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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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Go Green at Your Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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One of our favorite things for a holiday party is the photo booth with a green screen.  The choices for digital backgrounds are virtually unlimited and can be matched with any holiday theme.  The photo booth can then apply the background at random sequentially or the guests can choose them for each shot.  The results are incredible images and roaring laughter.  A word of warning though – Don’t wear a green sweater or you may end up like this gentleman – Santa’s watching, naughty or nice!

 

 

Disappearing in front of Santa

Disappearing in front of Santa

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!

“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.

Prom Special = $795 for 4 Hours, Double Prints, Custom Logo & DVD!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
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That’s right, Prom Season is coming up soon! There is no better way to make sure the kids at your school have the best time and capture all the memories than with our AWESOME Photo Booth!

Normally these services are worth $970, but right now we’re offering all the above for just $795!!

No, we didn’t win Prom King or Queen at our prom’s, sadly! But we want you all to have the best time of your lives and feel as special as you all are. You’re in high school, go wild, make those memories that last forever!

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!

Partner Series: Battery Gardens!

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
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Are you looking for a picturesque Manhattan waterfront venue for your Wedding, Corporate Event, Birthday Party, or Special Event? Look no further than the beautiful Battery Gardens! Top Hat Photo Booths is the official photo booth vendor for this sophisticated establishment. Check out our promo spot on their website under their Preferred Vendors List. With a gorgeous view of the water, there isn’t a finer spot among Battery Park for your next event. Happy planning everyone!

Get your smooch on at Havana Central (x2) on Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 10th, 2012
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Valentine’s Day! Yes, it is coming! NEXT WEEK. Don’t worry, I have just the thing for all of you looking for a little something different (or those of you who haven’t planned anything yet): Stop by Havana Central restaurants for some authentic Cuban cuisine, ambiance and dancing!

Our photo booths will be on site at 2911 Broadway and West 46th Street. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take some photo booth pictures, believe me, almost every couple ends up smooching by the third picture! Let your photo booth cupid guide you, let the spicy food and music seduce you, oh go on, just have fun!