Photo booths are nothing new, they actually came about as far back as the 1920s! How they’re used has changed somewhat, though. Traditionally you’d get 4 or so black and white pictures for a few cents. You’d find photo booths in malls, stations and movie theatres and they were a quick way of entertainment or a way of getting an ID card photograph done!

Photo booths and their use have evolved and they’re now seen at many events, none more so than weddings. Wedding trends come and go but nothing has made such a change to the traditional wedding as the introduction of a photo booth.

Nowadays, it could actually be said that a wedding isn’t a wedding without a photo booth. Guests have come to love them and expect them at events. So, without further ado let’s look at whether or not a photo booth is a good investment for a wedding.

The Pros

  • You will get more wedding photos – and they’ll be of a different caliber. Photos in photo booths are really fun and much less formal than your traditional wedding photos. Oftentimes the wedding photographer goes home after the first dance so having a photo booth will mean that the photos carry on until the end.
  • The prints can also be wedding favors – this means you’ll actually save money on buying additional gifts for your guests! Wedding favors can be tricky to sort, simply because it’s hard to choose something that everyone will appreciate. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t like a take-home photo as a memory of a great day.
  • A unique way of doing a guest book – encourage your guests to take a snap of themselves to stick in your guest book with an accompanying message. Not only will you have a lovely visual guestbook, but you’ll be able to remember exactly how everyone looked on your special day.
  • It’s great entertainment – if there’s downtime in your wedding between eating and the evening party, a photo booth is great. Also, some people are just not into dancing and so a photo booth will keep them entertained.

The Cons

  • Make sure you look into all of the expenses of a photo booth. You might need to provide a meal and refreshments for the person running the photo booth and you might need to pay for extras like printing or different backdrops etc.
  • A photo booth could stop people dancing

Conclusion

It was actually quite difficult to come up with a list of cons! The truth is the benefits of hiring a photo booth far outweigh any negatives. One of the cons was that a photo booth could stop people dancing but realistically, there can only be so many people in a photo booth at once.

Also, most people love dancing as much as they love a photo booth experience. So, in answer to the question “is a photo booth a good investment for a wedding?”. The straight forward answer is: yes!