Sorry for the long hiatus. I’ve been so busy with wedding preps and work that I don’t even have time to meet my friends anymore. =(
On weekdays, I wake up, go to work, come back home, sleep, repeat. On weekends, I usually sleep in, have some wedding things to do, do my laundry, meet my fiance, go back home, sleep. I feel so bloody tired lately.
Anyways, enough on the sadness la eh.
At first, we decided to not have a photobooth at our wedding. We had a strict budget to follow but we kinda burst the budget by about 2k+++ so a photobooth was out of the question. Not that I did not want, but I didn’t feel like it was a particularly huge need. I mean, as compared to other crucial things like Catering, Mak Andam, door gifts, photographer, decor, etc, most people would forgo the photobooth, especially if they are really tight financially.
I believe all of us know that Photobooths are at almost every Malay wedding now; like a viral trend. Most photobooth vendors do include guestbook services into the packages that they offer. It’s a great combo, in my opinion, cos these photobooth vendors will place the photos according to the page where the guests have signed/written on. At the end of the day, after the wedding, we can open up our guestbook and read the well wishes from our guests and immediately know/recognize who those wishes were from. Come on, if there is no photo in the guestbook, I don’t think we, the bride/groom would recognise every single person who signed the guestbook kan? Sometimes, the person is a relative that you only recognize when you meet or see a photo of. I really don’t know the names of some of my relatives. Immediate family members, cousins, uncles, aunties, etc, I of course know their names. I’m talking about our parents’ cousins, or our parents’ cousins’ children, ahhh you get what I mean.
At the same time, by looking through the guestbook(with the photos inside), you instantly know that the respective guests came for your wedding. Nowadays, most photobooths come with fun props and signages from the boring to the wacky, you name it they got it.
I notice a huge growth in the number of photobooth vendors over the past 1 or 2 years. It is a growing trend to have a photobooth at Malay weddings simply cos GUESTS WILL ENJOY IT! I have always enjoyed taking photos and getting to keep it(at times having to purchase it in order to get a copy). It depends on how you see it. It can go both ways. You can either enjoy looking at the photos and well wishes in the guestbook OR you can feel good when you see guests enjoying themselves at your wedding.
However, the down side is, almost ALL PHOTOBOOTHS ARE THE SAME. They provide a single backdrop that they hang or set up, wacky props, signages, a DSLR+instant photo printer and/or Polaroids. Depending on the package you choose, guests can either keep a copy of the printed photo, or purchase it for around $0.50 to perhaps $2++. But whatever it is, all the printed photos are placed onto the guestbook for the bride and groom’s viewing pleasure/keepsake.
I am very lucky to have a cousin who has offered to sponsor a photobooth for my wedding. So, YAY! We are getting a photobooth for our wedding! So my cousin and I did our research about 2 days before we booked and confirmed with the vendor. Very fast, right? I know. We saw plenty of photobooths on Facebook, Instagram, etc. All are basically the same la but of course quality varies. I wanted something different and able to suit our style.
I searched #photoboothsg on Instagram and chanced upon TGIFactory. I believe that it’s a very young business. By that, I mean, it’s very newly set up and they do not have as much portfolio content as some other more established and popular photobooth vendors. Now, what attracted me to engage their service is that, THEY ARE USING GREEN SCREEN TECHNOLOGY for the photos’ background. Currently, they have offered me 6 customisable backgrounds. Guests are able to choose from 6 different backgrounds(pre-chosen by the bride and groom), and have their photos taken together with their chosen props. Guests get a copy of the photo taken while the other copy will be pasted onto the guestbook, per photo session. Guests will be charged $2 per photo if they were to request for additonal copies. TGIFactory has various packages you can choose from but we took the Light Package(it was on Promo when we booked). From what I know, they also offer Unlimited prints for a slightly higher priced package.
Here’s a sample photo I took from their Facebook page(yes, 2 photos can be printed onto 1 pc of photo paper):
NOTICE THE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS? THE BACKGROUND IMAGE/PHOTO PAPER CAN ALSO BE CUSTOMIZED
ACCORDING TO YOUR THEME/PREFERENCE. AWESOME KAN? ESPECIALLY COS OF HOW CEREWET I CAN BE, AND
COS NOT MANY VENDORS WOULD BE OPEN TO THE IDEA OF HAVING A HORROR THEMED ANYTHING!
I purposely delayed writing an entry on this cos I wanted to meet the crew first. So we finally had a wee bit of free time to meet them and location was Paragon CBTL. I believe that after the meeting, both the crew and us(my fiance, my cousin, her fiance, and I), had a better understanding about what was expected and what was offered, respectively. Prior to the meeting, I have conversed with Farhan from TGIFactory(sadly, he wasn’t able to make it for the meeting due to work commitments). Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised to know that Farhan, like me, is a huge Horror fan. So, A HUGE PLUS LA KAN cos he TOTALLY GETS WHAT I WANT.
TGIFactory offers a customizable theme. From props, to background, to the photo sleeve. Hell, they even dress up according to the theme that customers require la. They even dressed up in shorts and jerseys for a soccer themed one! I believe most of you already know what my theme will be, eh? But in order for things not to get too scary or horrifying, we are going for an Addams Family themed photobooth. So, imagine an Addams Family mansion background, a dark misty forest background, a back alley background, etc. But of course, we will include a generic background to accommodate guests who do not want to have some horror/dark background. Our props will be horror themed as well, one of my favourites, FREDDY KREUGER’s GLOVE(Nightmare on Elm Street)! If you have read my past posts, you will know that I have a Freddy Kreuger Living Dead Doll. My fiance and I are both crazy NES fans la so..hehehehehhehe!
You can check them out on Facebook
Here’s the link to TGIFactory’s photobooth instructional video that I took from their Facebook page:
Sorry if my post is too long!! But hey, I haven’t written in a looooong time and I needed to writeeeee! Makes sense? hahah..
I miss you alls. And H, if you’re reading this, I miss you!