Not done a blog for a while but with so many cheap low priced poor quality booths appearing I thought I would write a quick list on what to look for when booking your booth.
- Reputation, has the company you are looking at got a good track record, galleries/reviews on Facebook?
- Booth type, is the booth actually a booth? Some brand there service as a booth when it’s no more than a camera on a tripod.
Common types of booth:
Enclosed > Usually solid high quality construction but some are curtains hanging off a pipe structure
Pod > Known as an open booth, same functions/automations as an enclosed booth but without the enclose
Tripod setup > Basically a photographer with a camera/back drop/printer, these are not photo booths.
Inflatable booth > New to the market they can be noisy but if its next to the music it may not be noticeable, design may not be to everyone’s taste.
- Capacity, group shots are great fun check how many people you can fit in the booth (some only fit 2 people)
- Video messaging > Is video messaging included ?
- Equipment, cheap camera (even webcams), cheap printer, cheap lighting = bad photos = money wasted
- Pat testing, public liability cover, if they can’t provide evidence of these stay well away (cowboys)
- Cash only payments = stay well away, I shouldn’t have to explain this one.
- Hidden Extras > Guest books, travel, video messages are sometimes not included.
- Are they local ? Some national companies will take any booking they can get their hands on then subcontract it to the cheapest operator they can find and simply pocket the difference.
Take a look here http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/bake-cake-fraud-probe-more-9880814
this company provided their services at a price that was too good to be true and they couldn’t sustain their business. 500 brides lost their money and had no booth, cakes, decor among other things for their big day and lost a lot of money.
What I’m saying is don’t base your decision purely on price. It’s better to spend a little more to wow your guests with hundreds of high quality images than throw money away on colorless low quality blurred photo’s that are sometimes lower quality than what your phone could take, the term you get what you pay for comes to mind.
A quick note to booth suppliers charging around £200 for a hire.
Staff on average are usually paid almost half of this, fuel, media, advertising, wedding fairs, web hosting, PAT, insurance, repairs, guestbooks, tax will take away any profit, what I’m saying is your going to be operating at a loss and end up like the company in the above link leaving a lot of people unhappy.