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Why You Need a Balloon Installation at Your Next Event

You had no idea you would need balloons in your life this bad, trust us.

We’ve seen a huge trend in adding balloon installations to photo booths and events and we would be lying if we told you we didn’t absolutely love it. The eye catching design and the “how the heck did they do that?” response from event attendees keeps our creative wheels spinning. Each time we do a new install, we’re pushing our creative limits and we keep asking ourselves, “how did we live without balloon installations before?”. However, if you’re not like us and you’re unsure if you want to add a balloon installation to your next event, here are seven reasons why our installs are exactly what you need at your next event.

We created an installation for a birthday party!

We created an installation for a birthday party!

1.     It is unique at any event. An installation will make your event POP (pun intended). It’s not a typical backdrop or installation at an event, it is dramatic and totally wow-worthy. If you’re looking for attendees to stop and gawk at something unique during your event, a balloon installation will guarantee it.

2.     It can have multiple uses. At an event in March, we had a client use the balloon installation as a backdrop for photos at their party, and about halfway through the event, they moved the installation to the front door to attract more clientele to come into the venue and keep the party going! So you could say a balloon install will have your party lasting longer and drive more business. You’re welcome.

We created an install for the She Inspires event, hosted by  Erin Condren .

We created an install for the She Inspires event, hosted by Erin Condren.

3.     We can create your dream install. Creating your dream install starts from listening to your theme and what you want at your event. From there we discuss with our designer to match your vision. If you have an idea but it’s hard to describe, we recommend starting with Pinterest (Seriously, how did we live without Pinterest for so long?) and send us images that are your inspiration for your event. We’ll have several proofs to make sure it is cohesive with your inspo, so you’ll know exactly what the installation will look like. Want a whimsical install but unsure what to add to the balloons? We’ll pair your install with some greenery and calligraphic balloons. Looking for a feminine, fresh install for your girlfriend’s bridal shower? Let us add some floral accents to your install. You need an install to pop for your upcoming grand opening? We love adding streamers to our installs to create a unique finish!

4.     Budget friendly. Whether you have a large budget or a small budget, we can create an installation that fits within your bottom line. It may require some creative, outside the box design that you’ve never thought of, but that’s our specialty. We’ll also do our best to save you as much money as possible without sacrificing quality.

We created a rainbow balloon installation for @TheVenueATX’s St. Patrick’s Day Party.

We created a rainbow balloon installation for @TheVenueATX’s St. Patrick’s Day Party.

5.     Balloons match any themed event. Balloons are a staple at most celebrations, including birthday parties, weddings, gender reveal parties, baby and wedding showers, graduations, grand openings, the list goes on! A balloon installation will go with any event you host. Don’t believe us? Check out all of the different events here and of course where we’ve incorporated different balloon installations in the photos in this post!

6.     It’s Instagram worthy. Because a balloon installation is so unique, you can guarantee that everyone will want to take photos of it but also in front of it. If you’re looking for your event to get a lot of documentation (and brand exposure as corporate client), creating opportunities for your guests to take photos is a must, and a balloon installation is a no-brainer!

This installation was for an employee appreciation event hosted by @AlamoDrafthouse.

This installation was for an employee appreciation event hosted by @AlamoDrafthouse.

All of our installations are handcrafted and designed by our team in house. We price each individual install per client because of the uniqueness of each request. If you’re interested to learn more or have questions about adding a balloon installation to your next event, contact our sales team today kati@ohhappydaybooth.com.

Six Reasons Why a Photo Booth is the Perfect Addition to Your Wedding

Imagine this moment… the partner of your dreams gets down on one knee. They start telling you how much you mean to them, you’re the love of their life, they can’t live without you. Then comes the big question comes, “Will you marry me?”. You say yes, then your next thought… “Oh I can’t wait to book a photo booth for our big day!”

 That’s how it goes, right?

 No, not exactly. But we can dream.

Fast forward several months down the line and you’re planning the details of your reception. When you start thinking about what you want to have at your party, a photo booth seems like a no-brainer. You saw how much fun guests had with the photo booth at your best friend’s wedding last fall, and you know it’s a must-have. However, you want to make sure having a photo booth adds value to your reception, not something that just takes up space in the back corner, and we’re here to help.

Here are six reasons why having a photo booth at your wedding is the perfect addition:

1. It’s the perfect wedding favor from your big day. A photograph from a photo booth is truly a memory from your wedding, unlike a koozie or shot glass that will likely be left at the reception or end up in the junk drawer at home as soon after the big day is over. Photo booth prints are displayed on refrigerators, office desks, in a picture frame, or a background image of a phone. Your wedding reception is now on repeat for all of your guests as they look at the images from your photo booth every day.

Photos courtesy of Katie James Photography

Photos courtesy of Katie James Photography

2. It’s all-night entertainment for everyone. Although it may be hard to admit, not every person at your wedding will be dancing all night, no matter how many times you play Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. You may also have some guests that aren’t frequenting the bar either. A photo booth is entertainment for your guests without the pressure of needing to have wicked dance moves or liquid courage.

3. Your guests can be themselves. You know those formal photos with the wedding party and family that are taken right after the ceremony? It’s not always appropriate to have your guests or party show off their personality. That’s where a photo booth comes in. They can be goofy and make funny faces with no fear of judgment- because the sillier, the better.

Photos courtesy of Nikk Nguyen

Photos courtesy of Nikk Nguyen

4. A photo booth can glam up an otherwise boring corner of your reception. When you’re planning your reception you want to maximize your space. You’ve got your DJ or stage, tables, dance floor, food and bar, but there’s one corner in your reception hall that doesn’t satisfy your aesthetic. You secretly hope no one will notice the bare and boring corner, but wish you had something to glam up that part of the room. A photo booth with a charming backdrop in that corner will encourage your guests to have fun.

5. Your photographer loves us. You hired your photographer to focus on you for the day, and they won’t have time to take photos of Aunt Susie with every single one of her nieces and nephews. A photo booth will allow all your guests to take photos until they get one they enjoy and will share, all without distracting your photographer.

austin wedding photo booth

6. Your guests can share photos instantly. Long gone are the days where your guests have to wait for the photos of the big day to be uploaded, edited and then sent out several weeks later. We live in a world of instant gratification, so all our booths come equipped with digital sharing. As soon as the photo is taken, they can share it through text or email so they can post on social media.

There are several more reasons why a photo booth is a perfect addition, but we narrowed it down to our top six. Want to learn more about a photo booth for your party? Email our sales team kati@ohhappydaybooth.com.

Photos courtesy of Angela King Photography

Photos courtesy of Angela King Photography

Texas medal of arts awards

An event so big that only Texas can take it on.

The 10th Biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards is an event where world-famous Texans are recognized and supported through the arts. Since the Awards have started in 2001, they have recognized over 100 leaders and role models “who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages." The honorees are of different backgrounds such as acting, musicians, architecture, fashion design and artists. Some of the influential honorees of this years award ceremony were Boz Scaggs, Matthew McConaughey , Jennifer Holliday, Brandon Maxwell, and Mark Seliger.

This is the second year in a row we’ve had a portrait booth for TMAA; we were so excited to be chosen to be a part of the event again! The event was at The Long Center downtown and the entrance into the event was swoon-worthy. Everything from the red carpet entrance and emerald velvet sitting area to the four string quartet and elegant tastings, we were floored at how every detail came to play at the multi-level event. The photo booth was made available to guests on the Mezzanine level in the lounge, close to the balcony overlooking downtown Austin. We wanted to keep the backdrop simple to keep the guests and their attire the focal point.

If already dreaming of creative ideas for 2021 TMAA is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Congratulations to all the honorees!

Katie & Jamie's Wedding at InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

 There was magic in the air for Katie and Jamie’s December wedding.

The couple had their reception at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin in downtown Austin. During the reception, they did a choreographed dance to Bruno Mars “24 Karat Magic” and had the guests engaged and entertained the entire time. As if the reception wasn’t sweet enough, their wedding cake was a cut to resemble our state’s flag. That’s what we call Texas pride, y’all.

 We kept it classy with our portrait booth paired and our gold sequin backdrop. The couple loved the concept of an old school photo booth so we designed the print outs to resemble photo booth strips. The photo booth was packed all night with friends and family documenting their fun. We wish this wedding were on repeat every weekend to relive the enjoyable night!

 Congratulations to Katie and Jamie on their big day and marriage!

Photos courtesy of Bennett Creative (@bennettcreative)

Alamo Drafthouse Appreciation Event

We had so much fun at providing two photo booths for Alamo Drafthouse’s ALAMOCON ‘19! The event is organized to appreciate and recognize Alamo Drafthouse’s employees and feature new industry services. The guests included executives and upper management from all over the country including head chefs, general managers, territory managers and owners.

There were vendors of all backgrounds, including food and beverage. Salt Lick Barbecue was served first (because, Texas) and the desserts were catered by Wyeth Patisserie.

As unique as Alamo Drafthouse as a company is, we wanted to have a unique photo booth set up. We coordinated a portrait photo booth with print outs and a selfie station near the DJ. Having two photo booths is perfect for large parties so guests can be entertained with two different setups and a line doesn’t form, distracting guests from the party itself!

This was the best opportunity for us to showcase our new balloon installation. Yes, you read that right.. balloon installation!! We loved incorporating our balloons as a backdrop for both the portrait booth and the selfie station. It stood out in the large venue, encouraging the guests to engage in photo taking. It really made the booths POP (see what we did there). We matched the colors of overlay and start screen with the balloons and it couldn’t have tied into the theme any better.

 Be on the lookout for more of these balloon installations for our events and contact our team for an installation quote for your next event!

Dance House fitness pop up

Dancing masked as fitness? We’re here for it.

Dance House Fitness is a Houston based dance studio that combines jazz, hip hop, modern dance and ballet in their classes. The owners of the studio found a way to make experienced dancers and rookies feel comfortable in the same space! Although we were definitely the rookies, we enjoyed burning calories and learning choreography to Ariana Grande. #hairflip

The studio rented a space for two days on South Congress and the excitement could not be any stronger. We picked the champagne backdrop for the selfie station to add just the right amount of sparkle and class. We added a custom white overlay with so DHF’s logo really popped!

We’re excited to werk it out again next time they come back to Austin!

women of wardrobe event

As a 100% women owned and operated company, there’s nothing we love more than a chance to network and mingle with other influential women in Austin!

This was the first Women of Wardrobe (WOW) event hosted by Dress For Success Austin this year, designed for women of all industry backgrounds to get to know each other and support the nonprofit’s mission and organization. The event took place at Lustre Pearl, an old converted home turned venue and one of East Austin’s best kept secrets when it comes to entertainment with an outdoor patio.

Inside, the bar was full of quesadillas, sandwiches (we would’ve had 12 if we could, they were THAT good) and bite size cupcakes that didn’t make you feel bad if you had a handful. The hosts handed out goodie bags that were filled with jewelry, makeup, and salon vouchers, all aimed to help women feel and look their best. We loved the rustic interior of the space, we set up our selfie station so the walls were the backdrop and we absolutely loved the vibe. We wanted to keep our overlay minimal, so we used a gradient white and simple logo design. Sometimes less really is more.

We’re already looking forward to the next event!

Photos courtesy of Christine Torres

Emily & Trevor's Wedding at Union on 8th

A dance off, a photo booth, and dog cut outs, oh my! If you’re looking for the perfect photo booth prop, look no further. Long gone are the days of feather boas and oversized glasses, because there’s a new trend alert: dog props. Emily and Trevor had cut outs of the dogs as an added prop and honestly, We’re. Here. For. It.

It might’ve been raining for most of the November night but it didn’t slow down the party inside. Although the props were more unique, the guests and couple made it a night not to forget. Dance offs and champagne accents paired with the most energetic couple we’ve ever worked with, and you’ve got a perfect evening! We tied the deep blues and fuchsia shaded bouquet into the theme with our champagne sequin backdrop and we couldn’t love a color combo any more. Between the groom’s reception tuxedo jacket and our backdrop, there was just the right amount of sparkle.

 Congratulations to Emily and Trevor!

Photos courtesy of Angela King Photography