Broke-Ass Category: Photographers & Videographers


Have you ever wanted to travel to the future? Wondering what life will be like after you plan the most epic wedding ever? Tired of researching 101 photo and video booths and coming up with witty hashtags to make sure that you capture EVERYTHING at your big day?

Well I have a solution — a cost effective solution.

Incubate My Wedding.

A friend approached me about a startup that was looking for people to try out their latest invention. Of course, I was interested, I just needed to make sure that Travis was open to the idea. So we met with the owner and 20 minutes later we were asking “where do we sign up?”

Here’s how it works and why you will quickly change your mind about that photo booth that you are considering.

  1. We created our profile, determined what memories we wanted people to capture, uploaded our guests email address and signed up for the service, it’s $299 for 25 years worth of memories!
  2. An email message went out to our guests 17 days before the wedding. I didn’t see the content of the email before it was sent, but strangely the tone sounded just like me! Our guests were convinced that it came from my email account and that I was pleading with them to download the app and participate. This was a bonus considering that I didn’t have time to customize an email with all of the other things that I had on my plate.
  3. After the first email was sent, Incubate sent several more leading up to the wedding and even gave our guests the option to “opt out” of receiving multiple emails. Funny moment, one of my cousins emailed me and told me not to worry about sending so many emails, I can do that because I am the bride. Again, she thought that the messages were coming from me and not from an automated service.
  4. Travis and I just sat back and watched as our family & friends downloaded the app in the days leading up to our wedding!
  5. Videos, picture, text and voice messages were created before, during and after our wedding and scheduled to “hatch” in the future!
  6. The messages started to hatch during the wedding and it was such a treat to see them the next morning! We celebrated our one month anniversary on August 28th and a few more hatched that day as well. So cool, to relive the moment!

While $299 for an add on experience may not be in your budget, it’s well worth it in comparison to the $500-$1500 photo booths that I researched that would not live on for many years to come!

In addition to Incubate My Wedding, the owners took the experience once step further and shared with me that they created a custom  fully functional 55″ iPad that runs the mobile application — the world’s first Future Booth — rendering traditional photo booths obsolete. And have coined, it as “The Coolest F@%*IN’ Thing You Can Have At Your Wedding.”

Image Courtesy of Incubate My Wedding

How do you plan to capture the moment at your wedding?

  • 4/17

    Work has calmed down a bit in the last few weeks, so Ev and I have started putting some official wedding prep in motion. I managed to wrangle everyone’s address, and after entirely too much obsessing, I picked out an invitation I liked and customized it. We are just waiting on our engagement photos to come back so we can post them up on our wedding website, for ultimate adorableness when people go to RSVP.

    My initial thoughts on engagement photos were that it was an unnecessary frivolity. Instead, we chose to ask Evan’s brother, who enjoys photography as a hobby, and has a great camera, to snap some photos for us. He did a great job, and we were thrilled with the results:

    Real Bride Holly's engagement photos

    However, my opinion was swayed a bit after we selected a photographer whose package included a free engagement session. Of course, we weren’t about to turn it down! I have to say, the experience was lovely: I got to dress up again, we got to hang out in a beautiful location, and we spent two hours being ordered to snuggle up to each other and daze dreamily into each other eyes. If you’re not uncomfortable with PDA, I do recommend it!

    She also explained to us that doing a session before the wedding helps her to get to know us so she can get a better idea of our “style” for shooting the wedding, and we can iron out any issues before the big day. She also had lots of useful pro tips from experience that we didn’t know when we did our first session. We didn’t really have the know-how of how to properly co-ordinate our outfits, and Ev forgot to take his wallet and phone out of his pocket, which didn’t look great in a lot of the photos.

    Still cute as hell though

    Still cute as hell, though!

    She also knew a lot of great hidden spots for shooting. We ended up getting really lucky, and the weather was amazing that day, too. I’m excited to get the pictures back, and I’ve decided to use the photos for both the wedding website, and for some kind of project like featuring them in our guestbook, maybe.

    So, I guess the question is, if I had to pay for the session, would I have still done it? I don’t know, to be honest. Maybe? I definitely feel would be more likely to do it now that I’ve had that experience. I guess it comes down to how important photography at your wedding is to you. If excellent photography is a must-have, I’d probably recommend it, even it it’s just a small one-hour session. I think it serves as a good “test run” before the big day, and can help ensure that you know that your style gels with your photographer.

    Now I’ve just got to try to patiently wait to see the final result!


    What are your thoughts on engagement photos? Are they a must-have or a lucky bonus?

  • 11/29

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