Photos and article courtesy of Jhoselyn Ramirez with Elite Photo Lounge
Photo booth has grown from a nice-to-have to a must-have staple at any event and is a great way to add a fun experience for you and your guests at a wedding.
Not only do they take fun photos, but your guests get instant prints to take home and cherish. Scrapbooks can be added for guests to write messages for the newlyweds alongside their photobooth pictures. Photobooths have photo sharing capabilities so other friends and family can enjoy your wedding via social media.
Here are five things to consider when choosing a photobooth for your wedding:
1. Planning plays a factor in the next four things you should consider. Let’s face it, despite the fact that photobooths add lifetime entertainment, party favors, and social media to your event, they are often one of the last things booked for a wedding. Last minute bookings are just as stressful for you as they are for the photo booth company.
2. Cost is the driving factor in most decisions. Since photo booth is normally booked last, the budget is usually tight when you are making that last minute purchase. Being proactive and planning ahead will allow you more time to include photo booth into your budget. Also, there are several other costs associated with photo booths. It may seem cheaper, but a company may charge extra for "idle time," multiple prints, premium backdrops, upgrades, travel, setup and tear down. Make sure you examine the total cost and ensure it meets your needs to avoid an extra strain to your budget.
3. Technology. There is not a big wedding market for DJs who use an iPod attached to speakers to keep the crowd moving, or wedding photographers who use smart phone to capture your precious moments, and the same concept applies to photobooths. Technology is evolving, which allows for professionals to offer more options like green screen, slow motion, animated-GIF, social media sharing, etc. Take a look at what type of technology the company uses and explore what they can do for you.
4. Speed - A client normally hires a photo booth by the hour and you should consider how many photos can be taken within that time period. Experience, the type of equipment, accessibility, are several key factors in terms of speed. Some booths are tight and can only get three people in a photo or not handicap-accessible. Some use inkjet printers that take at least 1 minute to print. Bottom line, you may get more photos out of a 3-hour booking with one company than a 4-hour booking with another.
5. Design - You should plan ahead and research a company to ensure they can meet or even exceed your expectations. Some companies use a cookie-cutter approach while other are more creative. Ask for a design meeting or a portfolio of their past work. Your photobooth should reflect your style.
TIP: Legitimate vendors carry business license and liability insurance which are typically required by venues.
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