Post # 1
We’ve reserved a photobooth for our wedding and I’ve been debating when we should have it open. We get the booth for 4 hours. Our ceremony and reception are at the same place, an old mansion. The ceremony will be outside on the lawn, cocktail hour inside the house, and then the reception in a tent right next to the house. I anticipate cocktail hour starting a little before 5 and then moving into the reception area for dinner at 6. We have to be done by 11. Orginally I wanted to have the photobooth available during cocktail hour (5-9pm) to give everyone something to do during that time, and we plan to put the photobooth in the house so it made sense to have it open while everyone was there. It will also function as a guestbook of sorts as well (people will leave pics in a book and sign it). The downside being that from 6-7:30ish it probably won’t be used much since we’ll have dinner, speeches, dances, etc during that time.
A few people have advised that its better to open it up later in the evening (8-11) because that’s when the party atmosphere starts, and it would be after the other activities. I’m just afraid at that point everyone will forget about it since its in a different area.
Any of you who have had a photobooth at your wedding (or not) please weigh in!
Post # 3
We had ours start immeadiately after dinner and go until 11 (so 7-11 I think). That way we weren’t paying for it when people are eating, but still early enough that everyone would get a chance to go in it. They younger kids started doing it right when they were done eating and during the family dances. And then the older crowd was in it later after the kids had left (and after a few drinks) Ours was in a seperate area too and there was a line there all night.
Post # 4
The wedding I went to last Saturday had one. It was a massive hit!
The pictures got funnier the later it was. I would have it there as late as possible.
They had the DJ announce periodically that the photo booth was open. You could have yours do that too.
Post # 5
Ideally you could find a place to put it in or near the reception area. In my experience people are more interested in taking photos of themselves once they’ve had a few drinks, after they’re finished eating, or to entertain themselves during a party if they need something to do – esp since lots of people don’t dance. But most cocktail hours I’ve been to are kind of busy as everyone rushes around for drinks or snacks and those first several conversations. Also at dinner people are focused on food and may not be getting up for any other reason.
If you can’t move the photobooth out to the tent (maybe with a power generator if needed), then it’s probably best to do it whenever people are closest to the booth – even if that is cocktail hour. I wouldn’t expect them to remember to go visit it in another area though…maybe if it’s near the restroom? Maybe if there are signs pointing to it? … A friend of mine wasted a perfectly good firepit smore setup that way…there were no signs…we had no idea it was there, but I would’ve loved a smore.
Post # 6
It might be possible to move it to the tent. There should be room and there’s power in there as well. The only problem might be set-up. I’m not sure if they can set up in there earlier and then come back later to run it. I don’t want someone putting bringing in and putting together the booth in the middle of dinner where everyone can watch.