If you're planning a wedding, quinceanera, party or event, you should definitely consider entertainment beyond a DJ. Not everyone dances, or is able to dance, so it's good to have other entertainment options, such as a photo booth, lawn games, giant games, or even karaoke. The more entertainment options you have, the longer your guests will stay and have fun, celebrating with you! When renting a photo booth, there are a few considerations to think about. Let's discuss those.
Traditional vs. Open-Air Photo Booth
When renting a photo booth for your event, you have two styles to choose from. You can choose the traditional, booth style photo booth, which is similar to the ones you've seen at the movie theater or the mall. These walk-in style booths are more compact, and generally fit about 2-4 people in each picture. These photo booths are better for smaller events, with fewer than 100 people. You can certainly rent it for larger events, as well, but you'll most likely need more hours, since each photo session (3 different poses) takes about 1 minute, from start to the final printout (the printouts take about 10-15 seconds).
The open-air photo booth is a stand-alone photo booth with a backdrop. The open-air photo booth takes up about an 8X8 foot area, so if space is a consideration and you have a really small area, think about where the best placement will be for your photo booth. The open-air photo booths can fit about 10-12 people in the pictures. The open-air booths are more popular for weddings and events, since more people can take photos at one time. We recommend 2 hours for events with about 120 people or fewer. You can always add time, if needed.
Photo Booth Backdrop Colors and Styles
When it comes to photo booth backdrops, there are numerous options to choose from. We have several colors and different materials, as well. Some events have provided their own banner, as well as no backdrop (such as using a brick wall or a wooden fence). Usually, corporate events use their own banners, with the company logos.
For weddings and events, you should consider your theme colors, if possible. Also, you should consider your colors that people will wear, such as the bridesmaids, groomsmen, or your court members (for quinceaneras). Stay away from colors too similar to what your guests will be wearing.
We have a variety of colors and style to choose from. We have flat colors, such as white or black, polyester/cotton backdrops, and we also have sequin backdrops, which are the most popular. In the sequin backdrops, we have Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Champagne, Pink, Maroon/Burgundy, Red, and two-tone colors Gold/Silver, and Gold/Black. We'll add pictures of each color, onto our photo booth page, soon.
Choosing Photo Booth Props
The next thing to consider is your photo booth props. Some photo booth companies provide props, while others may not. Be sure to ask what is included with your photo booth rental. We provide free props for every photo booth booking. We've worked with other companies, and we've noticed they usually provided very few, usually less than 10 props, which is surprising. We provide over 40 fun props, for each event.
If you're looking for specific props, perhaps to fit with your theme, be sure to ask your photo booth provider if they are able to include custom props. There's usually a fee, if they have to order custom props. We've provided Hawaiian Luau party props, masquerade ball props, roaring 20's theme props, 50's theme party props, and more. Be sure to ask about a custom photo booth frame, as well. Your photo booth company may be able to provide a custom photo booth frame for your event, which includes your name, date, your hashtag, or whatever you'd like. We also offer this if our clients want to add it! We recently wrote a blog about custom photo booth frames, this month, so be sure to read that for more information.
Add a Custom Photobook
Whether you call it a "photobook," a photo album, photo booth scrapbook, or whatever you refer to it as, a photobook is a great addition to your photo booth rental! You can order a custom photobook from us, or you can easily find one on places such as Etsy. You can usually customize it with your name, date, or any text you'd like to add. The inside pages can have slots to add your photo strips (2X6), and you can also make it a fun scrapbook, by simply adding markers, glue sticks or whatever else you can think of. We'll be happy to facilitate the scrapbook process, if you choose to add this. Just let us know.
Overall, these are the main things to consider when considering a photo booth rental for your wedding, quinceanera, party or event. Though we serve the Austin and central Texas area, these considerations apply to photo booth rentals everywhere. Be sure to check out our blog about questions to ask your photo booth provider, so you'll know exactly what you're getting for the price you're paying! As always, contact us with any questions and we'll be happy to help!
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