Inspiration: Photo Booths. Creating Memories for Your Guests

Flash Point PhotoBooth Toronto

Flash Point Photobooth Toronto

Year after year, wedding couples struggle to find elements to add to their wedding to make their day extra memorable for their guests. Year after year new trends are introduced to amp up a wedding and bring that extra element of brilliance so that guests can OOH and AAH over! We’ve seen it all, from champagne towers, food trucks, Oyster bars, salsa dancers, magicians and even Caricaturists. However, one way that has become a hit, not to mention super memorable, is the addition of a Photo booth.

Celebrity Photo Booth Toronto

Celebrity Photo Booth Toronto

Gone are the days where fun candid shots consisted of the couple providing a disposable camera for each table. Remember that trend? The one where the couple wanted guests to take random photos of each other throughout the reception to document the fun from their angle? It was a great idea in theory; but aside from lost cameras and badly exposed photos, guests would tend to take some distasteful photos and usually would fill the camera before the meal was even done with photos of their half eaten courses and miscellaneous blurry table shots.

Babylon Photo Booth Toronto

Babylon Photo Booth Toronto

Thankfully, photo booths have moved in and solved this problem. They are an affordable add-on for any wedding and have become a distinctive touch that creates great documented memories for the couple and their guests. Photo booths are also a great icebreaker to get guests mingling and are perfect for cocktail hour, after dinner or both. Regardless of how elegant or casual, big or small, and your budget, a Photo Booth can fit right in. There are many types of photo booths to consider. From a raised White backdrop operated by a photographer to a stand-alone machine that is user operated.

Toronto Photo Booth

Toronto Photo Booth

Babylon Photo Booth Toronto

Babylon Photo Booth Toronto

It’s also great to have a prop-trunk consisting of everything from colourful boa’s, quirky glasses, hats, masks etc. It can even be Theme specific. Here are some fun ideas for specific themes. Themes can be taken from your actual wedding design, something that represents you as a couple or even the location of your honeymoon. Be creative and have fun!

50’s Theme: A photo-backdrop of a diner or if you are having photo frames for your guests to take home, design it in the shape of a jukebox. Props: soda floats, poodle skirts, leather jackets and Elvis, Greaser or Bouffant wigs, Elvis Costumes, cat-eye glasses and sideburns.

Moulin Rouge Theme: Red Velvet Backdrop or Red Curtained Photo Booth. Props: Top Hats, Sailor Hats, Feather Boas, Moustaches, fancy corsets and masks.

Hawaiian Theme: A Green Screen that can later have a Hawaiian Beach Background put on for the printed photo. Props: Grass Skirt, Sunglasses, Big Glasses, Surfboards, Lei’s, Hawaiian Shirts, Pineapple and Fruit Hats.

The great thing is that regardless of the props you choose your guests will talk about for years to come!

Rockstar Photo Booth

Rockstar Photo Booth

The Origins of Wedding Traditions

Have you ever wondered where all our beloved wedding rituals began? The origins of some of the things we typically implement into our weddings are quite surprising and not as romantic as you might think, including the wedding itself.

The Wedding: There’s a lot of history here and most of it has nothing to do with love nor can it be covered in one paragraph. Here is a very small snippet based on ancient Greek and ancient Roman beliefs and customs. In the ancient world weddings were primarily focused on the father, or if the father was deceased, the nearest male relative arranging the marriage of a daughter to a worthy male. This was either a close extended family member or a family who provided an appropriate dowry. The actual marriage itself was the contract signing of the trade. It was usually a very sad day for the Bride as it meant she was now the property of her husband and his family. Throughout history, it was common that the act of marriage was contractual and the Bride, usually of a very young teen age was seen as property. As the centuries progressed, suitors and fighting for the lady’s hand in marriage became the romanticism that has evolved us to where we are today.

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The White Wedding Dress:Contrary to popular belief and what the Bride’s parents would like to believe, the white dress has nothing to do with purity or virginity. In fact, old Christians actually used blue to symbolize purity as it depicted the Virgin Mary. The norm for wedding dresses was actually wearing your Sunday best. Although Red was a popular choice, any colour was acceptable. That is if you were of middle class or below. As far back as the 1500’s, only royal family members and the upper class would wear white. It was a symbol of your place in society, especially in England and in France, despite it being a colour of mourning in France. Since white fabric was so expensive to buy due to its difficulty to clean, it would be something that would only be worn once which in turn translated to your aristocratic stature. The White Wedding Dress as we know it today, became popular and mainstream only after Queen Victoria’s Marriage to Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840.

The Origins of Wedding Traditions ::

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The Bouquet:Believe it or not, the bouquet used to be just a few herbs and garlic. There are two schools of thought for this and it’s likely that both are factual: One, that the smell would ward of evil spirits; and two that the very potent-fragranced bouquet would cover up the stench of ‘death’ back in the dark days of the Plague. It was later that flowers started to be selected for their meanings and symbolism and now simply because the couple has a preferred floral design in mind.

The Bridesmaids and Bridesmaid Dresses: Back in Ancient times, Bridesmaids were used to ward off evil spirits. In fact, they would all wear a similar, if not the same dress as the Bride including veils so as to confuse the evil spirits into not being able to detect whom the Bride was. Nowadays, of course, Bridesmaids are our best friends, cousins and even sisters for moral support and to showcase their importance in the couple’s life.

Although this post is not our typical Inspirational Monday post, it is important to know where our rituals stem from, and even more importantly how far we’ve come. Most of us marry for love and wanting to build a life with our true love; We select our dress based on what we like, not being able to afford a specific colour; We don’t need to carry around garlic in our bouquet’s as we walk down the aisle, in fact, we don’t even have to carry flowers if we don’t want to; and the Bridal Party does not have to dress like the Bride, although wearing the same colour is a trend that has made a comeback.

There is a ton more wedding history that we will cover in a future post, what wedding traditions do you want to know the origin of?

Wedding Gift Etiquette 101

Food Hamper :: Wedding Gift Etiquette

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A while back we all heard about the Brides in Hamilton, Ontario who called out one of their wedding guests via text for gifting them a Homemade Basket of treats including pasta, olive oil, marshmallow fluff, Sour Patch Kids and Butterscotch sauce; texting, “Hey ‘Mr. Guest’, It’s ‘Bride’. I want to thank you for coming to the wedding Friday. I’m not sure if this is the first wedding you have been to, but for your next wedding… People give envelopes. I lost out on $200 covering you and your date’s plate…and got fluffy whip and sour patch kids in return. Just a head’s up for the future :) ” Of course the guest who was also a co-worker, was infuriated and used social media to voice his outrage on the Brides lack of etiquette. What the Hamilton Bride should have done, is graciously received the gift by saying ‘Thank you for coming to our wedding, it was a pleasure having you celebrate with us”.

This brings me to this #WeddingWednesdays topic: Gift Etiquette 101.

Wedding Gift Etiquette and foremost a gift is not about how much a plate of food costs. Honestly if you were going to use the ‘monetary gift per guest’ method to calculate your wedding budget, then you shouldn’t be having a wedding reception at all. Just have a lovely ceremony and call it a day. Besides that, the per guest cost for a wedding is not just the food; add in the chair cover, an eighth of the table linen, centerpiece, the cost of the napkin etc. you may as well just sell tickets to it.

It’s been said time and time again that a wedding is not about the gifts. You are inviting your guest to celebrate the unity of your love. They are honouring you with their presence, not with what’s in an envelope. Can you imagine finding out that you were an invited guest at a wedding because the couple felt you would put in ‘top dollar’ at their wedding?

Etiquette states that a gift is symbolic, not warranted. At least that’s the written rule. A Wedding gift is a way to let the couple know that you wish them well. There are no guidelines as to what you have to give or how much. It’s a nice touch to show your love to the couple. Granted that nowadays couples are usually registered with a reputable Gift Registry or are given money to start their lives together.

The unwritten rule, which would make Miss Manners cringe for days, is that you don’t go to a wedding empty handed; and nowadays for many couples that means an envelope with money or a gift worth the dollar amount of what your dinner & drinks cost.

What do you think of the gift giving debate? Is the written etiquette important or is it outdated?