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How to prepare for a top-notch photo booth experience | Best Austin Photo Booth

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We've seen it all...

After being around the block a few times, we've encountered just about every obstacle there is when it comes to surprise set up locations at events. To prevent these instances from happening twice, we do our best to make sure brides, planners and all other clients know what it takes for a great photo booth experience at their event! 

Here is what our photo booth requires for our signature top-notch experience!

  1. Put the photo booth in an obvious location. Too many times we've seen clients place us outside of the main event hall. If guests can't see us, we're out of sight and out of mind, which just plain stinks! Just in case you're worried about us being distracting during speeches or dances, we make it a point to temporarily stop the photo booth during those times (and turn off our light) so we're not taking attention away from the special moment! 
  2. Acessibility. Make sure the route we'll need to take to get to the set up space is wheelchair accessible. Until someone creates an affordable, futuristic,  stair-climbing rolling cart for all of our gear, we prefer elevators and wheelchair ramps. Plus, you want to make sure any disabled guests can access the photo booth once we're up and running! If our only option is a non-wheelchair accessible route, we can make it happen, but there is a small fee that will need to be added to the invoice.
  3. Space requirements.  We need a space that is at least 6’ long by 9’ wide by 10' high, but a 10'x10'x10' space is ideal! Make sure to leave space for a line as well.
  4. Power. We need a wall outlet (110V, 10 amps, 3 prong outlet) that is dedicated for the photo booth. Sharing an outlet with a bunch of other things like the DJ or lighting can sometimes overpower the plug, but we have a 20 foot extension cord that can help us reach a far away outlet if needed.
  5. Place the photo booth indoors. Austin weather is unpredictable, and who wants to go outside and get all sweaty just to take a photo? Be proactive and carve out a space for us inside your event hall so weather is never an issue! If your only option is to put the photo booth outside, we can be placed on concrete under an awning, like a porch, or under a 10x10 tent with three tarp walls to protect the backdrop from wind. Also, if you're feeling a bit generous, a portable a/c unit or fan will keep our attendant happy and energized to entertain your guests!  The photo booth may not be placed on grass or wet ground. 
  6. Keep the photo booth away from sunlight. Sunlight shining on the photo booth creates harsh shadows on the guests taking photos (not to mention it causes squinty eyes!), but also be wary of putting the backdrop against a window during daylight hours since the light might shine through the backdrop.  On the subject of light, make sure there aren't any pot lights or chandeliers right above the photo booth. Those sometimes cause crazy shadows! If there is a light above the photo booth, it can either be turned off or the lightbulb can be sneakily unscrewed and then replaced after the event!
  7. Provide a 6-foot table with a linen that matches the rest of your event decor. We highly encourage all our clients to do this because it makes the photo booth look like it actually belongs at your event, and is not just an afterthought stuck in the corner. We also like to have at least one separate cocktail table to place near the photo booth, so guests have a spot to set their drinks while they cheese it up in the booth! If you want to make the space look really luxurious, repurpose a floral arrangement from your ceremony and place it on a corner of the table near the photo booth, or create a special sign that says "Photo Booth" or one that has your event hashtag on it. 

That may seem like a lot, but at most of the Austin venues we've encountered, there are usually a handful of set up options. If you're struggling with how the photo booth will work in your space, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to explain what we've done at your venue before!

National Ice Cream Day

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! National Ice Cream Day is coming up this Sunday so it was only natural for our team to celebrate a little early before this crazy weekend of events begins. We took this holiday as an excuse to step away from the photo booth for the afternoon to visit three ice cream shops in one day (you may call it dairy overload, we call it heaven) and wanted to share our favorites with you!

Sweet Ritual

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The first place we visited was Sweet Ritual. They recently moved from their shared space with Juiceland on Duval to Airport Boulevard. We ordered the special Unicorn Poop flavor, which has colorful sprinkles and crushed skittles for an added crunch. Rest assured, the employee informed us only free-range grass fed unicorns are used in the making of this confection. It’s safe to say this was our first time asking for a “scoop of poop,” but will not be our last. Also, how fun are the colorful Birthday Cake cones?

 

Amy's Ice Cream

It's no secret that Amy’s Ice Cream is loved by many Austinites. The fun interior matches the eclectic vibe to which Austin stays true and Amy's always has the most welcoming employees. We ordered the seasonal Dreamsicle flavor and was swept away from the first bite! The subtle fruity flavor took us back to our childhood days. They even have an ongoing contest where they write out a famous movie quote, and if you can guess which movie it is from, get a free "crush'n" (crushed topping) in your ice cream! Stop by, grab a scoop (or two), and snap a photo in their old school photo booth!

 

LICK Honest Ice Creams

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They say, "honesty is the best policy," and our visit to LICK Honest Ice Creams was nothing less than amazing! It was our first time and it was truly love at first bite. Not only were their flavors the most unique, they are all made of organic, local ingredients that can be traced to their source. We take pride in our local businesses here in Austin and it's good to see it in action! Although we enjoyed their Lemonade Pound Cake and Hill Country Honey & Vanilla Bean flavors, we both agreed that their Coffee with Cream was the best. Make sure to ask for one of their delicious homemade waffle cones or bowls!

Our first time coming across LICK Honest Ice Creams was actually at an event we did with Dropbox, where LICK was catering! We even got a photo of some of the LICK girls ! 

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Where will you be heading to this Sunday to celebrate National Ice Cream Day? We'd love to know in the comments below!

Win a Kendra Scott shopping spree!

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Word of mouth is golden in this industry! Other people trust guests who have interacted with our booth and know how awesome it is. Your opinion matters immensely, and we'd love it if you gave us a quick review on these sites that a lot of people check before hiring a photo booth vendor for their event, and we have a pretty sweet incentive! If you write a review, you'll be entered to win a $50 Kendra Scott gift card! You can buy a friend a pretty new piece of jewelry or treat yourself to something gorgeous. Feel free to write on more than one site, because you'll get one entry per review!

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Reviews must be submitted by 11:59 pm on May 16th in order to enter the contest, and the winner will be announced on our Instagram on Wednesday, May 17th! Be sure to follow us there so we can get in touch and send the gift card your way if you're the winner.

Share this with someone who would love a little shopping spree at Kendra Scott, on us! 

Warmly,

The Oh Happy Day Booth Team

Texas Medal of Arts Awards

We are still in awe of the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards at Bass Concert Hall! The pink carpet was rolled out to celebrate all of the Texas-native nominees, including Kris Kristofferson, Scott Pelley and Kenny Rogers, just to name a few! The six-story concert hall was beautifully decorated in magenta and orange with white floral accents. Surrounded by past and current honorees in their gorgeous gowns and tuxedos, our booth and custom designed red carpet style backdrop was placed right in the center of the main floor lobby of Bass Concert Hall. The night left us smiling ear to ear in awe of all that was taking place! (Our owner Kelsey even got a good glimpse at THE John Paul Dejoria, the king of the Paul Mitchell empire!) We were so happy to be a part of such a beautiful event honoring those who inspire and make a difference in the arts in our great state of Texas.

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A huge shout out to the staff at Bass Concert Hall, Texas Cultural Trust and the Autumn Rich & Company team for putting together such a gorgeous event! 

We've been seeing recaps from many guests pop up in our news feeds recently, and we think Austin 360 writer Michael Barnes summed up the glamour pretty well! Also, we saw all the portraits taken of the honorees as well! Check it out here

Flannery & Nicholas' Wedding

Happy 2017, y'all! We are starting off the year right by gearing up for some amazing bridal shows and open houses this month and next, but we wanted to share some fun photos from Flannery & Nicholas' gorgeous Prospect House wedding on New Year's Eve! We had so much fun hanging out with their guests. We've always loved Prospect House, and it was so amazing to finally see it at night! There were giant white balloons lining the walkway at the entrance, and pretty lights hanging across the guests' chairs at the ceremony site. Kate with Wild Sky Events did such an amazing job helping pull everything together, and we loved getting to see some gorgeous work from our friend Shannon over at The Inviting Pear, who created Flannery and Nicholas' seating charts, acrylic dinner menus, copper drink menu and programs.

We even saw a few familiar faces at the wedding. Peter, our operations manager, is a born and raised Austinite and was helping at the wedding, and he ran into a few of his old teachers from elementary school! Small world!

Happy 2017, again, you guys! Can't wait to see what this year holds for us!

Let us treat you to coffee!

During this time of year, as all the craziness of wedding season begins to wind down and with tons of holiday parties right around the corner, we start reflecting on all of the amazing people we've gotten to work with since we started our business last October. There is absolutely no way we would be where we are today without you, and we want to say thank you!

Word of mouth is like gold in this industry! Other people trust you, the people who have seen the booth in action. Your opinions matter immensely, and we want more fun people to let us be a part of their fun events! For this to happen, we need reviews! And we're here to offer a little incentive.

If you leave us a review on at least three of these platforms, we will mail you a cup of coffee! Okay, so it'll be a Starbucks gift card. But who doesn't love a free drink from the 'bucks?? To make it easy, we won't even consider it cheating if you copy and paste your review across all the platforms!

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Let us know if you have any questions, and please send us your mailing address once you give us some love online!

Warmly,

The Oh Happy Day Booth Team

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Marsala Wedding Inspiration

Here at Oh Happy Day Booth, we're always searching for ways to make your photo booth rental cohesive with your wedding theme and color scheme!

When Pantone rolled out Marsala as their 2015 Color of the Year, we instantly fell in love. We're still so excited that this shade still hasn't gone out of style, and we think it's the perfect fit for a fall or winter wedding! Several of our backdrops would look so amazing with marsala, but the gold/marsala color combo is just about unbeatable. 

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     1.   Ring box: Mrs. Box, Photo by Leah Golder, Styled by Chic and Pretty Events  2.   Flower girl: Photo by Kristen Kilpatrick  3. Backdrop: Oh Happy Day Booth  4. Nails: Via BuzzFeed  5. Couple: Photo by Erica Velasco Photographers   6. Cake: Photo by Ashley Cook Photography  7. Invitation Suite: Laura Damiano Designs, Photo by @girlyhammer  8. Shoes: Photo by Tina Chiou Photography  9. Tablescape: Photo by Ashley Cook Photography

1. Ring box: Mrs. Box, Photo by Leah Golder, Styled by Chic and Pretty Events
2. Flower girl: Photo by Kristen Kilpatrick
3. Backdrop: Oh Happy Day Booth
4. Nails: Via BuzzFeed
5. Couple: Photo by Erica Velasco Photographers
6. Cake: Photo by Ashley Cook Photography
7. Invitation Suite: Laura Damiano Designs, Photo by @girlyhammer
8. Shoes: Photo by Tina Chiou Photography
9. Tablescape: Photo by Ashley Cook Photography

We can't wait for Pantone to release their 2017 color (or will it be color(s) like it was this year??)! According to House Beautiful, even with the fall season quickly approaching, it looks like spring is on Pantone's mind! They rolled out a few predictions of what hues will be popular this coming spring, and we're crossing our fingers that Flame and Island Paradise are in the running for the title of Color of the Year!

Are you getting married this fall? What are your wedding colors? 

Hannah & Zach's Wedding

We got to booth it up with Hannah and Zach at their Fort Worth wedding alongside our sister company, Kelsey Butler Photography! The Brooks at Weatherford provided the perfect backdrop for their big day, and the reception hall was essentially a gorgeous indoor renovated barn! It was a rainy day, but that couldn't stop the fun. We printed out about a million photos and we even got to watch as guests got creative as they signed the couple's guest book upgrade!

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Doty!!

Photos by Kelsey Butler Photography

Photos by Kelsey Butler Photography