Photo booths are popping up everywhere. From wedding receptions to bar mitzvahs and celebrity events, they’re the perfect party favor. If you’re contemplating a photo booth for your next event, but not really sure how it works—here are 10 fabulous reasons to justify a photo booth for pretty much any occasion.
Photo booths are totally affordable.
Formerly the domain of celebrity get togethers or massive sponsored events—the fast rise in popularity has made photo booths accessible for any special occasion. The average cost is $300-$500, depending on length of time and features you decide on.
They rock for any occasion.
Weddings, corporate events, sweet sixteens, mitzvahs—these are just some of the events that Edwin Martinez of Platinum Foto Events in New Jersey suggests. Basically any time you gather a group of people together you have a good reason for a photo booth.
They require zero work on your part, and rental times flex with your schedule.
Most packages range from three to five hour sessions. Rick Johnson of Best Booth Plus in Chicago explains that set-up time does not cut into your rental time. A staff member is with the booth the whole time, making sure things run smoothly. His four and five hour packages are split-able so, “you can open for cocktail hour, close for dinner, and open again after dinner for the remainder of your time.” Pretty sweet.
You can customize photos to match your event.
Want your photo strips to match your wedding palette? Best Booth Plus can deliver. A custom logo on the bottom of the photo strip to make it more memorable for guests? Done. Get creative and carry your party theme through in little details like these.
You can find a booth that suits your fancy.
You have options! Platinum Foto Events offers an open air, curtained booth that fits up to 10 people, or a standard enclosed booth that fits four to five. They also offer an inflatable photo booth that lights up if you’re feeling extra cool. Find the booth that works best for your space and the number of guests you’re having—then go wild.
It’s entertainment and a party favor in one.
All companies offer unlimited photo strips throughout the rental, so your friends from college can go bananas if they like. Many companies offer scrapbooking supplies that guests add to as they go. At the end of the night you’ll have a fabulous keepsake. Best Booth Plus offers add ons such as bookmark sleeves or take home picture frames for guests. All companies offer the purchase of photos online after the event—so you and your friends can order additional prints (photo strip or standard 4”x6” photo size) to keep.
Props are included.
The best part of the photo booth is all the sassy props. According to Platinum Foto Events, it is standard to provide goofy glasses, masks, hats, and more to get the party rolling. Maybe even your Aunt Edna will loosen up! They (and other companies) also provide special theme event props at an extra cost.
You can bundle the photo booth with DJs and more.
Take the pain out of event planning. Get all your media and entertainment needs from one source. Companies like DJ Connection Live in New York offer full service packages that cover everything from a master of ceremonies, to the live band, and the photo booth and photography services. Done, done, done, and done.
Live feed photo projections add to the fun.
This alone is reason to have a photo booth at your next function. Platinum Foto Events does a slideshow projection of the photos that are snapped in the photo booth. Imagine all your crazy friends on a big screen of one wall of your reception. It will be good, silly fun.
You can make it personal.
In addition to custom colors and personalized borders—you can make your party pictures spectacular. Marinez says his favorite trend is the Roaring ‘20s theme, while Johnson said some of the best photos he’s encountered came from a steampunk wedding. Get creative and bring your own awesome props that will give your special event that extra sparkle.
Ready to add a photo booth to your next event? Here’s how to find one in your area.
Top photo: Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron photo booth via J-14