Have you ever known of a wedding trend so prevalent as the photo booth? Since it came on the scene in the late 2000s, it's become a staple wedding feature that nobody wants to see going away.
We're seeing more and more companies pop up and offer it, so what makes any of them different? What can you choose that still feels unique even though you know you're going to see seven booths at other people's weddings this year?
We spoke to our newest favourite booth team The London Lightbox, about their ethos, their plans and what makes their booth experience stand out.
Guys, hello! Tell us a little bit about The London Lightbox and how you got started?
Hey! Well… we started back in 2015 after using photo booths that were just huge monstrosities. We thought that surely other people will be like us and appreciate some great design combined with taking selfies!?
What makes you different to other photo booths?
So we took apart the conventional photo booth and got rid of the bits no one needs - the bulky ‘booth’ and cheap plastic – and upgraded the cameras, software, printers and flash. We got our design friends involved, mainly architects, carpenters and steel engineers, to create an original shape out of quality materials. The result is the Obscura photo booth.
Booths, you guys. They came, they saw, they conquered in the wedding world. What is it about them do you think made them such a staple of the industry?
With everyone excited for the big day, everyone dressed in their best and with all the friends and family around, who doesn’t want to take a photo!? Combined with saving the memories to look over in the future, and with every event we do, we create unique graphics for the bride and groom – 100% guaranteed there will be one of our photos on the guests’ fridge!
For couples thinking about ways to make their booth more personal or ways to wow their guests, what would you say?
It’s all about the design here. Along with creating your unique graphics and layouts for the prints and social uploads, we also create custom touch screen experiences for the guests, taking them on their selfie journey in your style.
Secondly, the Obscura is designed with changeable ‘Skins’ – so choose one of our premade skin to complement your venue – brushed steel for a minimal space? Zinc for iridescent light reflections in a courtyard? High-gloss, piano black wood for a decadent room? Your day, you choose!
What has been your favourite wedding booth to date?
I think this has to go to Ben and Georgie, their wedding was a beautiful affair in a classic Sperry tent on an Oxfordshire garden – simple and such good fun. The thing I loved was the atmosphere where everyone just wanted fun – and our Obscura coupled with some giant letters and everyone climbing on them meant we could capture the most people we’ve ever had in a frame! Check out this pic (Photo from Georgie and Ben’s wedding)
What would you suggest for the couple looking for something a little bit different, thinking outside of the booth?
A huge benefit of our Obscuras is the fact they’re one of the smallest available – no part of the room is blocked off - so why not build it into a set? Sit it in a Punch and Judy stand on the lawn, or position the Obscura in the jungle in the Conservatory? Wrap the Obscura in our Moss Skin and build in your floristry to tie the whole experience together? Couple that with your own graphics on the prints and you’ve got something totally unique.
Find out more about them over on their website!