Pulling off a large, complex wedding or an elegant, small affair requires juggling myriad details, including the officiant, food, drink, wedding cake, entertainment, transportation, rehearsal dinner, photography, equipment rentals, venue reservations and more. A wedding event coordinator can help you keep track of these details, overseeing the planning process and managing everything on the day of your wedding. Each wedding coordinator (and wedding) is different, but in general you can expect an event coordinator to:
- Help you devise a realistic wedding budget and hold your vendors to it.
- Map out a master plan that includes all of the details including ceremony music, favors, the guest book and more.
- Suggest ceremony and reception locations that fit your wedding size, budget and vision.
- Suggest florists, photographers, bands, caterers and other vendors that fit your budget.
- Negotiate vendor contracts for the best deals.
- Create a timeline for the day of the wedding that includes each vendor and member of your wedding party.
- Mail invitations and track RSVPs.
- Answer questions about wedding etiquette and current wedding trends.
- Manage the wedding day from supervising vendors and setup to handling last-minute emergencies.
A party photo booth is a fun, interactive experience where guests can take a series of photos (usually three or four) that are immediately printed out on a strip as a keepsake. When you rent a party photo booth, the company sets up the booth or photo station at your event; a photographer staffs the booth and coaches guests on how to use it throughout the event. Often the photo booth rental company provides props like silly hats, wigs and glasses. There are different types of party photo booth rentals. An open-air booth has a curtain or backdrop that allows more freedom of movement and enables more people to use it at one time. The traditional enclosed photo booths that you may have seen at the mall or the fair tend to cost more to rent, as they are harder to transport and also cost more for the pros to purchase. The national average cost for party photo booth rentals is $400-$500.
Even if you’ve handled every detail of planning your wedding, you might appreciate having a day-of wedding coordinator in your corner. Usually, the coordinator meets with you a few weeks before your wedding to put together a detailed timeline of everything that needs to happen on your wedding day. Then, on the big day, the coordinator makes sure everything goes according to plan — and handles any emergencies that pop up, such as party crashers, missing tuxedos, late vendors, disappearing bridal party members and more. Most wedding coordinators also handle:
- Distributing the wedding day timeline to all of your vendors.
- Coordinating all of your vendors, including the photographer, florist and baker.
- Conducting the wedding rehearsal.
- Helping the bride and her wedding party get dressed and take photos.
- Checking floor plans, lighting levels, cake placement, menus, favors and more.
- Collecting the wedding gifts and keeping personal items safe and accounted for.
Even if you don’t think you need a wedding coordinator, check with your venue. Some require that couples hire a day-of wedding coordinator for the day of the event.
Renting a party photo booth for your next event will get your guests engaged and provide a take-home favor for attendees. The cost to rent a party photo booth will vary depending on the type of booth, the day and time of year, the length of the rental, and any add-ons you select. The national average cost for party photo booth rentals is $400-$500. Here are some examples of average party photo booth rental costs:
- Weekday packages: $300-$550, depending on features included and length of rental. A three-hour weekday package for $500 could include guest book, personalized photo strips and DVD of all the photos.
- Weekend packages: $450-$700, depending on features included and length of rental.
- Additional hours: $100-$150 per extra hour.
- Add-on features:
- Photo guest album services: $75.
- Personalized photo strips: $30-$50.
- Custom photo backdrops or vinyl skin branding of the booth: $150-$300.
- Live social media connectivity (ability to share photos to social media accounts): $100-$250.
Creative or DIY-savvy couples can make a wedding photo booth backdrop in no time. You can ask your rental company to incorporate a custom backdrop into your rental party photo booth, or do your own custom photo booth with a friend serving as photographer. It’s easiest to make your own backdrop for an open air photo booth, which you can hang on a wall at an indoor reception, or hang from a tree or in a homemade frame at an outdoor reception.
One simple yet glamorous option is a tinsel curtain. Choose silver or gold for classic elegance, or go for a wild color like bright pink. For a more refined look, you can purchase three or four yards of a luxe fabric that fits your wedding color theme. Creative couples may want to get funky and spray-paint or hand-paint designs onto a cotton canvas backdrop. Don’t forget to provide props for your guests; the props are half the fun and encourage guests to get playful for the camera. Paint an oversized picture frame gold (don’t forget to take out the glass!) for your guests to hold up. Provide a chalkboard where they can write cute messages to hold in their photo, and colorful items from your costume box: think hats, wigs, funky sunglasses, and sequined accessories.