Little Black Book | The London Lightbox

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.

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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!?

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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.

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Find out more about them over on their website!

Little Black Book | VenueScanner

Every good wedding starts with a good venue, from a grand stately home to industrial blank spaces, quirky warehouses or rustic barns, everyone has a different take on their perfect venue.

Now here at Revelry Towers we pride ourselves on the ability to sniff out the right venue for you but as well as knowing various venues personally we also work with venue directories for additional inspiration. We recently met the lovely Rebecca from VenueScanner, who answered some of our questions about the venue directory and how it works. If you're looking for a venue then read on...

1. So Rebecca, what is VenueScanner?

VenueScanner is a discovery, comparison and booking website for meeting and event venues.

2. Sounds helpful, how did it begin?

It began, like many great start-ups in a garden shed! The idea was developed from myself and my co-founder Benjy’s personal experiences of trying to discover and book venues. We were working at Marks & Spencer and every team workshop, team away day, summer party, Christmas party etc etc was a total pain to find and book the venueIt's crazy how hard it was given how many great venues we are surrounded by in Londonmost of which have over 30% availability!

So, in early 2015 we explored the concept of finding all the venues near to us and putting them on a search website. And quickly we have become the fastest growing marketplace in the UK for venues.

3. That's exciting, so tell us, how does Venue Scanner work?

Our aim is to be super simple to use. Here is the low down:

1.      Search by postcode & event type

2.      Compare side by side all of the venues within that category (>8000 to choose from!)

3.      Filter the venues according to:

a.      Venue Type: Affordable, Creative, Traditional, Warehouse etc

b.      Number of guests

c.       Budget

d.      Event Type

4.      When you like a venue you can click ‘The little pink plus’ which adds the venue to your basket

5.      When ready you can write one enquiry and send it off to all venues

6.      Venue Hosts will receive your enquiry immediately and respond directly to you via our messaging hub

7.      All your enquiries will be in one place and when you are ready you can book & pay.

8.      We are always online to help, and if you don’t have time to search and compare you can simply send us your event details and we find the best spaces for you.

 

3. What’s the best thing about Venue Scanner for anyone looking for a wedding or party venue

The best thing about VenueScanner is that it is quick & easy.

You have the widest variety of venues at your fingertips and can tailor the search to find your perfect venue in 5-10 minutes and then enquire direct at the click of a button. No agencies, middle men or fees. Someone on chat to help you at all times!

4. What advice would you give anyone looking for a venue?

The venue is one of the most important parts of your event, however blank canvas venues can be converted to fit any event theme. I am always tempted to find blank canvas, quirky and interesting spaces which tend to be more affordable and spend more on creating the perfect event within the blank canvas venue.

We have found that enquiring with 5 venues at once when you are searching delivers the greatest likelihood of making your booking quick and simple and avoids availability issues.

5. What sets you apart from other directories?

We are a tiny tech team. We are not an agency or have any venues or agencies associated to us. We are purely trying to complete the mission of making venue discovery & booking really really simple. We also offer lots of rewards for repeat bookings and like to send everyone who books with us either a bottle of wine or bunch of flowers as a surprise so if you like either of these check us out! ;)