photographs taken. Good memories to keep.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

We had one at our wedding in November 2015 and it was a huge hit! We got a package that included digital copies of all of the guests’ photos, and those are some of my favorites from the night. And the guests were able to print out as many copies of the photos as they wanted. I was most happy because even the older guests at the wedding got into the action – maybe it was something of a throwback for them? I don’t know why, but I’m super glad they enjoyed it. I see the photo strips displayed at my friends’ and relatives homes to this day, so I know that they really enjoyed the memento. We did not do favors, so the photo booth was what everyone took home with them. It was definitely a huge hit at our wedding, and I’m so glad we did it! 

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I guess I’m in the minority here, but we had a photobooth at our wedding this past weekend and it was a huge hit! I knew I always wanted one at our wedding, but it was a last minute add on to make sure we could afford it. We did have a very small guest count at our wedding, about 50 guests, so I was unsure if people would even use it or if it would sit there all night, but we got so many compliments about what a great idea it was and how much fun everyone had with it! I think it was definitiely worth the investment! Especially if there are any kids at your wedding, they LOVED it! Their pictures were hilarious too! I think parents appreciated something extra to keep the kids busy too smile  I guess it just depends on your crowd and if YOU and your SO like taking pictures as well! 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

I had one at my wedding and honestly only used it once myself with my bridesmaids. We got a digital copy of all the pictures taken and it looked like everyone who used it had fun. The photo serves as a nice little keepsake for them too. 

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

We’re having one for our weddng and I’m pretty excited about it. I was able to find a good deal through thumbtack. I’m going to make sure our DJ makes an anoucement about it so people know/remember its there. 

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017

 I guess I’m in the minority here, but we had a photobooth at our wedding this past weekend and it was a huge hit! I knew I always wanted a photobooth at our wedding, but for us it was more of a last minute add on to make sure we could afford it. We did worry that we would pay all this money and it wouldn’t get used, especially since we only had about 50 guests at our wedding. Let me tell you though, we got so many compliments that we had one there and how much fun it was! The kids LOVED it and their pictures are hilarious! Parents loved it for keeping their kids extra entertained and adults loved it just for the sheer fun especially with all of the props! I would definitely say it was worth the investment and now we have even more photos to add into our photo guestbook (plus an extra favor for guests to take home)! I think ultimately, it just depends on what YOU and your SO like and if you guys think it would be a fun idea! So glad we had one! 

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper

beckybee787 :  I love them! It wasn’t in our budget so we didn’t have one. I say if you love them, and can afford it, go for it! 

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve seen them at weddings and it was entertaining watching the kids play at them but was never tempted to use one myself. I prefer taking more natural pictures, candid shots, table selfies, etc. 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

beckybee787 :  i’m kinda over photobooths (and i’m a milennial). i have so many damn strips of photos at this point that they all just kinda blur together on my bulletin board. it was cool at first, but now that it seems every wedding/party has one (with the same props, no less), it’s just sorta meh. sure, i’ll take a photobooth pic if there’s one available, but it’s not like i get super excited about it. also the entertainment value is like all of 60 seconds – it’s not like it’s something that guests will be entertained by all night (on an individual basis). i’d much rather there be an open bar, good food, and good music.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

beckybee787 :  I have personally never been a fan of the photobooth, so I don’t use them unless under duress. I prefer real pictures of the actual event.  That said, I think popularity depends on your group (not people like me!) and how well your booth is set up.  I attended two weddings last summer.  One had a booth that printed out photos to keep and a copy for the couple, had props and plenty of space. It was also positioned by the bar. Seemed to be packed most of the night and people had a great time with it (and still danced).  The other was in a corner, a homemade chalkboard background that they intended people to write on, props and do it with your own camera.  No one used it.  The DJ pointed it out specifically, people drew all over it and then walked away – still no photos taken.  Total failure.  Come to think of it, there weren’t a ton of dancers at that wedding either.  Know your crowd, I guess.

Point is, a good photobooth will probably get used, a cruddy one will probably be ignored.

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I enjoy photo booths but I didn’t consider it a “must have” for my upcoming wedding. However, my Future Mother-In-Law offered to pay for it because she really wanted one plus we got an amazing deal. If your budget allows for it, I definitely say go for it especially if you’re having a kid friendly wedding. It also provides another form of entertainment for those guests that don’t care too much for dancing.

Post # 29
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a wedding photographer we definitely still get requests for them, so I wouldn’t say they are “over” but I definitely feel like they keep people off the dance floor. Also, most people don’t open them until after dinner (but of course they need to be set up before the event) so your attendant basically spends a good chunk of time telling people it’s not open yet. If you open it earlier, you’ve got people in the thing while you’re trying to have dinner, or do dances, etc.

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