With up to 95% of UK schools now organising events to mark the end of the final term for year 11′s (15 to 16 year olds) and year 13′s (17 to 18) and with the average spend per student in the region of £244 it is vital that the organisers of the school prom make it an unforgettable experience.
Many proms now include the hire of a school prom photo booth and with the expectations of students rising year on year it is vital to get the attention to detail absolutely spot on.
Here are some top tips...
1. BOOTH SIZE & SPACE
From arriving at the prom in group limos to congregating outside in small groups, students will without doubt want to crowd in into the photo booth. You must therefore ask you supplier how big the school prom photo booth is and how many people it will hold, safely.
The average school prom photo booth is an oval shape and will hold a max of 6 students. However there are other booths on the market i.e Digital Party Pods which with their 'Open Air' format, maximise the capacity to capture more students.
We also offer our more theatrical booths such as The Rustic Garden, although these can stretch budgets a little more.
Talking of budgets, if yours is a little stretched, why not ask around locally for someone to 'sponsor' the booth. We have no issue adding digital branding to everything that gets created, which can be great when organically shared.
2. HOW STRONG IS THE BOOTH
It is not surprising that the school prom see students get quite excitable. It is after-all one of those once in a lifetime experiences and one in which many will want to impress. So linked very closely to the size of the booth you will also need to ensure the it is built from the right materials and sturdy enough to hold groups of excitable youngsters.
Most booths are made from aluminium sections and panels which are light enough to be transported yet sturdy enough to contain groups of party goers. However there are some aluminum frames that are more sturdy than others as this study highlights.
With many proms being held in local hotels or attractions it is also important to ensure that the photo booth you hire for the school prom complies to their fire safety requirements. Avoid any booths that are made or contain materials such as MDF. Also ensure the curtains are made of a fire resistant material.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA
It will come as no surprise that the students love the fact that some school prom photo booths can post the photos directly to Facebook or Instagram from where they can share and tag the photos they appear in. It is therefore important to ask your booth provider about their social media capabilities and whether a live facebook upload is possible.
Also remember to ask you venue if an internet connection is possible either via a wired ethernet link or via WiFi.
As a company, we never share ANYTHING direct to social media, its always in the hands of the creators!
A big part of the school prom is about dressing up and this extends to the fun of the photo booth. Ask your booth supplier if they include free fun props for your students to wear in the booth. The type of props would normally include hats, masks, feather boa’s and wigs.
The latest development in fun props is also the availability of fun digital props where you can specify in advance the type of props you want, including your own text or themed props. Its worth asking your supplier if these are available for your prom.
Since about 2019, we have done away with many older style props, and stick to props that are easily cleaned such as great Word Props and Picture Frames, which always go down well.
With all the time and effort that goes into organising a school prom you will want to make sure that the photo’s your students get will form a lasting memory of not only the event itself but also of the time at your establishment.
With our new Green-screen without Green-screen tech, digital backgrounds can be selected in front of which your students can appear.
Great for tying in to themes!
Finally, what about GDPR...
Well, with us at least, our GDRP policy is available to view on our website. After any school event, all data is deleted.
With our Party Pods, we can also set them to QR mode, whereby students can access them only via a QR code, which means they dont need to enter ANY INFORMATION such as emails and phone numbers to get their creations.
The Box Team
Some of this article was originally from www.photobooth.co.uk/5-must-ask-questions-when-hiring-a-school-prom-photo-booth/