(Closed) Photobooth: popular or waste of money?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I found one for us locally for $1600 that prints a little bit faster (60 seconds) and in duplicate, so guests can get an exact copy (in a little pocket jacket) of what they’d put in the guestbook.

For a costly expenditure like a photobooth, I think location and getting the word out are key.  The tips I read about it were if you can put it in a place where people don’t have to venture too far get to it, it’s fabulous!  If the only place to put it is upstairs away from everything, don’t do it.  And if you "advertise" it somehow, that you’re better off – mention it in the programs, have your DJ make an announcement, have your bridal party snag the camera-shy folks, etc.

Personally, I’ve been wanting a photobooth since I started planning!  It took me months to justify it, and finally I just called the guy and arranged it.  I’m sooo excited we’re going to have a guestbook that’s not just signatures…And I’m really looking forward to the wacky four-pose behind-a-curtain pictures that will get spit out, not just for the guestbook, but also for our guests as a little favor/memory of the day.

Also, our photographer spends a lot less time on posed formals – I think he says he has SIX traditional pictures he does.  So, I figure this might be a way to get pictures of people "looking at" the camera.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

$2000 is on the high-end, so I back the others’ suggestions of shopping around and seeing what other possibilities/prices are out there.

Good luck! 

Post # 18
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I read a really great description on a DIY site about how to set up your own, but I can’t find it again! It also shows how to make frames for your guests to take the pictures home as a favor. I plan to do that, especially if I can find the instructions again. The wife of the best man is an enthusiastic novice photographer and we thought that would be a great job for her that would help us out and she would have fun doing.

Post # 19
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

An alternative that you might look into would be having a caricature artist. I’m thinking if you hired someone by the hour it would cost less that 2K. A friend of mine did it at her wedding at it was a big hit.

Post # 20
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

We did a different twist on the photobooth idea.  Everyone gets dressed up for a wedding, but rarely ever get a really good picture of themselves all decked out.

We hired a photographer who was just starting out for $500 to set up at the cocktail reception and throughout the reception taking nice full-lenth portraits of guests. 

He had an asst. with him who would print it out ona color printer, then put the shot in nice 4×6 silver frames that we bought & provided.  All the frames were set out on a table near the exits and that was our favor to our guests.

People loved it!  It makes me smile when I’m in a friend’s living room or office and see the picture they took at our wedding and am often told that it’s the only nice, recent picture they have of themselves.

Check with the photographer professor at your local college to see if they can recommend a talented student who’d like to make a few extra bucks.

Post # 21
236 posts
Helper bee

I was thinking of investing in/borrowing 2 digitial cameras that can be put on a stand and have a timer/or have an attendent.  We would set up our own backdrop and one of those small picture printers.  We thought it would be fun to provide a few props (boas, silly hats, big sunglasses, etc) to ensure enterianing pictures.  We can alternate the camera on the printer and a tripod so that we can print out the pictures.  The pictures can then be left out for people to take later or we will send copies with our thankyous to everyone.  This is a lot more costeffective but still just as fun.

Post # 22
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Thanks for the link Fifi and Novebride!  I was actually not really considering doing something like this, but for around $1k for the whole evening including all the photos, it actually seems like a fun idea.  You bees just keep getting my (and my budget) in trouble…

Post # 23
7 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

hey there!

We love the idea of fun candids of our guests so in lieu of a receiving line (smaller sized wedding) were having our friend (very gregarious, fun outgoing guy) stand right where people walk in with a polaroid. Retro and makes a super cute album and people feel it is the type of atmosphere where they wil have fun with it. a polaroid is only a couple hundred bucks + film and book WAY under the cost of a photo booth.  

Post # 24
20 posts

anyone have any suggestions for a photobooth company in the philadelphia area?

Post # 25
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you shopped around for a photobooth?  We are paying $800 for ours for 4 hours.  I think $2000 is wayyyyyyyy too much money. 

Post # 26
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think you either "must" have it or you don’t really care and wouldn’t miss it. Do you have a great photographer? If you do, you don’t really need a photobooth.

I have been exploring them, I see most of them in the $675 range. I would not do it for $2k! For $675, if I wanted it, I would do it.

I personally have never seen a photobooth at a wedding! I wonder if they are popular too. Do you have lots of young people? Do older people both with them? Hmm…

Post # 27
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m also using party booths and just booked them today!  My friends have used them at their weddings and they’re always a blast to work with.  We’re not having favors so this is what guests will get to take home and I’ve always found them to be incredibly fun. 

Just a note – one of the attendants from party booths told me to just book the classic booth as almost all of the attendants will automatically set it up as a contemporary booth if it’s a wedding.  Of course, I did that and requested that attendant to be at my wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
7775 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Waste, IMO. Our photog is setting up a old school backdrop and were putting out a costume trunk (we’re getting married on Halloween) and he’s going to take a bunch of pictures of our guests dressed up crazy and having fun. He’s including it as part of our deal.

Post # 30
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

OK Im from wisconsin so $600 probably doesnt sound like a whole lot however my budget is like 15-20 thousand and our photographer is $2,900, I considered doing a photo booth which starts here at $600 but I am not even half done with everything and my budget is at 11,000 so we had to cut the idea out ๐Ÿ™ 

Post # 31
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum

mmmm.. the photobooth debate rages on! In these (LA) parts most of the photobooths I’ve come across are $1200-$1600 which is a HUGE chunk of our funds, but so awesome that it’s hard to do away with the idea completely.  We DID manage to score an AMAZING photographer and so thanks sphbride for the suggestion of asking the assistant to please, please please get some photobooth style pics of our peeps!  I think that may be the ticket! ๐Ÿ™‚

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