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As you plan your wedding, it’s likely that you have a few key things at the very top of your to-do list: venue, photographer, catering, etc. But what you might not have considered yet is something that could add loads of fun to your reception: a photo booth!
If hearing the words “photo booth” make you think of those drab, cramped boxes at the arcade that take blurry, unflattering pictures, think again! Modern photo booths are sleek, open, and hi-tech. It’s like having a mini photo studio at your event, featuring professional cameras and lighting for high-quality shots, complete with awesome props.
From a black tie affair to a rustic gathering, a photo booth can fit in with any theme. If you’re debating whether a photo booth is a good fit for your event, consider these five reasons why you should spring for one:
1. Capture Unique Memories
Certainly, your professional or family photographer is going to capture those special moments from your event: your first look, first kiss, and first dance. But nothing beats the photos taken when you and your college friends grab a pair of Kanye sunglasses and a mustache-on-a-stick, and jump into a photo booth! The pressure to get into just the right pose comes off when the purpose of the photo is to be wacky and fun. Some of the most amusing and genuine moments of the night will be captured on the little strip that pops out of the printer.
2. Entertainment Variety
Great DJ? Check. Open bar? Check. Sounds like you’re on your way to planning a good time! But chances are, everyone isn’t going to dance for the entire event. And we all know what happens when someone spends a little too much time at the bar. What else is a guest to do? A photo booth adds variety and makes for a great activity for guests bouncing between the dance floor and the bar. Taking a break after the Cupid Shuffle for a quick photo shoot is sure to entertain!
Some aspects of a wedding reception can be very structured, particularly seating charts and buffet lines, all of which can cut into the opportunity for guests to socialize with people they haven’t met yet. There’s something about a photo booth that really brings people together! Aunt Sue and Tom from the office might discover a mutual love for 80’s rock while waiting in line for the photo booth, and that’s just priceless, isn’t it?
4. Easy Favors
We’ve all been to events where the thank you gift has been a shot glass, a bag of M&M’s, or something else that soon gets tossed or forgotten about. Thank your guests for coming in a much less cliché way by sending them home with a personalized photograph or two that serves as a constant reminder of how much fun they had at your event. Don’t be surprised to see that photo hanging on their fridge when you stop by to visit, even months later! Prints from a photo booth are customizable, and can include your names, event date, and can even match your colors and theme, making them the perfect keepsake.
5. Hi-Tech Perks
Many modern photo booths offer the option to quickly access your photos digitally, whether through a private gallery or a Facebook album, making it easy to share your big day on social media. Wedding hashtags and bridal party selfies are increasingly popular these days, so this feature is sure to up your insta-game!