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Photo strips make weddings funThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

We know, we know, it’s another “top 5 reasons why” post, but these ones are the best kind especially if you’re hemming and hawing about whether or not to have a photo booth for your big day. Maybe you’ve never stepped foot inside a photo booth before? We’re going to assume you haven’t, because well if you had, you wouldn’t even need to question it!

Having had them at our own weddings, and enjoying them as a guest at friends’ weddings, we thought we’d share our thoughts on exactly why you absolutely should have a photo booth at your wedding! Or any other big celebration for that matter!

5 Reasons To Have A Photo Booth At Your Wedding

1. See your guests at their best.

No matter how discreet your photographer is, there are always a few people who will notice them snapping away and be restrained. But inside the photo booth, well anything can happen, I’ve only ever heard booming belly laughter coming out from behind those curtains, guests really do let go. It’s surprising what a few audacious props and the pressure of a prop change can do!

I don’t know about you, but those photos capturing laughter, silliness and raw enjoyment are some of my most precious.

2. It lightens up even the toughest of critics.

However much we love our family and friends, there will always be that person who needs coaxing out of their shell. A photo booth is an excellent way to get all ages joining in. Plus, the queue to join the fun will get your guests mingling. Using a banana for a pipe while wearing a pink feather boa and top hat is a damn good ice breaker right?

3. It’s instant.

Generally speaking, two copies of each session is printed, we highly recommend you set up a scrapbook, glue stick, and pen next to the booth, encouraging your guest to stick in a copy with a special message. Some photo booth companies offer this service as standard with the attendant ensuring all goes smoothly. But, if they don’t, put it on your to-do list now! It could also double up as your guest book!

Make a scrapbook with your photos

This is a great instant memento for them and for you, all of your nearest and dearest in one book having had a good ole’ time. Plus, your guests get to have a giggle at others’ pictures too. Be warned though, the longer the night goes on, the sillier the photos, the messier the messages, you might have some trouble deciphering. Nevertheless, you’ll have fun sifting through.

The morning after, guests asked us to bring the album down at breakfast, the fun continued with guests reminiscing about what a cracking night it was!

4. It’s good for flow.

The dinner is over, the room is being re-set; the band is setting up or playing to an empty dance floor; you’ve snuck away for some newlywed photos with your photographer and….with a photo booth, your guests are entertained!

Entertain your guests

At our weddings, without the photo booth, there would have been some time to fill. Guests being guests will naturally start to drift outside for a smoke, fresh air, or to stretch their legs after a 3-course meal; the photo booth not only fills the gaps in between changes and other happenings, it keeps the guests in the party vibe.

5. Bottom line, it’s fun and memorable for all!

Trust us!

Karis & Sharlene

Thanks for reading our top tips!

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Bio: So You’re Thirty, or SYT for short, is a lifestyle blog documenting all kinds of everything! Having been through the fun and stress of planning our weddings, a month apart, we know firsthand how tricky some decisions are, especially if the budget is tight! We’ve shared it all over on our blog.

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Wedding party photo boothThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Here at Donal Doherty Photography, we kicked the year off to a fantastic start with an announcement… we introduced our BRAND NEW Roxbury Photo Booth, which is already proving a hit with brides and grooms, and booking up fast!

Why Hire A Photo Booth For Your Wedding

Undecided about hiring a photo booth for your wedding? Here are just a few of the many reasons why a photo booth makes a fab addition to your wedding reception…

Do something different with a photo booth

Dare to do something different

Every year over 8,000 weddings take place in Northern Ireland and while your guests won’t attend them all (obviously), they’ll probably attend quite a few. A lot of these weddings will have many things in common… there will be cake and dancing, but what they won’t all have, is a Roxbury Photo Booth (which is a shame, really!).

Unrivalled entertainment

With a wealth of never-before-seen props and simply fabulous backdrops, (hello, gold sequins!) stand back, watch, and prepare to be amazed as guests make a bolt for the photo booth at your wedding reception. Photo booths offer hours of unrivalled entertainment and we’re always so amazed to see people coming back time and time again, proving Roxbury is anything but boring. Hearing your guests laugh is definitely one of the best thrills achieved, and it’s good clean fun for all ages.

Get in on the action with a phone booth

Get in on the action

A photo booth is a fantastic way to socialise with your guests and make them really feel like a part of your wedding as you capture great memories together and spend time with your fellow party guests. Plus, while we’re not ones to dish sugared almonds, your guests will definitely thank you for providing a welcome alternative to the norm, with their personalised print serving as a constant reminder of your special day.

Get guests talking

Let’s face it… it can be a little awkward if not everyone knows each other, but a photo booth is the perfect ice breaker for getting conversation flowing and guests interacting with each other. It’s exciting to see a wedding party in full flow with everyone chatting and enjoying themselves and a photo booth definitely provides that thrill!

A favourite favour

While we’re not ones to dish sugar almonds, your guests will definitely welcome an alternative to the norm, and their personalised print will do just that.

Professional photos from your photo booth

Professional standard photographs

Just because it’s a photo booth doesn’t mean we’re going to skimp on quality. All the way from America, our Roxbury photo booth is one of the best in the business, so expect high quality, professional prints from your time in the booth! Plus, they can be shared on social media and can even be turned into animated gifs. Fancy!

The perfect reminder

Your prints can be collated to create a beautiful album of prints, to serve as a perfect reminder of just how much your guests enjoyed your wedding. Plus, these instant photos will keep you amused while you wait on your wedding album.

Continue the fun with a memorable honeymoon that you finance with a honeymoon register from Honeyfund.

Hire a photo booth for your wedding

Bio: Donal Doherty previously spent many years working on marketing and PR for some of the world’s leading super brands such as Walkers, Supersavers and Matalan to name but a few. Shortlisted as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, twice as Outstanding Young Communicator by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and as Business Man of the Year in 2014, he went on to start-up his own consultancy, helping businesses to communicate with their stakeholders and to grow market share.

Five years ago Donal followed his passion for photography and has since positioned himself as one of the leading wedding photographers in the UK and Ireland. His brand is known for excellence, and using his experience in driving business forward he is now in demand for commissions on a global level. He has travelled as far as Australia, Mexico, and across Europe for weddings. His work is regularly featured in leading bridal magazines such as Getting Married NI, Ulster Bride, Local Brides NI and Wedding Journal Magazine. In addition to his recent awards for customer experience,

 He has a strong interest in helping other creatives and does so through Engage Live. Donal writes a regular column in Photo Professional Magazine and has recently released his best selling book, ‘Engage! Social Media Marketing for Photographers,’ A regular speaker at the SWPP Convention in London, Donal tours the UK with Photovision Roadshows and the world with workshops to help photographers to create a business and life they love.

 Learn more about Donal Doherty here www.donaldoherty.com and Roxbury Booth herewww.roxburybooth.com.

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