How to Rent a Photo Booth for Your Wedding

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Kim Forrest
kim forrest the knot
Kim Forrest
Senior Editor
  • Kim writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in etiquette and planning advice
  • Kim manages freelance writers for The Knot Worldwide
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Kim was Associate Bridal Editor at Washingtonian magazine and Associate Fashion Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides Local magazines
Updated May 08, 2024

A photo booth can be a great addition to a wedding reception. Not only does it provide a fun keepsake for your guests, it's also a great activity for anyone who needs a break from the dance floor. And as the night goes on, things are sure to get pretty rowdy in the booth! Photo booths are pretty popular nowadays—according to The Knot 2023 Real Wedding Study, 46% of couples had additional guest entertainment at their reception and 61% of those respondents rented photo booths. But how do you actually get a photo booth for your wedding? And where can you find a great wedding photo booth company near you? Here's a step-by-step guide to renting photo booth services for your big day.

Gather important information.

Before you book your wedding photo booth, it's decision time. If you skip out on these details, you won't have enough info to give a nearby photo booth company as you kick-start the rental process. What does that mean exactly? It's pretty simple, just make sure these wedding day basics are finalized before going full-steam ahead.

  • Have you booked a wedding venue and set a date?
  • How many guests will you be hosting? (An estimate is fine.)
  • What's your wedding style?
  • What is your budget for a photo booth? (Note: According to The Knot Real Wedding Study, the average couple spends $1,100 on guest entertainment, which includes photo booths).
  • What are your goals for your photo booth (cool backdrops, ability to share on social media, online gallery of images, classic photo strips, green screen, boomerangs, and so on)?

You should also talk to your venue coordinator and/or wedding planner to double-check it's okay to have a photo booth in your event space as well as how much room you have available (preferably near a power source). A floor plan of your venue complete with measurements will make it a whole lot easier to decide on the right kind of photo booth for your wedding. When deciding on a rental, you want to walk away knowing your photo booth will definitely fit and exactly where it'll go. If space is tight, a roaming photo booth (where an attendant strolls around with a handheld touchscreen) is always an option.

Choose the best photo booth for your event.

Now it's time to answer the big question: What type of photo booth do you want to rent for your reception? There are more than likely lots of wedding photo booth options available near you or your venue, so it's really a matter of personal preference. Here are just a few types to choose from:

  • 360-degree photo booths
  • GIF photo booths
  • Slow-motion video photo booths
  • Traditional photo booths
  • Airstream photo booths
  • Inflatable photo booths
  • Open-air photo booths
  • Flip book photo booths

While DIY photo booths are certainly an option, we highly recommend hiring a local company that specializes in photo booths to make the process stress-free and seamless.

Find a photo booth rental company in your wedding location.

Now that you've found the right photo booth type for your wedding, you can start researching rental companies in your area. The Knot Marketplace features thousands of vendors and allows you to read reviews of photo booth companies near you. You can also search by price and offerings such as social media sharing, digital files, online proofing and more. Your wedding photographer, DJ or other vendors may have recommendations (or offer photo booth services themselves!), and you can also ask recently-married family members and friends for suggestions. Narrow the list down to a couple of companies you're most interested in working with.

Reach out and ask questions.

When reaching out to a professional photo booth company, your first question should be about their availability on your wedding date. A few other questions to ask a photo booth vendor:

  • What types of photo booths do you have available? What type of booth do you recommend for my event/venue/guest count?
  • How many people can fit into each type of booth?
  • What do your photo booth backdrops look like?
  • How do guests receive their pics (text message, online gallery, printed photos, photo strip, etc.)?
  • Can I see examples of photos from the photo booths to make sure they're high quality?
  • Will we receive an online gallery of all of the photos taken during the event?
  • What do your packages include? How many hours will we have the photo booth at our event?
  • What is your pricing? When are payments due?
  • Are there any additional charges we should know about (travel fee, overtime, and so on)?
  • Have you worked at our wedding venue before?
  • Do you provide photo booth props?
  • Will there be an attendant present during the event?
  • What happens if the attendant can't make our event due to an emergency? Do you have a backup plan?
  • How do setup and breakdown work? When will you arrive and depart?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • What's your cancellation policy? What's the latest date that I can make changes to my order?

Read the contract carefully.

Once you've chosen your photo booth company, ask for a contract. As with any other service or pro, it's important to read (and re-read!) your contract. Doing so will ensure you receive the photo booth services you really want, and help prevent miscommunication. As you carefully read over your contract, make sure you're clear on the number of hours the photo booth will be present, the deposit and payment schedule, what the photo booth company provides, attendant information and more. Once you have all your bases covered and everything is correct, sign on the line and have your photo booth pro do the same.

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