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“Make room in your wedding budget for a photo booth. Guests love it and you get photographs of everyone that was there!”
Photo booths have become quite popular for wedding receptions–and for good reason. They’re an easy way to entertain your guests and the photographs make fun keepsakes. Getting the right booth for your wedding takes just a little research, and Tracy Griffen, owner of T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth, shared her tips and advice so you can get a booth rental that you’ll love.
Choosing a Photo Booth Company
When choosing which photo booth company to use, do some homework before you hire one for your wedding. “Read reviews and get referrals,” suggests Tracy. “And ask questions.”
The questions Tracy gets asked most often are how many people can fit in her booths and how many photo strips are included. Both her “closed tent” and “open air” style booths fit 12 guests, but other companies will differ. The number of photo strips included with each group will vary, as well. Some companies will offer a standard number, like one or two photo strips per group through the booth. Tracy makes sure every single person that is photographed in her booths has a photo strip. If 9 people are in the booth together, she prints 10 strips, one for each person, plus one for the scrapbook.
Not all photo booths or photo booth companies are the same. The options that Tracy feels are most important and set T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth apart from other photo booth companies are the scrapbook and customized options she offers.
“I like to include a scrapbook that’s custom to the wedding theme because it’s something the bride and groom can take home right away,” Tracy says. “I make sure everyone signs it, so it has all the funny things guests wrote and photos of everyone that was there. I love giving the couple the book at the end of the night and knowing it will create memories.”
Tracy also can match the photo strip, as well as the background for her photo booth, to each wedding. “I can customize the photo strip to include the same font and design elements the couple use on their wedding invitations, so the whole look is very cohesive.”
The most popular time to have the photo booth available for your guests to use is during the dance portion of your reception. “Sometimes couple will choose to have the booth during the social, or cocktail, hour. At that time, it’s most often used by children. The best time, though, is probably once the dance gets started, when guests are more relaxed. It’s great entertainment for those that are not dancers, but are looking for something fun to do.”
Tracy loves the atmosphere at weddings and being there with her photo booths. ‘Everyone is happy and having fun,” she says. “Make room in your wedding budget for a photo booth. Guests love it and you get photographs of everyone that was there!”
Check out the T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth video above to see more about the booths they offer!
A’s to my Q’s: Tracy says…
You should never get married without: a ring.
To have an unforgettable wedding, sometimes you have to: let your hair down.
Electric Slide, Chicken Dance or watching from the bar? Watching from the bar