Questions to ask about DJ & Photo Booth Rental here in The Houston Area
1.Do they have insurance?
This is probably the most important event of your life. Your Venue, Caterer, Coordinator, DJ, Photographer and even your cake vendor will most likely have insurance. It is just as important that your photo booth entertainment does as well. Are you hiring a professional or an amateur?
2.How do I know what package to choose?
Although you might think that you need 4 hours of photo booth at your event, the package you choose should be determined by the number of guests that you are inviting. If your guest list is over 250, you really should provide two booths. Because of their popularity, lines for photo booths can be very long. No one likes to wait in lines, especially guests at a wedding who have had plenty to drink and their feet are killing them. The following rule is industry standard.
Here is a rule of thumb for number of guests or attendees:
30-250 people = One Booth, four hours
250-500 people = Two Booths, four hours
500-1000 people = Three Booths, four-five hour
3.What is included in a Rental Package?
That depends on the vendor, but as a consumer you can request all Add-ons be included in the quoted package price. Such Add-on items are Props, Guestbook, Online Hosting and Customized Headers. However, many companies charge extra for these items and that is why you should always ask upfront about what exactly is included in that promotional price. Individually these add-ons can bloat the end cost of the rental package. Price shopping is not always a guarantee of saving money.
Complete includes Customized Graphic, Fun, professional, outgoing operator, Unlimited Prints, USB or CD of digital images, Assortment of Props, Unlimited Pics
4.What do the Props look like?
This is a fair question even if they are included in the package for free. What you have in mind and what they supply may not be the same
5.What is a Guestbook and what kind do you provide? One of the fun features of a photo booth at any event is the Guestbook. Guests can take a copy of their photo strip and glue it into a book and then write something next to it. This activity is hugely popular at weddings and fun for all ages. Again, ask what the Guestbook looks like and make sure that it is what you want. And be sure that all supplies like, glue and pens come with the Guestbook. Supplying your own Guestbook is the other option and do not be afraid to do just that. Even if it is free, it may not be worth anything in the end if it does not meet your expectations.
6.Can the photo strips be personalized ? Yes, most vendors customize the photo strips with names and date. This is called the Header. But here again, ask to see what this looks like. You can request a sample of what the end product will look like. It may not sound like a big deal but these strips are the one thing that guests hold onto long after your wedding reception or event.
7. Do you offer unlimited prints at the event ? Most vendors advertise unlimited photos at events but it would be smart to have “unlimited” defined. Here is why If 5 people are in the booth, 5 people should get a copy and an additional copy for the guestbook. For some companies, unlimited means 2 copies per session. That means only 2 of the 5 will get a print, Ask the vendor to be specific.
8.Is there an attendant operating the booth all night? Many clients assume that there is an attendant included and just as many assume that the booth runs itself. It’s a machine ! There should always be an attendant. Someone needs to maintain the product you are paying for.
9. Will I get a copy of all photos taken at my wedding or event ? The delivery of those photos may vary. Usually the options are DVD, Flash-drive, and/or Online Hosting. You and your guests should never ever have to pay for photos after the event. Not only is this an insult to your guests, but you already paid for them once. This is where the consumer might think they are getting a bargain upfront on a discounted rental and then realize extra costs later.