Renting a Wedding Photobooth!

We don’t know where we want the venue of our wedding. We don’t know what themes or colours we want. We’re not sure what kind of food at the reception we should have. But what we do know (and have known, for a long time even prior to the engagement) is that we want a wedding photobooth!

This is mostly because of me. I love photos and photobooths. I think they’re becoming more common at weddings (and other events) these days, but a few years ago they were (to me) a pretty cool and different thing to have at a wedding. Mike agrees!

My wedding photobooth search in the past year (Mike and I have known we’ve wanted to get married for a long time, it was just never official until now but that didn’t stop me from looking wedding-related stuff up, lol) has led to about five Edmonton photobooth companies.

At this point we’ve narrowed it down to two local companies that could provide us with a photobooth on our special day:

Flashworks Photobooth

or

BMP Photobooth

We’ve actually had photobooth pictures taken from both of them – Flashworks while we attended the Bridal Show a couple months ago and BMP when we were at Capital Ex during the summer.

No decisions made on which to go with yet – and we won’t likely decide till a lot closer to the wedding date (which at this point is still an undetermined date in 2013), but it’s definitely something we’ll be budgeting for – and that I think would be a great addition to the reception.

Each guest/group of guests using the photobooth gets two copies. One copy they’ll be able to take home with them and the other copy we want guests to put in our wedding guestbook along with whatever message they end up writing! Something like this:

Photo Courtesy: Kelley Finnegan Blog/Sometimes Sweet Blog

There’s also this really cute Photobooth/Chalkboard idea
(thanks Angie for pointing it out to me!)

Photo Courtesy: welovelaughkiss blog + Love & Lavender

So we may include a chalkboard as one of the photobooth props available to our guests that day as well. :)

The way Flashworks/BMP’s rates look right now (before we try to haggle prices of course, lol) – is it’ll be about $700 for the lowest-end package. Both of those include unlimited number of photos for about 2-3 hours of booth rental time, digital copies, photobooth attendant, customized photo graphic/photo strip layout choice, choice of black and white or colour photos (colour of course!) and of course delivery, set up and tear-down.

I think these are all great features. The only thing I could see us wanting more of is how long the rental lasts and of course seeing if we can somehow get it for any cheaper, lol.

This is definitely something that I would prefer investing money into over say a fancy wedding cake. In fact I think we hardly care about the cake and at a lot of weddings I’ve been to, the cake has really just been an afterthought. Plus I’m not really big into sweets anyway. Mike had even suggested we can do wedding cupcakes instead of a cake – which I am also okay with!

Point is – I’d rather allocate more money towards the photobooth/photographer than on a really nice wedding cake. It’s far more important to me! :)

So have you been to a wedding where there was a photobooth? Was it a guaranteed hit? Have you had a wedding that featured a photobooth? Was it a great investment?

What do you think of having it weddings in general? Are there any other tweaks or ideas you’d suggest?

Feel free to leave a comment!! :)

– Linda

4 Comments

  • Julie K
    December 27, 2011 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Hey Linda it’s Julie!:)
    My brother has a small wedding DJ company and he uses a photobooth exactly like those ones, it’s around the same price for 3 hours. So you could get the photobooth as well as any music services and light services you want for a good package.
    His website is soundselectdj.com

  • December 27, 2011 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the mention! Im not going to say why you should or should not go with our photobooth etc cause either way, its a win win situation. What I do want you and your readers to know, that 2 hour photobooths are definitely not recommended. The party for the last year does not start until after at least 930, no matter how efficient the coordinator thought it would. Once Uncle Jack starts rambling, they speeches go on forever. So A four hour package is always ideal.

    I have had 2 hour packages this year and I feel so bad doing them, that I will do anything to talk the bride and groom out of them. The time goes so fast with the guests, that I feel bad when I have to take down after a 2 hour contract. They guests have just started to get used to them and then bye! Many times I add on the time, but an extra hour is not cost efficient and ends up as much at 4 hours.

    I hope this is good advice for someone someday. Congrats on the big day.
    BMP Photobooths.

  • Amanda Brown
    December 28, 2011 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Hey Linda, I agree, spend the money on the booth rather then a fancy cake like you said. Cupcakes are a great idea. I have been to a wedding with a cupcake cake and it was super cute. I also agree that you must have the booth for longer then 2 hours, at least 3 hours and I think from 830-1130 is probably the best time for it. That way dinner is done with and people are starting to get up and mingle.
    Love your future Sister : )

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