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Along with the many joys that come from planning a wedding are the inevitable worries. Paramount among these—particularly when planning an outdoor ceremony—is the fear of rain on your wedding day. While there are many things you can control about your big day, the weather will never be one of them, but that’s no reason to worry.

Instead of fearing the possibility of poor conditions, you can embrace what the world gives you and make the best of it. You might be surprised to find that dealing with rain on your wedding day could be a desirable mishap, thanks to gorgeous lighting for perfect photos, an excuse for you and your guests to get cozy, and an unexpected perspective to begin your marriage with.

 

To put your mind at ease, we asked brides to share what happened when it rained on their wedding day (and why they wouldn’t have had it any other way).

The Pictures Will Be Gorgeous

“Once we got our pictures back, the light was beautiful, and it was so fun walking around huddled under an umbrella together. Plus, our ceremony was outside, and everyone had blankets and cuddled together.”

It Can Cool Down a Summer Night

“Luckily we were already under a tent eating when the major downpour occurred. When dinner was over, the rain had ended, and the beautiful, foggy sunset was perfect for pictures and dancing. Considering our wedding was in July, I was happy that the rain brought a cooler night instead of scorching sunshine.”

The Perfect Ceremony Isn’t Always What You Had Planned

“It rained on my wedding day, and it ended up being a great surprise. I had an outdoor ceremony planned, and instead, we got married in front of our venue’s beautiful fireplace. Our planner and florist brought in the arch and still decorated. It ended up being so pretty, and the rain stopped just in time for us to take photos outside. It was the perfect ceremony for us, and our guests loved how cozy it was.”

Your Guests Will Get Cozy

“Aside from optimal lighting for outdoor photos (and making all the flowers and trees more vibrant), it got everyone a lot more cozy at our backyard reception. We were so happy to see both of our families and friends mixing it up, where they might have otherwise spread out into their separate cliques.”

You’ll Learn to Let Go

“There was a torrential downpour on my wedding day in July 2015. Our ceremony was scheduled to be outdoors, and we had to scrap everything last-minute and move the ceremony inside. At the time, I thought it was the worst thing that could happen, but what I didn’t know is how much the experience would change my perspective on things. I used to need control over every aspect of my life and couldn’t deal when things fell out of line. Since then, I am so much more laid-back, less rigid, and happier.”

Everybody Loves Dancing in the Rain

“My husband and I have been together for 22 years and married for 14. We were married at our 1915 farmhouse here in Colorado. The day before the wedding, I had my silk gown cut to tea length but left the train. I had a hunch it was going to rain. People were sitting around hot as sin not doing much. As soon as the skies opened up, and it rained, people began dancing like fools to our bluegrass band. My dress miraculously stayed clean, and people had a blast in the rain, and they say it was the most fun wedding.” —

It Makes for a Great Story

“It poured on my wedding day (along with the day we got engaged, and the day of our engagement pictures), but it was perfect. Our venue was an old factory, and the dark moodiness made the day-of pictures amazing. But mainly, we chose our venue so we didn’t have to worry about the weather, so it was almost meant to happen.”

The Day Will Feel Magical

“Our wedding was at Momofuku Daisho in Toronto. We did it all on the terrace that connects the restaurant to the Shangri-La Hotel. It was tented with string lights everywhere and potted herbs on the table, and when it started raining, it was so enchanting. And it made sure it wasn’t too hot for any of our guests. Not to mention, we got the most amazing photos before it started raining because of how cloudy it was. It worked out perfectly.”

 

No wedding is complete without a photo booth. They are as important as good food and bar. There is hardly a wedding these days that doesn’t have a photo booth. These are not very new. You will be surprised to know that the photo booth is a century old. They are evolved from Photomaton. Back in 1925, photomaton printed eight pictures for 25 cents. Photo booths were used as an accessory in many commercial areas. Now they are the central element of modern weddings. The business of Photobooth is flourishing. According to Sam Eitzen, co-owner of Seattle-based photo booths business, its net worth is about $100 million. People now prefer having a photo booth instead of a DJ at their wedding.

But like every other technology, Photobooth is also developing, and new features are being added day by day. It is not even called a photo booth now. People refer to a photo booth as “Photo experience” or “Photo engagement.” You can get instantly printed copies of your picture or directly send it to your mobile device. Some companies will send a member of their companies to aid in taking photos. Whereas, others are self-taken.

The price of photo booth ranges from $300 to a thousand dollar. Snapbar is a leading company of Photobooths. Their package starts from $1,000. Their package includes the booth and a staff member to aid in the process.

Here some latest trends of a photo booth.

  1. Boomerang Gifs

Boomerang GIFs are everywhere, and now they are a part of photo booth as well. It is an exciting thing, and many companies have added the boomerang GIF option as well. The booth takes a few photos and transforms them into animated looping videos. You can make a GIF on the photo booth and then immediately share it on social media through the booth. It is very convenient and reliable.

  1. Projection Videos

Next up are the projection videos. It got popular after it was used in the Met Gala Event. This is a bit different than the way we take traditional pictures on a photo booth. Light is projected through it and makes the objects around you seem like they are moving. If you are looking for a fun filled wedding than a projection video taking photo booth is for you to choose. Don’t forget it is new. It may be a little expensive.

  1. Green Screen Prop

Who doesn’t like to add an interesting graphic element in their picture? The green screen used in the background will give an extra element of fun. The green screen helps the designer to add prints, colors, designs and graphics in the background of the picture. Your wedding event will become more enjoyable. You can get dragons or fairies in your background. There will be many options to choose from.

  1. Creative filters

You might have seen some very cool filters on Instagram. Now they are available in a photo booth as well. By using creative filters, you will make your photos more exciting. They will surely stand out in the crowd. This is a new thing, and many people don’t know about it yet. Be the first one in your family to use it and impress everyone.

  1. Glam Filters

Be a bit more glamorous while taking pictures from the photo booth. The vintage filter makes you feel like you are in the Emmys. Its distinguished style and look have impressed many people around the globe. You can shoot a magazine ready picture from the photo booth.

Photo booths are the new must-have at any type of party or celebration. You see them popping up everywhere, from wedding receptions to high school dances to small birthday parties in a loved one’s home. Photo booths are a great way to capture moments at special occasions. They are also a fun way for guests to interact at your event. You can have each guest take a photo at the photo booth and post it onto social media with a special tag, which allows you to track all of the photos taken at your event!

You can make photo booths as elaborate or as simple as you would like. While some are easier to build than others, it is a low-maintenance decoration to add to your party décor. Learn how to create your own photo booth in just a few easy steps.

CHOOSE A SPACE

Find a clear wall or corner that’s easily accessible and visible but not right in the thick of traffic. Make sure the area is free of any clutter. You want people to be able to move in and out the space comfortably without worrying about tripping over any furniture, toys, etc.

SET UP A BACKDROP

You can use any number of backdrops, from professional seamless paper to a large sheet, to a nicely painted wall, just make sure that it’s at least 6 feet tall. You want to cover at least waist high to a little over head. Keep in mind that you will have different sized guests. You can use a professional backdrop stand (available to rent at many camera stores for $5-20), or tape it to a wall.

LIGHT IT RIGHT

Set up a separate flash and bounce the light off a white umbrella to diffuse it. This will ensure that everyone is well-lit but also looks their best. You can put together that whole set-up for way cheap. Test out your lighting functionality the day before, during the rehearsal. Then, on the day of the event, you can put your camera on a tripod, get your lights in place, mark where it’ll be, and start snapping.

GET YOUR CAMERA

A DSLR will take great pictures, but a simple point and shoot or even an IPAD can work as well. Whichever camera you choose, make sure you have a sturdy tripod or stand that extends high enough to capture your guests at eye-level. Set the camera up before guests arrive and find someone to serve as a quick stand-in so you can make sure the shot is framed to your liking. Mark the floor using masking or painter’s tape to signify where the tripod should be and where guests should stand so there’s no confusion. You can use your camera’s built-in timer to take photos, but for greater control and ease, consider investing in a remote shutter release. Also, make sure the memory card has enough space, and everything is charged up or plugged in, so there’s no danger of missing out on photos or losing power during the event. Keep some extra cards or batteries around just in case.

PROPS TO SET THE TONE

Photo props are an important addition to your booth because they give people something to do! They are easy to customize to your party’s theme, and they are simple to put together using a printer, tape, wooden dowels or party straws.

SHARE!

If you use a camera, memory card, or printer with WiFi capabilities (which are offered on many newer models), you can send photos to a printer straight from the camera or upload them as they’re taken so they can be shared online. If you really want a photostrip look before printing or sharing, try using an app that can combine multiple photos into one strip. Of course, there’s always the option to just enjoy the event and share photos at a later date. Funny photo booth pictures tend to be welcome anytime.

You probably have some things planned out for your wedding such as catering, venue, disk jockey, etc. but what you haven’t put into consideration yet, is a photo booth. In this day and age where everybody is taking a selfie for Instagram, Facebook and other social media websites just for fun, a photo booth is a way for you to gather those fun pictures of your guests at your wedding. Gone are the days were photo booths were these cramped little boxes that took unflattering pictures. Modern photo booths are sleek, open and hi-tech. Here are some great reasons why you should incorporate a photo booth at your wedding:

Capture Unique Memories

Your wedding photographer will surely capture the special moments from your wedding such as your first kiss and first dance. But nothing beats the photos taken of when you and your good friends just jump into a photo booth and take photos with funny poses. These moments are when you are genuinely happy and free and it will be nice to have a way to remember them. Most photo booths have the ability to print out multiple copies of photos, and this ensures the guests get their copy right away, as well as the couple. Some photo booth companies even went the extra mile to allow for the option of making a photo guestbook from the photos taken at the booth.

They Serve as Great Entertainment

Photo booths can serve as a source of entertainment for your guest. Weddings just like any other event has its down times, and during this time you want to keep your guest entertained. For example, at most weddings, the formal wedding photos are taken right after the ceremony, which leads to the cocktail period, and sometimes guest can become restless just by waiting for the cocktail hour to pass and for the reception to start. Photo booths are a perfect tool to keep your guest occupied and entertained during this part of your wedding.

Photo booths are FUN!

Photo booths are a great way to have fun. They are also suitable for all ages, from the children right up to the old people attending your wedding will enjoy a photo booth.

Bring people together

You might structure some aspects of your wedding reception to great the opportunity for guests to socialize with people they haven’t met yet. But there is something about photo booths that brings people together. People who have never met before might just become friends and it also serves as a sort of reunion for your friends and family. Your Aunties might just get a chance to meet their nephews, old friends that haven’t seen themselves for years might just use it as an avenue to create new bounds. The smile photo booths bring to peoples face is just priceless.

Serve as perfect wedding favors

Why give the traditional gift when you could have a fun photo from your special day that guests can look back on for years to come? A photo booth can serve as a great wedding favor that includes a personalized photo that captures how much fun guests had at your wedding. Pictures from a photo booth can be customized to include your wedding date, wedding colors and theme, making the perfect keepsake for both yourself and your guests.