Reasons NOT to have a photobooth

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Photobooths are worth the money?
    Yes, so much fun : (12 votes)
    48 %
    No, not utilized at my wedding enough to be worth it : (13 votes)
    52 %
  • Post # 2
    900 posts
    Busy bee

    I think they’re passé.  The first wedding I went to with a photo booth was exactly 10 years ago.  Before Instagram. Before snap chat.  And I think right before the iPhone launched.  They just aren’t necessary anymore and everyone’s been in a million of them at weddings.

    Post # 3
    6528 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I think it depends on the photobooth setup.  The wedding I attended that just had a wall to do your own pics got zero attention, whereas the one with a camera that printed two sets of photos on its own was active all night long. 

    Personally I think they’re dumb and didn’t have one – I also hated being ‘forced’ to get my photo in one last summer as I felt like an idiot.  But my sister loves them, kids love them and other adults who aren’t stupidly self-conscious love them.  So base it on your crowd.  If they are stuffy fuddy-duddies who think holding a mustache on a stick is pointless or embarrassing, don’t have a photobooth. If they are more fun-loving and enjoy being silly, then go for it.  

    Post # 4
    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I think they are on the out right now according to most wedding blogs and magazines. I have seen a couple “selfie stations” instead lately, with masks/hats/glasses and selfie sticks instead. That said, even though they apparently aren’t “cool” anymore, every wedding I’ve seen the photobooth is packed all night even recently and the selfie stations barely got touched. The last wedding I went to the line was so long I couldn’t even get in!

    Post # 5
    615 posts
    Busy bee

    I’ve been thinking about doing a selfie station and getting a Snapchat filter for my wedding. Mostly because my fiance and I like to take selfies and we would both have fun with that. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    I second the pp and day consider your guests…are they the type to have a blast with it? Or not so much?

    Post # 6
    4840 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    csskkai :  We had a photobooth, and our guests loved it.  There were great props (we brought some too), guests got their own photo strip, and we have a terrific album of shots from the photobooth.  Every one of our guests used it.  It was a blast!

    Post # 7
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

    We went to a ~100 guest wedding a year ago with a booth that had a ton of props and printed out polaroids immediately. Though we had fun using it I would not in a million years rent our own. A week after a wedding no one will be looking at photos of themself or friends wearing a feather boa and a cowboy hat. For $100, sure. $1000? No. Absolutely not.

    Post # 8
    7910 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We only had 40 people at our wedding, and I too was worried about whether the photobooth would be worth it. We had gotten it after seeing it in action at a wedding expo. It was SO popular! Our guests loved it, and the additional pics were fantastic. It was only $300 or so for us, which was pretty reasonable considering we weren’t planning a big fancy event. 

    Post # 9
    1869 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Honestly, if you don’t want to spend the money, that’s all te reason you need not to have one. You don’t need to look for other reasons.

    Post # 10
    745 posts
    Busy bee

    Ours came free with our photo package. It was pretty popular- particularly in the lull between dinner and dancing.

    We emailed out the pics to everyone but haven’t really looked at them since to be honest.


    Post # 11
    349 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey

    I did not have one at my wedding but been to many weddings where there was one or even those DIY photobooth stations. I think they are fun at the time and especially the ones where they are professionally set up and the photos come out instantly they are very popular. However I do not think it will make or break the wedding. No one is going to say their favourite part of the wedding was the photobooth. 

    I chose to put more money behind an open bar and a excellent DJ instead. Much more worth it in my opinion. 

    Post # 12
    40 posts
    • Wedding: December 2016 - Weston Hall

    We used an old camera, borrowed an old phone and put an app on it to control it remotely, and borrowed a tripod. Total cost was £20 for some props, which also featured in some cool professional photos. People had a lot of fun with it.

    It probably wasn’t used as much as a professional photo booth would have been, but considering it was about 5% of the cost we definitely wouldn’t have got 20x as much enjoyment or photos from a professional one.

    Post # 13
    1149 posts
    Bumble bee

    The issue I found with photobooths is that it tends to move people away from the dancefloor into whatever corner you shoved the photobooth at. You really feel it if the wedding is small and a chunk of people are missing from the socialization and dancing areas.

    Post # 14
    23 posts

    My relative had one at her wedding in 2014. It was very popular, the photos all got put on social media and even now get shared occasionally.

    I think it depends on the crowd. There were a lot of boisterous millenials at my relative’s wedding.

    Post # 15
    864 posts
    Busy bee

    csskkai :  We weren’t going to pay the DJ $1000 to have one because the majority of our guests were older relatives who wouldn’t use it. We created one ourselves–got a phone tripod so people could put their phone on it with a timer. I got the piping system for $30 on Amazon, the glittery fabric backdrop for like $20, props for like $10 (and created some of our own that were specific to us–our college logo, etc.), two little chalkboards for people to write on. It was in the space that cocktail hour was in. It wasn’t packed all night, but some people definitely used it. We also have some super fun and goofy photos/videos of the wedding party at the photo booth. 

    I don’t think they have the “wow! Cool!” factor that they used to when they first came out. But I do think that they can add some “activity” for the guests. I had a ballroom cocktail hour and reception so I couldn’t exactly put lawn games out, haha. 

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