A lot of couples are reconsidering spending $600+ on a wedding photographer. Yes, they take wonderful pictures, but how much time is spent enjoying them? Most married couples I know have a nicely bound album that they paid $600+ for…stored somewhere in their attic. Even if it sits in their living room, how often is it opened? Maybe once a year?
Photo booths have become popular because they produce CANDID, fun, low cost photos of all the attendees of the party. They simply produce more photographs for more people, and are more interesting (not the typical posed photos of a wedding photographer). The photo booth invites the entire party of 100 – 300 people into the celebration, instead of they typical arrangement where the bride and groom are essentially celebrities and the attendees admirers.
You can certainly do both. Maybe just hire the photographer for his minimum fee to get those classic black and white posed photos. That should free up room to hire a professional photo booth rental. You also free up money elsewhere: wedding souveniers! If you planned to leave a book, a box of chocolates, a figurine…forget it. Your guests will be taking home photos of themselves and friends from your wedding.