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Are you and your future spouse looking for something to take your wedding reception to the next level? If you are, then you might want to think about renting a photo booth. Having one at your celebrations is a great way to transform your reception from “pretty fun” to “night no one will ever forget!” It never fails to get guests loosened up and in the mood to party after a wedding ceremony. Every couple who has opted to include one at their reception has raved to us about how much their guests loved it. And no need to worry that it will break your budget. You can easily add one to any one of our Washington DC wedding photography packages without paying through the nose. Read on for more information about wedding photo booth ideas, options and props!

What Is a Wedding Photo Booth?

Just in case you are not familiar with what a wedding photo box is, here is a quick description:

  • A photo booth is typically a camera setup placed in an out-of-the-way spot at your reception venue.
  • It is something your guests can use to take posed pictures of themselves when taking a break from the dance floor.
  • A photo box is a way to take selfies without having to hold your phone. More on why that matters below.
  • A device that usually gives you and your wedding guests instant digital and/or printed photos of yourselves.

Why Rent a Photo Booth for Your Wedding Reception?

As we said above, they are a lot of fun for you and your guests! How are we so sure about this? For starters, because we have photographed lots of weddings with photo boxes and have seen how much everyone has loved them. Second, because we used one ourselves while guests at our friends’ marriage celebrations. During our breaks from the dance floor, we would wander over to the photo box and get some pictures with our other friends who were there. Not just pictures, but images in which our fun sides really got a chance to come out! The photos we got of the two of us from that wedding are still some of the ones we love the most in the world. And who wouldn’t want to give their guests a chance to get that?

What Wedding Photo Booth Options Are There?

If you do decide to get a photo box for your wedding, then the next step is deciding which kind you want. We can offer you three different options:

  1. A fully automated machine. You and your wedding guests use a touch screen to set up the shot. Then you strike a pose, and the photo box takes your picture. It is essentially a more modern version of the old photo booths at a carnival.
  2. A live photographer. We bring in another Washington DC wedding photographer to create images of your reception attendees with a standard digital camera. This option gives you more flexibility with fitting larger groups into the frame. It also leads to fewer retakes, because you have someone telling you if something does not look right. This is the least expensive option.
  3. A hybrid of the first two. Essentially, a machine operated by a human being. It gives you the best of both of the two previous options but does also cost more.

Wedding Photo Booth Ideas that Take Your Reception to the Next Level

So you have committed to getting a photo booth and chosen the option that best fits your needs. You’re all set, right? Not quite yet. By itself, a photo box is not much more than a glorified selfie-taking machine. What you need to really amp up the fun is a surefire way to make every image silly.

The best way to do that is by making lots of goofy props available for your wedding guests to use! A standard practice is for newlyweds to provide a table full of zany items for their guests to use with the photo box. Oversized novelty sunglasses, rainbow wigs, signs with silly messages to you, giant plastic goblets… There is literally no end to the range of fun props you can lay out for your reception guests!

And the best part? There is no way that props will break your wedding budget. Any party store can give you a couple of bags of feather boas, plastic top hats and fake gold chains for less than $100. And trust us when we say that that will be some of the best money you will spend on your wedding. Long after you have forgotten what those items cost, you will still be laughing at the photos of your friends and family looking incredibly silly. And of course, having the time of their lives in the process!

Washington DC Wedding Photo Box Picture

Your guests will obviously fall in love with the props as well. As you can see in the image featured above, they might just hang on to some for the rest of the night! A few that we have held onto at weddings at which we were guests are still in our office at home! They are a great reminder of what fun times we had and how much we enjoyed those wedding receptions.

This father and son in this picture were attending an Indian wedding reception in DC at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, one of the best wedding venues in DC. The bride and groom had set up a photo box in the corner of that venue’s massive and ornate ballroom. Sometime early in the evening, this man and his boy posed for some silly pictures. The former chose a mustache-on-a-stick and the latter a similarly designed smiling mouth. When they sat down to hear the speeches and toasts, they still had those props with them at their table. And they enjoyed them so much that they continued playing with them as the best man, maid of honor and parents of the bride and groom spoke.

Fun Wedding Image with Depth and Meaning

We particularly love this image of them goofing around with the props because it is so visually pleasing. Because the son is standing in front of the father, the photograph has a nice depth and three-dimensionality. They are also facing each other, making them almost mirror images of one another. That allows the story to unfold in a very lovely and impactful way. Your eye first settles on the brightest part of the picture: the father’s face. You see the mustache and react with amusement (hopefully!). Then your eyes move to the boy to see what he is doing. En route, they stop on the prop that he is holding. Because that is something that is also something that someone would hold over their mouth, the image has an extra bit of symmetry that looks very nice.

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