Booth For Your Bucks
Photobooth Finder is here to help you find the best option to suit your wedding, party, corporate event or function. We know the industry and there are plenty of pricing structures and offers out there relating to photo booth cost. This can be confusing for the uninitiated photo booth hirer or veteran alike.
Our three top tips:
- Cheapest is not always best.
- Expensive is not always a sign of high quality.
- Spending the time researching and comparing booths and photo booth cost puts you in the best position to make an informed choice.
Don’t stress, we’re here to help! Here is some additional information to help you make the best choice when it comes to photo booth hire cost.
Some operators offer all-inclusive packages while others give their best price for the basic hire and you add the extras you want. Most operators offer unlimited prints but there are a few who charge up to a maximum number of prints. Less commonly, and mainly found with professional photographers, some operators don’t include any prints but you normally can pay post hire for the prints you desire either directly with the photographer or by taking the electronic copies to a printer.
Be sure to check if delivery to your venue is included or charged in addition to the photo booth hire cost. Many operators will charge a fee to travel to venues outside their standard area, something that isn’t always easily deciphered on their websites.
Some operators who provide an attendant will expect them to be fed during the hire period. Check this prior to booking, as this is a cost you will need to factor into your budget and when comparing photo booth hire prices.
Read the fine print as payment plans and cancellation fees vary greatly. This includes amounts required for deposits and when final payments are due.
Some operators will ask for a bond to cover any damage done during your hire, especially for those operators that have unattended photo booths. Don’t despair – treat the booth well and the money will be returned to you after the hire.
If your package has props and any are broken or not returned, you will likely be charged a fee. Most operators will provide an inventory of their props.
Deals and discounts
When you enquire, be sure to advise your date as often photo booth operators will do deals for mid-week, early booking or last minute hires. Some also offer a better deal if you not only book early but also pay in full early so it's worth posing the question. However if you do negotiate to pay early be sure to read the fine print and know what portion is refundable should you have to cancel. It's also a good idea to only do this with long running reputable photo booth hire operators who are more likely to still be in business when your date finally rolls around.
Charities and fundraisers
Is your event for a good cause? Many photo booth hire operators will provide discounts or better deals to charities and fundraisers, so be sure to ask. An ideal arrangement for fundraisers is to get a cheaper price for the hire and then charge people to use the booth with the aim to recoup more money than the photo booth hire cost.
Coupon site deals
If you're thinking about booking via a coupon deal website, our advice is to beware! It might appear at the time you're getting a really good deal, but check the fine print. The deals can have fairly restrictive conditions and often getting an available date is a problem, especially for a Friday or Saturday. If possible check with the photo booth operator before purchasing any coupon to see if your date is available and if that really is the full photo booth hire cost for what you want. If you do get your date, your cheap deal may be at risk of being cancelled anytime so still be aware. This can often be the business model behind these cheap coupon deals. If the operator doesn’t get a better booking for your date, they will service your discount booking (rather than not have a booking at all) and you get a bargain. However, if the operator gets a booking for your date at their standard price, there is a chance they will cancel your booking and service the higher priced one.