Post # 1
I am considering having a photo booth at the reception. I came across a great for a photo booth rental yet the rental only last 2 hours but comes with a prop box and unliimited photo strips.
My question: Is 2 hours enough time for the photo booth? I plan to have it during the cocktail hour and first half of dinner. Was the photo booth a crowd pleaser?
Post # 3
We had a DIY photo booth and it was a HUGE hit. That thing was packed the whole night and our guests are still talking about how much fun it was. We even had some people want to rent it for their own events!
In my opinion, 2 hours is better than nothing so if it’s something you’d like to offer then go for it. I’m sure your guests will have a blast.
Post # 4
@UpstateCat: I am glad your DIY photobooth was a hit.
Post # 5
Our photo booth was a huge hit! Our guests loved it and I think i spent a good half hour in it myself with my Darling Husband, family, bridal party etc.
It was great bc we had mulitiple copies of each photo stip printed so each person in the booth got a stip and there was one placed in a scrap book for the guests to sign next to. Lots of our guests revisited the photobooth a few times durring the night and it was fun to see the progression of the party (and the partying!)
Post # 6
I woud think about the set up/take down aspect. If you only do it for two hours, then your reception may be hampered by the set up/take down or you would have to pay extra $$ to have them stay ’til the reception is over.
Post # 7
It’s probably a better bet to do the photobooth towards the end of the reception. You don’t want people running up during dinner to get their photo taken.
I think my cousin didn’t open hers until after dinner was over and the DJ was playing music.
Post # 8
You have to keep in mind that the set up and tear down time is included in that 2 hours, unless otherwise stated. Like PP said, that would also mean they’re taking down the photobooth during your reception.
Post # 9
I think it depends upon the size of your wedding. Talk to the company and they can tell you how many people they can do per hour on average, so that you have a basis to go off of.
Post # 10
Oh yeah…ours was a crowd pleaser. Definitely worth the money. Ours was 3 hours and that album they gave us was full. Alot of people went back multiple times.
Post # 11
As PP mentioned, I thought about the set up/tear down issue. The photo booth will be located in a seperate area outside that’s away from the reception. The room has a side door for the company to remove the photo booth without disturbing the reception.
Since PP mentioned the photo booth was a hit, I may consider purchasing one extra hour. Event with a extra hour pruchased, I still save $$$.
Post # 12
We booked ours and their package is 5 hours so we have to use it for that long.
From all the photobooth company I came across, when they say 2 hour package, setup/takedown is outside of the hours and they usually can turn it off once the hour is up but won’t remove it until the end of reception so they won’t disturb the guests.
We plan on starting it at the cocktail hour as a lot of people can have time to use it. Those who wants seconds can use it later on at the reception.
Post # 13
It took a little while for people to figure out what ours was, but once they got going, they didn’t stop. People LOVED it.
Post # 14
Our photographer hooked us up with a package including a photobooth from 5pm-midnight. He said that it’s always interesting how the photos start evolving once guests have had a few drinks.
His opinion was that during cocktail hour, people are just warming up, so the photobooth does not get a lot of use. And if they do, the poses are usually serious aka boring. After dinner, once the party begins, that’s when people let loose and have more fun at the photobooth.
My suggestion, people will not use your photobooth at dinnertime (they’ll be more interested in food lol), so save your rental money and keep the dinnertime protected. But if you have some music, dancing and maybe a few drinks after dinner, then that would be a good time to fire up the photobooth.
Post # 15
@Radiant Bride: Any chance you are looking at today’s LivingSocial deal – if so I used Lovely Day Photoworks for my wedding and they were great! I got 3 hours (I believe the charge was $149 for an extra hour) and had it open after dinner til the end of the evening – hugely popular!
Post # 16
@reebee: Yes, I am looking at LDP’s living social deal. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the company. They have received a great number of reviews on WW.