Planning your Rental
This was once a FAQ but after over 1000 events we felt it would be more useful to give you some planning tips. Feel free to offer suggestions or ask questions. We can be reached at 571-970-9307
Best Time to Schedule the Booth
We sell 2, 3 and 4 hour packages. You can purchase any time frame you would like. If 2.5 hours works best, then we can give you a price for 2.5 hours. Weddings seem to be the most difficult to get just right. We are often scheduled to begin when the cocktail hour starts. What we find is that often use is light and does not get a lot of activity till the last 30 minutes before dinner. Try not to schedule us over dinner, instead purchase an hour of downtime. The exception would be for a buffet. Then we recommend only 30 minutes of downtime. Reopen the booth for the final 2 or 3 hours of your reception. This will give you the most "bang for the buck".
Let Your Guests Know the Time Frame
If you have a DJ, ask him to promote the booth and time every 30 minutes or so. People are having fun and often forget about us till we are shutting down. :(
The booth is paid for, the event is in 2 days and it snows or there is an illness or there is some other compelling reason you have to cancel. With most photo booth companies you lose most if not all of the money you paid. Not with SillyShotz. You tell us 24 hours in advance that your event is cancelled and we will reschedule at no charge. If you have to cancel within 24 hours there is a $75.00 charge to reschedule. The only caveat is that we have a booth available for your new date. If not, your booth reservation is good for 1 year.
Place the booth near where there is sure to be lots of traffic. The bar is a great area for placement. Photo of the booth with size requirements is below. If you want the booth outdoors, be aware that when the temperature is above 85 and sunny, the booth's camera and computer will overheat and shutdown. The inside of the booth will be about 20-25 degrees warmer when in the sun. If in shade, that will be better but the booth still gets very warm. If it is likely it will rain, put us inside to start. We cannot set up with even a sprinkle and moving the booth takes at least 30-40 minutes. We also need to be indoors when the temp is below 55.
Number of Hours to Book.
If your group is less than 120, 2 hours will provide enough booth time for everyone to use it at least twice. 120-200 will get a lot of use out of 3 hours and over 200 consider 4 hours or more.
This is a little bit of a tricky subject for us in that it is not our intention to solicit a tip by posting this. We do get asked about tipping so we thought it might be helpful to include some information for you. Your booth attendant is there not only to set up and operate your booth but also to help your guests use the booth and get the most out of it. They not only work with your younger guests to get the best photo possible but nicely work with some guests that may have had a few cocktails during your event. The booth can get very hectic and your attendant is there to make sure everyone has fun. If you feel they deserve a tip then by all means do so. If you are in any way dissapointed with your booth or service PLEASE let us know what we can improve.