You spend months planning your wedding. The cake, the colors, the food, the music—even the lighting!
And let’s not even get started on the beauty that is your dress.
It’s all for a single day. The day you marry your best friend and party your socks off with your friends and family.
Of course, you’re going to have a photographer to document everything, but there’s a question on your mind “Do I need a photo booth at my wedding?“
The short answer is yes.
Let’s talk about why…
Why Have a Photo Booth at a Wedding
There are three marks of a great wedding: an open bar, dancing guests, and a photo booth. Even Kim Kardashian and Kanye had a photo booth at their wedding!
Photo booths are a regular recommendation by wedding planners, too. Megan Metzger from Pearl Events Austin even says that a photo booth is a must-have for her own wedding.
“Instead of having a camera in your face, like on the dance floor with a photographer, people really let loose and, for some reason, people feel more comfortable behind it,” Megan said.
Why are photo booths so popular? There are three very simple reasons:
Photo Booths Up the Fun Factor
All weddings have downtime. Photo booths are a great way to keep guests occupied and having fun during the cocktail hour. It’s a perfect distraction while you and your newly minted spouse are snapping those breathtaking photos that will make your nana cry.
But the fun doesn’t stop there.
Throughout the reception, your photo booth will be the gift that keeps on giving—to you and your guests.
Plus, your friends and family will appreciate being able to take professional-level photos of themselves all dolled up or with fun digital props.
The Photos Are Easy, Cost-Effective Wedding Favors
Since most photo booths can print out multiple copies of the photos, you can keep a copy of the photos as a memento—and your guests can, too!
And it’s a lot easier than tying ribbons around bottles of bubbles.
So many wedding favors end up in the trash, but people tend to hang on to a photo.
Simple Booth offers photo booth rentals for weddings that come with unlimited prints. Your guests can print their photos right there at your wedding for no extra cost.
You’ll also have access to your online wedding gallery after the big day, making it easy for you and your guests to print copies later.
You could even print the best photos of each guest and gift them to your guests. Adding a custom frame as a thank-you for joining in on the celebration, is a nice touch.
You Can Create Lasting Memories With Your Guests
Your wedding photographer will be sure to get pictures of each guest table and lots of candids of people dancing, but their focus is rightfully on YOU.
Having a photo booth for your wedding is a great way to make sure you’re getting beautiful pictures of everyone. It’s like getting an extra set of wedding photos (likely for a fraction of the cost).
“I don’t think anything’s better than the bride and groom getting the [photo booth photos from their wedding] a day or two after, and they can go through all of those photos and see how much fun everyone had. Those photos are so funny!”Katie Fingerhut, Weddding Planner at Pearl Events
With a wedding photo booth rental from Simple Booth, you have access to your custom online gallery. This makes it super easy for your guests to share and engage long after the celebration is over.
Each guest gets a link to their own photos in the gallery. They’ll also find sharing options and a way to view more photos in the gallery.
Now that you’re convinced a photo booth is exactly what you need for your wedding, here are some tips to help you get the most out of it.
Photo Booth for Weddings: Tips to Capture the Joy of Your Day
You want your wedding day to be as stress-free as possible, right? The good news is that with Simple Booth HALO and a little planning, your photo booth will basically run itself.
1. Choose the Right Location for Your Wedding Photo Booth
Put your wedding photo booth in a high-traffic area, like near the bar or dance floor. And wherever you put it, make sure that your guests can see it.
Weddings can get a bit hectic; if your guests don’t see the photo booth they’re not going to use it. We recommend putting your photo booth 5-10 feet away from one of the busiest areas in your reception venue.
But choosing the right spot for the photo booth isn’t all you need to think about. If guests have to fight their way through tightly packed tables, they’re going to be less excited to join in the fun. Keep space around your photo booth and make it easy to get in and out of the seating area.
Hot tip: In a ballroom or traditional event space? Keep your photo booth away from the head table. Your wedding photographer will thank you.
2. Make the Photo Booth Setup Inviting
In order for your wedding photo booth to be successful, you’ll want your guests to jump in and have fun with it. Even the shyest guest will feel obliged to stand in front of the camera if you’re using the photos for a wedding scrapbook.
Let guests know that you need their help to build memories of your special day. Enlist your emcee, wedding party, and close friends to keep the photo booth fun going.
You’ll want to have signage and reminders throughout your venue to let guests know where the photo booth is and to encourage them to take advantage.
Of course, the best thing you can do is have an eye-catching photo booth that can capture the attention of your guests all on its own. Simple Booth HALO is a sleek and streamlined photo booth platform that does exactly that.
Above all, the photo booth for your wedding should look inviting. We recommend having the area brightly lit and matching the photo booth area to your wedding’s style. You want your wedding photo booth to be another part of your reception venue that people will look at and say, “that’s beautiful!”
Whether your wedding is formal or boho, you’ll want to create that same feeling with your photo booth.
A great way to do that is our next tip…
3. Make Your Own Wedding Photo Booth Backdrop
The right backdrop is essential for your wedding photo booth. It’s the focal point of your photo booth and should be beautiful and eye-catching without detracting from everything around it.
Your backdrop can be as simple as a blank wall. But, if you really want your personality to shine, bring the wall to life with decorations that capture your wedding’s style.
Not sure what you can do with a blank wall? Here are some ideas:
- Fun, removable wallpaper
- Hanging fabric
- Vinyl decals
- Fringe curtains
- Hanging fresh flowers (or a flower wall)
For an outdoor wedding and reception, you can use the natural beauty around you as a backdrop. Or, hang some frames from a nearby tree to create a simple photo booth scene.
Looking for something a bit more complex? Put together four wooden pallets and decorate it with flowers for a rustic but elegant backdrop. You can do the same with reclaimed wood.
And the beauty of rustic elegance is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just make sure you’re not leaving any exposed nails!
Not interested in building your own photo booth backdrop for your wedding? A rental photo booth is just what you need.
In fact, Simple Booth HALO offers a green screen that makes it ridiculously easy to add any background you want.
4. Use Props for a Creative Edge
The right props can make or break your wedding photo booth experience. If you’re renting Simple Booth HALO for your wedding, be sure to check out our digital prop offerings.
It’s basically like having Snapchat filters right in your photo booth! Your wedding guests will have a blast using digital props that will follow them on GIFs or still images.
Of course, there’s also a case to be made for the messy prop tables people are used to. So, why not the best of both worlds? You can always add props and costumes to your photo booth rental or bring in your own props to up the creativity.
5. Create a Live Event Feed
Are you planning to have a slideshow at your wedding, telling the story of you and your love?
Get more out of that big screen by setting up a live feed from your wedding photo booth. You and your guests will enjoy (and laugh at) all the fun being had at the photo booth.
People love seeing their images popup up on the big screen in real-time and it will encourage other guests to join in!
6. Make it Easy for Guests to Share
While you want to provide physical pictures for your guests—and you—to keep, it’s also a lot of fun to see those amazing shots spread on social media.
Your wedding photo booth should give guests an easy way to get their pics online.
With Simple Booth HALO, your guests can get photos sent straight to their phone, immediately. This gives them easy sharing options to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. And, their post will include the title, description, hashtag, and even the branding from your wedding!
You can even send your photos to an online gallery. The gallery includes custom banners and links pointing to your wedding website. Don’t worry about your nosy ex—your gallery can be public, private, or unlisted to keep your photos your own.
7. Schedule Your Wedding Photo Booth Open Times
There’s a lot that goes into a wedding reception. Toasts, special dances, bouquet tosses, and a ton more.
Make sure that your guests know when your wedding photo booth will be closed.
You don’t want wild laughter interrupting that romantic first dance as a married couple, after all.
Your emcee is a great resource to keep guests on task. Use them to remind guests of the best times to use the photo booth: cocktail hour, after the formal program, or during dinner are the best.
8. Get an Easy-to-use Photo Booth Platform
One of the best ways to ensure that the photo booth for your wedding will go off without a hitch is to get an easy-to-use photo booth platform.
A professional photo booth rental offers a high-quality experience for you and your guests. With Simple Booth HALO, little to no hands-on management is necessary once it’s set up at your wedding.
Guests use the photo booth platform by themselves which means your wedding planner—and YOU—can focus on other things.
We strive for simplicity in our platform, taking guests through a simple process to get their photos instantly to their phones. This leaves plenty of time for everyone to take and share multiple photos from your celebration.
9. Shortcut to the Best Wedding Photo Booth Experience
We know how fun it can be to DIY… But to keep your wedding day stress-free, we recommend renting a photo booth for your wedding.
There are several to choose from, but Simple Booth HALO is hands down the best wedding photo booth solution. It uses an intuitive iPad app, optimized lighting, and social technology to create a visually stunning and unforgettable experience.
Simple Booth knows that your wedding is special, which is why we design a new theme just for you. From the welcome screen to the pictures your guests share online, to the online gallery where the images are hosted—everything is built with the look and feel of your wedding.
With Simple Booth’s wedding photo booth in a box, you’ll get everything you need:
- an iPad with Simple Booth HALO pre-installed
- built-in HALO lighting
- and a return shipping label to make it easy to send back.
And we’ll pre-load your wedding’s theme and graphics so everything is ready to go out of the box.
Looking for a full-service photo booth rental for your wedding that’s complete with an attendant? If you live in Dallas, Houston, Austin, or Denver areas, Simple Booth can help. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Are Photo Booths Worth it for Weddings?
Your wedding day is the happiest day of your entire life. You’ll want to document as much of it as you can. There are tons of other reasons that a photo booth for weddings can set your special day apart.
Having a photographer is great of course, but there’s just something about a photo booth that brings out the most creative and quirky sides of people. And those are the things you’ll want to remember about the people you’ve chosen to share your special day with.
Whether it’s your wedding or you’re just helping out a friend, it’s easy to be the one to bring the fun to all the wedding day events. Simple Boooth is an easy way to create lasting memories with your guests. Make your wedding more fun.Get Simple Booth