Party Essentials: Photo Booths
Whether you are throwing a corporate event, charity fundraiser, wedding, or children’s birthday party, one thing that you should never leave out is a photo booth. Not only do photo booths fit with any party or event theme, they serve multiple purposes: they capture memories from the event, provide entertainment, break the ice between guests who don’t know each other, and even provide event decor.
If you do plan to include a photo booth in your next event (which you most definitely should), here are 5 things to consider:
1 – Be Creative With the Props
We all know that boas, hats, and funny sunglasses make a photo booth even that much more fun, but why stop there? Consider providing guests with bubbles, champagne bottles, dry erase and chalk boards for guests to create their own signage, or even shaving (or whipped) cream if you are feeling brave. Really, the sky is the limit where props and extras are concerned and the more creative you are, the more creative your guests will be and the more memorable the photos.
2 – Don’t Hide the Photo Booth
We often see some of the best and most creative photo booths hidden in the back corner of a party. This means one thing – fewer photos (or at least more photos of the same people). People who don’t naturally jump in front of a camera will steer away from an activity that is hidden in the back and those who love a camera will run to it and spend their whole night snapping photos of themselves while other guests go unseen.
Consider placing the photo booth front and center. Make it one of the main attractions and steer guests towards it when they walk in the door. This is the best way to get everyone involved and having fun creating some event memories (and they and you will have the pictures to prove it).
3 – Use Your Booth as Event Decor and Entertainment
Not only can you have a photo booth that follows the same theme as your party or event, you can also use the photos to create a live photo wall during the event. Guests will love looking at all the pictures and trying to top one another with the most fun, funny, or outrageous photo of the day. This extends the entertainment value beyond just dressing up and having a picture taken and it provides cheap event themed decor!
4 – Mix it Up
If you have other activities during your event, consider using the photo booth to capture images of winners of raffles, auction items, dance contests, or any other activity you have planned. This will not only memorialize what happened during the event, it can also get complete strangers posing together and even making new friends.
5 – Post the Photos Real Time
Whatever you do, make sure guests have the opportunity to post their photos to their favorite social media channel right then and there. This can help get the word out, create conversation and buzz around the event, fulfill attendees social media needs, and create a memory which will then show up every year and remind guests of what a great time they had.
While the sky really is the limit with photo booths, make sure to think through all of these things before your event so you are sure to get the biggest bang for your buck. A 2-hour photo booth rental starts at $300 which includes unlimited prints for guests and someone to man the booth. Adding props, time, etc. adds cost, but all in all it is a very cost effective form of entertainment for any event.
In the past, Loanables has given away a free 2 hour photo booth rental. If you missed out that time, be on the lookout for another opportunity to win either a photo booth or other cool prize – just follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay informed of upcoming giveaways and then be sure to enter to win. In the meantime, start planning how you can incorporate a photo booth into your next event.