Not only have we attended weddings with a photo booth, we had one at our wedding as well. It’s a huge hit and we love photo booths! It’s nice because the photos can double-up as favors and people like photo booth photos more than whatever random goodie you give them because it’s truly personalized. In addition, it is highly unlikely your photographer will capture photos of every guest unless you have a super small wedding. A photo booth increases the odds that you will have photos of almost all of your guests.
A few things to consider is:
1) Let people know what the “hours” are of the booth. This is important because otherwise, everyone will bum-rush the booth and the line is insanely long initially but then by the middle of the wedding, no one is in line.
2) Make sure your DJ, Bridal Party, coordinator, and anyone else that is involved in the wedding remind people to check out the photo booth and encourage them to go as often as possible. We splurged and booked it for literally the entire night but because of logistics, it wasn’t in the same room as the main reception. People forgot we had a booth or they assumed it was impolite to go more than once.
3) Forego the external monitor. Ours came with option for external monitors, meaning anyone standing outside can see what is going on inside. I’m not implying that your guests will engage in XXX action in the booth, but people don’t need a dozen people watching what they’re doing and seeing the silly poses/faces.
4) See if the company will give you a CD of all the photos after the event. I let our guests take both copies because I was getting them all electronically anyway. If you want a photo guest book, then they can leave you a copy.
5) Make sure you and your groom snap photos too! We were so busy hosting that we only had one photo strip to ourselves and that was because our vendors pushed us in there.
The photo booth company provides props (usually for a nominal fee) but I am paranoid about germs and lice so I provided my own props. I went to a party supply store and got props in the colors of my wedding. Fun props include giant sunglasses, tiaras, boas, plastic fedoras, mardi gras-type beads, etc. You can also get vintage-y props on Etsy or cut them yourself, like paper moustaches on a stick or signs with words. Conversation clouds are also really popular too or dry erase boards. If you buy your own props, it will get pricey but it wouldn’t surprise me if you can resell them to another bride later. In some ways, the sillier the props, the better. The giant sunglasses were ridiculously popular.