What's the New Photo Booth? Wedding Planners Weigh In

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There's a reason — or 10! — why photo booths have been immensely popular at weddings: "Photo booths bring guests together," explains Jesse Tombs, senior event planner at Alison Events. "They're great conversation starters, and create a sense of play, togetherness and remembrance among guests."

But all trends must come to an end. So, as we see photo booths slowly phase out, we asked a few of our favorite planners to predict what new activity might take its place. Here's what they had to say.

Drone cameras.
It might sound a little Star Wars-era to trust a robotic camera to capture your big day, but it's already happening. "It's a great idea for outdoor ceremonies," explains Tombs, because the elevated camera can snap angles no one can otherwise reach.

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Calligraphy booths.
Couples won't be limiting gorgeous script to their invitations for long. Now, they've invited artisans to make custom script creations for guests "on the spot, and each one is unique," says Alia Wilson, planner and designer at Firefly Events. Bonus! Whatever you allow the artist to write on "can double as favors."

Instagram instant printers.
You've heard of couple's hashtags, where a couple blends their names and asks guests to use the new moniker — think: #evaandkyleforever — when they post social media content about their wedding. Now, photo printers are available to rent that "automatically print your Instagram images as soon as the hashtag is used," says Jennae Saltzman, owner of Blush & Whim. "It makes for a fun favor and piece of entertainment." #Socool.

Selfie stations.
Consider this the milennials' version of the photo booth. Rather than cramming together inside a booth or in front of a single screen, couples erect multiple backdrops, supply props, provide iPads or polaroid cameras, and encourage guests to "take selfies" at each station, says Linnea Tangorra, owner of Tangorra Wedding Planning.

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