If your wedding is coming up, and you're trying to weed through the many photo booth/lounge/space options out there, one question that might come up is whether you should rent a booth for your reception that does photo strips, or go all-digital.
It’s a valid question. The simple answer is...yes.
Meaning, it depends on your guests - their age, gender and background. Your reception will likely have many types of people, and it’s important to think about what they’d want most.
Of course, your wedding is your day. But, if your guests aren’t happy, then your day’s potential won’t be reached.
So, I made a little cheat sheet to help decide what type of photo entertainment you should get. Your guests will generally fall into 4 categories. If your guests are more one category over the other, it'll be fairly easy to decide which media to choose. Here they are:
Young - you’ll likely want an all-digital booth with easy & real-time online sharing capabilities (to put on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook & Instagram). Both young guys and gals will expect this.
Old - you’ll want prints or photo strips, or a combination of digital with print options - some companies offer online print ordering, or on-site prints and photo strips. You may also be ok going all-digital - your older guests can still pickup prints from Walgreen’s with their digital images for super-cheap. Older folks like engaging with photos on Facebook, too.
Men - you’ll want downloads. Young guys will engage with the photos they took on Facebook, mainly. Both young and older men generally don’t care about prints or photo strips, unless they’re getting them for their better half. Single guys engage more with the photos they took because they’re generally taken with “the guys” or other girls. Married men are more reserved and like doing portrait-style shots with their wives, and with their married friends. Instagram is pretty popular for both single & married men.
Women - you’ll want both. As far as I’ve learned, women love seeing the memories they made in all kinds of media - prints, photo strips, digital images, and in many social networks. They want to use their photos for DIY projects, framing them, or sharing them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. Depending on the average age of the ladies that will be at your reception, you might be ok with going all-digital (as they can get print versions from Walgreen’s, like mentioned before), but some will still love the nostalgia of getting a photo strip on-site.
These categories are definitely over-simplified, but I think this will still give you a good idea of what to do.
Something more to consider is that we’re at a weird time in the industry, as far as trends go. Photo strips have traditionally been a requirement for receptions (if you're doing a photo booth), but many view their ability to interact with and get feedback from their photos on social media to be just as meaningful as prints or strips.
More and more older women and men are using all kinds of social media, and are pretty darn tech-savvy. In the end, you'll need to use your intuition, as well as ask friends & family what will make them the most happy.
What do you think? Or, if you’re an event planner, photo booth operator or photographer, what has been your experience?
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