First things first, what vision do you have and what’s your budget? We’re sure you’ve done your time on Pinterest and Instagram scrolling through endless accounts, screen-shoting and pinning the hell out of everything!
And from traditional stately homes to rustic barns and boho-decorated marquees – we know how hard it is to choose your ideal venue and so we’ve compiled a list of things to consider to help make your choice a little easier.
When do you plan to get hitched?
So you’ve had a good think and have come up with a date that suits you and your guests. Before you get carried away planning anything else, find out if the venue is available on the date(s) you have in mind. Psst… weekdays are often cheaper than weekends, so it this suits everyone, you can already make a saving! Also find out how long the venue will hold your date for you and if there’s a deposit involved at this stage.
Guest list and logistics
How many guests do you plan to invite to your big day? Find out how many daytime and evening guests the venue will hold. This will also make it clear to you straight away how many sacrifices to the guest list you’re willing to make and who you really want to share your special day with (good luck with this part – we know how brutal and time-consuming it can be!).
If sharing your big day with your friends and family is really important to you, make it as easy as possible for them to attend by considering how they will get to and from the wedding venue and how many car parking spaces there are. And if you know there’s likely to be lots of people drinking and dancing the night away, can they book rooms to stay at the venue or is there somewhere local they could get a taxi too?
Food and finer details
Whether you’re looking for a wedding venue which covers it all or you’re planning to source everything yourself from the food to decorations to lighting, ask the venue what your options are.
Music – If you’re planning on having a band or choir at your day or evening, is there space for them and their equipment? Or if you have a playlist in mind for the meal or as guests enter the venue, what are you options in having this played?
Food – If they have in-house caterers, what’s the venue’s menu and most importantly – can you book a date to sample it! (Also check they have vegetarian/vegan alternatives and a kids menu if need be).
If you plan to have something less traditional but increasingly more popular such as a hog roast or catering van, does the venue allow for this and if so, what are the rules and costs involved?
Drink – Find out what the wine allowance per person within the meal price is and do you have a say in what drink is offered on the tables? It’s worth finding out what the prices are like at the bar too.
Tables – In terms of tableware, is the crockery, table and chair covers all included and do you get say in colours or fabric choices? Check if there are any rules around table centrepieces too i.e. candles.
Decor – As for flowers, props and other decorative bits and pieces you have in mind, it’s worth asking if the venue has any recommended suppliers or if there are any rules or restrictions around what you can and can’t have.
And now for the fun bit!
Let’s not beat around the bush, as much as your guests will love to see you and your partner tie the knot, they’ll also want to be kept as entertained and involved as possible!
Confetti – The age-old way for guests to help officially seal the deal by showering the happy couple in as much confetti as they possibly can in their seconds-long window as the couple pass by! Find out if the venue allow traditional confetti or an alternative!
Photo booth hire – As much as everyone loves a wedding selfie, photo booths are a sure quick win for getting people together, having a laugh and getting wedding album and Instagram-worthy photos! Have a think about where you could position a booth at the venue.
Sweet buffet – This one doesn’t need explaining because it always goes down a treat at any event! If you’re thinking of having one, is there room for it at the venue.
Fireworks and sparklers – So it’s dark, people are flagging a little and need a breather from dancing… why is it fireworks and sparklers forever bring joy to us adults?! If you want an excuse for guests to cosy up outside or you’re hoping to get lots of long exposure sparkler photos, check what the venue’s rules on this are first!
Here at Picture Blast our booths have the unique facility to both print your photos there and then, along with the option to send a digital copy via social media, email or text. We understand that the easiest way to share your great moments is often via Facebook, Instagram or one of the many other social platforms.
However, call us old fashioned but we just love traditional printed photos! All of our booths print high quality photos for guest or attendees to take home. You don’t need to worry about expensive printing costs or waiting around for hours to get your photos developed. Our prints are instant!
So Why Do We Love Printed So Much?
With a printed photo you don’t just swipe right or scroll past, it’s there in your hands to enjoy. The way in which we look at printed photos is never likely to change. However the way that we store digital media is changing on a daily basis. Very rarely do we find ourselves looking through our old digital media. DVD drives are being fazed out and replaced with USB’s and Cloud storage, meaning perhaps we won’t be able to easily access great photos we stored digitally years ago. And unless you’ve taken the time to download images from your old phone, all the photos will likely be lost. Although popular today, there is no guarantee that storage facilities such as the Cloud, Facebook and Instagram will be around tomorrow. MySpace is the perfect example.
However the printed photos we have from decades ago are still going strong. Stored in an old shoe box or even a photo album, these physical prints are often the most treasured possessions in any household. The nostalgic feeling you get from browsing through old family photos of parties, weddings and anniversaries somehow can’t be replicated by digital. Your laptop might break, you may trade in your phone or loose your USBs, but the old shoe box with treasured memories will always be in your attic.
Without printed photos we wouldn’t know what our grandparents looked like. We wouldn’t we be able to see the flared jeans and perms our parents had in the 70’s. Nor would there be any photos of our awkward younger selves to be embarrassed by.
If you are looking for photo booth hire in Coventry, Birmingham or across England and Wales, the get in touch with Picture Blast.
Having worked in the photo booth hire industry for over a decade Picture Blast appreciate that not every party venue has room for a large photo booth complete with a wind machine and attendant. Thats why we have developed our latest selfie pod and magic mirror!
Small sleek and stylish these booths are perfect for small venues or strategically placed at the entrance of a party for guests to start snapping on arrival. Easy to use and with no surrounding booth enclosure, our new selfie pods and magic mirrors take up very little space.
Incorporating nearly all the same great features of a traditional booth, the pods and magic mirrors print the same high quality photos thanks to their HD cameras. With their easy to use touch screens and the option to take and print as many photos as you desire, these booths are great value for money.
Taking up only a few feet of floor space, Picture Blast’s new selfie pod has proven a hit with our corporate clients. The pods ability to share images via social media, text and email to help promote companies brands combined with the unique customisation service we offer, makes the selfie pod perfect for corporate parties and events.
Having worked with great brands such as River Island, Barclays, Krispy Kreme, BT & Marks & Spencers, we have helped numerous businesses get the most out of their events and helped get guests socialising and taking some great photos!
Over the past few years, our pods and magic mirrors have been successfully utilised by many businesses in order to promote their brands, new product releases, anniversaries and more.
We have helped businesses create viral content and generate a significant online buzz surrounding their brand. The booths great functionality and facility to upload images straight to social media has helped the brands we work with gain new followers on Instagram and Facebook, grow their online community, and helped promote their brand in a fun and engaging way.
Regardless of whether you are organising a wedding, birthday party or corporate function, one of the main aspects to consider when planning the event is keeping your guest entertained. A well organised party with plenty of entertainment will undoubtedly help guests feel more relaxed and go a long way to making your event a memorable one.
Here at Picture Blast we have compiled a list of some great ideas to keep your guest entertained:
Photo booths are the perfect way to break the ice! A group activity that will get guests talking and socialising. All of our photo booths also come with quirky props to add some extra fun to your guests photos. Suitable for all types of events, photo booths help create long lasting memories and are accessible to everyone.
Great food at a party is a must. Make sure to choose your food based on the occasion. Finger food is great for birthday parties and small events. You can can choose to go cheap and cheerful or pull out all the stops with gourmet canapés.
Depending on your preference and the type of event, why not hire a DJ or a singer? If you have booked a venue with a dance floor, even better. This is a great way to get people out of their seats.
Once again this will depend on the type of event. No one will want to play Twister at a corporate function. Ensure that the games you arrange are suitable for the event and help get guests talking and socialising.
If you are looking to make an event memorable then fireworks are always a great way to end an evening. With so many different variations and types of displays to choose from, the possibilities are endless.
If your event is a family orientated one, then it’s always best to provide some entertainment for the children. Magicians, bouncy castles, face painting or even an ice cream stand are all great way to ensure the younger generation are kept occupied.
Here at Picture Blast we started out supplying traditional photo booths for wedding, parties and a wide range of events. All of our booths were accompanied by attendants helping guests get the perfect photo.
However the introduction of our new selfie pods has meant that there’s no need for our attendants! The stylish set up and easy to use booth prints unlimited photos and even has the option to upload your photos straight to social media.
Don’t get us wrong, our booth attendants are great? We love them! However if you already have a full guest list but still want to capture some great moments then the selfie pod is the perfect solution. With a built in HD camera and an easy to use touch screen, it has never been easier to become a selfie Queen/King! And with unlimited prints you can take as many photos of your wedding, party or event as you wish.
All our pods are delivered to and set up at your venue, all that’s left to do is start snapping away and posing with our wide range of included selfie props.
Here at Picture Blast we thought we’d offer up some advice on how to make sure you always pose with the perfect smile. It may sound simple but no doubt nearly everyone has looked back at old photos with embarrassment.
Do you spend parties, family gatherings and nights out shying away from the camera? Over the years our photo booth hire attendants have picked up some useful hints and tips we thought you might find useful.
Unless you’ve been blessed with photogenic genes then listen up!
Most people find themselves tensing, puffing out their chest or stretching their neck when in a photo. This often looks awkward and unnatural. Relax (take a deep breath if you need to) and let your natural smile come out. Always imagine a friend or someone you really like is behind the camera.
Find Your Favourite Side
Everyone has a favourite side of their face, and very few people actually have a perfectly symmetrical face.
When in front of the camera tilt your head slightly to your preferred side. However make sure that you are not side on to the camera and looking away.
This should come naturally if you are happy and relaxed. But if not, don’t be afraid to squint your eyes a little bit. No one wants to look like a rabbit in the headlights!
Unfortunately you are not a super model. Pouting makes you look like a duck.
Smiling Too Hard
If you’re having a good night out and naturally laughing then by all means don’t stop yourself from posing with a big smile. However if you’re trying to look natural for an organised photo, a huge cheesy smile often looks unnatural and won’t do you any favours.
Planning one of the most important days of your life can be a daunting task. There are so many different aspects to consider… The dress, invites, food and entertainment to name just a few. Here at Picture Blast we have put together the top 5 tips when planning your big day!
You’ve found your significant other and decided you want to get married! You want the venue to be perfect. Depending on your preference and budget, this could be an old English castle or a local town hall. Before you jump into booking the venue its worth considering how many people it can accommodate? Is it accessible to all the guests? What availability do they have? No one wants to be waiting for another 4 years to tie the not just so they can have the perfect venue.
Choosing who you invite to your wedding day should be an exciting time! However the list can soon get out of hand, and before you know it you’re inviting everyone you know on Facebook. Just remember you will be paying for all of the people you invite and the cost can quickly escalate.
You’ve booked the venue and agreed on the guest list, now it’s time to decide how to keep them entertained. Photo booth hire is the obvious option, a great way to keep guests entertained whilst photographing lasting memories at the same time. Perfect!
Food & Drink
Whether you’ve decided to go for a four course sit down meal or a mediterranean buffet to match the venue, the food served at the wedding (along with the brides dress) will be one of the main things guest will remember at a wedding! More often than not venues will organise the food and provide taster day prior to the wedding. Be sure to get everyone orders in early (you may also want to provide a vegetarian/vegan option).
After months and sometimes even years of planning you’ve had your big day, and it’s all ran smoothly. Now its time for the two of you to enjoy your honey moon. Although not technically part of the wedding, traditionally the married couple go straight off on their honey moon straight after the big day. A time to relax and enjoy each others company. This may be a favourite holiday location, or somewhere new to you both. One of our best parts of advice not matter where you go would be to always mention that you are on your honey moon. You will be surprised at the amount of free upgrades and special treatment you will receive at restaurants, hotels and even on your flight.