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How to Use a Photo Booth at a Wedding Reception

Rent a photo booth for a nostalgic and clever way to capture some of your wedding's best moments

By Trisha Berendt

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There are certain aspects of a wedding reception that are the same no matter where you go, such as a cake, music and first dance. When you're planning your wedding, you can add a unique flair by ordering a photo booth for the reception. Photo booths offer instant entertainment for your guests, as well as the wedding party. You can even add amusing photo booth pictures to the wedding photo album you get from your photographer.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Check with photo booth vendors at least three months before your wedding to reserve your date.

Step 1:

Order your photo booth so it's there for your reception. There are party vendors in all major cities that rent out photo booths for weddings. Some high-end wedding photographers even offer this service as an add-on to your traditional wedding photo package. Make sure the booth is set up by the time the reception starts.

Step 2:

Choose a good location for the photo booth at your reception. It shouldn't be in the way of anything else, though it should be set up where everyone can see it. People may line up to wait for their turn, so make sure there's enough space in the surrounding area.

Step 3:

Encourage photo booth use by using it yourself. Get a few booth shots of you and your new spouse. When guests see how much fun it is, they'll want to get pictures, too.

Step 4:

Use the photo booth with your guest book. Let guests add their photos so you can keep a copy with the rest of your photos of the day. Some photo booth rental companies can set up their booths to produce two copies of the pictures. This way, guests can give you a copy and keep one for themselves.

Step 5:

Consider the young children invited to your wedding reception. Make sure that if older guests do racy photos in the booth, they keep the images to themselves. Encourage your young guests to have their pictures taken as well.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Try to keep the photo booth rental until the very end of the reception, as pictures can get more outlandish and funny as the night progresses.
  • Announce the presence of the photo booth repeatedly during the night to encourage all of your guests to visit.
  • Provide a privacy screen between the seat in the booth and the rest of the guests.

About the Author

Trisha Berendt is a freelance writer and professional wedding photographer.

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