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To not be surprised that no one used a photo booth at a wedding at £2 a time

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Bearbehind Sun 26-May-13 20:25:00

I went to an evening reception last night and have heard today that the bride has had a major strop as hardly any of the guests used the photo booth they booked .

It was £2 a time and you got a photo and the couple got one for their book.

I hate having my photo taken so I sure as hell wasn't going to pay for it.

AIBU to think if you want wedding photos you pay for them or you don't sulk if others don't want to spend £2 a pop on a shitty passport photo.

LastButOneSplash Sun 26-May-13 21:54:37

Genuinely? Ok... I could imagine they might have heard about it, loved the idea, looked at the budget and had so many other things their hearts were set on, that they couldn't fit it in their budget. Worked out it would only be a couple of quid each, that that really wasn't much in the whole scheme of things, and so they could afford it that way. Of course they might have wanted to diddle everyone out of their money, and have some kind of scam going with the machine owners where they shared the earnings, and are now sharing a luxury cruise small cheap dinner on the proceeds. There's no way of knowing. But if I cared about them, I'd assume the former. I just tend to assume the people I surround myself with are usually doing the best they can and what makes sense to them at the time. I might think they're wrong, but would assume it made sense to them. I might also think they got carried away with the whole thing, suckered into getting something they didn't need just because they thought everyone was doing it and should work within their budget. But I wouldn't think it would be helpful to make that point to them by abstaining when the chance of that being upsetting to them was pretty high.

Of course it is a partner's colleague rather than someone you care about, I get why you might not be bothered. But the wider point that lots of people didn't do it seems a bit mean to me. I hate filing in those bloody guest books, don't see the point, didn't have one, but I always will write in them as I know it means something to the couple. I appreciate there's no money involved in that, but £2 to me is neither here nor there. Would I pay £2 for someone I care about to be happy? Of course.

MrsMelons Sun 26-May-13 21:54:50

Compos - not stingy IMO, I think arrival drinks and toast are a must but not a free bar.

MrsMelons Sun 26-May-13 21:56:17

Akiss - I will be there grin

GetOrfMoiLand Sun 26-May-13 21:58:50

Compos, I wouldn't expect an open bar at a wedding, it would be nice obviously but I don't expect most people to be able to put a few grand behind the bar so people could drink to their hearts content.

Bearbehind Sun 26-May-13 22:02:34

Seriously splash you must be a really, really nice person or a mug as there are loads of things I could have decided to set my heart on when I got married but we couldn't afford it so it didn't happen.

I don't think for one minute it was a scam, just a way of cutting costs but getting what they wanted, which, unfortunately I completely disagree with.

ComposHat Sun 26-May-13 22:04:22

I'm having retro sweets and modern booze at my wedding

We are having the retro sweets too (not a child in sight) seems to be quite a trend.

Not sure if the booze will be modern, hopefully it won't be past its sell by date.

MrsMelons Sun 26-May-13 22:06:10

Compos I would be happy with ANY booze, I am a great wedding guest grin

cantbloodywellchoose Sun 26-May-13 22:11:41

I can understand it if free but £2 a photo? Bollocks to that.

ComposHat Sun 26-May-13 22:11:52

Oh phew thanks everyone, I was worried I'd be confronted by a row of cat's bum faces and hoiked bosoms next Saturday evening.

I don't know how anyone at a wedding can afford to chuck that amount of money behind the bar. It could easily get to £4,000 for even a small reception, especially as people will tan the arse out of the booze if they aren't paying for it.

ComposHat Sun 26-May-13 22:13:42

Mrs Melons Have a (virtual) Babycham & Cherry B on me.

MNHQ - why isn't there a smiley for this!

LastButOneSplash Sun 26-May-13 22:15:31

Yes you're right. I am very nice. I care about people a lot. I also have friends around me are the same. I wouldn't think £2 would make me much of a mug. Everyone has things they would like at their weddings they can't afford. Some would take the piss, some wouldn't. I could also imagine the couple had lots of other things they just couldn't afford any which way. £2 costs to guests doesn't fall into the piss taking category for me.

TheSmallClanger Sun 26-May-13 22:20:38

But it isn't £2, it's another £2 on top of what they've paid to get there, on top of what they've paid for drinks, their present and probably new/suitable clothes as well. Sometimes really pointless, little things are the straws that break camels' backs.

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 26-May-13 22:21:28

is your wedding next week compo? Good luck, hope it goes well. Mrs compo must be a lucky lady

LastButOneSplash Sun 26-May-13 22:22:26

Indeed it is. But I still can't get bothered about £2. It's not enough to hit my radar.

GetOrfMoiLand Sun 26-May-13 22:23:21

Yes, an open bar would be thousands. You would have to have a large budget to accommodate it. And I could think of loads of things I would rather spend a few grand on.

Laquitar Sun 26-May-13 22:23:24

I must be the only one with no sense of fun here then...I don;t find it fun even if it was free [confusd].£2 is not a big deal but ,,, a photo booh wtf? I only imagine it though as i have never been in a wedding with a photo booth. But most of the weddings i have been had free booze so i must be lucky.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 26-May-13 22:23:27

I'd say cash bar is the norm, compos. And best of luck for next week!

ComposHat Sun 26-May-13 22:25:19

Thank you akiss

It is indeed on the 1st June!

Mrs Compo. (she will still be Ms MaidenName) hasn't quite seen it that way this week with my dithering, faffing and general Roy Cropper from Corrie type behaviour.

TheSmallClanger Sun 26-May-13 22:25:30

We had a paid-for bar at our wedding, but there weren't many guests there, and our reception was more of a cocktail hour. The money we had wouldn't stretch to an all-night do. Plus, we went without quite a few other things so we could have lovely catering. No regrets at all.

ComposHat Sun 26-May-13 22:25:50

Thank you too LRD

MrsMelons Sun 26-May-13 22:27:54

Thanks ComposHat, it was lovely!

Have a very special day

GetOrfMoiLand Sun 26-May-13 22:31:14

Good luck for next week compos

LynetteScavo Sun 26-May-13 22:31:35

It's a bargain.

It's £5 in Sainsbury's.....if you need a passport photo (or 3, if like me you renew all your DCs at the same time), you'd be laughing.

ComposHat Sun 26-May-13 22:33:29

A pleasure MrsM, can I tempt you with a Malibu and Seven up? or a Baileys and Cherryade?

ComposHat Sun 26-May-13 22:34:21

Thank you getoffmoi and there won't be a photoboth in sight!

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