When should you have your wedding photo booth? Thats a great question and knowing the answer will help keep costs down whilst also maximising the time your guests have to use the booth, and who wouldn’t want that?! Read on below to get Booth Boy’s take on the matter.
“From experience, we generally recommend the booth be open after the formalities and dinner ends so that guests can jump up and have fun with it”
As a photographer I’ve attended many events in the past in which a photo booth had be hired. The problem I saw many people encounter was selecting the wrong time period for the booth to be open. Early in the evening when guests first start arriving they are typically still warming to the event and don’t tend to make great use of the photo booth. Sure, there will be some outgoing groups who will leap straight towards the photo booth and pull their best pouts, these guests however are definitely the minority and at this stage of the evening most people tend to mingle or stay in small groups.
Lets add alcohol to the equation, ahh, sweet alcohol, social lubricant and catalyst for ridiculous times. Like it or not as the evening progresses people inherently start drinking, when they start drinking, they loosen up. As the evening wears on guests tend to start flocking to the photo booth for some disorderly and sometimes hectic fun. The problem is, in-between the start of the evening when everyone is stiff and the end when people have warmed up there tends to be large chunks of time eaten up with formalities and dinner, during this period guests must remain seated and using a photo booth is not an option. It would make sense then to question whether it’s worth having the photo booth open during this period?
“A good (photo booth) vendor however will come in early, prior to your guests arrival”
All this must be taken into consideration when planning your event and when selecting the best time to have a photo booth. From experience, we generally recommend the booth be open after the formalities and dinner ends so that guests can jump up and have fun with it, by this time everyone is relaxed and ready to party. Depending upon how long you wish to hire a photo booth for this may mean that it won’t be operating when guests arrive. A good vendor however will come in early, prior to your guests arrival and set up so everything is ready to roll when it’s time for the booth to open. This way there is no need to disturb your function by setting up whilst guests are present.
Of course the best option is simply to hire the photo booth for the duration of your event, this ensures that no matter when guests feel the urge they can jump in the booth and pose away. If on the other hand you only wish to hire the both for a few hours we certainly recommend that it covers at least some of the time later in the evening after formalities have finished, that way you’re sure to get the most guests through and get the best photographs possible.