Photobooths!

The one thing that Mr. B REALLY wanted for our wedding was a photobooth. Now he didn’t ask for a lot, but initially, it just wasn’t in the budget. Then one day, a few months into planning, BM K called to tell me to check Groupon because there was a promo for Photobooth rentals! Now, at that point, I had never actually purchased a Groupon. While it was a GREAT deal, I was more than a little paranoid that I would pay the money up front and then my date wouldn’t be available! (I clearly did not understand the Groupon return policy at that point either). So I called the company first to inquire if my date was even an option. Boy am I glad I did, too! The owner, Kevin, told me that my day was, in fact, available, but that if it was OK with me, he’d rather honor the Groupon pricing but have us book directly through him. By reserving them that way, I simply had to put down a $100 deposit, and that felt much better than having to worry about going through Groupon. Mr. B and I were so excited that we would be able to have awesome photos of our guests with fun props at a great price, and I was happy that Mr. B was able to get the main thing he wanted all along.

A few weeks after booking our photo booth, Kevin called me back to tell me that one of their booths had been damaged, and was not insured leaving them down a booth. He said they would be unable to work our wedding, but had talked to another company and they were available and willing to take over our booking. Since I had paid our $100 deposit, and the company he would be transferring us to required a $200 deposit, he offered to pay the difference of $100 for the inconvenience. Since we were already planning on the photo booth, and the new company’s pricing wasn’t too far off from what we were originally planning to pay when the extra $100 was factored in, we graciously accepted this offer and transferred our booking to Sterling Photobooths.

Now, originally, my Supervisor at work had ALSO booked with the original company, only she had purchased the rental through Groupon. While Kevin had graciously offered to help us get set-up with another company since we had booked through him, she was offered no such deal. He had told her she would have to seek a refund through Groupon, and since her wedding was a LOT sooner than ours was, she was NOT very happy. Eventually, it all worked out for her in the end, too, but there was definitely a rough couple weeks while it was all getting figured out.

Did you take advantage of any Groupons while planning your wedding? Did they work out in the end, or did you run into any issues along the way?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Buffalo

Location:
San Diego, CA
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:49 am

    Oh wow. Well I’m glad it worked out for you but that’s a shame your friend wasn’t offered the same courtesy. I personally didn’t use Groupon but my mom scored a heck of a deal with our booth too!

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    WoodenShoes 389 posts, Helper bee @ 5:49 am

    I actually found my photographer on Groupon! It has been amazing working with her. But like you, I called her first to make sure it wasn’t some sort of scam, bc I thought it was too good to be true. I also bought my invitations from Delphine via Groupon. I think from those two purchases alone I saved over $1000.

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    FutureMrsSpencer 526 posts, Busy bee @ 6:42 am

    I love Groupon and LivingSocial. We took beautiful family photos in Central Park for only $80. We also got our photobooth the same way. The deal was on LivingSocial and when I called the company he told me that he would rather me book through them. When you book through livingsocial or groupon, the companies split the money. He also took $125 off what the livingsocial deal was advertised as. So we got our photobooth for $375! I can’t wait!!!!

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    NVACat 349 posts, Helper bee @ 6:53 am

    We booked our photobooth through Groupon as well. My fiance is super nervous about using it, but I am pretty excited about it. The groupon actually showeed up three times before I bought it! But like you, i contacted the company first and I feel like that really eased my fear. Plus it was not a “must have” but more like a “it’d be awesome” for us so I’m ok if it isn’t perfect

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:22 am

    A photobooth is one of those things I really really want, but at the same time don’t care that much about. They look like so much fun and it’ll be fantastic to have those pictures, but is just something too pricey for us to splurge on.
    I wish we had groupon here.

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:24 am

    What a great vendor to get you set up with a new deal! We haven’t used any Groupons YET, but I have my eyes out just in case something comes up. :)

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    LaTortuga 1017 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:50 am

    FI and I are not a huge fan of the photo booth but Our photographer threw it in our package for free so we are not going to complain. We shall see.

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    haelmai 321 posts, Helper bee @ 9:18 am

    I actually had the same sort of thing happen to me with our photobooth. I saw the deal on Groupon, but when I contacted the owner for availability, he said that if I paid him directly the total cost up front, he would give us $25 off even the Groupon deal. Since you have to pay everything upfront when you buy from Groupon, I had no problem paying him personally to get the extra good deal! So it’s really worked out for us!!! :-)

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    Laura, Guest @ 9:27 am

    We used a groupon for a photobooth at our wedding and it turned out great!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:44 am

    I’m glad it all worked out, I love photobooths!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:12 am

    Aww I am glad that worked out for you! Photobooths are the best!

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