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5 Tips for Photobooth Posing!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

We all know the potential fun to be had in a photobooth, whether traditional or the new, open-air style. A group of people get together, in front of a camera, with some random props…how could you NOT have fun? But do a quick search on photobooth pictures over the years and what you start to realize is that a large majority of them look the same. And that’s understandable because, for the most part, when you get in a photobooth, everyone expects to make a few faces, wear a few random articles of clothing, and pose!

Now we’re not doubting that people have plenty of fun doing that, or that the resulting pictures are fun to look at. But what if you could have an experience that was not only fun and produced decent pictures, but were unique and creative?! So that even people who don’t personally recognize the people in the picture respond with, “wow, that’s such a great idea!” or “wow, the timing there is perfect!”?

The following are a list of 5 simple tips that we’ve compiled after many, many events of running a photobooth, aiming each time to come out with images that would go beyond the traditional photobooth pictures and have the extra “wow” factor. If you’re going to be running a DIY photobooth, hopefully this helps you get the most out of your guests as you man the booth. If you’re just reading this in case you happen to pop into a photobooth yourself sometime soon, hopefully this gets your creative juices going too! Here goes:

1. Pay attention to DETAILS

When running a photobooth for an event, say a wedding, with several hundred guests and a limited number of props, its only a matter of time before guests run out of things to do with the props available. You’ll get your fair share of fun pictures with those and the typical poses (and that’s fine!) but to take it to another level, keep your eyes peeled for details in your surroundings. This includes on people (clothing, accessories, etc) as well as at your venue/location (centerpieces, table settings, utensils, etc)

For example, in a group of people, do they have something in common? Maybe a color scheme? a similar or consistent article of clothing? all guys, wearing ties? all ladies, with fancy shoes? does everyone have their cellphone on them? or even something as simple as a wallet? take advantage of that! Try to use them in non-standard ways for great pictures. Use them to tell a story! (more on that in #4)

the tie mafia!

If you’re at a wedding or birthday party, are there items that the host has placed in the decorations that can be used as props in interesting ways? This is often a great way to, not only use these “props” creatively, but also to add personalized details to the pictures that will remind the hosts of details–such as decorations & party favors–that they spent so many hours preparing for.

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When you keep your eyes peeled for details like this, everything and everyone becomes a potential prop and idea for a great capture!

2. Run with their PERSONALITY

When you direct people in a photobooth, its important to take into consideration the personality of the people you’re working with. Are you younger or older? outgoing or a little more shy? are they athletic (enough, say, to jump or even throw people)?

Some people are just bundles of creative energy and you’re able to just kind of sit back and watch the great ideas flow! Others need a little bit more input (or even prodding) to open up with some crazier ideas. Start by letting them try and idea/pose or two on their own and get a feel for what kinds of things they produce.

boys with attitude!

Try offering little suggestions to what they’ve got (more intense facial expressions, more believable actions, more interaction, less pose-y, etc). If they seem open to direction, break out some of your crazier ideas! For this purpose, we’re constantly brainstorming ideas for new poses, stories, and ideas, so that when we come across the right kind of group in a photobooth, we’re ready to go!

hey, check me out!

Remember that great, crazy picture ideas are somewhat relative. If you can get normally reserved grandparents to open up and get just a little goofy, success! By taking the personalities that come and helping them to kick it up a notch (even if it is literally only one, little notch!), chances are you’ve got yourself a shot that will be remembered! Who knows, they may even come back for more!

3. Take advantage of NUMBERS

With the new photo booth designs these days (especially with open-air photobooths), its not uncommon to be able to squeeze in anywhere from 1 to even 15 people in a single photobooth shot! The question now is how to most effectively use those numbers for great shots! A few suggestions:

Smaller groups and couples (2-5 people) offer a lot of potential for simple, clear, fun interaction between people. Its easy to direct them saying, “I want you to do this to her!” or “Everyone jump on the count of 3!”

Medium sized groups (6-10 people) starts to get a little trickier. Action shots, such as everyone jumping, are more out of the question due to the potential of injury or an unwanted kick to the leg! Rather, shots that direct your attention to a specific person, such as “Everyone cheer for the bride and groom while they kiss!” or “Carry this person and act like he’s incredibly heavy!” are what makes the picture “WOW” worthy.

oh, my heroines!

Large sized groups (11-15 people) are definitely a challenge, but well worth it when everyone in the group is willing to get a little crazy and all participate in on the fun. This is where expressive faces and everyone doing the same thing come in handy. “Everyone stick out your hands and say ‘ROAR!’” or “Stick out your tongue and try to touch your noses,” all make for hilarious shots that make the group want to do more!

we are teens, hear us roar!

4. Don’t pose, DIRECT

Another way to put it is, “don’t just take a picture, tell a story!” While random action can be lots of fun, often the best photo booth pictures are the ones where your eye is drawn into some action or flow of thought and leads you through the picture as you follow the “storyline”.

Imagine yourself the director of a very simple movie. Rather then tell each person exactly what gesture to make, what facial expression to have, with the exact timing, try giving them a “story” or “concept” that they can take and run with. Then, all you need to do is capture at the right time! (here’s where digital technology helps!)

A couple simple examples, “You three kids are really mad at your parents, so mad in fact that things are about to get out of hand. And you parents are helpless, scared, cowering! Ready? Go!”

You three kids are really mad at your parents, so mad in fact that things are about to get out of hand. And you parents are helpless, scared, cowering! Ready? Go!

“Ok guys, I want you to pretend like you’re on a rollercoaster, about to go down a steep drop! Ready, go!”

Ok guys, I want you to pretend like you’re on a rollercoaster, about to go down a steep drop! Ready, go!

“Alright, I want you to let out your years of frustration by slapping her, while you are just shocked that this is happening before your eyes!”

5. Show me the ACTION!

Just because a picture captures a single moment in time doesn’t mean that picture itself needs to be of a static pose! You can never go wrong with injecting a bit of action into a shot! Whether its faking a move out of a video game,

faking a move out of a video game

tossing a poor guy high up in the air,

tossing a poor guy high up in the air

or even the tried-and-true, coordinated jump,

the tried-and-true, coordinated jump

getting people moving around with some fun action always brings up the energy and fun, and leaves you with some great captures!

So there you have it, 5 simple tips for posing people in a photobooth. This list definitely isn’t comprehensive, but hopefully it gets you started with some different ideas! If you’ve got some ideas that we didn’t mention, or would just like to share some of your crazy photobooth pictures, we’d love to hear them! Send them to info@magicmomentphotobooth.com!

And of course, if after looking through these suggestions, you’d like to leave the posing for YOUR event up to the pros, we’d love to hear from you about being a part of your special day!

Man Who Took 445 Photo-Booth Self-Portraits Over 30 Years

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The man sat down in the booth, pulled the curtain shut, posed, and waited for the click. He repeated the process at least 445 times over the course of 30 years, from the time of the Great Depression well into the 1960s.

Now, his impressive collection of photobooth snaps is unveiled for the first time at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, as part of “Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture,” an exhibition on display through July.

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Don Lokuta, a photography historian, stumbled on these images at an antiques show in New York in 2012. When the dealer told him there were hundreds more like them, he was stunned. “I knew this was very rare, but on a deeper level, I wondered, ‘Why would somebody want to take almost 500 photos of himself in a photobooth?’ he told Rutgers in an interview.

The snapshots themselves, seen as a collection, are startling: the same face etched into the silver gelatin prints over and over again. Sometimes he’s smiling, at times he looks stern, pensive, or inquisitive. These images force the viewer to seek out the minute differences in his expressions and aging appearance—the evolution from dark, slicked-back hair to a grayish white.

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Madison Photo Booth

The leading theory behind the photos is that this man was testing the photobooth equipment after repairing it, a narrative similar to that of of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s delightful Amélie. In the film, photobooths play a central role in bringing together the shy waitress and her quirky prince, who happens to collect discarded photobooth photos. One man in particular resurfaces time and time again in the pictures. Unlike the film, however, this ostensible repairman kept the evidence of his tests.

In the early stages of putting this exhibit together, Lokuta approached photobooth historian Näkki Goranin, who as it turned out, had photos of the same man. They tracked the man to Michigan, where the images first appeared at an auction, but there the trail grew cold.

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Donna Gustafson, the curator of the Zimmerli exhibit hopes it will bring to light more information on this mysterious man. She adds, “if it is true that this was a man just doing his job, he ended up creating something extraordinary.”

We provide the BEST! Photo Booths!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

When many people consider a photo booth company, they often overlook the actual quality of the equipment when shopping between brands. As with anything else, not all photo booths are created equal and each and every piece of equipment should be up to par. From the most important elements like the camera, all the way to the outside enclosure, each and every piece counts. Most people would not buy a product that worked well on the inside but the exterior design was flawed, unsightly or poorly made, right? The same concept applies here. The camera is just a part of the booth but you want the complete package and the enclosure is key piece of that package.

Magic Moment Photo Booth is proud to use cutting edge top of the line enclosures in order to stay at the top of the game in both the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. We also boast three different styles to accommodate most any type of needs or event – “The Classic Magic Booth”, “Magic Party Booth” and the “Magic Open Air”. (*Insert links to page)

Some lower end photo booths often use cheap pop up tent style enclosures. Not only are these enclosures unsightly, they are also a hazard and stand a chance of getting in the way of your photos or your guests by falling in front of the lens. The fabric is custom cut specifically for our photo booths in order to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish. No need to worry about the enclosure catching, difficulty opening or closing, or any type of situation. It fits perfectly with our equipment to ensure that it does not get in the way of any lights or electronics where there may be hot temperatures. The fabric is thick, fire retardant and manufactured at upmost quality above the industry standard. In the extremely rare chance of any emergency situation or accident, there is absolutely no chance of the booth going up in flames due to the fabric. This unfortunately is not the case with cheaper made enclosure fabrics.

All Magic Moment Booths carry sturdy support beams that allow for guests to comfortably move around in the booth and enjoy the space without having worrying about damaging or knocking the enclosure. Unlike cheaper companies who often use PVC or other flimsy piping, Magic Moment’s enclosures are manufactured from high-grade aluminum making them sleek, sturdy and lightweight. Also, the lush fabric of the backdrop creates a rich looking background that accentuates the features of your guests and makes for the perfect photograph. The difference is like night and day.

With three different styles and sizes, most all parties can be accommodated for. Our largest enclosure, the “Magic Party Booth” – is 6 feet wide, 7 feet deep and 7 feet tall and can comfortable fit up to 12 people! No need to worry about cramming into small space or people being cut out of the photograph, everyone can join the party to create epic memories that will last a lifetime. The more the merrier, make your photos come to life with the energy of all your friends in one photo booth to create the unique experience that can only be captured behind the magic curtain.

Classic Magic Booth – The original favorite, this booth is the perfect size: not too big or too small and perfect for those who may not need large family photos in the booth, but still want a crowd. The classic booth can comfortably accommodate up to six guests and comes with a stool for the added option of sitting or, if necessary, to ensure that everyone fits into the frame of the picture. Equipped with our premium fabric, the enclosure is placed on a curved pipe that is similar to the style of a shower curtain. This allows for smooth and easy access for your guests to open and close. The booth is also wheel chair accessible in order to ensure that no one is left out of the fun.

The Open-Air Booth – Perfect for any event. Just as it sounds, there is no enclosure and the freedom of the open air. Custom backdrops can be added, as well as our red carpet accessory to make it the ultimate party booth. Great for any wedding and perfect for corporate events – in which company logos can be projected onto the backdrops for the ideal promotional opportunity. You want your brand prominently displayed as much as possible and what better way to do it? The logo will be a part of the photos your guests will bring this home as part of their memory. The potential of this booth is ideal for marketing or branding but is also a great deal of fun at any event.

With all three styles, you are certain to find something that works for you and your vision. As with anything, be sure to choose quality and elegance on your special day.  Unfortunately, cheap enclosures look and feel like an old set of tacky drapes. You want every element of your wedding to look pristine. Instead of opting out with unprofessional looking homemade equipment, our enclosures are top of line and are manufactured to the highest industry standard in order to ensure the upmost durability and quality for our customers. We see the big picture and understand every aspect that plays into that picture. Come check out why Magic Moment Photo Booth is becoming a premier photo booth service in the Chicago land and now Los Angeles areas.

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The wedding proposal – the new big hit

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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The wedding proposal – the new big hit

SO AUNTY, SO WHAT?
By JUNE H.L. WONG

Popping the question to a girl is no longer an intimate affair but a spectacle with a big supporting cast and better yet, an audience.RELIEF. Horror. That’s how two guys, a middle-aged bloke and a teenager of 18, reacted to the news of yet another guy going to elaborate lengths to propose to his lady love.

As reported in The Star last week, 27-year-old assistant manager Joshua Wong got 33 of his friends to dance to a medley of songs at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya before he popped the question to his girlfriend.

It took Wong some three weeks to plan the gambit and that was after he couldn’t post his proposal on a huge billboard from across her office because of logistical problems.

When I read out the story to the family, the older guy rolled his eyes in disdain. But the relief was obvious. After all, he didn’t have to go through much trouble when he decided to get hitched almost 30 years ago. To me.

In fact, as far as this aunty remembers, he didn’t go through any trouble at all. Not one tiny bit because he never proposed. After dating for several months, he just assumed I would marry him and darn it, he assumed right.

He didn’t even ask my father’s permission to marry me. Thinking back, he really had it easy.

At least I had an engagement party but that was only because my dad insisted on one. And it was kept small and private. We took some photos and that was it.

But with that great game changer of our times, the Internet, the world — to paraphrase Shakespeare — has become one big stage where everyone can be players. All they have to do is load up their act on YouTube.

Without this facility to play to a global audience, such grandstanding proposals, like a lot of other antics and funny stuff, including Gangnam Style, would not have caught on so rapidly. Now it seems a bloke must really go the extra mile to ask for a girl’s hand. A romantic dinner before going down on bended knee is no longer enough. There must be a huge build-up before that ring-in-a-box moment.

What’s more, in those “Best wedding proposal ever” and “Top 10 (or 25) best wedding proposals” videos on YouTube, a key element in making it “best” is that the proposal must be very public, witnessed by a crowd of strangers.

Hence, many proposals involve flash mobs or a captive audience in airplanes, sports stadiums and cinemas to cheer on the guy and clap and whistle when she says yes.

And, by the way, the girls all react in the same way — they shriek, laugh, cry, cover their mouths with their hands and say “Oh my God, Oh my God!”

Oh what pressure! No wonder my husband is relieved he didn’t have to do any of that. But who would have guessed proposals would get so extravagant and ostentatious in such a short time?

Which is why the teenager mentioned at the beginning of this article blanched at the news. He’s thinking, to his horror, he might have to hire a space ship or something equally spectacular when he proposes in say 10 or 15 years’ time. My poor son! Should he start saving up for a proposal for his unknown bride? Should I?

While one part of me thinks such big gestures are sweet, another part finds it somewhat disconcerting.

That’s because Asians, especially the young ones, have cottoned on so fast and morphed from being inscrutable and private to becoming wide open books on their personal lives.

Where once we would be too shy, embarrassed or ashamed to share certain things about our lives, the opposite is now true.

Young people probably see it as their being more open and asserting their right to be seen and heard and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And by all means have fun and spread the joy around.

But what worries me is the aggressive blare-all attitude that is also becoming prevalent. Many young people seem shockingly unaware of what is nuance, decorum or what constitutes a sense of decency in what they say and do on Facebook and other forms of social media. And that surely is a bad thing.

If we need a lesson on how to share in tasteful and delightful show-and-tell, then I recommend a proposal by a guy called Isaac Lamb to his girlfriend Amy Finkel. It’s done publicly but there are no strangers to witness it. It is touching, clever and funny without being in-your-face or showy for the sake of it.

It’s titled “Best marriage proposal ever?” For this Internet moment, I think so. Photo Booth Rental Rockford.

Top 10 Tips to Plan Your Wedding Your Way

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Photo Booth Chicago Wedding Receptions

 

Summer means weddings, whether planning your own or participating in one. June is the most popular month of the year to get married, with August coming in a close second.

My August wedding was almost 20 years ago, yet the memories of planning and preparation are still as vivid as the event itself. The legal ceremony requires little else besides the license, bride, groom, officiant and witnesses, but from there anything goes and is indicative of the personal creativity and budget constraints of the couple getting married.

Tip 1: Make it meaningful. 
Remember that your commitment to love each other is the reason for this occasion, so make it meaningful to you as a couple. Music has been an important part of our life, so we gave it an integral place in our special day. Our flower girl (groom’s sister) even danced her way down the aisle dropping the dried flower petals I had saved from the many bouquets my fiance had given me.

Tip 2: Name your price. 
Decide the amount you want to spend and how much you can comfortably afford; then create a budget that works each desired element into the total cost. The average wedding in the United States costs almost $30,000. But just because you can spend that much, doesn’t mean you should. Some couples prefer to use that money for a car or a down payment on a house. Our friends and family members offered their skills as photographer, caterer, musician, event planner, florist and seamstress. The talented participation of our loved ones enabled us to have a memorable day on a smaller budget and surrounded us with a supportive camaraderie.

Tip 3-6: Determine who, what, when, and where. 
Each of those four integral words will need distinctive determinations for each option you include in your events. Attendants, attire, parties, ceremony, reception and other related activities bring a myriad of choices. For us it was worth it. It was fun to have interesting aspects reflect our personalities.

Sixteen years ago, we were part of our close friends’ gorgeous garden wedding. At their rehearsal dinner we surprised them with a quasi-rap song we wrote just for them. To this day, mutual friends chant the memorable refrain of “Hey, hey, hey, it’s your wedding day….”

Tip 7: Discuss the event without discord. 
Difficult decisions will need to be made, and differences will surface. Tensions can escalate further when the desires and finances of parents are involved. Choosing the guest list, as well as the wedding party, can be very stressful and may determine the size of the event, which affects cost and location. Focus on what really matters to each of you and keep a healthy perspective. My husband and I have very different ideas so we agreed early on to find solutions that we would both be comfortable with. The enormity of details and the stress of making decisions have led many to elope! Take a deep breath and read these top 10 tips again.

Tip 8: Aspire to be inspired. 
Go surfing!! Well, it is summer, and beach ceremonies are popular events…but I really mean, surf the web. Cedar hope chests were commonly given to girls as a coming-of-age gift in the 1950s and ’60s. Precious items were collected and stored in hopes of a glorious wedding day and married life. Today, the modern equivalent is Pinterest, the online site where men and women freely save, sort, and swoon over ideas, images and information organized by category and personalized with a pin-it feature. Social media has expanded our sphere of reference, and you can like Weddings on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Trends come and go and wedding styles are no exception. From elopements to destination weddings, classic traditions blend with new ideas. Sending out electronic Save the Dates has become a standard practice that was unheard of two decades ago, even by regular mail. Martha Stewart’s huge Tiffany blue wedding book was the definitive go-to resource when I was planning, along with a few classic bridal magazines. Now Martha has a site devoted to all things weddings, as does world-renowned event planner Colin Cowie. LifeTips has more than 1,000 tips in 26 different wedding-related categories.

Tip 9: Stay organized. 
Planning and preparation will keep your dream wedding from becoming a nightmare. Numerous websites offer free online tools. Even if you hire a wedding planner, detailed lists are a must. Some brides begin a checklist as early as 16 months in advance. Emergencies may happen even with the best-laid plans, but serendipity can be found in the midst of a mess. Minutes before I walked down the aisle, my heirloom lace wedding dress (groom’s grandmother’s) needed a last-minute repair. The private time my mom and I shared as she calmly mended it was precious.

Tip 10: Enjoy your wedding, your way. 
This is your time to sparkle and shine! The intense planning and preparation and the many events from engagement announcements to parties and showers all lead to the ceremony and reception that begin your life as a married couple. We coordinated a wedding weekend itinerary with out-of-town friends and family before we left for our honeymoon. Bask in every exciting moment; then relax together at a romantic resort, bed and breakfast, upscale inn or boutique hotel.

–Shirley Anitra Swagerty

Is Wearing Color the "New" White for Weddings?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Photo Booth Wedding Dresses

 

This week I wanted to talk about colors for weddings and what better way to start off by talking about what to wear on your wedding day.  Out with the old, in with the new…who says you have to wear white on your wedding day?  The days of just bridesmaids wearing “color” down the aisle is becoming obsolete.  For the upcoming 2012-2013 wedding season, designers have created dresses for brides in different colors and no longer the traditional white… from green to red and even black.

It has been customary for a bride to wear white on her wedding day.  However, these days brides are choosing to wear what they want, whether it is white, bold colors (red, burgundy or black), neutral colors (ivory or pink), or a short or long gown — many brides are opting out of the traditional way.

It is common for different cultures to wear different colors other than white on their wedding day, but not common for American culture.  “Old school” parents, grandparents, etc., may have a problem with their daughter and/or granddaughter wearing anything but white on her wedding day because it has always been tradition to wear white.

Vera Wang’s 2012 Fall Collection offered black  gowns and her 2013 Spring Collection offers bold colors for the “modern” bride.  Below are pictures from the Vera Wang 2012 Fall and 2013 Spring bridal collections.

I love these red bold colors and can’t wait to see what bold color Vera Wang has created for her 2013 Fall collection.  Would you be so bold to wear any of these colors on your wedding day?

By Candace Polk, today at 6:00 am

 

How to be the BEST dressed wedding guest!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Wedding season is in full swing, which means your dress buying expenditures are about to go through the roof.

Especially if you’re traveling for the wedding(s) in question – which many people do these days – you’re going to need more than one ensemble. There’s the rehearsal dinner, which can be anything from casual to cocktail, the wedding, and possibly a farewell brunch afterward. Between the gift for the happy couple and the travel arrangements, the last thing you have the time and money to find is a new dress or three.

Therefore, I’ve set out to make your wedding guest dress shopping a perfectly cut, teeny-tiny, frosting-impaired piece of mostly decorative cake. Here’s a handy checklist of the things your attire should be:

Affordable. If you’re lucky enough to be attending a wedding with most of your friends, odds are you’ll have a craving to buy something new. As a rule, I never spend more than $50 on a dress that I will only be wearing once in the foreseeable future, and no more than about $100 on a dress that I can wear a couple times, but has limited use.

Versatile. If you do have a few weddings on the horizon, choose a dress that you can either wear to both, or wear to the rehearsal dinner of one couple and the ceremony of the other. Assuming you’re a “real person” and these are not fancy-schmancy affairs, attire should be somewhere in the party dress range – think sundresses, printed shifts, that kind of thing. That means you can wear it with neutral flats and a printed scarf for the garden wedding, and dress it up with heels, a clutch and statement jewelry for the traditional evening church wedding. Both the drop-waist dress and the printed sheath from LOFT are good examples of pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Unique. I write something about wedding attire yearly, as I find weddings to be, overall, one of the trickiest style situations. Last year, I mentioned that it was no longer taboo to wear black – which is true, so now everyone is wearing it, and if I see one more classic black sheath with black or metallic pumps I’m going to cry. Try for something a little bit festive, especially since bright, celebratory colors and feminine pastels are both ubiquitous in stores and perfect for weddings. The LOFT dresses accomplish this, too – a drop-waist offers a departure from the usual silhouette, and the print on the sheath dress adds a bit of interest.

Understated. While your dress should be unique and can be colorful, it shouldn’t be, say, covered with silver sequins or floor-length at a wedding that’s not black tie. One of the pillars of wedding fashion etiquette is not to upstage the bride; that’s the real rule behind the “never wear white to a wedding” rule.

Appropriate. Do your research, ladies. For example, a wedding is often a religious ceremony, and some religions are very conservative. If this is one such wedding, don’t show up with your boobs hanging out. (Never do that – see “understated,” above – but take special care when you know the wedding is going to be highly traditional.) In addition, take into account the type of couple and the location of the event. If you know the bride and groom are low-key and they’re having a small ceremony and reception in their backyard, leave your tea-length, full-skirted, 60s-inspired strapless dress and platform pumps at home.

Comfortable. Weddings are long, with a lot of sitting and a lot of waiting around involved. If, after 30 seconds in the dressing room, you’re ready to take off that beast of a dress, it is not the right thing to wear to a wedding.

Low-stress. The fact is, you probably have a few things in your closet that would be perfectly lovely for any wedding-related event. If you don’t have the time, the funding or the energy to pick up a whole new ensemble, don’t. Buy a new accessory or pair of shoes to satisfy your craving for something new, or go with tried-and-true pieces all the way.

Not jeans or shorts. I’m about to say something old-fashioned here. Unusual, I know. But the bride and groom have put a lot of effort into this affair, and the vast majority probably depleted their bank accounts in the process. In the spirit of putting a little effort in on their end, wedding guests simply should not show up in casual attire. Here’s the old-fashioned part: that even goes for the farewell brunch. Dark denim or colored skinny pants are both fine, but typically the bride is wearing a sundress or something at least business casual, so don’t show up in your pajamas.

(E-mail Kristyn Schiavone at kschiavone@tribune.com, follow her on Twitter at @KKSchiavone or write to her c/o Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Ste. 1400, Chicago, IL 60611.)

How to Use a Photo Booth at a Wedding Reception!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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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