I don't care what you do, if it all possible, the one thing I highly encourage you to have at your wedding is a photobooth. I know it's trendy and overdone nowadays but it is only because your guests absolutely LOVE it! Whether you make your own 'faux-to-booth' or rent one like we did from a company like Cheesy Photobooths, it is the best investment you'll make for entertaining your guests. And it also serves as a great favor for them to remember your special day by. I personally loved it because it also served dual purpose as part of our guestbook so we'd have a pic of all of our guests from our special day.
But seriously, the entertainment value alone is phenomenal and ours was packed all night long. So without further ado, here are just some of the many, many different types and styles of people and photos we discovered after browsing through our photobooth photos:
You'll get people of all ages:
Moms (mine and my sister's mother-in-law):
Parents (of the groom and their friend):
Even sleeping babies!
By the way, how freaking cute is our banner at the bottom of the pictures?
And of course, you'll get the silly photos and crazy shots:
Little Miss and her dad:
The kids were in that thing all night long - like 20 times each!
(Our Junior Groomsmen, Mr Fix It's nephew)
My crazy cousin, the flower girl
This one is me and my bible study girls I lead:
Me and all my bridesmaids (and my cousin jumped in at the very end)!
My team of coordinators even jumped in at the end of the night:
For some reason, everyone thinks it's necessary to kiss and/or stick your tongue out in photobooths:
Truly disgusting...I don't need to see that!
You'll get sweet shots:
Me and Little Miss
And of course there's "What the hell is going on in this photo" shots:
Mr Fix It thought we were gonna get busy in there...silly boy!
And then finally, the "They were obviously hammered by this point" shots:
And then there's the random "Why are there totally different people in each one of these?" shots
I felt horrible about this one. These are Mr Fix It's friends. I didn't see anyone in line and didn't know they were inside and I barged in on them to take the pic of me and my girls right when they were kissing. What a horrible selfish bride! I apologized profusely and they were totally cool about it :)
Mr Fix It likes to think that he can raise his 'pimp hand' to me. He thinks it's hilarious...not really:
But my favorite of the entire night was my wedding coordinator's husband,
who brilliantly came up with this little beauty:
Now granted, not every single guest got in the photobooth which was a bummer. Some left early because of kids or early mornings the next day. Some said they were in line or on their way to the booth and then got sidetracked or ended up having to come in for the grand entrance, dinner, cake cutting, etc. To try to offset this, we had our company set up the booth and split our hours. We had the booth open at 4:30 and the ceremony was at 5 or 5:30 pm. They shut down for an hour during the ceremony and then reopened from 6:30 to 11:30 during cocktails, dinner and dancing. We booked them for a total of 6 hours and it was packed the whole time!
I only wish I would have taken more advantage of the booth myself :( Like much that was going on that day, I just never found enough time to focus on what I wanted and do all I wanted to. (sigh)
So, what are your thoughts? Did/Are you having a photobooth? When/How do you plan to incorporate it?
Today's Tip: Be sure to have lots of props on hand for a photobooth and set them out clearly and obviously. (I bought most of mine the day after Halloween at a costume store for a huge discount.) I also had a dry erase board (couldn't find a chalk board I liked) and markers for people to write messages on and somehow it did not get used in any photos! I think it ended up in the kids' play area or someone used the wrong pen on it and ruined it. Have a photobooth attendant there all night instructing guests on what to do, encouraging them to use props, etc. And tell them in advance about things like a chalk board or whatever. Be sure to have your DJ or emcee announce the booth is open as well and remind guests to go use it!
(We did have an attendant who came from the rental company but I don't think that I told him about the dry erase board and I was too caught up in everything else to realize it until later.)