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Essential or Extra: Photo booth?

Lynnie, on September 17, 2018 at 10:23 Posted in Wedding reception 0 24
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Let’s talk photo booths! Is having a photo booth at your wedding reception an absolute must-have? Or do you consider it a fun "extra" if the budget allows? Do you think photo booths are essential or extra?


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Latest activity by Alyssa, on May 14, 2019 at 09:47
  • Alyssa
    Curious October 2021 Ontario
    Alyssa ·
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    I absolutely LOVE photo booths and I always have a good time when there is one around. However, I've been thinking more and more about it and I've decided that its not something that we need at our wedding. Here's why:

    1. Our reception space isn't very big and there would be no place to set it up without clashing with the vibe and decor.

    2. I find them distracting at weddings. I want everyone to enjoy the company and dance all night long. Taking people away from the dance floor is the last thing I want.

    3. They are not cheap. Everyone has a phone with a camera - I'm leaning more towards creating our own backdrop and fun props to set up on the terrace of the venue if people will be looking for a good photo opportunity. Great way to cut costs.


    Happy Planning!

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  • Veronica
    Super October 2021 Alberta
    Veronica ·
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    Extra for sure. Not going to do photo booth or photo props etc, just isn't the style we are going for and lack of room at the venue for sure.

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  • Kaisha
    Super March 2019 Nova Scotia
    Kaisha ·
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    We will not have a"photo booth" but we will have an area with props for pictures.

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user September 2018 Quebec
    Melissa ·
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    Fun extra if budget allows. We had one, don’t regret it, but nowadays they have unique types of photobooths. I saw one that’s actually an interactive mirror and another one that is a rover.
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  • Becky
    Newbie September 2019 Manitoba
    Becky ·
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    Extra.

    There are so many activities that can go on during a wedding. 'Traditional' activities include dancing, dining. Photobooths are fun, yes, but they are overrated. Why not try something a lot more fun like board games, a kid's bouncy castle, or an outdoor game of dodgeball? The world is your oyster and there are so many fun things to do as a group.

    Everyone has a camera on their phone nowadays anyways. People take goofy or funny photos every single day. A photobooth no longer has the novelty it once had. People even take selfies at Starbucks for goodness sake.

    If you gave your heart set on it, Instead of a photo booth, set up a selfie station and save hundreds.
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  • BunnyBride
    Super August 2022 Nova Scotia
    BunnyBride ·
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    Extra, but an easy and inexpensive extra, which is why I imagine it caught on like wildfire lately. Don't know if we'll have it at our wedding or not. Could be fun with more family-friendly wedding directions, especially with kids and silly props.

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  • Sara
    Frequent user January 2021 Alberta
    Sara ·
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    An extra that is super overdone at this point. It was fun the first couple of times but the last few weddings I went to I hardly saw the thing get used at all. People seem to be pretty over that trend at this point and unless your photographer is throwing it in as a freebie I would say it isn't worth the dough.

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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
    Stephanie ·
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    Extra! A super-fun extra though.

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    Extra. It's cute when executed well, but sometimes they just look tacky.

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  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·
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    Extra, but we are doing one since our DJ provides a discounted photobooth with our package.

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  • Michelle
    Super September 2018 Alberta
    Michelle ·
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    100% Extra. Not necessary.

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  • Andrea
    Curious September 2021 Ontario
    Andrea ·
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    Definitely an extra! I'd rather put the money towards decor.
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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Extra since its one day where you want all your guests to enjoy the dance floor and their company.
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  • Alexandra
    VIP November 2019 British Columbia
    Alexandra ·
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    Definitely extra!
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  • K
    Expert June 2019 Ontario
    Kim ·
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    Extra. I so do not understand this trend
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  • Michelle
    Expert April 2019 Alberta
    Michelle ·
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    Extra. Even though lately it seems like a crazy idea not to have one at a wedding. I am over them. I will instead be doing different games!

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  • Sydney
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
    Sydney ·
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    Definitely an extra for us!
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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    Definitely extra, we aren't renting one but we are making a DIY photo booth because it's so much fun!
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  • Gina
    Super April 2019 Alberta
    Gina ·
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    Extra and so fun!!!
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  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
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    Extra! But unlike most people here I'm still super into them hahah!! Debating getting one still!
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  • Rekramer
    Expert November 2018 Ontario
    Rekramer ·
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    Extra, but people love it! we're so excited that we found an option that goes with our wedding theme.

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  • Valérie
    VIP September 2019 Quebec
    Valérie ·
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    Extra - I'm so over this trend.

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Extra fun that isn't needed. Its just a cost that would be savings towards major purchases.
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  • Tori
    Top October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori ·
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    Extra and overdone. We get photo booths at high school graduations nowadays so to have one at my wedding only 4 years later seems corny and tacky.

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