If you’ve got a big celebration coming up, you’ll want to throw a party that all the guests will remember for years to come. Whether it’s a birthday, an engagement party, a wedding or even a product launch for your new business, you want the event to be fun and memorable. There are many ways in which you can make your party unique, and one trend that is gathering momentum is photo booth hire. Party photo booths can be a great addition to any event whether for pleasure or for business. Here are six great reasons why you might want to consider photo booth hire for your next event.
1. Encourages Friends to get dressed up
Many of the best photo booth companies supply costumes and props with their booths to keep the party going and keep the photos interesting. Props can include speech bubbles, wigs, hats and even fake moustaches and beards! You can even choose a particular theme for your photo booth in keeping with the theme of the event. Popular choices include retro, Hollywood and superheroes, with plenty more options to choose from.
You may think that it’s only the most outgoing people who will enjoy dressing up and posing in front of the camera, but the use of costumes and masks can encourage even the shyest guest to take part. There is something about being able to dress up as a fun character that can really help to lighten the mood and make socializing with new people more fun. If you are holding a business event, you probably already know that some guests have a hard time breaking out of their professional persona. However, if you want your guests to have fun, photo booth hire can encourage them to let their hair down and join in the fun.
Conversation flows easier when guests can take part in shared experiences. When the mood is light hearted and funny, casual conversations over which filter to choose can end up opening many doors and networking opportunities. Photo booths can therefore be a valuable tool for those attending trade shows or trying to promote their brand.
2. Inexpensive Fun
When planning a party, the usual entertainment options can prove to be expensive. Do you hire a band to play for the entire evening, or just an hour? If so, what will keep your guests entertained for the rest of the evening? Not to mention the fact that well established bands will charge a hefty fee.
Choosing the right entertainment can prove to be a difficult task, as you want to make sure that it will appeal to all your guests. A magician might be great for a children’s party, but it may not be suited for a corporate event. Photo booth hire provides unique and silly entertainment for people of all ages at an affordable price, as most services will offer different packages to suit most budgets.
Taking the photos is quick and easy, and some booths will provide funny one liners on screen to help get the party-goers in the right spirit. All of this is included in the package price which can prove to be a lot less expensive than putting on a show or musical set that lasts only half the evening.
3. Keep those precious memories
Taking photos is an important part of any event, and it’s something that many people look forward to seeing documented online. Although you may be thinking that most of your guests will have a high-resolution camera at hand on their smartphones, photo booth hire can offer a lot more than what a standard camera can.
Before hiring a photo booth company, contact them and take a look at the quality of their printed photos. Depending on the event, you could have a particular slogan or even the date of the event added to each photo you print. This is especially ideal for weddings.
If you run a business, you can even consider adding your branding to your photos. This is a great way of spreading the word about your products and services, and those with copies will remember your event every time they look at their photos. It’s even possible to get these in digital format so they can easily be shared online.
4. A better Alternative to Hiring a Photographer
When you consider the cost of hiring a photographer, especially for weddings, the cost can quickly run into the thousands. In fact, the average cost of hiring a wedding photographer in Australia is nearly $4000. Additionally, you’ll find that the photographer has a significant wait time at the conclusion of the event. If you’d prefer receiving your photos straight away, then a photo booth is the way to go. With photographers requiring extra time before and after the event to plan, edit, back-up and print photos, you often won’t receive them for more than 3 weeks at times - with photo booths, you’ll have access to all your precious memories instantly!
When you opt for photo booth hire instead, the provider you choose will often deliver, set up, and remove the photo booth in a specified time slot for an agreed price. The cost is also significantly lower, usually between $650 to $1200. The photos will be printed automatically within a few seconds after the picture has been taken and some companies also offer the option to have the images saved onto CD or USB drive once the event is over. This also means that you can share your images soon after the event with friends and family.
5. Help Guests Get to know one another
If you are holding a large event, it can be a worry whether the guests will congregate in their known social circles or whether they will venture out and get to know new faces. Photo booth hire can provide the perfect solution for helping guests get to know one another, especially as you can choose different sized photo booths according to the size of the event. This means that up to ten people can have their photo taken together, encouraging guests who wouldn’t normally interact to socialise.
Usually when guests turn up to a party, there is the inevitable period of uncertainty when the DJ is still setting up and people are waiting for the first brave person to enter onto the dancefloor before anyone else dares to join in. The presence of a photo booth encourages instant interaction as it’s an activity that guests can join in with right away. Being dragged onto the dancefloor before you’ve had your shot of Dutch courage can be nerve wracking but being pulled into a photo booth by a random guest may encourage new friendships.
It’s often said by experienced event planners that the most fun is had when it’s self-directed. Photo booths are designed to be used as and when the guests please, so they fit into this category well.
6. They are Simple to Set up
Photo booth hire is relatively easy, as most companies will offer an online availability service in which you can check dates and receive a price quote. Final bookings are usually done either online, via email, or over the phone with some photo booth hire companies offering the option to pay with a small initial deposit and the remaining balance closer to the event date. Once the photo booth hire company has arrived, they will do all the work for you.
To make things as easy as possible for you, your photo booth company will take care of everything. Normally, they will arrive an hour or two before the event starts and can set the booth up in around 45 minutes. All you need to do is decide where you want the photo booth to be located, and ensure it’s close to an electrical outlet. Everything else, including the packing away will be handled by your photo booth hire company.
If you’re looking to capture all the wonderful moments of your special event in a super unique way, consider hiring a photo booth to ensure your party is talked about for years to come. Not only will you be providing great entertainment for your guests without breaking the bank, but you’ll also h
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