The photobooth was the best discretionary money we spent at our wedding, hands down. We considered DIYing it, to save a bit of money, but honestly? I'm so glad we didn't. We put it right by the dance floor and shelled out for an extra hour so that it would be there the entire night and it was in use nonstop.
The week before the wedding we bought a basic photo album and left it out so that people could put photos in there and leave notes. Flipping through that book the next morning (at 5 am, because I couldn't sleep) was the best.
A fact: photobooths inevitably devolve over the course of the night, in the best way possible.
I looked at all the local photobooth companies I could find and the rates vary a lot, as do the services. We ended up going with Red Cheese Photobooth, mostly because they were the best about responding to my emails quickly. Our total came out to $1024, which is off putting at first, but when you consider what we might have spent trying to set one up ourselves (and the inevitable trouble shooting it would have involved) we have no regrets. We knew we wanted the instant gratification of prints for our guests as well as digital copies for ourselves later and this was perfect.
* As with everything wedding-related, I didn't get any discounts related to the blog and any review I give you is only because I think it might be useful to some of you. *