Month: December 2012

Chicago Brides to Bridal Show or Not?

Are you considering attending a bridal show this year? Millions of brides and grooms attend bridal shows before getting married. 2 out 3 brides and grooms will book a vendor they met at a bridal show. So are bridal shows really worth attending? You can decide if a Chicago bridal show is right for you. We did some research and addressed some frequently asked questions and here’s what we found.

How Do I Find Bridal Shows? Bridal Shows take place year round. They are held in hotels, convention centers, department stores or other venues. Shows range from the intimate with a dozen wedding vendors to huge shows that have well over a hundred vendors. Check websites, wedding publications and bridal shops to see where shows are in the Chicago area. If you’ve registered your name anywhere as a bride-to-be, you will more than likely receive information about Chicago bridal shows in your mailbox or e mail.

Do they cost anything to attend? Some are free while others may cost up to $25 or more. Many times, participating vendors give out free tickets. Often times, there may be a coupon in the paper. Pre-registering may also get you a free or discounted ticket.

Can I bring a guest? Absolutely! You may want to consider bringing your mother, fiance, maid of honor. Having someone with you is a great way to bounce ideas off of or just to help you carry the many items and ideas you will pick up at the show.

Pre-Registering. What is that? When you arrive at the show, you will be asked to register for the prizes. You can save a lot of time by pre-registering online at the bridal show’s website. Pre-registering may also get you a free or discounted admission ticket, early admission or preferred seating during the fashion show.

Do I need to visit every vendor? Some shows will require that you get a program signed or marked by each vendor in order to be eligible for any prizes. There is another good reason to visit all the vendors, even when you have a particular service already booked. Many vendors can tell you other people they work with and who they recommend. Talk to everyone. By the way, you’ll want to take the literature or brochure they are handing out. Many vendors have specials, or discounts, to offer if you book their services on the day of the show. You may want to have your checkbook or credit card with you to hold your date.

Will there be food and drink available? At many bridal shows, there are food tastings available from the hotels, country clubs or caterers present. At others, you can purchase food on premise or nearby. Wedding cakes are another tasty treat you’ll find at all shows. Some shows will have a champagne or punch fountain or a bar set up for beverage sales.

Is there a fashion show? Most shows have some kind of entertainment or runway show, especially wedding gowns and/or tuxedos. In smaller cities, you may just have some models walking around in gowns or tuxes. Runway type fashion shows with numerous models, are generally found at larger Chicago shows.

Do they really give out prizes and honeymoons? You better believe it! We have talked to so many brides who tell us they never thought they would win a honeymoon in the Caribbean. Fill out as many entries as are offered. Sure you’ll get stuff in the mail, but it’ll be worth it. Many vendors will send you coupons, offers, discounts and just great information that you can use to plan your wedding.

We hope this information has helped you decide if a Chicago area bridal show is the right choice for you! Photo Booth of the Stars participates in many bridal shows every year. Come check out one of our photo booths at a local show near you! Please contact us for a list of local Chicago area bridal shows. Photo Booth of the Stars loves bridal shows and will continue to snap photos at many local Chicago shows!


Chicago Snow Won’t Stop Photo Booth Fun!

Chicago is gearing up for a windy wintery snow storm tonight. Photo Booth of the Stars attendants leave an extra two hours early during inclement weather. We will never be late for your event and have back up attendants scheduled should an attendant get held up by the weather. This snowy evening got us thinking….”what were the worst blizzards Chicago has ever seen?” We did some research and thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times here’s what we found.

Jan. 26-27, 1967

Starting in the early morning hours on Jan. 26, the blizzard began dumping snow at a rate of 2 inches per hour. Wind gusted to 53 mph, as snow drifted 6 feet in some areas. When it was all over, there were 23 inches of snow on the ground.

1-27 Copy 1967 Snow Storm

Jan. 13-14, 1979

Between 7 and 10 inches of snow were already on the ground, after an earlier blizzard the previous New Year’s Eve. More snow began to fall with a vengeance on the night of Jan. 12, and it kept piling up until 2 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

1978 snow

Jan. 1-3, 1999

New Year’s weekend, the city was socked with a snowstorm that left 21.6 inches on the ground over its two-day wrath. On Saturday, Jan. 2, alone, it dumped 18.6 inches of snow on the ground –- the greatest single-day snowfall ever recorded in Chicago.


Well there you have it! The three worst blizzards Chicago has ever had! Today’s snow will in no way match up to these blizzards. Photo Booth of the Stars is prepared to handle Chicago’s weather! Leave early, drive slow, be safe! Contact us for our spectacularly snowy January and February specials!

31 North Winter Wonderland Celebration

31 North Banquet & Conference hosted an exceptional “Winter Wonderland Celebration” on December 13, 2012. Photo Booth of the Stars was honored to take part in this celebration held at this exquisite banquet facility in McHenry. Excellent food, music, and of coarse photo booth fun were enjoyed by all. Guests jumped in and out of our photo booth throughout the evening capturing all the fun filled memories the night had to offer.

 Did you miss this spectacular event? There’s another chance to join in the fun on January 20, 2013. Click here for details.

 Are you hosting an event and looking for the perfect venue? Check out all the wonderful amenities 31 North has to offer:

Determination to exceptional service, relentless attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to excellence makes 31 North Banquet & Conference Center the premier choice for hosting the most special occasions. Whether you envision a simple gathering with your closest family and friends, or an elaborate formal affair with up to 200 guests, discover everything you need for your ideal event.

For more information on 31 North contact us or 31 North at (815) 344-0330.


Park Place Bridal Show Photo Booth

Attention brides and grooms….come check out our photo booth and all the other great vendors at this wonderful show hosted by Park Place Banquets in Crystal Lake. Doors open from 11am-3pm on Sunday January 20, 2013.

Park Place Bridal Show Exhibitors:

Gipper Formalwear

Renee’s of Ridgefield

Touchstone Crystal

SW Travel

Lulu’s Wiggin Out


Intrique Fitness

Sunshine Travel

Photo Booth of the Stars

Ruthie Hauge Photo

RFP Photography

The Powder Room

3 Chefs Catering

To register for this great event click here or contact us via email or at 815-975-8762.

D’Andrea Bridal Show Photo Booth

Photo Booth of the Stars is honored to be a exhibitor at D’Andrea Banquets bridal show on January 13, 2013. We will have one of our wedding photo booths onsite for brides and grooms to test out and enjoy! Chicago brides love the idea of adding a photo booth to their wedding. Photo Booth of the Stars is proud to provide the best customer service, unbeatable pricing, and state of the art equipment. Below is all the information regarding this amazing bridal show. Don’t forget about the $1,000 Grand Prize!!!

When it comes to your wedding, you want every detail to be perfect. D’Andrea Banquets is hosting a Premier Bridal Show to help you make those dreams a reality! We’ll offer you creative wedding ideas and show you all the latest trends. Bridal vendors will be on hand to assist couples in their journey in planning their special day. You and your bridal party will sample hors d’oeuvres, wedding cakes, European pastries, and confections.

You will meet some of the finest Chicagoland vendors, including photographers, DJs and florists. See fabulous bridal gowns, stunning formalwear, and elegant linen designs. McHenry area limousines and photo booths will also be on display. Travel agents will have luxurious honeymoon ideas. Representatives from Crystal Lake area hotels can assist you with your guests’ accommodations.

D’Andrea is a leading venue that has planned thousands of weddings, customized to each bride’s and groom’s needs. Our creative menu packages present many options from which to choose that will help you budget for the wedding of your dreams. D’Andrea Banquets will plan with you and inspire you so that your wedding day is all that you imagined it could be! If you’re planning a wedding or event, call D’Andrea today at 815-459-7234.

History of the Photo Booth

Photobooths are a huge piece of American history. Photo Booth of the Stars was curious about the history of the photobooth and who originally invented the concept. With some research and the help of the New York public library we got all our answers.

Anatol Josepho a Siberian immigrant was the original inventor of the photobooth. His patent for an automatic coin operated photographic machine was filed on March 27, 1925 and though similar devices existed at or around the same time it was Joespho who brought the photobooth to the masses via Times Square in New York City where people lined up for blocks to have their pictures taken.

Josepho’s is the classic immigration success story: he moved to The United States, struggled, found financial backing, sold the rights to his invention in 1927 for one million dollars (the equivalent of over $12.5 million today) and donated half the money to charity.

Photo booths have had a presence in Hollywood since their creation. The first photo booth appearance in a movie was 84 years ago in a film called Lonesome (1928). In the 1953 film The Band Wagon, Fred Astaire performs a number where he dances into a Photomatic, sits for a photo, the flash goes off to the music and he dances out.

Over 85 years later photobooths still hold a special place in America’s culture. There is something about the intimacy and immediacy of the process, where individuals can be themselves and create an honest and telling self portrait, or where people can playfully act out and document their dreams and desires.

Above is a picture of the first photobooth strip Anatol Josepho took with his terrier.

Bat/Bar Mitzvah Photo Booths

What better place for a photo booth then a bat or bar mitzvah? Photo Booth of the Stars has had the pleasure of servicing hundreds of mitzvah’s over the years. For those of you who don’t know about mitzvah’s we will take a moment to inform you.  Thanks to Wikipedia for helping us out!

“Jewish coming of age rituals. Bar is a Jewish word literally meaning son, in Hebrew it’s Ben, Bat is Hebrew for girl, and Mitzvah is a commandment and a law. While this literally translates to “son of the law” or “daughter of the law”, the rabbinical phrase “bar” means here “under the category of” or “subject to”, making “Bar Mitzvah” translate to “an [agent] who is subject to the law”. According to Jewish law, when Jewish boys become 13, they become accountable for their actions and become a Bar Mitzvah (plural: B’nai Mitzvah). A Bat Mitzvah occurs when Jewish girls become 12, and it means the same as it does for boys- a rite of passage from being considered unable to properly understand the Torah to being considered old enough to begin to understand and thus for boys and girls alike to be treated more like adults. In addition to being considered accountable for their actions from a religious perspective, B’nai mitzvah may be counted towards a minyan (prayer quorum) and may lead prayer and other religious services in the family and the community. The age of B’nai Mitzvah was selected because it roughly coincides with physical puberty Prior to a child reaching Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the child’s parents hold the responsibility for the child’s actions. After this age, children bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics and are able to participate in all areas of Jewish community life.”

Preteens and teens alike love taking pictures. That’s why photo booths are great additions to bat or bar mitzvah’s! Both girls and boys enjoying snapping funny photos. Having a DJ and dancing is great but including a photo booth adds a WOW factor.  Memory books are a great upgrade to include to preserve photos and memories. Children can look back years later at all the wonderful photos and messages saved in their memory book. Photo booths are also the perfect gift to give to that special mitzvah child. Whether Mom and Dad, Aunt or Uncle, God Father or God Mother gift the photo booth your special mitzvah child will be grateful for years to come. Call to reserve your bat bar mitzvah photo booth today 815-975-8762 or click contact us! Mozel Tov!


Photo Booth of the Stars Exclusive DJ

When considering a DJ for your wedding Photo Booth of the Stars recommends only the best! DJ “Tim Hicks” with Music in Motion! We are so confident “Tim Hicks” and the team at Music in Motion are the best choice we hired them for our own wedding! Being in the industry we meet 100’s of DJ’s. After years of working with Tim and his crew at Music in Motion we are positive they’re hands down the absolute best the industry has to offer!

Music in Motion is your #1 source for entertainment in Illinois and the surrounding states!

Music in Motion will custom-build your event to fit your exact needs and desires while ensuring you and your guests experience a night to remember for many years to come. We have over 20 years of experience in the DJ business! Each DJ is professional, yet affordable, with the appropriate skills and expertise to perform at your special event. MIM specializes in customizing your day to fit your every need and detail; from digital music selections to online interactive planning tools to dazzling lights and affordable budgets. Your DJ will work directly with you to cover every element, from the initial stages up to the big event itself. MIM will provide you with an evening of absolute fun! Call Music in Motion today to book your DJ and up-lighting 815-206-5573 or click contact us!