1. Have the photo booth available starting with the cocktail hour. Guests are often looking for something to do, and the curiosity factor is high. You get more bang for your buck starting early than going late when most guests are focused on dancing and/or saying good byes.
2. If possible keep the photo booth as close to the action as possible. You want the guest book to be full and your guests to go home with a stack of photo-strips. The closer the booth is to the bar or to the dance floor the more use it will get.
3. Think through beforehand who you want to get in the booth with at your reception. You’d be surprised how many brides and grooms almost forget to go in the booth at all because there is so much going on.
4. If you are picking out your own album for a photo guest book, I recommend using one with black pages – at least 20 of them. The photo strips and metallic gel pens for messages look fantastic on black pages.
5. If you are using the photo strips as your primary wedding favor, consider having the strip customized to include your names and the date – or a special message.
6. Tailor the photo strips to fit with the mood you are trying to set with your wedding. Color strips look great at any wedding, but we can also make them black and white, or sepia tone for a classic or retro touch.
7. To take your photo strip wedding favors to the next level, place 2″x6″ acrylic, photo strip frames at each place setting or some other style of 2″x6″ frame.
8. At the end of the evening, all the images will be placed on a CD to be used however you see fit. Consider projecting them onto a screen with an LCD projector for all to see toward the end of the reception.
9. Consider having duplicates of the photo strips printed out later to be included with thank you notes, birthday cards, holiday cards, etc.
10. As you consider your options: make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Not all photo booths are created equal – there is a photo booth for every price point – from “photo booths” that are assembled with pipe and drapes or a tripod and a back drop, to upscale, authentic, hard-sided photo booths. If aesthetics are important to you, ask your photo booth rental company to see a picture of the booth that will be at your event. Also make sure to ask for a sample of the photo strips they provide. Not all photo strips are created equal either. Image clarity and flattering lighting is not only important for the benefit of your guests, but it greatly enhances the quality of the photo guest book that is created for you.
11. Regarding props. If you go with them at all, go light. Going overboard with the props will result in a couple hundred strips of nearly anonymous people dressed up in the same costume. The magic of the photo booth happens when the curtain closes and another side of your guests personalities comes out. You want as much of the real them as possible.