Snap Happy Media provides photo booth hire for weddings across Scotland. When I first heard about this I was pretty amazed. I’d never heard of this and wanted to find out more.
And so it was from a hotel room while working away that I called Pat, the owner of Snap Happy Media, to find out more about the service and exactly how it works.
“I used to be a videographer, but found that there was only so much you could do with video. I could capture the moment, but couldn’t exactly direct the events!” he tells me. “I also felt that the although the videos I created were great, there was only so much a couple could get out of them once they’d watched it a few times.”
So it was to photo booths that Pat turned. Taking up a three by four meter space, Pat arrives around 45 minutes before he’s needed and sets the booth up and stays for a full four hours, with 8pm being the most popular start time. “It’s a pretty impressive looking piece of equipment – glossy and stylish – and can be set up in practically any room, even if it’s an upstairs space.”
The booths are dual purpose, able to take photographs as well as record video clips for the happy couple. With personalised backdrops and a box full of props, there is plenty of fun to be had.
Best of all is all of the photographs are provided to your guests free of charge. “People come along early in the evening with their formal face on, and leave with their strip of passport style photos, but before the night’s out, they’ve been back to put on a wig and some shades with their friends and have left with pictures of sheer enjoyment,” Pat tells me.
As well as every guest getting to keep their own photo’s, Pat provides a disc containing copies of all of the images, as well as the video clips, for the couple to take away, allowing them to take their favourites and make a scrap book all of their own. Pat can also manage the guest book, putting a picture of your guests next to their little message so you have a face to that scrawled good luck message.
I love the idea of the photo booth and see it as a potential replacement for wedding favours. The traditional organza bag of sugared almonds could easily be replaced by the chance to have a real memento to take away from your big day. It also saves on the cost of keeping the official photographer around for the evening, as it’s likely everyone will be in the booth at some point during the night. And then there’s the sheer entertainment factor of it all of course.
But the key selling point for me is what the bride and groom get to take away from it. Not only have they pretty much guaranteed a whole load of fun for their guests, it’s the disc of the images and videos that really makes a difference. The ability to share their images online or print them at will is something I find hard to place a true value on. I only wish we’d had the opportunity for something like this back when we got married.
You find out more about the booths at SnapHappyMedia.com, contact Pat directly on 07774 004 348, or alternatively complete the contact form below and Pat will get in touch with you.