Post # 1
At our friends wedding in September we definitely loved their photobooth and the pictures from the event. FI and I looked into a photobooth months ago but it just didn’t fit in our budget. Cue to today, a little over two months from our weddng and we get an e-mail from them. They have a cancellation on our wedding day and offered us a discount ($200 off!) that makes it more realisitic and possible to add. I am worried, however, that it would be silly to have a photobooth at a small wedding. Our guestlist has a few maybe’s still and it’s looking like it will end up being around 35 people. Is that too few people for a photobooth to be worth it? Will it keep everyone off the dance floor? Would you add the photobooth now that its more “affordable?”
Sidenote: We did look into making our own. Unfortunately because its a Destination Wedding it’s pretty much impossible for us to do.
Post # 3
I think it’s a great idea to have a photobooth no matter how many guests – and the discount is fabulous!! We’re having a photobooth for ~ 50 guests. They are so much fun!!!
Post # 4
@JenniferMm: no! Not silly at all, I’d think photobooths are cute and entertaining no matter the size of the wedding
Post # 5
To be honest, I say save the money. The photobooth was on our “if we can fit it into the budget” list and we didn’t end up spending the money. We had the money, we just wanted to use it on our honeymoon, house downpayment, future vacations, etc. I am sure people would have loved it if we had one but we also didn’t miss it one bit.
I think that since you have so few people, just focus on enjoying spending time with your friends and relatives and less on worrying that you need to entertain them.
Maybe you can make sure your photographer goes around and takes multiple pictures of all the guests and when you get your pictures back, you can make little albums for each of your guests filled with their pictures. Shutterfly/Walgreens plus shipping charges can’t be more than adding the booth.
Post # 6
@JenniferMm: photobooths are definitely fun and a hit with most, if not all guests. If it fits your budget, I say go for it!
Post # 8
I think the photobooth is getting old……
The first wedding- I thought it was cool.
The second wedding- I didn’t even know it was there until the very end
The third wedding- there were more people on line waiting for the booth than those on the dance floor….
I chose not have one because I feel that it takes away from the reception. I would rather see people at the bar, dancing, or conversing amongst themselves, then lining up to take a photo. With all the cell phone cameras and mini cameras in existance, I do not think the photo booth really adds much to the wedding.
Post # 9
I voted no — save the $
As another person who is having a small wedding (only about 30 people), consider that your photographer is going to be there taking pictures the whole time. And with such a small number of people, not only is he/she going to be guaranteed to definitely get several pictures of everyone without being overwhelmed, they could probably take requests too (“hey, can you get a picture of the 4 of us together?”) and it would be NBD.
Post # 10
With a small wedding party you could include each guest’s photo in their thank you note. Save the money.
Post # 11
I’ve been to birthday parties with photo booths and they’re still a hit, so I definitely would consider one for a small wedding. FWIW, we had twice as many guests as you but I can guarantee you that I didn’t get 100% participation.