A photo booth rental can be the highlight of the party (yay!) or the source of many headaches. While you can’t always prevent the latter, you can take a few steps when renting a photo booth to ensure that your photo booth is the source of a LOT of fun.
Be clear about pricing and contract details.
Hidden costs are incredibly frustrating, especially when the final cost is significantly more than the up-front quote. To avoid the frustration, always ask for a full list of charges up front instead of just asking about the cost.
Ask about back-ups and troubleshooting problems.
Unfortunately, even the best-maintained photo booths do occasionally break down. To avoid a mid-event breakdown, always vet photo booth equipment to ensure that you are getting reliable equipment. Look for equipment with sturdy cabinets and without home printers, which are prone to problems. To make sure you can get a quick repair if there is an issue, ask the photo booth rental company if an attendant is included with the rental and who to contact in case of a problem. For added insurance, ask if the company has back-up units that are available when needed.
Research the photo booth rental company.
The best photo booth rental companies check off several boxes. They are reputable with a long history of satisfied customers and rentals. You can find those companies with some research; start by looking at their social media sites and online review sites for reviews by past customers.
Have fun with photo booth props.
A photo booth rental wouldn’t be complete without a whole host of props that make those memorable photos. Some companies include props in the photo booth rental. If you need props, include that question (“do you provide props as part of the photo booth rental?”) in your initial list of questions. For custom photos, purchase additional props (use this list of photo booth prop ideas) and customize the backdrop. If you have a social media hashtag, you can add the hashtag onto items or choose unique items that fit with the theme.
Make your photo booth rental a package deal.
Some photo booth rental companies offer the rental as part of a package (such as with lighting or DJ services). If you need other services, this is a great way to get a good deal and keep your vendor calls to a minimum.