If you are thinking of ways to provide some evening entertainment for your wedding guests then hiring a photobooth is a popular choice and always a lot of fun.
I remember seeing one for the first time at a wedding I was photographing in Derby. I was absolutely amazed at it and it was so popular that there was literally a queue of guests patiently waiting for their turn. When it was my turn to get married, I made sure we hired one too. In fact, some of my favourite photos from the day was from the photo booth. The one of my gran in a red cowboy hat, not really realising what a photo booth is! And the one of my new wife and my kids all pulling faces! Far more us than the formal smiling at the camera photos!
Years later, there are many variations of the humble photo booth. The Magic mirror or selfie pods. You can even get them in camper vans and taxi’s! It’s fair to say that photo booths are just as popular now as they have ever been. There are also no shortage of photo booth companies either. It’s a very competitive market and from experience, some suppliers are amazing. Others seem to be a bit of a flop. It’s therefore important to choose the right supplier. but how can you be sure?
In this post, I decided to reach out to one of the most well known Photo booth businesses in the country to lend us their expertise on what to consider before you hire a photo booth for your wedding! PictureBlast photo booth hire offers a range of booths from Party Booths with wind machines, magic mirrors with sign feature touch screens and selfie pods with video messaging.
Over to you Dan! Give us your top 5 things to ask before booking a photo booth!
1. Are they a well-established company? Do they have good reviews?
Always do you homework, check that the company have some events under their belts and that you read their reviews. You should be able to easily find a company’s reviews via a quick search on google. Don’t be afraid to ask your venue for help or advice on companies they have worked with before. As a general rule, a well-presented company on social media and the web will normally be the better company to work with. Never rush your decision and always compare at least two companies to ensure you are getting the best deal for your needs.
2. What booths do they offer?
There are so many booths that are available for hire, and they all vary in quality. Do not fooled that a photo booth is a photo booth. Some booths use less quality cameras and some use fewer quality printers – so be careful. There are booths that come with cool additional features like wind machines for that glamour shots, some come with video messaging and others come with signing interactive touch screens.
3. What is include in the package?
Many companies give you a total price for a certain number of hours but be sure to double check that there are no hidden costs such as printing cost or travel costs. Most companies will offer a minimum package time and price. Normally this would be about £300-400 for 3 or 4 hours, this should include everything you need like prints, props and a guest book. Also ensure that any travel charges are either included or are fair.
4. Are they responsive?
Did the company respond to your calls, emails or enquiry in good time? You need to be able to trust a supplier and a good company should always ensure that they are responding to customers as soon as possible. Never be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure of any details.
5. Have you seen examples of their work?
Check out their website and social media for images, a company should be proud to show off their work and a photo booth company should be no different. You can even ask for a sample of prints to be posted to you and ask for a copy of a digital file, make sure your happy.