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Physical vs Digital: Choosing the Best Photo Booth Option for Your Wedding

Hey there! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re planning your wedding, and you’re trying to decide whether to have physical printed photo strips from your photo booth or just digital copies. This is a common dilemma for many couples, as both options have their pros and cons. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at each option, and help you make the decision that’s right for you.

If you’re considering a photo booth at all, you may want to read this article about the decision to incorporate a photo booth into your wedding!

Printed Strips

First, let’s talk about physical printed photo strips. These are the classic photo booth strips that you’ve probably seen at weddings and other events, where each strip contains two or four small photos. The advantage of physical photo strips is that they are tangible, and you can hold them in your hand. This can make the photos feel more real and more special, as they are not just digital files on a computer or phone.

Random assortment of photo booth straps, lazily thrown around a table.

Physical photo strips are also great for sharing. You and your guests can take the strips home with you, and put them in photo albums or frames. You can also share the strips with friends and family who were not able to attend the wedding, so they can see what a fun time you had. And because the strips are small and portable, you can easily take them with you on your honeymoon, to share with friends and locals you meet along the way.

Cons of Printed Strips

The downside of physical photo strips is that they can be a little more expensive and time-consuming than digital copies. The photo booth operator will need to print the strips onsite, which can add to the cost of the photo booth rental. And because the photos are small, the quality may not be as good as larger, digital copies.

Digital photo booth against white brick background. Tap to start screen playing.

Digital Copies

Now, let’s talk about digital copies. These are the photos that are taken by the photo booth, and are sent to you electronically, either via email or a cloud-based storage service like Dropbox. The advantage of digital copies is that they are convenient and easy to access. You and your guests can download the photos to your phones or computers, and share them on social media or with friends and family.

Digital copies are also great for printing. You can easily print the photos in a variety of sizes and formats, from small prints to large posters. And because the photos are digital, the quality will be better than physical photo strips, with more detail and clarity.

Cons of Digital

The downside of digital copies is that they are not as tangible or shareable as physical photo strips. You won’t be able to hold the photos in your hand, and they may not feel as special or memorable. And because the photos are digital, they can be easily deleted or lost, if you don’t make a conscious effort to save them.

The Best of Both Worlds

If you’re trying to decide between physical photo strips and digital copies for your wedding photo booth, you may be happy to know that some modern photo booths offer the best of both worlds. These photo booths will print physical photo strips for you and your guests to take home and enjoy, while also providing digital copies that you can easily access and share. This way, you can have the tangibility and nostalgia of physical photo strips, as well as the convenience and quality of digital copies. So, if you want to have the best of both worlds, look for a photo booth that offers both physical and digital photos. Hint: my booth does both!


So, which option is right for you? That ultimately depends on your personal preferences and priorities. If you value the tangibility and shareability of physical photo strips, and you’re willing to pay a little extra for them, then that may be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you value convenience and quality, and you don’t mind sacrificing some of the physicality and nostalgia of photo strips, then digital copies may be the better option.

I hope this blog post has helped you make the decision about whether to have physical printed photo strips or digital copies from your wedding photo booth. Just remember to think about what’s important to you, and choose the option that will give you the photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Happy planning!

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  1. […] Social booths are photo booths that specifically focus on guest experience by offering fun lighting, interactive features like a customized tap-to-start screen and virtual props and filters, as well as GIFs, boomerangs, and even video. Some of these booths offer prints, but most will seamlessly message the images directly to the guest’s phones. Social booths are typically standalone, and do not require an attendant to operate (which saves you some $$$)! If you’re debating on digital images vs. prints, you should check out this article! […]

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