(Closed) Photobooth: popular or waste of money?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

In my city in the bay area they’re about $500 with the attendant. It seems fairly reasonable — all things considered. I think I might want one and that would be the favor for the guests.

I do think the idea is very trendy on wedding shows and blogs and such, just like candy bars, however I only have two married friends and no one I know is even close to getting engaged, nor have I been to any weddings that have had them. So, for my circle it would be seen as something fun and different.

That said, no way would I spend $2k on one, or even $1k on one. I would look for cheaper alternatives like the many that have been suggested.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re doing a DIY booth and it’s all the fun at a fraction of the cost.  I can’t wait!

Post # 34
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Honey bee

For our guests, it would be a complete waste of money since it’s something they are not into at all. Even a DIY setup would not be used. That is not to say that they don’t appreciate photography or fun in general. I personally haven’t been that into the photobooth shots that I have seen online of other weddings and would rather have quality photojournalistic shots from the photographer of the entire wedding.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ok I had a dilemma with going back and forth on whether or not I should rent one. In the end, I opted not to. But my in laws had gone to a wedding with one and they said everyone absolutely loved it. They always seem like such fun too when I see them at the bridal shows! I decided not to just as a money saver and also because I wanted the guests to be more focused on the music and groovin instead of piling in the photobooth. Eh, it was more like I was too cheap but I use the other reason as an excuse I think to make myself feel better lol

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ Amy – are you interested in photography at all? Or learning about it? You could buy yourself a nice digital camera & have a friend who knows about photography take the pics. That would likely be cheaper than $2k & you’d have a new camera to keep & digital files of all the photos. Or hire someone from Craigslist to take pics.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Popular AND waste of money. Two *excellent* reasons to do something else with that money 🙂

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I so desperately want one because I always really enjoy them at weddings, but I think I am just going to purchase a polaroid camera and some film on ebay and have guests take pictures, stick them in an album and sign. 

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love photobooths and at every wedding I’ve been to that has had one, there have always been long lines to take the pictures! That being said, I don’t think a photobooth is worth 2k! You could probably find one for a little less or maybe compromise with your Fiance and rent one for less time so that it’ll cost less. Ours is costing a little over 1k. Not only is the photobooth fun for guests, it’ll also be fun to look at the scrapbook (included in our rental) where everyone’s pictures are included along with their messages to us.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

I love photo booths, I’ve only been to wedding events with fauzto-booths, but would love to go to one with a real one!

Post # 41
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I debated whether or not to get a photobooth b/c of the cost, and in the end went with it for our wedding.  It was ABSOLUTELY worth it.  It got EVERYBODY at the wedding involved.  My husband’s 93 year old grandfather got in the booth–with multiple groups.  It made people who weren’t big on dancing feel included and the pictures in the booth were amazing!  It was nice to see really interesting pairs/groups come together. 

We had a scrapbook set up so that people could give us one of the pics and leave us the other pic with a message in the scrapbook.  Our guests LOVED it and said it was nice to see everyone else’s pictures and to meet people at the scrapbooking table when they were writing their messages.

One way to save money is to have the booth for a limited amount of hours.  At first I really didn’t want to do that, but we just had it opened after dinner, which was perfect b/c people had had a few drinks and were ready for the booth.  I think it was definitely worth the money.  B/c our booth printed out 2 strips, we considered the pictures the favors–way better than Jordan Almonds…

Post # 42
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Sugar bee

We had a photobooth at our wedding, it ws $1250 and worth every penny!  We had it for the whole night, got double prints of every picture with a custom banner on the bottom.  We set up a scrapbook with black pages so people could keep one copy and put the other in the book and write a message next to it with the flourescent/metallic pens.  I love looking at our guestbook!  There was never NOT a person waiting for the photobooth and all our guests commented how fun it was.  We also got a DVD of all the images after in case someone forget to put their pic in our guestbook.

I saw a photobooth at a wedding I worked a couple years before mine and decided at that moment I had to have one. I event used the same company and DH was totally on board with it!

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did exactly what @naangel55 did.  Our photobooth also printed double prints– one for the guests to take home, and one to stick in scrapbook/guestbook.  I still have to organize all the scrapbook pages, but they are a blast to look at!  Some of the photos are hilarious– love them!  It was totally worth it to us… we found an awesome company.  For $800, we got 4 hours of photobooth time, double prints, choice of B&W or color prints, custom banner, scrapbook materials, optional silly props to use, online viewing, and a DVD with all the images.  🙂

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