While there are several types of photo booths available most people do not know the various options/types available. They just assume it’s a photo booth that it takes photos. Today we look at photo booth options and what is available so you know what to look for when you decide to hire one for your wedding/event.
The most that people know about photo booths is that you take 3 or 4 photos, it prints out a duplicate photo strip of your fantastic shots and that it. A lot of people think that this is all there is to photo booths; however, there are many options to enhance your photo booth experience.
What Photo Booth Options For Weddings Are Available?
It is funny how few people know this, but many photo booths can also record video. Many photo booths allow guests to leave video messages to the wedding couple, and are normally 10-15 seconds in length. However, many couples do not realise that photo booths can do this. The next time you speak to a photo booth supplier ask them if their photo booth can record video. Most of the time it’s free, but you just need to let them know so they can set up the video function for the event.
If you are looking for something a little different then a green screen might be for you. If a curtain backdrop or even the natural surroundings are not doing it for you, you can have a digital backdrop.
You can have any image or background possible You and your guests could be on a tropical island, outer space or just a beautifully designed background. If it is a themed wedding, then you can get a lot a background to match your theme such one from Twilight, Star Trek, Aladdin and so on.
Pro Tip: If you decide to have a green screen, advise your guests not to wear green. This is so your guests do not look like they are just a floating head.
There are two types of live displays. Firstly for traditional booths if you want to see what is going on inside the booth a live stream of what’s going on can be shown on a second screen. The second screen is generally set up on the booth itself.
The other type of live display is where all the photos taken from that wedding/event are shown on a second screen or projected onto a wall so all the guests will be able to see the photos during the night. The more photos that are taken means more photos will be in the rotation. What’s great about this is that everyone from young to old can see all the photos as the night progresses. Seeing the photos on a display can encourage guests who have not used the photo booth to give it a try.
Most people know you can have various options for a curtain backdrop. Many people do not understand HOW MANY colours and types a photo booth operator will have. For example, we have several coloured backdrops. While the top 2 colours are red and black, clients are typically surprised when we show them a multitude of colours. They can have various accents and can add a flower wall.
Accessories Including Photo Books/Albums
While most couples and their guests are happy with a photo strip, there are more options available to turn them into more treasured keepsakes. Many photo booth suppliers will offer a photo album. Then guests can keep a copy of their photo strip but also glue the second strip into the photo book with a loving message for the newly wedded couple. Also various photo frames from simple clear to magnetic are available.
As far as photo booth options go, this one is pretty unique. Some photo booth operators will offer this unique option to upload the photos live to Facebook or Twitter during an event. As a person has their photo printed, the picture is uploaded to social media. This way, the happy couple and guests can view, share and tag their photos live as it happens live.
Most guests take a photo of their photo strip then upload it, but as a result, you get this distorted low-resolution image. It prevents people from fighting over who keeps what photo as they can all download it online. Generally, you ask the couple for a custom hashtag, e.g. #JohnAndJane10102022 and when it uploads, guests can search for that hashtag and find the photos with ease. It adds that extra layer of interactivity between you, your guests and your wedding/event. We offer this as a standard inclusion with any booking of our photo booth.
This one is pretty obvious, and it should not be an option but rather included as standard when you book. The attendant will stay at your event with the booth to make sure everything runs smoothly (we offer attendants as standard). If there are any issues such as the photo booth stops working during the event, reloading photo paper, keeping the line going and organised an attendant is invaluable.
If your photo booth company does not have this as standard, then ask to have one. I strongly recommend going to a supplier who gives this as standard or at least offers this option. Booths need to be monitored because the last thing you want is for something to go wrong. Plus if something happens, people can’t take photos, and could be a waste of time, money and lost memories.
Props (Event Specific)
Surprisingly, props are sometimes optional, but I am more talking about event relevant props. For example, there are many types of events from weddings, Christmas, Halloween, and so on. While a skull and pumpkin may be perfect for a Halloween event, these props have no place at a wedding. While many photo booth operators offer props as a standard, ask them if they have wedding props. Get them to remove less relevant ones (e.g. Santa hat, Candy Cane or Pumpkin Mask). This way, your guests will have a great time, and the photos will fit into the theme of your wedding.
At Pink Caviar Events, we have our own photo booth that we affectionately call Photo Thingy, which is an open-air photo booth. It can also be hired for independently or part of your event/function if you use our on-the-day coordinator service, styling, and so on. Everything we mentioned above is something we offer. If you are looking at a photo booth and seeing what photo booth options will suit your needs at your next wedding or event, contact us today to see
Check out the links below to see what other options there are for photo booths:
- Types Of Photo Booths
- What To Look For In Photo Booths
- DIY Photo Booth: What It Really Takes To Make One
- Open Air Photo Booth: What Is It?
- Photo Booth Options For Weddings – You Are Here
- Photo Booth Options For Corporate Functions
What type of photo booth options have you heard of? Are there any that we did not mention on this list? Join the discussion below 🙂