Weddings

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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10 questions to ask before hiring a Utah photo booth company

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Couth Booth, Weddings | 0 comments

Before you hire any Utah photo booth business for your wedding or event, be sure that you ask these ten key questions so that you don’t end up with any surprises: 1. Is their booth an actual booth, or is it a glorified tent? Many people are surprised (and dismayed) when their Utah photo booth company arrives and it turns out that their “booth” isn’t a booth at all. Many of these “booths” amount to little more than a makeshift case containing a cheap camera and other components, with a curtain that surrounds it. Undoubtedly you’ve spent a lot of time and money to make your wedding or event perfect, so why would you want a cheesy “tent” masquerading as a photo booth? If they don’t have pictures of their booth on their website, they probably don’t want you to see it before it’s too late. Our Couth Booth is a solid structure (with a floor, roof, and walls on all sides) that was hand made by our carpenter in a french vintage style. It’s big enough that we deliver it in an enclosed trailer, but it’s also modular so we can disassemble it and fit it in just about any space. Its elegant exterior will compliment your wedding or any other sophisticated event. 2. How many hours are included in the price? Is this “live time” or is setup/tear down time deducted from this time? Make sure that there is no ambiguity in what your photo booth experience entails. Some unscrupulous Utah photo booth companies will say that you’re going to get three hours, but they take their setup and take down time out of your photo booth time! Be sure that they set up and take down on their time and that your guests get to enjoy the photo booth for the full time. 3. What type of printer do they use? This may sound like a silly question, but the last thing you want is for your special photos to be printed on poor quality paper from a $99 inkjet printer from Walmart. The phrase you want to hear is “dye sublimation”. This type of printer will produce photo quality prints very quickly (15 seconds or so) and they are dry to the touch so there’s no danger of smudging. Photo strips printed from a “dye sub” printer are beautiful and will last for decades. If they use an ink jet, politely end the conversation and continue your search for your Utah photo booth provider. Our printer produces incredibly lifelike prints that looks and feel just like you had them developed at your local photo center. Don’t believe me? We’d be happy to send you some samples so that you can see for yourself. Just send us an email and we’ll put a few sample prints in the mail for ya. 4. Will they customize the photo strips with a design tailored to your event? Any self respecting Utah photo booth company will gladly create a custom design to compliment the style of your event. We will happily match your photo strip design to your wedding colors, or use your corporate logo, font, or colors. Or, choose from our most popular designs and we’ll customize them any way you want. 5. How many prints are included in the price? Some Utah photo booth companies will charge you per print, or surprise you with fees if you exceed a certain number of prints. The last thing you want is to be worried about how many people are using the photo booth at your wedding or event. All...

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Photo Booth Tickets & Signs

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Outdoor wedding, Weddings | 0 comments

Photo Booth Tickets & Signs

Vintage Photo Booth Ideas We’re always on the lookout for design concepts that would appeal to the modern day Utah bride and groom. Want to add some vintage photo booth verve to your Utah photo booth experience? Give out tickets to your guests as they arrive at your Utah wedding or event. Here’s a cute vintage design that we’d be happy to share with you for your wedding. Printing these signs and tickets would be a snap and they’d add some vintage class to your big day:   Vintage Photo Booth Sign We love this look! These photo booth signs were popular on the old vintage photo booths from the 40’s. We’re considering adding this vintage look as an option for our booths so that we can showcase the bride and groom’s name as part of the vintage photo booth look. We could print a sign like this for your wedding or event for just $50 extra and prominently display it on the front of our booths.   Vintage Photo Booth This is a vintage photo booth called the “Auto Booth Model 9” from the 1950’s. Vintage booths like these were originally used by the military to print photos for soldiers’ identification, but it didn’t take long for the photo booth to gain popularity in mainstream culture. Wouldn’t it be cool to reproduce something like this? I love the woodgrain and the faded blue colors that are so indicative of the 50’s. It just ooozes vintage photo booth coolness. For more pics of vintage photo booth designs, check out our Pinterest page. Once you’re ready to reserve your booth, please fill out our reservation...

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Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Photobooth Ideas

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Outdoor wedding, Weddings | 0 comments

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Photobooth Ideas

Wedding Photobooth, Outdoor or In Love must be in the air, because there are a lot of people getting married this summer, and many of them want an outdoor wedding photobooth. The only problem is that the summer months are our busiest, so we’ve had to turn away some brides and grooms who waited too long to book their booth. Our photo booths work great outdoors or in. If you’re wedding is outdoors, we’d be happy to set up a backdrop in the “open air” setting. We have a freestanding pipe-and-drape setup that can suspend a fabric backdrop behind your guests as they are photographed. Suspending globes or putting props on sticks in the ground can add ambiance and depth to your photos. It’s your wedding photobooth and we want it to be exactly as you envisioned. If you’d prefer a more intimate setting for your guests’ photos, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with the standard enclosed photobooth. Wedding Photobooth Ideas on Pinterest Need more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page for boards dedicated to vintage wedding ideas, photobooth backdrops, props, and other wedding photobooth ideas. Reserve Your Wedding Photobooth Soon It’s only February but we’ve already spoken to many anxious brides who want photo booths at their weddings. We’re getting calls from brides all over the place: weddings from Ogden to Layton, all the way down to Sandy, and in Utah County. If you’re considering having a wedding photobooth, reserve us today because we are booking up...

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