We here at ismilepod.com Photo booths continue to be a popular addition to any special event whether it’s a Wedding, Sweet 16, Senior Ball, Junior Prom, Fund Raising Event or High School Reunion. One side effect of this surge in popularity is a wider selection of services and price ranges for you the consumer but with it, it brings an increase in less reputable companies looking for a quick buck. So how do you know which photo booth professional you should work with? Which one will deliver the quality you expect at a price that makes sense? Keep in mind price should NOT be the only selection criteria you use. Quite often a price is cheap for a reason. Instead consider the VALUE you get for your dollar. Do a little homework. Check out google.com and search for Photo Booths in PA, Reading PA.
You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a prospective photo booth supplier if you do a little research first. Spend some quality time with Google or talking to friends. Wedding websites, local directories (including Google l local) and related party planning sites can be a great starting place. This way when you meet with a photo booth professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look for. After your research is complete narrow the list to 3-5 companies and then contact each one by phone or email. As you go through this part of the process take note of a couple of things.
- If you leave a message how long does it take them to return your call? (Side note, what does there voice mail greeting sound like? Friendly, stodgy?)
- If you contact a company via email how long does it take them to respond?
- How complete is any quote they may provide you? Is it just a price for a set period of time (3 or 4 hours) or does it tell you what’s included? These things, while simple, may give you an early indication of the level and quality of customer service you can expect. When you contact a company here are some questions you should ask.
- Is my date available? Sounds silly but this is the first thing you should ask. If they are not available there is no point in continuing. Right?
- How long have you been in business? Look for a company that has been around at least one year. If less than one year ask if you can contact some of their past customers as a reference. 3. Do you use a contract? A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional. Don’t settle for a verbal agreement, insist on something in writing.
- Are you insured? How much insurance do you carry? This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day. It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business; since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.
- What style of photo booth do you have? Is it an “open air booth” pipe and drape or homemade booth? Is it fully enclosed offering your guests privacy so they can let loose?