7 ways to get the most out of your Open-Air Photo Booth.
Updated: Mar 10
Great times with friends make the best memories, right? Pair this with a band, as your entertainment and this is all you need to make your Open Air Photo Booth an amazing on-the-day experience.
Open-Air Photo booths are an incredible form of modern entertainment. They capture the interest of every guest walking by, and get the excitement and good energy flowing at weddings.
There aren’t many guests that won’t have a go on them, as they really do entertain all age groups - a great distraction for the little ones too.
So, what is an Open-Air Photo Booth?
These booths are simply ones that are not enclosed - there is no traditional 'booth'. As a retro form of entertainment, they are simply fab because they feel like piece of furniture, are easy on the eye and offer a deluxe feel for the big day.
Image by Thyme Lane Photography.
Janine from Waterfall Wedding Décor has kindly stepped in to share her insight and some top tips for you to consider if you decide to have an Open Air Photo Booth at your wedding:
The ideal time to start is just after your wedding breakfast ends. This often lands around 7-8pm depending on your day's schedule and this is something your wedding planner or venue coordinator can help you with. Getting the booth set up in the background just adds to the smooth running of your day and delivers some element of excitement once the breakfast ends and your reception begins! Booths can get your guests into the spirit before the music starts. A light form of entertainment to reignite the energy in the room!
2. Sweet Spot
Most importantly, make sure your 'booth' is well situated. It can be tempting to stick it in a corner somewhere out of the way, or spread your entertainment out right across the venue, but you may not get the best out of your booth. Somewhere right between the bar and the music is great. It will get lots of use and create a great atmosphere. People will gather around the photo booth whilst they’re having a laugh, so be careful not to obstruct the bar, or a busy walk way.
Try not to burst your friends' eardrums by placing it right near your band or DJ’s PA speakers!
3. Group Shots
Whether insta is your portfolio or facebook is your frame, who doesn’t love capturing a killer selfie to share, along with some good times with crazy friends. Don’t forget to grab your close ones and get those group shots in - it's not everyday that you get to have all of your besties and family together in a room!
Image by Desert Luna Photo Booths.
4. Pictures of the happy couple!
Please, please make sure you take time to snap some couple shots - especially if your booth package includes a bespoke guestbook to be made with your photos from the day!
It is very easy to let the wedding day slip by what with mingling and the sipping those glasses of fizz. If you have booked a booth attendant, they often come to grab you for some sizzling shots. If you have an unattended booth, we recommend you ask one of your bridesmaids to take the reins and manage the flow of guests and to ensure that the bride and groom are part of the mix!
5. Photo Album
Not offered by all, but a retro service offered by many booth companies now is a bespoke guest book service. This unique idea is fab because you can see the day from your guests' points of view, grab some epic photos with family and friends and enjoy looking back on these along with their cute messages, for years to come!
You are sure to have some belly laughs gazing through the day's events and seeing how the photos get more 'interesting' as the night goes on!
6. Themed Weddings
Whether you're having a rustic or modern wedding theme, Open Air Photo Booths come with a backdrop of your choice, so this can compliment your wedding theme rather than stick out like a sore thumb. The backdrop choices can include pinks, whites, florals, foliage and many more.
If you are getting married at Christmas, this can be tailored too.
You should always tell your supplier about any themes, as they may just have a selection of props to suit your wedding day too. Mention your wedding plans in your booking form or add to the special requirements section as a request and this could pump up your entertainment from a 9/10 to 10/10.
7. Save the Dates
Underrated and not considered by many, but this is an epic way to spend half a day with your fiancé celebrating your engagement and giving your guests a taster of what to expect. It’s a day to be silly with a killer backdrop and quirky props (or ditch these if you prefer a minimalist look).
Some booths have professional quality cameras integrated inside these days which means there is nothing you can’t capture here. Ask your venue for a recommended supplier list and they will likely have some local companies who you can get in touch with in order to see if this is something they can offer.
At Waterfall Wedding Decor, we have designed this as a sweetener package for couples as it gets the wedding excitement flowing between you - and sending out Save the Dates is awesome because this is when it all starts to feel REAL! I mean, you officially have a date and that’s pretty cool.
You can add some epic fun and deluxe style to your wedding day with an Open-Air Photo Booth, quirky props and backdrop to suit your event! Pure entertainment for the 21st century.
Written by Janine Waterfall from Waterfall Wedding Decor