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Celebrating St Valentine’s Day

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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The celebration of St Valentine’s Day can be traced to the ancient Roman holiday of the Lupercal.  Celebrated at the ides of February, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

It is believed that in 498 AD Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St Valentine’s Day in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan festival.  Valentine was a priest who had served during the third century in Rome.  When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.  Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

The most notorious St Valentine’s Day was 1929 when 6 people associated with Bugs Moran and 1 bystander were gunned down by members of Al Capone’s gang dressed as policemen.  Bugs Moran himself was on his way to the garage where the “massacre” occurred when he saw the “policemen” enter and managed to escape.

Today about 1 billion Valentine’s Day Cards, 110 million roses, mostly red, and 36 million boxes of chocolates are sold each year.  Those in the know, however, will rent a Top Hat Photo Booth for a truly memorable holiday.

 

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Tired of the cold already?

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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Weather forecast for New York, Boston and Washington DC:

Bitterly cold. Snow showers this morning becoming more scattered later. Dangerous wind chills as low as -30F. High around 0F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100%.

Enough already!  Let us bring some hot destinations to your next party with a Top Hat Photo Booth rental.  You name it, we’ve got it, all in the comfort and fun of a photo booth!

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Great Wall of China

Tropical Beaches

Tropical Beaches

 

 

Foreign Cities

Foreign Cities

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Times Square

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African Safari

Photo Booths & Weddings

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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From Contributing Blogger Sofia Angeli:

 

You see them in most events these days.  And they’re often there to add fun to the occasions.   They’ve actually become a trend for parties, especially wedding receptions. Photo booths have definitely come a long way from the early kiosks that were mainly there to provide instant ID photos and, at times, fun to kids and kids-at-heart.  But how did the photo booth reach its new status of becoming almost a staple in weddings today?

A bit of history

The curtained photo booth that most people remember today is attributed to Russian Anatol Josepho.  The one standing on Broadway, New York City, USA in 1925 is said to be the first of the many photo booths to come later.

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In those days, digital cameras were never thought of and it took days for regular consumers to have their photos printed out.  But this novelty machine generated photo prints in about 10 minutes.  For those who needed to have their faces on ID cards, necessary documents, application forms, etc., it was a very welcome convenience.  And for those who wanted a new kind of entertainment or fun souvenir, well, it was also a very welcome convenience.

Photo sticker booths

The Japanese introduced a version of the photo booth that made the machine more entertaining than it was before.  In the 1990s, the photo sticker booth came about in Japan and also became a trend in South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and other Asian countries. It was also introduced in Australia, Europe and North America.

This opened up the people’s minds to the idea of the photo booth being used mainly for fun and souvenir purposes.   For a minimal amount, you can have your solo or group photo taken and have them printed on sticker paper.  You can also pick the design or background that you want.

The main reason why most adults didn’t fully embrace this purikura, the Japanese shortened word for “print club,” is that it features mostly animé designs that are quite juvenile for the tastes of many.  Customers of these Japanese photo sticker booths are mostly teenagers.

Photo booths and engagement rings

Then came someone who had this ingenious idea of using the enclosed photo booth as the venue for his marriage proposal.  Now, it’s become a logical choice for those who’d like to ask someone to marry them.

As long as you’ve got good timing, the photo booth will provide you an image capture series of the surprise, happiness and, possibly, tears when you popped the question and presented the ring to her.  And it provides a good amount of privacy, too.

Wedding fun and favours

As mentioned earlier, the photo booth is now a famous entertainment alternative in wedding celebrations.  Most photo booth rentals can now even offer you a selection of outputs – usually black-and-white prints, stickers and full-colour photos.

You can use them not just for you and your guests to get wacky photos with props and a themed backdrop.  Some photo booth services also offer image albums that can replace the old-school store-bought guest book.  Your guests can write their wishes and notes to you on that album.  You can even hold a contest for the most hilarious pose or any other category that would go with your theme.

Decades ago, you probably won’t see photo booths and weddings in the same sentence.  But now, this image capture machine attracts the second longest queue in a wedding – next to the buffet.

If you’re considering having a photo booth in your own wedding reception, talk to the rental company about your theme and your plans for the party.  Remember how the current photo booth craze came about, and don’t be surprised if they can offer you some ideas you never thought were possible.

 

 

About the author

Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and  engagement rings, to the online world.

How the Fiscal Cliff was Averted

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
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John & Harry

 

‘Twas the night before New Year when all through the House

Both sides were pointing “He is the louse”.

The cliff was for certain that very night

For no one would budge without a dog fight.

 

The Prez was nestled all snug in his bed

While visions of re-election still danced in his head.

Then John in his jacket and Harry his cap

Said “One way to solve this – bring in Top Hat”

 

So into the photo booth they went arm in arm

For once they agreed – “What is the harm”.

One smile at the camera that almost looked real

That’s how it happened – the Fiscal Cliff deal.

 

Well almost.

 

Happy New Year from Top Hat Photo Booths!

Custom Photo Booths

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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Wedding Photo Booth PictureTop Hat Photo Booths had the pleasure of working with Jessica Strickland Photography at the fabulous wedding of Taryn and Austin at the Crown Plaza in Indianapolis, IN.  The Wedding Planning was done by Tonya Shadoan of Circle City Planners who also did the gorgeous flowers for the event.  The wedding Videographer was Jet Kaiser.

The custom photo booth was done using engagement photographs of the bride and groom from Jessica Strickland.  Top Hat Photo Booths has the ability with our large photo booths to offer any type of exterior wraps or customizing to fit your event.  We are doing a lot more customization of wedding photo booths.  Brides realize that our quality booth can really enhance their big day and make their reception that all of their guests will remember.

Top Hat Photo Booths can also offer customized photo strips that are terrific for your guests as a party gift for all of your guests.  We can match the font and color of your event to be sure that everything is just right and to meet your expectations.  Guest LOVE taking home the custom strips.  The photo strips are always hung up so they can be looked at as a nice reminder of your event for a long time.

The holidays are a popular time for engagements and for brides to book photo booths.  Be sure to contact Top Hat Photo Booths soon to reserve your date.  We look forward to making your event special.

 

 

 

Top Hat Photo Booths Introduces Custom Backdrops!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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Top Hat Photo Booth Backdrop Picture

Looking for a way to additional fun and memories to your event?  Top Hat Photo Booths is now offering custom backdrops to add the “celebrity” experience to your wedding photo booth rental, corporate party, gala or fundraiser.  Think of the an affordable photo booth with the added fun of walking the red carpet at a celebrity event.  We can add any type of background, if you are having a wedding we can add your logo to the backdrop, corporate events we can add your logo.  How about a fund raiser with your best sponsors on the backdrop?

Think of the possibilities, you can still have great props along with the backdrop.  Your event will definitely be the talk of the town.  With our high end equipment your guests will enjoy posing and getting a print of their pictures in about 15 seconds and then even be able to instantly upload the pictures to their own social media site.  Instant social media uploading with the backdrop is a great way for company parties to really promote their event.

Our unique photo booth experience is perfect because we only offer the best photo booth rentals in 12 states and still growing.  Affordable photo booth rental is easy with Top Hat Photo Booths.

 

 

Top Hat Photo Booths – When Nothing Less Than Perfect Will Do!

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
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Top Hat Photo Booths, LLC BBB Business Review

 

Top Hat Photo Booths received notification from the Better Business Bureau this week of it’s accreditation with a rating of A-.

Businesses you can trust are BBB accredited! Go with the pro’s!

Top Hat Photo Booths Celebrates it’s 1,000 event!

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
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Top Hat Photo Booths proudly announces that it completed it’s 1,000 event on Saturday August 25, 2012!

                     Here’s to you – our customers who have made the past 2 years such a great success!

                     Over 500,000 photos and strips of good times.

“Hitch”

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
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Meet Ben, our intrepid film actor and Top Hat Photo Booth Regional Manager.  Ben is the “Alfred Hitchcock” of the photo booth medium with cameo appreances in all of his Top Hat productions.  Let us know if you can find Ben (or “Hitch” as he is now known) in the event albums here and we’ll give you $50 off your next Top Hat Photo Booth booking.

Black History Month

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
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We wanted to take this opportunity to show our support for Black History Month. Thank you to all of our diverse clients who have asked us to commemorate some of the most important moments in their lives. We’ve helped people of every size, shape and color celebrate birthdays, communions, anniversaries, weddings and much more. We are proud to do so and look forward to doing so for a very long time to come.

We tip our Top Hats to you and can’t wait to bring smiles and laughter to everyone who enjoys our photo booths. See you soon!