Photo booths for wedding receptions in Delaware

The Big Picture: Photo booths make guests smile.

For decades, photo booth pictures have been tucked inside diaries, glued in scrapbooks and slid into wallets. But the booths are no longer limited to boardwalks and carnival arcades. They’re now making appearances at wedding receptions.

“The first time we saw it at a wedding was about a year ago, although we’d heard people talking about it,” says Katherine Escudero of Escudero Photography in Clayton. “Everybody loved it.” The photos can serve as guest favors, Facebook fodder and colorful additions to guestbook comments.

Forget a dingy box with all the charm of a well-used phone booth. “Our booths have been at high-end events throughout the area, and we’ve never had a problem fitting in,” says Peter Marroni, owner of the Wilmington Photo Booth Company.

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Escudero Photography’s custom-built, solid-black models have video screens that let guests outside the booth see what’s happening inside. Fabric sides accommodate groups.

“We’ve seen up to 10 people get inside ours,” Escudero says.

Photo booth access is usually available during the cocktail hour and after dinner, Marroni says. Escudero suggests that the DJ encourage guests to use the booth during his or her announcements.

Questions to ask before you book:
  1. Is the company licensed and insured?
     
  2. How is the print quality?
     
  3. How fast is the printer? You don’t want guests waiting while an ink-jet slowly prints out images.
     
  4. What does the booth look like?
     
  5. Can you access photos after the event? Can you get the images on a flash drive?
     
  6. What’s the copyright policy?
     
  7. Are company personnel onsite?
     
  8. How does the company charge? Some charge by the hour, but the price may fluctuate depending on the package and the time of year. 

—P.G.

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