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Raising Money and Awareness for Terminal Juvenile Batten Disease

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Charity Events | 0 comments

Raising Money and Awareness for Terminal Juvenile Batten Disease

In June 2013 Jason and Heather Hansen received the horrible news that Kennedy, their 15 year old daughter, had been diagnosed with an aggressive terminal illness. Known as Terminal Juvenile Batten Disease, it is very rare disease that only occurs in 2 to 4 of every 100,000 people in the U.S. (Kennedy is the only known case of this disease in Utah). The disease causes mental impairment, worsening seizures, and progressive loss of sight and motor skills. Eventually, children with Batten disease/NCL become blind, bedridden and unable to communicate, and it is always fatal. Since Kennedy’s diagnosis, she is now fully blind and will need a wheel chair in the very near future. Rather than lament their daughter’s affliction, Jason and Heather decided to celebrate Kennedy’s life and throw her the party of a lifetime for her 16th birthday. The event was held at the ballroom at Weber State University, and it included a DJ, a huge silent auction, pizza, ice cream, chocolate fondue fountains, cupcakes, cotton candy, and (of course) our photo booth. Everything at the party was donated, so all the money raised will go to Kennedy’s medical bills. Any money leftover from the fundraising efforts will be donated to a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting this horrible disease. We were very touched by the courage of Kennedy and the outpouring of love from her friends, family, and the volunteers. Both Heather and I were struggling to hold back the tears during Jason’s speech, as he shared stories about Kennedy and his gratitude to all that have helped. If you would like to donate to Kennedy and her cause, follow this link and be sure to “Like” her Facebook...

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5 Reasons NOT to hire a budget photo booth company

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Couth Booth, Weddings | 0 comments

You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of options when it comes to finding someone to provide a photo booth for your wedding or event. But just like with haircuts and hotel rooms, usually the cheapest option isn’t the best one. “You get what you pay” for is a popular phrase, and this especially applies when hiring a photo booth company. Here are 5 reasons NOT to hire a budget priced photo booth: 1. Their booths are ugly and take poor quality photos Yes, you can hire a company for $400 to bring a photo booth to your wedding. But here’s what you will typically get with these “budget” booths: A photo “booth” made from white PVC pipe (or maybe one of those Easy-Up tents your dad uses at family BBQs) with a low quality (and slow) inkjet printer, and an uninterested employee sitting at a bare plastic table with a laptop checking their Facebook newsfeed. This isn’t a fictional situation, I’m describing a local photo booth company that we’ve actually seen at weddings with this setup. Unfortunately, we didn’t snap a photo but here’s an example of another local photo “tent”. Not only are photo “tents” unattractive, but usually they are made from black fabric which makes the photos look like they were taken in a dark cave. Here’s an actual photo from a local bargain photo booth company that I found on their Facebook page (and no, I didn’t alter the photo in any way, it really was this dark). Maybe I’m a snob, but I wouldn’t pay $400 for photos that look like they were taken with a cellphone camera at night. 2. Their photo booths are slow and inefficient Commercial-grade photo printers aren’t cheap (one of our printers cost $1200!), so most of the budget booths will use less expensive and slow printers. You know that inkjet printer that you use to print homework assignments? That’s probably the same model that the budget guys are using in their photo booth. Not only is the quality poor, but the prints will be wet and easily smudged. If they are using an inkjet printer, they will also have to manually cut the paper to be the size of a photo strip (whereas a good printer will print and cut at the same time). If they haven’t cut the strips ahead of time, this means that they will have to trim each photo strip as they print. This results in each photo session taking much longer, which means that fewer guests will be able to use the booth. If you only get half as many people through your booth because it is inefficient, are you really saving money by going with the less expensive photo booth company? Our booths are fast and efficient. Our printers automatically print and cut duplicate photo strips in as little as 7 seconds, and they are dry to the touch (no smudging!). The print quality is on par with the photo printers that you see at the photo centers at Costco and Target. In our booths, from start to finish it only takes a total of 57 seconds for someone to take their photos and receive their prints (and, someone else can be using the booth while the photos are printing). 3. They aren’t as inexpensive as they seem Often time the “budget” price doesn’t include some of the essential features that couples want, like props, a guest book, or even printed photos (sometimes the cheap price only includes digital copies). These companies usually charge more for these “extras”. By the time that they “nickel-and-dime” you with upgrades, the budget...

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The Wedding Retro Photo Booth

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Retro Booth, Weddings | 0 comments

The Wedding Retro Photo Booth

The Retro Booth has always been one of our most popular photo booths, but the black and red color combination didn’t appeal to everyone. So we went back to the drawing board and created a whole new look for the Retro photo booth. You can now choose between red, grey, black or white curtains and black or new white wedding-themed panels. The white panels were designed specifically for weddings, with an elegant (but still retro) feel and a place for us to put the bride and groom’s names. The white-on-white option comes standard with our Lavish Package or it can be added to our Deluxe Package for just...

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7 Insider Secrets for Saving Thousands on Your Wedding

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Couth Booth, Weddings | 0 comments

As the famous author Gavin Kennedy said, “everything is negotiable”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret of the wedding industry – You can negotiate with that expensive wedding planner, you can get discounts from that award winning florist, and even the “you-should-have-reserved-me-six-months-ago” photographer gives out the occasional deal. The key is this: Find a way to make their job easier (cheaper, simpler, shorter, or whatever) or do something that creates value for them. If you can accomplish either task, you’ll have good reason to ask for a discount, deal, or upgrade. Although saving a few bucks here and there may not seem like a lot, your negotiations can have a huge impact on your overall budget if you get all of your vendors to budge just a little on their price. For the average bride, negotiating a discount of just 10% with every vendor would result in a total savings of over $2,700! Now that I’ve gotten your attention, here are seven techniques to achieve these savings: 1. Timing is Everything Just like hotel rooms and airfare, wedding services are more expensive the more in demand that they are. If you’re planning your wedding on a Saturday night in June, expect to pay top dollar for everything. But if you have the flexibility to choose a less popular date or even the time of day, you can probably negotiate a better rate. People in the wedding industry work almost exclusively on weekends, and are seldom booked Monday through Wednesday. However, this doesn’t mean that the only way to save money is to plan your wedding on a Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM (although I’m certain that you could score some great deals if you did!). Consider booking your ceremony on a Saturday morning and having an early afternoon wedding reception. As long as your vendors can still book a Saturday evening gig, you might be able to get a better rate than if you booked on a Saturday night. Another way to save money might be to book at the very last minute. Most brides book their wedding services months in advance. So if a vendor has nothing scheduled for this weekend, it’s highly unlikely that he is going to book anything. Use this to your advantage! Most vendors would rather book something than have nothing, even if it means that they do it for less money. Let’s say that you didn’t hire a photographer because you couldn’t quite fit it into your budget (after all, your Uncle Carl has a camera that he barely knows how to use, and he will do it for free!). One week before your wedding date, call around to find photographers that are still available and see if they are willing to give you a killer last minute deal. 2. Bundle Wedding Services Often times, people in the wedding businesses offer more than one product or service. For example, in addition to sound systems and a cheesy voice, a DJ might also have a portable dance floor, lighting, or a stage for rent. A catering company might also own a bakery, so they could make your wedding cake in addition to providing food. Most vendors would rather book one large event than two smaller ones, so they’re more likely to give you a discount if you book them for multiple services. When you interview vendors, find out what other services they provide and ask what kind of discount they’ll offer if you book the whole kit-and-caboodle. At Couth Booth, we offer a 10% discount on our DJ Packages and our concessions (popcorn,...

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5 Questions to Ask Any Photo Booth Company

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Couth Booth, Retro Booth, Weddings | 0 comments

  Planning an event or a wedding can be a very difficult task, especially given the large number of vendors that are competing for your business. Effectively comparing the services that vendors provide can be quite difficult if you don’t know the right questions to ask.  We hope that you’ll consider letting us be part of your event, but even if you don’t hire us, hopefully this guide will be helpful in finding the best photo booth company for your needs and budget.  Without further adieu, here are five vital questions to ask any photo booth company:  1. “Can I come see your booth in person?” Would you book a venue for your wedding without seeing it? Of course not! For the same reason, it’s a good idea to actually see and experience a photo booth before you book it. Many booths look great on the company’s website but when you see them in person you realize that it’s all a facade. I’ve seen many booths that are little more than some black curtains and an old piano bench. Or, they have purchased a cheap “easy up” tent, throw a tripod and camera inside, and call it a “booth”. Unless you actually see the booth, it can be hard to tell what the booth is made from and how it works. If a company isn’t willing to let you come experience their booth in person, there is probably a reason they are hiding it from you.  And don’t believe them if they tell you that they can’t show you the booth because it’s always booked. If they want your business, they will make time. We are very proud of our booths and would be more than happy to welcome you to our home to show you our booths in person.  Contact us to arrange for a personal demonstration (my wife might even bake cookies).  2. “What is included in your pricing?” One fun part about a photo booth is the many options available to customize the experience to your preferences. Be sure that you know what options are available, and what is included in the package that you book. The last thing you want is to be disappointed on your wedding day because the backdrop you loved wasn’t included in the package that you booked. Be sure to get a written quote or a pricing sheet from each vendor so that you know what’s included. Most of our rental packages come with unlimited photo sessions, our deluxe prop assortment, a photo guest book, a photo booth attendant present the whole time, and free travel to most locations along the Wasatch Front. Feel free to email us to get a pricing sheet that shows exactly which options are included in our packages.       3. “How many hours of actual “live” photo booth time are included in your pricing?” Some unscrupulous photo booth companies will quote you a “too good to be true” price for a three hour rental, but it turns out that you don’t really get three hours. Several people have told us about a local company who considers three hours to include the time needed to set up and tear down. Apparently they don’t even show up and begin to set up the booth until the event has begun, and they begin tearing down their equipment a half hour before the reception ends. When you call a photo booth company, make sure that the set up time isn’t subtracted from your photography time. Don’t worry, we always arrive an hour ahead of time to ensure that we are...

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Another Successful Bridal Show!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Bridal Show, Retro Booth, Uncategorized, Weddings | 0 comments

Another Successful Bridal Show!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Grand America Hotel last week. We got to meet so many excited brides, grooms, moms, and soon-to-be bridesmaids! We also debuted the new look of our Retro Booth with its clean white curtain. We even gave out some samples of our freshly spun cotton candy. Thanks to everyone who came to our booth and visited with...

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$100 Gift Card Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have experienced one of our photo booths, we would love for you to review us. Online reviews are essential to the success of our business, so we’re asking you to take a moment and write a review. As a special “thank you”, we’re giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner who writes a review. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is review our business on Google, KSL, Wedding Wire, and/or The Knot (or all 4) and you’ll be entered to win. Each review you write, on each site, counts as a separate entry for the contest. So, if you write a review on all four sites (feel free to copy and paste), you’ll be entered 4 times! The contest ends on September 7, 2013, so don’t procrastinate! See full contest details below: Each unique online review of Couth Booth will count as one entry. Entries are limited to 4 per person, and only one review per site will be counted. Eligible online review sites are Google, KSL, WeddingWire.com and TheKnot.com. Winner will be chosen at random on September 8, 2013 and notified via email or phone. If prize is not claimed within 7 days, a new winner may be chosen. Winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card. Please note that if your display name on the review site does not contain your name, you must notify us of your display name(s) in order for your review to be...

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Vintage Carnival Weddings

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Couth Booth, Outdoor wedding, Vintage Carnival | 0 comments

  Weddings are supposed to be celebrations, and what’s more fun that going to the carnival? Instead of the traditional culinary staples of finger sandwiches, punch, and cake, cutting edge brides are now choosing cotton candy, freshly popped popcorn, and snow cones. The idea of the traveling carnival dates back to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It included games of chance, rides, freak shows, burlesque, and of course, delicious treats. After the world’s fair, traveling carnival companies began touring the US, sharing the fun and thrills with communities big and small. The appeal of the carnival is alive and well today, as witnessed by the recent trend in carnival weddings. Let us be the ring master at your carnival. We have adorable vintage cotton candy, pop corn, and snow cone machines that have that cute retro look. We can even bring our antique lemonade stand, complete with fresh lemonade. And, of course, our “Couth Booth” photo booth is the perfect addition to round off the vintage carnival theme. With fresh carnival treats and a beautiful photo booth, your wedding will be the talk of the town. Our vintage carnival carts can be rented individually or packaged with any photo booth rental. Call or email today to get a quote. Get...

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