Like any service prices for photo booths can vary massively from supplier to supplier and to make matters even more difficult, different suppliers offer wildly different options, packages and prices and include or exclude many different items. In this article, i will be using my 10 years of experience in the events industry to answer the question. How much does it cost to hire a photo booth for your wedding?
In a nutshell, the cost to hire a photo booth is between $800-$1500 per hour, and generally most companies have a 2 or 3-hour minimum hire. Additional prints, custom backdrops, and custom artwork matching your wedding theme are popular add-ons that will increase the cost. More often than not, weekdays are generally easier to negotiate a discount than weekends.
Photo booths are a hot ticket for every party, wedding, corporate event and activation. Once reserved for passport photos, nightclubs and shopping centres, photo booths became increasingly popular for events in the early 2000s and haven’t slowed down since. Photo booths are becoming so essential to a wedding, that couples are booking them before their live entertainment to secure their favourite company. But there’s no reason to stop at only weddings; photo booths add fun to pretty much any type of social or private event.
You can hire a photo booth company to attend your event, set up and operate a photo booth, and provide guests with customised keepsakes in the form of bespoke prints. Many photo booth companies set a limit on prints for the duration of the rental E.g 2 prints per session, 4 prints per session or even unlimited prints per session as well as providing fun or sometimes even themed props & signs for guests to sass up the photos.
Nationally, the average cost to hire a photo booth for a wedding ranges between , corporate events rates is even higher because of the additional customisation and branding that is required. Hire time is a major factor in the total fee; longer rentals will command a higher price. Day of week and time of year can also affect costs with some companies. If you are planning your event on a Friday or Saturday, don’t expect any type of discount as this is considered prime time in the events industry. Chances are if you don’t book at full price, someone else will. Weekdays are considered ‘quiet time’ for weddings and private parties. Great discounts can be negotiated during these periods but on the other hand, a lot of corporate events are booked in for weekdays which always demand a higher fee.
The type of photo booth you rent will also have an impact on cost. Often, Selfie Mirrors cost more to rent due to their size and initial cost to purchase is much higher than a standard photo booth. Photo booths vary widely in terms of functionality, such as customisable green screens, GIF and Boomerang creation, and professional cameras will also cost more. For larger events, photo booth companies offer an unlimited amount of customisation to reflect a brand, style or theme.
Not only for weddings! Photo Booth are also requested for private and social parties, birthdays, festivals, work parties, corporate events, launch events, high-school reunions, fundraisers, proms, school events, sweet 16s, and other special occasions, photo booths are a very well received party addition for any size event or crowd. There are many kinds of photo booths available: enclosed photo booth, an open photo booth with a backdrop, Selfie Mirror or Magic mirror as its also known, GIF Stations, Boomerang booths, Roaming photos, hashtag printers and more coming on the market all the time. Rental costs can vary greatly, depending on the type of booth as well as a variety of add-ons.
Photo Booth Type
Selfie Mirrors generally have higher rates, while enclosed photo booths are the cheapest. However, rates could be higher for a unique or themed enclosed photo booth. Open air booths that are using high-end cameras, screens and has pro level software usually dmeand a higher fee. Pro level software brings a ton more customisation, stock and custom photo filters, text and email sharing, awesome green-screen effects, GIFs and much more. Open-air booths can be as simple as a camera on a tripod in front of a plain backdrop or maybe more technical with a green screen as a backdrop or face morphing. Open booths seem to be the most popular choice of phot booth for 2019/2020.
Unlike traditonal enclosed booths, the open booth popularity is because of the large choice of backdrops, guests enjoy watching other guests use the booth and the lack of walls makes for soem epic large group photos! Other booths include, GIF Stations, Green screen experiences, flipbook booths, slider booths, 360 booths and there are now even5 types of mirror booth. the photo booth world is constrantly evolving and this trend does not look like its slowing down any time soon.
Photo Booth Packages
Most companies book photo booth packages with a minimum number of hours to cover their costs for travel to and from their office and the your wedding venue, the cost of staff to manage the booth ensuring its being used to its full potential and any issues are quickly resolved, the cost of print media and other consumables are also factored in to your overall cost along with 101 other busienss expenses needed to run a phot oboth business. They may charge between £150 – £250 per hour, with packages starting at two or three hours minimum. Additional hours and special features add to the total price. Other companies provide a bespoke service and create custom packages for their clients alongside some standard packages. Here are some examples of packages offered by magic smiles+ Booths.
- 3 hour hire – Selfie Mirror: From 300
- 3 hour hire – Open Booth: From 600
- 3 hour hire – GIF Station: From 400
- 4 hour hire – Selfie Mirror: From 1000
- 4 hour hire – Open Booth: From 800
- 4 hour hire -GIF Station: From 500
Some packages contain more or less prints per photo session, some contain an added photo album, some contain more customisation than other packages. Its important to decide whats best for your event in terms of value and choice.
Each of the above listed packages from Fresh Booths includes additional time for travel, load in, setup and break down (beyond your agreed-upon event hours); a booth attendant onsite for the duration of the hire;unlimited photos; 2-4 prints per photo session customised with a logo, names or special text or even a full custom design to match your wedding invites; a table of props & signs; an online gallery so guests can view and download the photos at a later date and a photo album is included with selected packages.