There are 3 differant types of photobooths you can get, and each one has it’s own pros/cons.
1. The rent-a-booth, you know the kind in the mall? It’s normally rented for 4-6 hours and prints out the pictures right then and there. The upside to this option is that your guests get their photos right away and there’s hardly no work for you! They even make some large enough that can fit up to 10 people in them. Some even offer a reprint option that prints you off a copy of all the pictures taken that night [so you can make your own photo book out of them]. The downside is that they are a bit costly, anywhere from $600-$1200, and up if you need it for more hours.
2. The photographer photobooth – some photographers offer to bring an extra photographer, and set up shop in front of your photo booth – they normally bring their own backgrounds & props. The upside to this is that it’s easy, you don’t have to worry about a thing, and you’ll probably get more professional looking photos. The downside is that it normally tacks on anywhere from $300 and up onto your photography costs, and you or your guests won’t get the pictures right away.
3. DIY photo booth – You can buy or make your own background & props, and set out either disposable cameras, or instant film cameras. The upside to this is that you can have a very unique background or props, it can be a little bit cheaper than hiring a photographer or booth. The downside is that someone will need to take turns snapping pics and changing out cameras/film.
We are doing option 3. We have purchase our own backgrounds & props, and we plan to get some fuji instant cameras [probably 2 or 3] with PLENTY of film. I plan to either hire someone for a few hours to snap pictures, or have a friend snap them. All of our “extra” activities will have a frame with a time that they “open” [open bar, photo booth, dessert buffet, cigar bar], so that our guests have a chance to eat dinner before the fun begins.
I would suggest doing something like this!
Our ceremony starts at 3, follow by cocktail hour, dinner at 4:30, and everything else will open up at 5:30.
I don’t think “tickets” are really needed, as the photo booth doesn’t really take all that long to grab a prop, pose and snap a picture – and i’m sure your guests will take turns taking pictures with each other!