A photo booth is a wonderful item to include in your wedding reception. It will help loosen your guests up, give them an activity to do when they need a break from dancing, and leave them with a fun souvenir from the fabulous night. I spoke with Nashville photographer Arline Beets of Ace Photobooths to learn a few handy tips for selecting a photo booth for the big day. Also, to learn more about Arline and her photography, check out an earlier interview we did with Ace Photography on creating unique photos for you and your groom!
1. Decide what type of photo booth you’re looking for.
Arline tells us that one of the first steps in photo booth success is determining what booth structure will best fit your needs. She explains that when people use the phrase “photo booth” nowadays, it can mean so many different things. For some, it’s simply a photographer with a camera and a fun backdrop. For others, it’s an actual booth guests enter to have their picture taken in that can be partially or completely enclosed.
2. Match the style of your photo booth to your wedding.
Are you planning on a glamorous black-tie event for your big day, or will it be more of a laid-back beachy affair? Will your wedding reception be in an enormous hotel with plenty of space, or are you planning an outdoor post-ceremony celebration? Arline tells brides it’s essential to figure out the feel of your wedding before deciding on a photo booth to ensure the styles of both will mesh. If you’re planning an outdoor reception, make sure you check to see if electrical outlets will be available to make use of your photo booth.
3. Find out if your booth will be completely self-contained.
Arline explains that a fully-enclosed or self-contained photo booth is usually the best way to go when it comes to wedding receptions. With all the equipment that accompanies the booth, extra tables may be needed to be set up near the booth to place cords and other pieces of necessary equipment. A self-contained both that contains the camera and everything else gives a much neater appearance and will take up less space in your venue!
4. Check to see if your booth has any special features.
With Ace Photobooths, Arline tells us that a large screen is provided outside the booth so guests who are waiting in line can be entertained by seeing what’s going on inside the booth. You’ll want to check with your photographer to see if the photo booth provides any extra features such as this to make your photo booth experience even more spectacular!
5. Find out what the inside of the booth looks like.
Some photo booths provide a bench or stool for your guests to sit on while getting their photos taken while others have users simply stand. Arline tells us to be sure to check out the inside of your photo booth before the big day to make sure your seating preferences are all set as well as see how many people can fit in the booth at one time.
6. Ask the photo booth provider how you and your guests will receive images.
While sitting in a photo booth adorned with a hot pink boa and sunglasses and flashing your cheesiest grin is sure to be a blast, you and your guests will really be waiting for the actual images that come afterwards! Arline encourages brides to ask to see samples of photo booth images beforehand to see what their printouts will look like and check out any custom templates, fonts, and backgrounds the photographer may be able to provide. Also be sure to ask if guests will able to receive printouts of images right after their photo is taken or if they’ll have to go online and download them.
7. Determine the length of time the photo booth will be needed and how flexible the provider will be with time if your photo booth needs change throughout the night.
Arline explains that it’s essential to figure out a time frame for the use of the photo booth in your wedding reception. Because your guests are probably going to have such a fabulous time using the booth, you’ll want to check with the photographer to see how much extra it will cost if you decided to keep the booth around for a little while longer than originally intended. In addition, you should be sure to see if the time allotted includes set-up and take-down of the booth, or if that is something the photographer will arrive early and stay late to take care of.
To find out more about getting into the photo booth fun with Ace Photobooths, take a look at their website, and give them a call at 615-851-2774. Tell Arline The Pink Bride sent you!
All photos courtesy of Ace Photography, obtained via e-mail.