You spend months or years 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 have you also wondered, “Do I need a photo booth at my wedding?

TLDR: Photo booths are awesome and you should definitely have one.

Let’s talk about why photo booths are the perfect match for weddings, how to make sure yours is the best it can be, and then finally all the ways you can get one for your wedding!

Why have a wedding photo booth? 🤔

There are three classic ingredients to a stellar reception: open bar, dance party, and a photo booth. Case in point: even Kim Kardashian and Kanye had a photo booth at their wedding!

Photo booths are a recommended on the regular by wedding planners. Megan Metzger from Pearl Events Austin 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? Let us count the reasons:

1. Photo booths up the fun factor 🎉

example of props for wedding photos

The cocktail hour can keep guests occupied and having fun between the wedding ceremony and reception. A photo booth can help fill in the gap, too, keeping guests entertained and the mood light. 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.

2. Photos are the best wedding favors 📸

Your guests will love having a take-home memento, whether its in digital or print form.

Setting up one photo booth sure is a lot easier than tying hundreds of ribbons around bottles of bubbles that probably won’t make it out the door.

Most cliche wedding favors end up in the trash, but people tend to hang onto a great photo–especially when they can simply text it to their phone from a touch screen photo booth.

Erin and Tom's wedding photos
Capture still or moving images with modern photo booths and add a custom logo or frame to each photo.

Most modern photo booth companies also provide access to an online wedding gallery after the big day, making it easy for you and your guests to relive the memories.

3. There’s too much happening for the photographer to capture it all 😱

A photo booth complements a wedding photographer perfectly. Your photographer will get a lot of great photos, but they’re going to be mainly focused on you and the main events on the dance floor.

All the fun happening behind the scenes? That’s where the photo booth comes in.

Having a photo booth for your wedding is a great way to make sure you’re getting beautiful pictures of every guest. 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

Now that you know why a photo booth is exactly what you need for your wedding, here are some tips to help you get the most out of it.

How to make your photo booth awesome

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 perfect location ✅

simple booth halo photo booth on display at wedding
High-traffic locations are ideal for your wedding photo booth, just make sure they aren’t in blocking the traffic flow.

Put your wedding photo booth in a high-traffic area, like near the bar or dance floor. Make sure that your guests can see it from where they’ll be hanging out. If your guests don’t see the photo booth they’re not going to use it.

Sometimes, a venue coordinator will try to get you to put your photo booth in a back room or closet where nobody will find it. Don’t let them do it! The key to having a lot of participation and photos is for people to see other people having fun and want to join in.

If possible, leave some open space around your photo booth. It will probably have a a line at some point and it will be more inviting if it’s easier to access. If guests have to fight their way through tightly packed tables, they’re going to be less excited to join in the fun.

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. Draw attention to your photo booth 🔥

three people engaging with simple booth halo
Wedding photo booths are fun for all your guests.

Getting the photo booth started is just like getting the dance party started, but easier! Enlist your DJ or emcee, wedding party, and close friends to start the photo booth fun and other guests will quickly join in.

Place 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.

Above all, the photo booth for your wedding should look inviting. We recommend having the area brightly lit and matching the backdrop 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!”

wedding photo booth setup location idea
Simple Booth HALO can be used indoors or outside.

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. Plan a custom photo booth backdrop 💪

The right backdrop is essential for your wedding photo booth. It’s going to be in every photo and should be beautiful and eye-catching.

austin and emily's wedding party using a photo booth
Get creative with your photo booth backdrops. Austin & Emily set up their HALO inside a cool vintage van!

Your backdrop can be as simple as a plain color. But, if you really want your personality to shine, bring the backdrop to life with decorations that capture your wedding’s style.

Just have a blank wall to work with? 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? Consider hiring a rental company that can take care of it for you, or use a software that supports green screen to make it ridiculously easy to add any background you want.

4. Handpick your props 🎭

People love grabbing props to pose with in front of the photo booth. However, your props will set the tone of your photos, so make sure you love them! Oftentimes photo booth rental companies will provide different options or accept requests for specific genres of props.

The downside to props is that they can get messy. Another route is to go minimalist and rely entirely on digital props. Digital props are like having Snapchat filters right in your photo booth! Your wedding guests will have a blast choosing stickers and graphics that can even track their face on GIFs or videos.

people using digital props to decorate photos
Choose from dozens of digital props on the Simple Booth HALO platform or upload your own.

Or, why not the best of both worlds? You can mix and match a few tasteful real-life props with a handful of digital options to up the creativity.

5. Stream a feed of the live photos 📺

Are you planning to have a slideshow at your wedding, telling the story of you and your love?

Get double-duty 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 📱

social sharing for wedding photo booth
Guests can use their smartphones to instantly receive and share their images at your wedding or afterward.

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 open and closed times 🚦

There’s a lot that happens at a wedding reception. Toasts, special dances, bouquet tosses, and a ton more.

Sometimes, you might want guests laughing and having fun in the photo booth. Other times, you might want them focused on what’s happening on the dance floor. 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 DJ or 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.

Two happy wedding guests smiling in a photo booth
It’s likely your guests are going to dance the night away, so be sure to keep your photo booth open late.

How to find your photo booth 🔎

Here are five ways to have an awesome photo booth at your wedding.

1. Set up a DIY photo booth 💡

It’s easier than ever to set up a DIY photo booth with an app like Simple Booth HALO for iPad.

Setting up a DIY photo booth can make sense if you want to save money, are planning a destination wedding somewhere remote, or want to keep your reception intimate without an extra photo booth attendant.

Modern photo booth apps can run on a tablet, be easily set up on a tripod, and basically run themselves–especially if you are only doing digital delivery and don’t need prints.

Guests use the photo booth platform by themselves which means your wedding planner—and YOU—can focus on other things.

Simple Booth HALO at a wedding reception
Simple Booth HALO offers an intuitive user experience for you and your guests.

Simple Booth strives for simplicity in our platform, taking guests through an easy process to get photos instantly to their phones. This leaves plenty of time for everyone to take and share multiple photos from your celebration.

2. Hire a local photo booth vendor 🚀

To keep your wedding day stress-free, you might consider renting a photo booth from a local vendor for your wedding. A professional photo booth rental offers a high-quality experience for you and your guests.

There are many local photo booth vendors to choose from, but their photo booth setups and services may vary greatly. Here are some questions you might want to ask a photo booth vendor:

  • Do you have photos from an event I can? Make sure you like how they look!
  • Do you offer motion formats like GIF and video, or only still photos?
  • Will I receive a digital gallery of my photos afterward?
  • What ways to you offer for guests to receive their photos?
  • Do you offer printing? Does it cost extra?
  • Does the photo booth include an attendant in case of technical issues?
  • What backdrop and prop options do you have available to choose from?
  • Will you design a custom theme or graphics for my wedding? Can I see examples from previous weddings?

3. Rent a photo booth online 🌎

As of recently, you can even rent a photo booth online that gets shipped to you in a box! For some weddings, it’s the perfect compromise between DIY and professional equipment.

4. Buy a photo booth 💰

This might sound completely crazy, but if you have an iPad you’re already halfway there. Plus, if you own a compact, portable photo booth ahead of your big day, you can make use of it at a lot more special events:

  • Bridal Shower
  • Bachelor or Bachelorette Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

Maybe you’ll even decide it makes sense to start your own photo booth company when friends and family are so impressed with your setup!

5. Boot up a virtual photo booth ⚡️

If your wedding is being live-streamed, you can still have a photo booth for remote attendees to take pictures. Virtual photo booths work for in-person events, too. For example, you could print a QR code on a sign at each table to connect guests to your very own virtual photo booth experience. It’s like the old-school disposable cameras, but 100x better!

With the Simple Booth platform, you can have an in-person photo booth and a virtual photo booth capture link both feeding into the same gallery.

Photo booths are worth it ⭐️

two guests enjoying a wedding photo booth rental
Guests have fun in front of a photo booth

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your entire life. You’ll want to document as much of it as you can. A photo booth can do that perfectly.

There’s also something about a photo booth that brings out the creative and quirky sides of people, and those are the things you’ll most 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 Booth is an easy way to create lasting memories with your guests. Make your wedding more fun.

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