Played Out Wedding Trend? Why You Should Still Have a Photo Booth at Your Wedding

By Rachel Wilkerson, Lover.ly

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The photo booth has quickly gone from a fun wedding trend to a common sight at every wedding, and now some people are declaring it "over." But before you put away the funny props, hear us out! Here are some reasons it's still worth it to have a photo booth, even if everyone else is doing it.

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1. It's a source of entertainment. Having a few "stations" or things to do at your reception can be a good way to keep guests engaged. There are plenty of people who will want a break from dancing or even from making conversation, and the photo booth provides a great escape. It's also a great way for people who haven't met yet to strike up conversations.

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2.It helps create a wedding keepsake. For you as much as your guests. Sure, some guests having a few new pictures of themselves, but even if they don't care about that, you will love having pictures of your guests (especially because what's in the pictures will probably be a fun surprise to you a few weeks after the wedding). If you think of it less like a party favor and more like a guest book, there's really no reason to skip it just because your guests may have seen it before.


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3. Your guests don't spend hours looking at wedding blogs. While your also-engaged maid of honor might think photo booths have become a cliche, that's probably because she's got wedding planning (and attending!) fatigue. But your older relatives and guests who don't attend many weddings will likely find the photo booth totally delightful and fun.

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4. Every photo booth is different. Even if your guests have been to five weddings with photo booths, they haven't been to your wedding with a photo booth. The vibe at every wedding is so different and things like the time of day to the crowd to how strong the bartender is making drinks can have a big effect on how the photos turn out. But the simple fact that the guest list is different at each wedding means the photo booth photos will be different at each wedding. Maybe people are over taking pictures with their dates, but they would love a chance to take silly pics with old friends or relatives who they haven't seen at all those other weddings.

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5. Just because a wedding trend is ubiquitous doesn't mean it has to be abandoned. If you're counting on your photo booth to be the coolest thing ever that none of your guests have ever seen before, you may need a reality check. But if you're just adding it to the list of popular wedding details that you happen to like and choose to have, who cares if it's been done before? Some elements of your wedding will be personalized and unique, but plenty of others will be part of bigger traditions that started out as hip trends before becoming ubiquitous. But don't skip out on the things you really like or really want to do just because they've been done before.

Photo booth at your wedding? Yay or nay? Let us know in the comments.

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