After watching countless episodes of Four Weddings, and seeing all the rave reviews of brides who had photo booths at their weddings, I was dead set I wanted one for our big day. Nick on the other hand, wasn’t so enthusiastic and needed some convincing. It wasn’t until we went to a wedding this past summer and had a blast taking photos with friends and the bride & groom did he change his mind. Let me just say the little photo strip of us with our friends was a phenomenal favor. We’ve had ours hanging on the fridge and it’s a fun little reminder of the great time we had together. I can’t help but smile every time I look at us with the goofy props we had on!
Next, the question came, do we rent a booth or DIY? While building a photo booth sounds like it would save a lot of money, there are still quite a few costs involved such as having a computer/iPad to run the booth, software licenses, lighting, printer, paper, ink, props, backdrops, and so forth. Not to mention you either have to steal someone away from your wedding to man the photo booth, or hope your guests can figure out how to operate it on their own. As with all tech equipment, there’s always glitches and personally I didn’t want Nick or myself running back and forth to the booth all evening checking on how it’s running and loading paper into the printer. Plus, someone still needs to tear it down and pack everything up at the end of the night. Do I really want to worry if someone will remember to grab my laptop or not?
So, for the sake of an easy operation, time, and a proven systems used multiple times already, we’ve chosen to rent a photo booth. After doing a search on Craigslist I found the local company, Party Booth Pro.
Party Booth Pro offers a variety of hourly rates:
2 hours – $350
3 hours – $475
4 hours – $600
Additional hours – $125
They also offer extras such as unique wedding logos, a photo album, and box of props!
We opted for a three hour rental to be set up after dinner (We figured by that time guests will start feeling a little more ‘bold’ after having a full belly and a few drinks). Included with our rental is unlimited photo sessions, a USB of all photos taken, booth delivery, set up, break down, and pick up, plus staff to operate the booth and it’s all 100% guaranteed satisfaction!
After chatting with Zac from Party Booth Pro, I learned that their booth was designed and built by a Chrysler Engineer. How cool is that?! They’ve been in business for roughly one year, and have been growing steadily. The impression that I gained from them was they really love what they’re doing (Hanging out at different parties watching people make funny faces sounds like it beats a desk job to me!). Zac made a very valid point when explaining how a photo booth captures memories of people who don’t dance or typically steal the spotlight from the videographer. I’m looking forward to seeing what some of our shyest guests will do once they’re behind the curtains! Plus, by having professional attendants at the booth, they can help coax people into the booth for photos, help them think of funny poses to do, chat with guests and just generally help add to the experience of our guests. Then at the end of the night, they pack up and I don’t have to worry about a thing!
If you’re in the Kalamazoo, Port Huron, or Greater Detroit Michigan regions, I suggest checking out Party Booth Pro!
In exchange for sharing my thoughts on Party Booth’s services and offerings, I was given a discount on our reservation. Rest assured all opinions are 100% my own and are in no way influenced by this exchange.