Post # 1
I’m thinking about having a photobooth during my reception. I have two questions–
First, do you think that the photos are enough of a favor? My guests would get to take a copy of each photostrip that they take (my booth would print two, one for me and one for the guest), and it would have our names and wedding date at the bottom. I’m not a fan of the standard candy/trinket favors, and my fiance and I both love pictures, so we thought this would be appropriate.
Second, there is space in my reception room for the photobooth- do you think I should keep it IN the room, or right outside the reception room. The advantage to having it IN my reception room is that it would keep people close to all of the action and close to the party. The advantage to having it right outside my reception room is that people would also be able to take pictures during the cocktail hour, and it would be right outside the room, so anyone who leaves to go outside or go to the bathroom would walk right by it. But would it be too chaotic to have people using it during the cocktail hour?
Post # 3
My friends had a photobooth at their wedding a few months ago & that was their favor also, which I love, (not a fan of the "trinkets" either lol). They had theirs set up outside the reception room & it worked out really well because there was actually a line which would have blocked a lot of space in the reception room.
Post # 4
Our photobooth will be outside the reception in the cocktail area but it will be open all night. The photos are not technically favors, but they do print doubles so people can put one copy in our guestbook and keep one. The favors that were are doing will go with the photos, we are doing a small 4×6 album, they are only like $2.50 each!
Post # 5
I definitely feel photos can double as favors and it’s much more personal. Our photobooth company even customized the bottom of the strip with our names and wedding date. It put a customized logo was an extra fee. Maybe look into a similar option.
We had our photobooth just off to the side in the reception room, because we had space and we wanted to keep the energy inside the same room. It worked out really well for us since we had enough space for the line to form and not block anything.
We also learned from our friend’s wedding 2 months prior. They had it outside and some people didn’t even know it was there. Alot of people missed out on the photobooth. Also for the people who did know, 10-20% of the guests went "missing" at a time because it was all their college friends and they wanted to all take pics together.
So I say if there’s room keep it in the reception room. If not, make sure it’s located well in sight in the cocktail area and maybe even ask the DJ to ask an announcement.
Post # 6
Good idea on keeping it in the reception room. Everyone will know it is there if I put it right outside, because that is our cocktail hour room & everyone will pass it every time they leave our reception room (to go to the bathroom, to go outside, etc). BUT I think it would be good to keep that energy inside the reception room. Plus, I have a little area on the side that isn’t technically right next to the dance floor so the photobooth won’t be in the way, but it is still the same room.
Has anyone else done a photobooth? Any learnings from them??? Should I have props? No props? Do I need to have my DJ announce it, or someone to go around the room to encourage people to use it?