Unforgettable North Florida Event Planning

Unforgettable North Florida Event Planning

Make Your North Florida Event Unforgettable

Are you planning a special event in North Florida and want to make it unforgettable for your guests? Look no further than BFF Booth, the premier photobooth company in the north Florida region! What is north Florida? Not, it’s not southern Georgia. Close, but no. North Florida means Jacksonville, which is the largest city in the US by square miles. It also includes St. Johns county. Home to great golf courses like Sawgrass, TPC, and the course at the Ponte Vedra Beach Inn and Club. Of course, St. Augustine is a wonderful place to have an event. The parking is rough, but worth it. North Florida also means Clay County. We have done a ton of weddings and special events in Clay. Finally, to us at Big Fun Photo Booth, places like Amelia Island and Fernandina Island put the north in north Florida as they sit well above Jacksonville. Close to the Georgia border, these two towns offer great venues to make your event unforgettable. Google it and see.

Major North Florida Towns and Cities and Their Famous Attractions

1. **Jacksonville**
– Famous For: Jacksonville is Florida’s largest city and is known for its vibrant arts scene, NFL team (Jacksonville Jaguars), and beautiful coastline. It’s also famous for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the United States.
– Best Venues for an Event: The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center and the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena are excellent choices for events and conferences. For outdoor events, Metropolitan Park offers a scenic setting along the St. Johns River.
– Tourist Tips: Be sure to explore the Riverside and Avondale neighborhoods for trendy shops and restaurants. Don’t miss the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and take a river cruise to experience the city from a different perspective.

2. **Tallahassee**
– Famous For: Tallahassee is the capital of Florida and known for its rich history, being one of the oldest European settlements in the state. It’s famous for its beautiful canopy roads and numerous oak-lined streets.
– Best Venues for an Event: The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park are popular choices for events. For a unique venue, consider the Mission San Luis, a reconstructed Spanish colonial village.
– Tourist Tips: Explore the Florida State Capitol and the Museum of Florida History to learn about the state’s past. Nature lovers will enjoy the nearby Apalachicola National Forest and Wakulla Springs State Park.

3. **Gainesville**
– Famous For: Gainesville is home to the University of Florida and is known for its lively college town atmosphere. It’s famous for its strong ties to the Gator Nation and the Florida Gators sports teams.
– Best Venues for an Event: The Stephen C. O’Connell Center and the Santa Fe River Ranch are popular event venues in Gainesville. The historic Thomas Center is also a charming option for smaller gatherings.
– Tourist Tips: Visit the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History and take a stroll around the picturesque campus of the University of Florida. For outdoor enthusiasts, explore nearby Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

4. **St. Augustine**
– Famous For: St. Augustine holds the title of the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. It’s famous for its Spanish colonial architecture, historic landmarks, and beautiful beaches.
– Best Venues for an Event: The Lightner Museum, housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, offers a unique event space. The Castillo de San Marcos, a historic fort, also hosts events with a historic backdrop.
– Tourist Tips: Take a walking tour of the historic district and visit attractions like the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Explore the charming shops and cafes along St. George Street.

5. **Pensacola**
– Famous For: Pensacola is known for its stunning white-sand beaches and rich maritime history. It’s famous for the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, which is based here.
– Best Venues for an Event: The Pensacola Bay Center and Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center are popular choices for events. For a beachside event, consider Casino Beach or Plaza de Luna.
– Tourist Tips: Visit the National Naval Aviation Museum to see an impressive collection of aircraft and catch a Blue Angels practice session if you’re lucky. Explore the historic downtown area and try some delicious seafood at local restaurant.

6. **Amelia Island**
– Famous For: Amelia Island is a beautiful barrier island known for its pristine beaches, rich history, and charming Victorian architecture. It’s famous for hosting the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a prestigious classic car event.
– Best Venues for an Event: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and the Omni Amelia Island Resort are popular choices for hosting events on the island. For a unique outdoor venue, consider Fort Clinch State Park or one of the beachfront locations.
– Tourist Tips: Take a stroll through Fernandina Beach’s historic district and explore the unique shops and restaurants. Visit Fort Clinch State Park to experience the island’s natural beauty and learn about its military history. Don’t miss the chance to spot wild horses on Cumberland Island, accessible by ferry from Amelia Island.

Amelia Island is a gem on Florida’s northeastern coast, offering a blend of relaxation, history, and natural beauty, making it a perfect destination for both events and tourists.

Please note that event venues and attractions might change over time, so it’s always a good idea to check the latest information before planning a trip or event.

aerial view of Amelia Island in north Florida

About Big Fun Photo Booth

At BFF Booth, we know how important it is to create a fun and memorable experience for your guests. That’s why we offer a fully customizable photobooth experience that’s tailored to your specific event. From the prints to the props to the background, we’ll work with you to create the perfect photobooth experience that your guests will love. One of the things that sets BFF Booth apart is our wide selection of props. We have everything from silly hats and glasses to mustaches and lips on a stick. We even have custom props that can be designed specifically for your event, such as branded props featuring your company logo or wedding-themed props for your big day. But that’s not all – we also offer a wide range of backgrounds, including virtual backdrops that allow your guests to be transported to any location or setting they desire. Want to take a group photo on a beach in Hawaii? No problem! Our virtual backdrops can make it happen. And of course, we can’t forget about the prints. Our photobooths come equipped with high-quality printers that produce beautiful, professional-grade prints that your guests will cherish for years to come. Plus, we offer a variety of print sizes and styles to choose from, so you can customize the prints to match the theme of your event. But don’t just take our word for it – check out our reviews to see what our past clients have to say about their BFF Booth experience. We consistently receive 5-star ratings for our exceptional customer service, high-quality prints, and overall fun and engaging photobooth experience. So if you’re looking to add a touch of fun and excitement to your North Florida event, look no further than BFF Booth. Contact us today to learn more about our customizable photobooth experience and book your event!

Hiti Printer For Photo Booth Review

Hiti Printer For Photo Booth Review

Hiti P525 Ongoing Performance Review

Hiti Photobooth Printer Review

Update: Paper Jam

This review keeps getting better. I called the Hiti customer support about this. “You need to send it in. No one else can fix it.” Instead, I sent it to a local repair guy who is still working on it. He found that a sensor that looks at the paper entering the ribbon is dead. Why it died is not known, nor does it make me happy. He will try to find a replacement, but my event for tomorrow, and future events, are in jeopardy. Like you, this printer is important and not having it is deadly.

My hope is that this Hiti photobooth printer will come back to life and serve me for years to come – worry-free. My hopes are dim.

I will give the customer service rep a high mark for tying to work with me. My 3-year warranty will get me the fix and shipping. Problem is on my end: I can’t find my original purchase receipt. I will look for it, and I am also looking for a new printer. I don’t trust Hiti anymore. A 2-year old printer that is handled with care should still be in operation. 

Updated Review September 3, 2023
Hiti photobooth printer review for Model P525.

The most recent fodder for review was on 8/26/23 at a local high school football game. First test print gave me a paper jam error message. There was no paper jam. Retry with the same error. The rolls have proven themselves both reliable and utterly frustrating at time. Third time failing to reboot, and it was time to change rolls.

I had a spare 5″ x 7″ roll that I bought during COVID as they were out of the 4″ x 6″. As soon as I pulled it out, the tab on the end of the ribbon fell out. That’s the kiss of death. That tab holds the matching ID with the paper. It also did not work.

In the end, I used my back up Canon Selphy printer. And then I remembered why I wanted the Hiti. I bought new 4x6s and all will be well shortly. Hiti photo booth printer review is that when it works, it’s great, and that’s still okay by me.

Update 8/23: Auto Cutting Is Finally Enabled

I confess I was clueless. My bad, but yes, now I don’t need the scissors. I won’t miss the cuts in the webbing of my hand they would sometimes  give me. Now that it’s enabled, it has also freed up more of my time during the event. Big plus.

It was in the printer set up that  you need to pick 2-up and that is what cuts the paper.

During Covid, the event business slowed down and supplies took longer to arrive from China. For HITI printers for my photo booth – that meant printing paper and ribbon. In 2021, the HITI factory wasn’t able to sell 4″ x 6″ paper. I had to get a 5×7 roll.

Quality, Speed and Reliability of Hiti P525

Nothing’s more important than a reliable printer. Long-lasting rolls and no issues. Having been in the photo booth rental business for five years now, I’ve used the Hiti P525 for about 14 months now. This Hiti photo booth printer review hopes to help you get a longer view of it’s performance. Overall, I have been pleased with the Hiti’s performance, even if it is a bit of a paper and ribbon hog.

Adjusting the PC for the New Printer Paper

This was a trial and error experience for me. The PC printer setting were easy enough to find, but sometimes the printer would reject the paper and/or the ribbon.

HITI Customer Service

Five stars. They took my calls promptly and went the little bit extra to make sure I understood the fix. Odd thing is that is seems to be coming from some guy’s apartment in the Silicon Valley. Not that I mind, but it’s not the expected corporate drone. So that’s a plus, too.



Hiti printer P525 on a white background

My Hiti Photobooth Printer Set-Up

To help with the review of the Hiti photobooth printer, here is my set up: I use an iPad, an older one probably 6 years old by now with Lumabooth. For the laptop I used an older PC running Windows 10. Lumabooth Assist is also installed and runs on the PC. Finally, I have my own network generator, TP Link, and they iPad and PC are both linked to it. The laptop (PC) is hardwired to the Hiti.

The speed of  printing is about 8 seconds once the Hiti receives the command. My set up is older so I don’t count the time it takes for the command to hit the Hiti. No complaints on that. Weighing in about 34 lbs., its not as heavy as other, but I purchased a special case with wheels for it. I also purchased some 4″ wide straps to lower and raise the Hiti P525 in and out of the case as it’s a tight fit.

One complaint is that it does not cut the image down the center to give me two prints, I still have to do that manually and that sucks.

Okay, so what about when things go wrong with the Hiti P525?

I was doing a school event. I hate working with kids of any age, but they come with the territory. These kids were okay, not like a bar mitzvah. I will never do one of those again. Anyway, right at the end of my time, the printer needed new paper and ribbon. I loaded it in but I got an error message saying mismatched ribbon. I apologized to the last person wanting their print, and loaded up and went home and forgot about it. My next event was at a trade show and I was still getting the same error. 80200 is the number that came up. Luckily, the client was drinking a bit and she didn’t care.

I called Hiti support our in California and received good support from the one person who can help. I can’t imagine how they can only have one person, but he was good. We were able to rule out that it was their printer. Beyond that, he was also engaged enough to send me some 6×4 images to test further. I did but I was still getting the ribbon mismatch on some settings. If I forgot to tell you, I had changed nothing in between for this error to pop up. I was frustrated.

After letting it sit for a while and using my back up Canon Selphy for a gig this past weekend, I decided it was time to try and trouble shoot again. I had already reinstalled the printer driver and the Lumabooth Assistant on the PC. Finally, I changed the printer settings on the PC to 6×4 2 up vertically and that gave me a print out that is acceptable. I’m not sure how much faster or slower it will consume the media. I hope not any faster.

Okay, so this wasn’t a great review of the P525 more like a rant against what went wrong, but if you’re having the same issues, keep at it, call customer support and get it solved. Best of luck.


unboxed rolls of Hiti printer paper with ribbon

About Big Fun Photo Booth

Since 2017, Big Fun Photo Booth (aka BFF Booth) has been serving up the laughs and the memories. As a local vendor, we know the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and north Florida venues and people. And it is Big Fun. We have the largest photo booth enclosure you can get. We have texting of images. We have unlimited, beautiful prints. We have awesome lighting for every skin type. We have great props. We have SMS and email capabilities. And we know how to have a good time. Our attendant is lively, humorous, and professional. Give us a call at 904 477-9995 or email info@bffbooth.com. We accept all major credit cards and have easy payment terms. Plus our prices can’t be beat. We pride ourselves on offering a great value, not gouging the wedding party or the party organizer. Let’s have Big Fun!


Wedding Entertainment Options

Wedding Entertainment Options

Wedding Entertainment Options For All

Big Fun Foto Booth is a great wedding entertainment option, as are most photobooths. Upcoming wedding or special event can be hectic, to say the least. Our wedding entertainment is set it and forget it. Simple payment terms and guaranteed big fun. A special event could be a graduation party, birthday party, or quinceanera. Big Fun Photobooth offers great party options to ensure that your guests are thrilled and have great memories. You will also find that our cost is some of the lowest in the north Florida region.

Whether you are celebrating a birthday or Christmas party, anniversary, engagement, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, photo booths at parties are a popular addition to the entertainment, as they allow your guests to have massive amounts of fun while creating unique mementos of your event. Consider adding in these wedding entertainment options to take it to the next level.

1. Fireworks
Everybody loves a dramatic display of fireworks – here’s how to plan yours.

2. Sparklers
Tone it down a notch and go for sparklers to get your guests involved! Buy your own sparklers here.

3. S’mores
Gather your guests around campfires or fire pits and enjoy these sweet treats. Whether a blast from the past or something new, s’mores are a winner every time.

4. Whisky bar
Curate a glamorous collection of Scotland’s finest whiskies, complete with ice, soda and glasses to serve.

5. Cigar bar
Another way to continue the gentlemanly theme is to cater your wedding with cigars complete with vintage boxes and accessories.

6. Photo Booth
Can you really have a wedding reception without one? Provide your guests with all the photo booth props they need to create those Kodak moments with a company such as Showtime Photo Booth, with a choice of three brilliant photo booths for hire to suit any occasion anywhere across London, including an animated gif photo booth and Instagram printer station.

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Every party photo booth hire includes a minimum three-hour hire period, allowing plenty of time to put all your guests at ease and in a fun frame of mind!

What is a Virtual Background Photo Booth

What is a Virtual Background Photo Booth

Now Your Jacksonville Photo Booth Rental Fits Anywhere

A short time ago, I posted about the need for a Virtual Background Photo Booth for Big Fun Foto Booth. And guess what? The latest update to my photo booth software had a virtual background function. The same but different in that a green screen background that is used in movies, grabs the body outline, marks it, and removes everything else. The virtual background could be called a green screen virtual background. They operate the same way.

I get excited and was excited when this software update hit the internet for the photo booth rental business I own. I have a huge photo booth enclosure that is great, but frankly, it was getting old in terms of age and look. My green screen was going to be retrofitted to the inside for a number of reasons. But then with the update came a Background Removal tool that is a green screen advancement for a photobooth for your wedding, birthday, graduation, or any special event. Check out how it appears on this private party photo booth strip.


Great For Themed School Events

We do lots of school events and typically there is a theme attached to them. Schools that are looking to give their kids in that grade or grades are usually on a tight budget. Now with these virtual backgrounds, that cost goes away and the end result is much better looking than a cowboy hat and a hay bale over in the corner. Imagine a whole dude ranch instead of a plain white backdrop. That’s just for starters. You can also pick from up to five different images. Look, that’s you on a horse up there!

Augmented Reality

If you’ve seen a photo booth rental with augmented reality, this is it. Plain old white or even gold lamay photo booth enclosures and backdrops will be a thing of the past. Star Wars, under the Sea or off to the moon themes for your special event only gets better for your guests with this in mind.


Virtual Backdrops Are Only Going to Get Better

When you add together the amazing amount of images that are sort of legal to use since it’s just a party and not broadcast anywhere, the mind boggles. My guess is that in the next couple of updates some type of video background or moving images of some kind like animation will be the next innovation.

Texting Pictures Has All the Photos and Videos

Big Fun Foto Booth, a photo booth rental company that serves Jacksonville, St. Augustine and all of north Florida, uses digital photography to give you all the photos and videos, boomerang videos are what we do, in one link sent to you and your guests’ phones. Scrolling around after you see or download or share your strip you will find the rest of the guests’ photo booth sessions. That’s Big Fun.

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Big Fun Photo Booth Announces Green Screen Plans

Big Fun Photo Booth Announces Green Screen Plans

Green Screen To Be The Standard

Having been in the photo booth rental business for five years now, we think we got it. The best of both worlds. We are now offering our namesake Big Fun Foto booth with a green screen inside. For ever wedding, birthday party or corporate event this will be our set-up. As we test it from today going forward, we will be able to offer everyone here in Jacksonville and St. Augustine a new way to have Big Fun.

Photo Booth Rental Flexibility Jacksonville

Pick from a simple gold lamay background to any image you desire.

The possibilities for your photo booth rental backgrounds are endless when it comes to using a green screen. If you’re not familiar with the concept, we will explain.

What is a green screen?

The terms begin in TV stations that wanted to have their weatherman stand in front of a map. Technology at that time gave the ability to key out one solid color, green, and use that empty space and fill it in with a different image. This composite image of the person and the background was now controlled in the booth. 

How will it work in the photo booth?

Once your guests step into the booth wit our assistance, they can choose the background they’d like before their photo booth and boomerang session starts. The options are presented and together we can scroll through them and find their favorite. 

  • Parties 100% 100%
  • Parties with Fouls 39% 39%
  • Parties with No Fouls 61% 61%

About Big Fun Foto Booth

The year is 2015, Big Fun Foto Booth hits the Jacksonville photo booth wedding and special events scene and nothing has been the same since. Still not sure? This might help. With a rental that is both amazing and for a discounted price, Big Fun lives up to their name with attendants that laugh and get it. Technology that is second to none. Lighting that makes every face look their best. Prices that make you feel like you’ve been respected, not ripped off. Call us for details.

About Big Fun Photo Booth

Since 2017, Big Fun Photo Booth (aka BFF Booth) has been serving up the laughs and the memories. As a local vendor, we know the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and north Florida venues and people. And it is Big Fun. We have the largest photo booth enclosure you can get. We have texting of images. We have unlimited, beautiful prints. We have awesome lighting for every skin type. We have great props. We have SMS and email capabilities. And we know how to have a good time. Our attendant is lively, humorous, and professional. Give us a call at 904 477-9995 or email info@bffbooth.com. We accept all major credit cards and have easy payment terms. Plus our prices can’t be beat. We pride ourselves on offering a great value, not gouging the wedding party or the party organizer. Let’s have Big Fun!


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