Broke-Ass Tag: Photo Booths


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?

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    Dear Heather,

    How reasonable is corkage if your venue is not supplying glasses or service? They’ve admitted it’s essentially to cover “loss of revenue” which, considering we’ve paid for the venue itself, is surely only a loss of “potential revenue” and therefore not really my concern? Thoughts?


    Quite frankly, I think charging a corkage fee when the venue is providing neither glasses nor service is bullshit. Alas, I’m not the owner of the venue you’ve chosen and therefore cannot eliminate said corkage fee. If you’re set on this venue, I do think it’s worth bargaining over this aspect of the contract. However, go into these negotiations realizing that the venue has already decided to be a bit of a jerk on this particular point and be prepared to not get your way. Essentially, this venue is saying, “We’re letting you bring your own booze, but we want to make money off of this somehow.” Rather than trying to get them to drop the corkage fee, you could maybe try to talk them into providing glasses or service. My fingers are crossed that you’ll come out with at least something in your favor!

    Dear Heather,

    Is it worth getting a photo booth for the reception when I already have a disco? I just love the crazy photos you get!


    If you can afford a photo booth, you’ve already answered your own question with “I just love the crazy photos you get!” I had a photo booth at my wedding, and I love some of the photos obtained there more than the actual wedding photos. Would my wedding have been perfectly fine without a photo booth? Of course. But did I enjoy the results from having one? Absolutely.

    Dear Heather,

    I’m holding my ceremony and reception in the same space — an art gallery. Guests will sit at the reception tables during the vows. The ceremony will be right before the reception with no cocktail hour. How do I break this up in a way that makes sense, gives gravity to the ceremony, and allows my guests to maximize party time?


    I addressed this scenario in a previous post. In brief, do the normal recessional and find somewhere to go for 5-10 minutes. Go sign the marriage license, give your new spouse a high five, hug your wedding party — find something to celebrate what you just did! Trust me — your guests will manage to entertain themselves for a brief period of time. Then, do the standard wedding party announcements, re-enter the party space, and have a fabulous evening!

    How about you? Would you pay a corkage fee if your venue didn’t provide glasses or service? Did you have a photo booth and get some good shots from it? And how would you break up a ceremony and reception being held in the same space? Let us know in the comments below!