(Closed) Photo booth – worth it?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We got a deal with our photographer he provides the booth for three hours for only an extra £300 with the double prints and guest book… thought it was a good deal! 

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@BellaDee:  I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you.  However, if I spend money on a Photo Booth, I would want people to use that too. 

But I’m not exactly spending ton for the photo booth–a student photographer for $100 (plus a dinner), DIY props & backdrop/lighting, and an ongoing slide show of the photos (no prints on site). 

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@creeative1:  Yeah, there is no way we will having everyone dancing all night.  There are always songs that some people don’t like, and us older folks get tired 🙂 I like that there will be options for my guests.  Besides, I want photos of everyone I can get. I’ve instructed the student photographer that if the booth is empty (which is really just a side room off of the dance floor) to step out and take random pics of the guests.  The photos will make an extra nice “thank you” when I mail it to them after the wedding.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@weddingmaven:  I wish that were so.. but unfortuantley it’s not always the case… I have been to some weddings where people were very clickey and didn’t socialize much, it would have been nice to have an icebreaker.  In our case there was no dancing at our wedding reception because it was a brunch, but we had a jazz guitarist and plenty of champagne and mimosas flowing…. so the photobooth was good for us.  I think it is all a matter of prefernece and there is no wrong or right answer, it depends on the bride and groom and what they want. Personally, I get bored very easy… so I like change.

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it all depends on how many other things you have going on…

AND the type of crowd…

Post # 40
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Sugar bee

I don’t understand the buzz around Photobooth, but I’d say, being a person who HATES being in a picture, it’s no suprise. I would not use it or have fun in one as a guest. I didn’t even think about doing one for my wedding. I’d prefer having professional pictures of my family. But it seems like they are a huge hit everywhere so, I think it really depends what you want to offer your guests as entertainment. You know your crowd !

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@Almost Mrs.P:  where did you have your wedding reception, if you don’t mind me asking?   I’m getting married in Buffalo NY  next year.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@smirkypox:  We were at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, right downtown. Not sure if you’re in the photo booth market, but I signed up for Rochester Groupons and ended up booking our photo booth that way, just a few months before the wedding.  Where is your wedding?  My hair/makeup person was based in Buffalo (and my photog was in Syracuse) if you want any info!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hands down THE BEST $650.00 we spent!! Our guests LOVED it and i got copies of all the photos, they are fantastic! We had it there during the reception/dinner and the first 30 minutes of the dance (4 hours total), after that they packed up and left.

The reception while they waited for us to get pics done can be boring, give them something to do!!!

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

At every wedding that I’ve been to that’s had one, I have thought it was a really fun addition.  However, the best one that I’ve seen I believe it was also cost effective.  The photographer set up a white backdrop, no cheesy props (not that they can’t also be really fun!) and used one of those bulb timers hooked up to a quality dslr.  You didn’t get a print out, but there were cards out that listed the website where they could be found a few weeks after the wedding.  They were black and whites, and turned out really well, very classy! Maybe something to ask your photog about.

We’re setting up my DSLR and doing something simmilar.  All you need is a tripod, a camera, a work lamp (okay, not like a construction one, not sure where to get a photographer like one, but I’ve got 8 months to figure that out…) and a sheet.  I’ve seen lots of nice backdrops on pinterest made from pvc pipe frames and everything from ribbons to streamers. 

Moral of the story, I think it’s worth it, but there might be some DIY options to consider if you want to cut costs.

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@bittttersweet:  that is awesome and if you go into the the home store with the dimensions of your pvc pipe, they cut it all for you.   How will your guest take their pictures on the DSLR?  YOu will definitey either need a wireless remote or a shutter release. 

Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we got one for our welcome dinner and it was really fun but i think that it was a bit of waste in some ways. i did get a ridiculous deal on groupon though so for $250 i cant complain

some of it was my fault (in hindsight i should have had them set up late night  10-12 rather than 8-10) because most adults needed some ‘liquid courage’….it was just getting going around 10 so we extended it a bit but didnt really want to spend too much extra

and some was the layout (booth was in a separate room that people didnt ‘have’ to go in

 

also we had a crew of kids (7 jr bridal party age 7 -10) and they LOVED it but also sort of dominated it and made it a bit umcomfortable for the adults (the operator wad awesome and would clear the kids out when adults were waiting but they would be there with the sad puppy dog eyes)

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 47
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ours cost about $300 and was totally worth it! We made a photo wall version for our wedding, and just set up my digital camera in front with instructions for how to take a picture or set the timer and take a picture. But we didnt open it until after all the formalities of the night (dinner, speeches etc.). It was a big hit, but didnt take away from the dance floor. People seemed to alternate between the two all night.

After the wedding I put all the photos into a video and put it on youtube so everyone could check it out. Very happy with how it turned out. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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