Thursday Trends–Making Memories in the Photo Booth!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners photo booth

This is one of those wedding trends that has really moved into the MUST HAVE category. Enter high tech, digital cameras, smart phones and social media, and it is quite possible to capture almost every single aspect of a wedding! And even some moments you didn’t WANT to see!

Whether you hire a company that will bring all their own equipment and props, or decide to go the DIY route–the photo booth is sure to be a hit where lots of silly and fun memories will be made.  We recommend having the photo booth in the same room as your guest tables so it doesn’t get overlooked.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners photo booth

The props can be as simple as this, or as elaborate as this. Providing a table with lots of wigs, glasses, hats, and fun dress up items to choose from will bring the inner child out of anyone. Why not have a game or activity tied to the photo booth?

Using your wedding colors/monogram as a heading on the photo booth strips is a nice touch.

chicago wedding photo booth

Set out a white board or chalkboard like this so your guests can write little notes, inside jokes or advice to you as a couple.

Pass all these details on to your Chicagoland wedding planner, and let them stock the prop suitcase until it overflows. These silly photo memories from your wedding are sure to be cherished for years and years to come.

Have you been to a wedding with a photo booth?

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Thursday Trends — How Can Social Media Be Used for Your Wedding?

These days, weddings are not only a social event, they are a social MEDIA event! Even before the couple can walk back down the aisle officially as Mr. and Mrs., there are probably pictures up on Facebook and Instagram! This trend can be a good thing and a bad thing.

The Good:

You will be a busy couple on your wedding day and there’s no way your photographer will be able to catch every moment. In the “old days”, receptions tables were set with disposable cameras to allow guests to catch those unseen moments. With the onslaught of digital cameras and smart phones, there are many ways of capturing all the special moments and fun that your guests are having.

Photo Credit :: Kim Moriguchi (@guchi99)

A trend we’re seeing is assigning a personalized #hashtag for Twitter and Instagram sharing. Hashtags are basically a way to gather all your guests’ photos together in one spot for you to see. For instance, John & Jane are getting married on June 30th — a good hashtag (that hasn’t been used yet or won’t get hijacked) would be #John&Jane6302013. Keep it original and be sure and let your guests know beforehand and at the ceremony and reception.

wedding hashtag

Great display sign to show your personalized Twitter & Instagram #hashtag!

You can inform your guests with a sign on display at the event (see picture at left of one you can purchase on Etsy.com), but you’re probably better off also including it with the favors or something else that guests will be actually taking home with them at the end of the evening.

There are also a few iPhone and Android apps that are free and easy to set-up for yourself and your guests. Check out Wedding Party App which can also be integrated with the free wedding website MyWedding.com. This is another GREAT way to share your engagement story and wedding details online.

Wedding Party App

Another iPhone and Android app we’re seeing is Wedding Snap App. It’s not free, but it definitely has a lot of features that are worth the extra money.

For guests that are not able to make the wedding, live viewing is an option. One such streaming option is Ustream. You can even assign a password so that only people you allow are able to view it.

The Bad:

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Maybe you don’t want everyone sharing all your wedding pictures online. Maybe you’d rather everyone just keep their phones at home and focus on the festivities and the fun. That’s OK too! Many couples are ruling their wedding as a “Camera Free Zone” or “Unplugged” because it can actually interfere with the PAID photographer in doing their job well.

If this is your wish, be sure and make your feelings about social media known. Put a note in your wedding program to let your guests know. Make an announcement. Put a sign on every table or at the entrance to your ceremony and reception hall. Be sure and send out a link to the online gallery of your photographer so they can order prints. And finally, if you are a guest at an unplugged wedding, by all means RESPECT the couple’s wishes!

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