Dad's Camcorder: Gone But Not Forgotten

Remember a time when dads would follow their kids around with a large camcorder mounted on their shoulders? We’re talking LARGE, like full VHS tape, microwave oven large.

Those dads suffered with heavy, clunky electronics on their shoulders. They endured through sweat, tears, and shoulder pain to keep you in the shot and capture those precious moments in low-fidelity. Looking back upon this duty, those dads were soldiers who deserve honorary medals for suffering through special occasions, strapped for VHS war. Luckily, nowadays we can capture our memories without burdening dad with a heavy camcorder.

"Like the bulky camcorders that 90's dads dutifully lugged, some technology is best left in the past."

The videos they took offer us a unique glimpse into our memories. We look upon these times with nostalgia for many different reasons; we’ve all got a special love for something goofy from our pasts. Some of us are still in love with vintage fashion. Some of us are in love with old TV shows and trying to convince others that the quality used to be so much better, like those who say “Golden Girls beats any new show on Netflix!"

Almost all of us love music from another time. Little known fact: There’s always a right time and place to jam out to Ace of Base. Our nostalgia knows almost no bounds. Except, maybe for electronics. 

Has a family member ever said to you, “Jeez, I really wish they’d bring back small and heavy tube TVs"? Or, “I miss the convenience of recording songs off the radio onto cassette tapes, it was just the best!”. Like the bulky camcorders that 90's dads dutifully lugged, some technology is best left in the past.

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If only SpeechBooth had existed back then! Many shoulders would have been saved, and frustrations avoided. Fun fact: the entire SpeechBooth kit at 10lb. weighs about the same as a consumer-grade camcorder in 1988 and captures memories by itself.

 

In honor of the forgotten VHS warriors, let us raise our glasses to these brave souls. To those with sore shoulders from oppressive camcorders, you have served us well.

 

So How Does SpeechBooth Work?

Getting a fully equipped video booth delivered to your front door in an easy to carry box sounds too good to be true, right? With SpeechBooth, our mission is to make video recording fun, high quality, spontaneous, sincere and most of all easy. So how exactly does it all work?

Ordering – We typically ask that you order your video booth a few months before your wedding. This way, we can ensure that we have inventory allocated to your wedding and that all of your details are in our system. When ordering, simply specify where you want the kit to arrive. We can ship to homes, hotels, offices, houseboats, you name it! We also ensure that your kit will show up a few days before your wedding so you have plenty of time with no stress.

Receiving – Your video booth will arrive in one easy to carry box, weighing less than 10 pounds and even comes with a handle. It’s like carrying a large box of chocolates (ok, maybe a little bigger). In your kit, you’ll find easy to follow instructions as well as a return shipping label for you to use to ship the kit back after your event. SpeechBooth works with FedEx exclusively to make sure that your kit is shipped safely and securely.  In your kit, you’ll also find a tripod, your customized ipad, light, microphone, microphone holder and sign.

Assembling – Open the tripod. Snap in the ipad. attach the microphone holder. Plug in the mic, place the sign on the front of the tripod. Done!

Placement – We recommend a few things when deciding where to put your SpeechBooth. First of all, remember your video booth is portable, you can move the tripod around if you like, to capture all the action. For the best footage, we encourage you to find a relatively quiet place with ample lighting. While you don’t need to put your SpeechBooth in the silent hallway, just try not to put it right next to your speakers or band. As for lighting, natural light works best, but if you’re having a night wedding indoor lights work just fine. In addition, SpeechBooth comes with a light pre-attached to your ipad that stays on all night to give you plenty of backup.

Turn it on – Once you turn SpeechBooth on, it’s good to go without an attendant for roughly 6 hours. Just turn on your ipad and open the SpeechBooth app, turn on the light and let your guests go wild.

Break it down – After your wedding, disassemble your video booth which will take you less than two minutes. Put everything back in the box and you’re done for the night. Woohoo!

Send it back – In the days following your wedding, all you need to do is slap the return label back on the box and drop your kit off at FedEx. Once we receive the kit back at our headquarters, you’ll receive your footage within 30 days. Done and done!

Well that's it folks, your all inclusive and unique video booth experience. No secrets here, we’re 100% dedicated to being the easiest and most fun part of your wedding, while providing you with memorable footage that will last a lifetime. We look forward to being a part of your big day and if you have any questions at all, just say hi at info@speechbooth.com

Making Your Video Booth Portable

One of the best parts about weddings is the amount if unique moments that happen out in the wild.  Belting out the chorus to Don’t Stop Believing, hearing what your crazy uncle has to say about love or the sole fact that all the people you care about most are together in the same room just for you.

With so much going on at your wedding, one thing we love to highlight for our customers is the fact that your SpeechBooth doesn’t have to stay in one place throughout the course of the day. Oh no, this is not your typical video booth, this is SpeechBooth.

Weighing less than 10 pounds, you can pick up your video booth by the tripod and move it around. While you should be cognizant of potential blunders when moving SpeechBooth, remember that everything is attached together, so hold your kit by the tripod and get portable.

You should feel free to move your video booth around to where the action is, whether it be at the bar or on the dance floor. We recently heard from one couple who got married in the mountains of NH, that their SpeechBooth made it to the center of the floor, with people dancing around the tripod and singing to their hearts content…unforgettable footage.

For all day weddings that start outside and end indoors, don’t leave your SpeechBooth abandoned. If the people go inside, bring your video booth in as well! We love to see people get creative with SpeechBooth, it’s one of the best parts about the kit, so get the ideas flowing and create the most unique experiences that you’ll never forget. We’ve see groups of wedding guests reenact scenes from movies, speeches, musical albums…etc, the bolder the better. So enjoy your experience with the video booth and we can’t wait to see your footage! 

Video Booth vs. Photo Booth

It's a perfectly legitimate question to ask yourself...should I get a video booth or a photo booth? Or both? Or neither? 

With the meteoric rise of photo sharing over the past few years, we've all become obsessed with photos...I mean just look at the rise of selfies. We've gotten to the point to where everyone has their phone out and in their hand almost all the time! Walking down the street, walking down the hall, walking down the...aisle? That's why we created SpeechBooth.

The glory of having a video booth at your wedding or event is that your guests can leave the most meaningful memories based on their raw and live experience, like Tyler and Madison's wedding!

As you think about your wedding or event and whether or not to get a photo booth or a video booth, this one little exercise might help you decide. Watch the video above and pause it at any moment. Then ask yourself, what captures the emotion of the event more, a static image or a live video?

5 Essentials For Your Wedding Video Booth

A lot of people ask us, where’s the best place to put SpeechBooth at my event? While you can put your video booth wherever you’d like to (because SpeechBooth is portable), we do have a few suggestions.

1. Lighting – The best video recordings are ones with ample lighting. If there’s an area at your event with natural light shining down that’s ideal. If not though, then find a well-lit area of a room for guests to use. If your event is at night and all the rooms are dark fear not, SpeechBooth comes equipped with a light that can stay on all night long!

2. Noise – It’s your wedding, so naturally there’s going to be background noise at your reception! Our recommendation for placing your video booth is to be mindful. For instance, don’t place SpeechBooth next to your DJ Booth or next to large speakers. Rest assured though, our HD microphone does a great job at not only blocking out general background noise but also picking up the voice of the person speaking into the microphone. As long as your microphone is plugged in, you’re good to go on audio.

3. Background – The great part about having a portable video booth is that you can have complete freedom to place it wherever you want. Our tripod only takes up a few feet, so SpeechBooth can fit into tight spaces if needed. We’ve had couples use a bunch of things for their backgrounds including blank walls, a lake, a field and/or setting up a simple backdrop. While the background is something to consider, don’t forget that people are standing roughly 2 feet away from SpeechBooth so most of the focus is on the people and their special messages to you!

4. Height – We know that not everyone at your event is going to be the same height. Thankfully, SpeechBooth can be quickly adjust to accommodate the heights of your guests. With a simple hand crank, the height of your SpeechBooth screen can be brought up or down and easily locks into place.

5. Speeches – When your guests are leaving speeches, they’ll be standing roughly 2 feet back from the screen, although they’re welcome to move around. We’ve seen people sing and dance all over the place when leaving their messages and the more creative the better! While people are leaving speeches, they’ll be instructed to look at the forward facing camera and can leave a speech as long as they’d like. While most video booth speeches last 30-60 seconds, we’ve certainly seen some longer ones :)

We hope you found these tips useful! SpeechBooth takes less than 5 minutes to set-up and comes complete with visual instructions that can be followed with relative ease. If you have any questions regarding your event, reach out to us at info@speechbooth.com!

 

 

Simply Put…Group Videos Are Awesome

One of the best things about having a video booth at your wedding is that you get to capture the most memorable moments from your special day. Family and friends can recount childhood memories, high school nostalgia, college shenanigans and real-world adventures.

While we see a lot of videos here at SpeechBooth, there’s a type of speech that we especially find fun, and that’s the group video speech. This is when not just one or two people leave a speech together, but a group of 4, 10, 20 people all get in on the fun!

We’ve seen groups sing Sweet Caroline, perform dance routines, act out scenes from movies or Broadway…and just about anything else you can imagine!

So if you’ve already ordered your video booth, remember to encourage group speeches, they are some of the most entertaining footage you’ll get from using SpeechBooth. Don’t forget, when you order SpeechBooth it is encouraged to let your creativity run wild. Have your wedding party leave speeches together, your college crew, your high school friends and all those aunts, uncles and cousins of yours!

If you haven’t already ordered SpeechBooth for your wedding, then imagine all of the awesome groups attending that could leave you video memories…yes, they will be awesome. 

The Year of the Video Booth has Arrived!

Happy 2016 everyone! If you have a wedding coming up this year, then this is bound to be one of the most memorable years of your life, congratulations! One of the hardest decisions you can make about your wedding is how you're going to remember and cherish it after it's over. While hiring a wedding photographer is an easier question to answer for most couples, the decisions get harder from there as the focus shifts to capturing the best moments from your reception.

As you think about the best way to capture special moments from your wedding reception, you already know all about the "standard" options, but what about something totally unique and different? What about something your guests can fall in love with and enjoy all night? The answer is a video booth. There's nothing that captures the feelings, the atmosphere and the aura of your wedding like a video booth. Think about it, can a picture convey raw emotion like a video? No. 

Ok, so now that we've agreed video is the way to go let's talk about what makes for a great video booth experience. 

Unobtrusive - First and foremost, you don't want your video booth to be an eye soar at your wedding. There's no need to have a clunky looking video booth sitting in the corner of your reception interrupting your guests by ruining the theme of your wedding. Thankfully, SpeechBooth perfectly blends into any wedding atmosphere for you to quickly customize as you please

Casual - Your guests shouldn't need instructions or an attendant just to leave you a video message. Nor should there be someone wandering your reception telling people to leave a video message. No, no, no. Your video booth experience should nice and casual. With SpeechBooth, once you turn it on, it's on all night and guests can easily come and go as they please, leaving a message whenever they're ready. 

Complete - Yes, SpeechBooth is the easiest video booth in the world, but that's because of everything it comes equipped with when it arrives at your front door. Everyone is in an easy-to-carry box which has a handle and can be carried by anyone. In the box you'll find a tripod, a SpeechBooth sign, a microphone, an HD light and an iPad with your customized SpeechBooth app installed and ready to go with the press of a finger. The kit takes less than 5 minutes to set up and truly is the easiest video booth you'll ever see.

Unique - The reason SpeechBooth videos are so special is because guests feel comfortable leaving messages whenever inspiration hits. We've seen people leave 5 or 6 messages over the course of a night, we've seen brides and grooms leave secret wedding vows to each other, we've even seen groups of friends break out into song! Since people don't feel pressured with SpeechBooth, they can just be themselves and share heartfelt, fun and loving memories with you and your spouse.

So what are you waiting for? Reserve your SpeechBooth today!

SpeechBooth in the Press

Here at SpeechBooth, we spent all of last year perfecting our wedding video booth process and have now completed hundreds of wedding all over the country (and the world). We've been featured in:

Customer Testimonials

But don't take our word for it, hear from just a few of the hundreds of happy couples that used SpeechBooth at their wedding, and see even more on Wedding Wire!

"I can't even begin to tell you how much we love this video!! The mix of funny and sweet was perfect, and it captured everyones personalities so candidly"  

Jennifer & Damon

"Joe and I were thrilled to have a SpeechBooth at our wedding. There was a line for it all night, and the videos are amazing!"

Casey & Joe

"I'm so glad I did it. We've watched our videos from aunts, uncles, cousins parents, grandparents and of course our friends so many times and now we have those memories forever"

Karissa & John

"I absolutely love our video...it was like having a next gen Photo Booth at the wedding without having to lug a giant Photo Booth around (which is also impossible for a destination wedding)"

Jenn & Keiran

Top 10 SpeechBooth Videos of 2015: The Year of the Wedding Video Booth

It's amazing how much can happen in 10 months! Just this past January we announced our crazy idea to the world, to offer a portable, affordable and fun wedding video booth to the world. Fast forward to December and we've completed hundreds of weddings and events all over the world. 

Here are a few of our favorite wedding video booth compilation clips from 2015:

1. Kieran and Jenn - A destination wedding in Punta Cana

2. Alex and Courtney - A farm themed wedding in Vermont

3. Corey and Matt - A Nantucket Summer wedding

4. Nina and Darnel - One of the more vocally talented weddings we saw all year!

5. Jo and Nick - A wedding video booth experience in Denver

6. Simmi and Prashant - Smiles all around in this highlight reel

7. Tania and Greg - So. Much. Dancing. 

8. Corri and Steve - Memories. So many memories. 

9. Mike and Sophie - The wedding video booth hits Southern California

10. Brooke and Anson - Group speeches are officially in...

What an amazing year it has been! Thank you to all those who have supported SpeechBooth and we look forward to continuing the wedding video booth revolution in 2016! 

Video Booth Brings Together Family and Friends in This Cape Cod Wedding

Tim and Emily were recently married in a beautiful ceremony on Cape Cod. With friends, family and loved ones all around, the two shared a special day that they'll remember forever. 

SpeechBooth was there to capture all the memories, fun and love, which you can get glimpse of in Tim and Emily's highlight reel!

If you have a wedding coming up you think a video booth rental might be right for you, send us an email at info@speechbooth.com, we'd love to hear about your special day! 

Congrats to Tim and Emily and we wish you guys all the best in the future! 

The Wedding Video Booth Hits New York for Another Celebration

Brooke and Anson have a destined engagement story! They're also one of the only couples we've ever met to get engaged at 4:30 AM in the morning! 

The two recently had their wedding in New York, in a beautiful ceremony at the Hiland Park Country Club. While the messages from guests and loved ones are special, we especially love that Brooke and Anson recorded some surprise footage of their own! 

We love it! Well done you two, and we wish you all the best in 2016! 

For those of you who haven't ordered your wedding video booth yet, now is the time. Nothing compares to having SpeechBooth at your wedding, and our wedding video booth rental experience couldn't be easier. Just order your SpeechBooth and we'll ship it directly to you. Setting up SpeechBooth takes less than 5 minutes and the best part is, once SpeechBooth is on, it's on all night - no attendant needed! Your guests will love you, your family will love you, you'll love you. Reserve your SpeechBooth now!

Braydan & Ashley Have a Rocking Wedding Celebration

What do we love here at SpeechBooth? We love to see a wedding video booth highlight reel packed with non-stop excitement and energy! With Braydan and Ashley's recent wedding, that's exactly what happened. Their highlight video features laughs, jokes, singing, group celebrations and everything else you'd hope to see on the big day.

Enjoy their highlights video below!

Best wishes to Braydan and Ashley, you guys rock! 

If you haven't ordered your wedding video booth yet, now is the time. Reserve your SpeechBooth today to ensure availability!