Smiling Dog Entertainment

We’re your premier source for fun, smiles, laughter, and love. It’s not a party without us!

Smiling Dog Entertainment is the premier provider of event and party related services in Iowa, northern Missouri, southern Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, and western Illinois. From barn to black tie, family to corporate, we’ve got entertainment and equipment options sure to bring more fun, smiles, laughter and love to all your guests!


One week ago today a Wedding Venue owner called us to see if we would be able to provide a photo booth for a couple for their reception the next day - Saturday.

The photo booth company they had booked cancelled on them and they were looking for available options.

We had a lot going on last Saturday, but they were looking for a simple booth, so I told them we could do it for $650.

The venue owner spoke with the couple and they declined our offer as it was $400 more than what they'd paid the other company - who backed out on them at the last minute.

The next day, Saturday, one of our staff called off sick at 4:05pm for a 4:00pm shift. She was one of multiple staff working the event, so we still had coverage, but I still put out an S.O.S. to our team to see if anyone could come fill her spot.

Within an hour we had not one, but three team members on site to help us catch up with a fourth who said he could come if needed.

The moral of this story is that you should always check with your vendors - for any event - to see what they would do if the worst case scenario arises affecting their ability to deliver the services you've booked them to provide.

In the case of the company the couple hired for $250 to provide the photo booth for their reception - there was no plan for dealing with adversity and the client didn't get the services for which they paid.

In the case of the group that hired us we had backup options in place, including arriving early enough to ensure the job could be done and a big enough team to be able to find someone to fill in if someone couldn't make it.


Yes, our rates are more than $250 for a wedding reception photo booth, we're not the cheapest option in town, but in 9 years we've never once missed or called off to a job for which we'd been paid.

So, which is the better value?

We'll let you decide.


You've dreamt of your special day for a long time.

Now, you're actively planning for it and you want everything to be perfect and more importantly memorable.

You want to remember this day for the rest of your life and you hope those you invite will remember it and talk about it for years to come too.

At Smiling Dog Entertainment we can help you create, capture, and preserve those lifelong memories with one of our exceptional photo experiences and our Retro Audio Guest Books.

Few other times in your life present you with the opportunity to share such special moments with so many family and friends as does a wedding.

From poignant photos with your parents to silly photos with lifelong friends, we capture and preserve photos that will bring you back to your special day year after year.

We use the best equipment to capture professional quality photos that many have told us are the "best photos we've had in years'.

You've chosen the best of the best for your special day, so why settle for an ordinary photo experience, when you can have extraordinary.

We offer a variety of amazing photo experiences, each with their own unique set of features, one of which is perfect for your special day.

To learn more about our selection of exceptional photo experiences, including our most popular, The Classic Wedding Experience Photo Booth Package go to

To learn more about our Retro Audio Guest Books go to

Smiling Dog Entertainment capturing and preserving memories of special days throughout Iowa and into southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, northern Missouri, eastern Nebraska, western Illinois, and southeastern South Dakota since 2016.

Photos from Smiling Dog Entertainment's post 03/27/2024

At the Hollywood Movie Night themed Father Dance this past Saturday we did both a Candy Bar and a Popcorn Bar.

The popcorn was packaged in one ounce bags and put in apple baskets for guests to take and candy was available for guests to fill their small Red Solo Cups.

Photos from Smiling Dog Entertainment's post 03/26/2024

Why do we do what we do at Smiling Dog Entertainment?

For the SMILES!

For the smiles on people's faces when they are in the photo booth.

For the smiles on their faces when they see their photos.

For the smiles on their faces when they tell us, "this is the best photo we've had of us in YEARS!"

For the smiles on their faces when they leave their wonderful reviews.

Who wouldn't love a job where you can deliver so many smiles to so many people!

Photos from Smiling Dog Entertainment's post 03/25/2024

On Saturday we had the privilege of providing a photo booth, concessions rentals (sno cone machine and popcorn), a popcorn stand, a candy bar (complete with all the candy), a HOLLYWOOD sign, a red carpet entrance, themed decor, and a balloon feature for a local Girl Scout Troops Father Daughter Dance.

The Balloon feature, created by our team member Jessie Munn, was part of the backdrop for the photo booth.

Jessie also created "popcorn balloons" for the centerpieces and two gold, black, and white balloon columns as part of the themed decor.

If you're looking to brighten up and lighten up the decor at your next event ask about our amazing balloon features.

If you'd rather leave the planning for your event to someone else, ask us about our party planning packages.


Opportunities are now available to join the amazing team at Smiling Dog Entertainment as a Photo Booth Lead, Photo Booth Assistant, or Event Specialist.

Smiling Dog Entertainment is the market leader in delivering fun, smiles, laughter, and love to events across the region with our exceptional photo booth experiences, decor, concessions equipment, and party game rentals, balloon decor creation and installation, Retro Audio Guest Book rentals, and event planning services.

With offices in Pleasant Hill and Cedar Falls, Iowa our reach extends throughout the region and we're being asked, more and more often, to provide more services to each event.

The Photo Booth Lead and Assistant and Event Specialist positions are intermittent part-time positions with hours available as events are booked.

This is a great second job for those with outgoing personalities, excellent work ethic, quick learners, and people who are fun, dependable, and willing to work hard to provide others with lifelong memories.

If you are looking for a fun part-time position with excellent pay, paid training, opportunity for tips, flexible schedule, and more please contact us at [email protected] for more information or message us here.

Come join the FUN!


Our first event today was taking family photos with the Easter Bunny at the Egg Hunt on the Hill.

Guests were impressed at how quickly they received their printed photos.

We had two printers setup to ensure they were done quickly.

Temperature was just above freezing, but everything worked flawlessly!

Photos from Smiling Dog Entertainment's post 03/22/2024

Always adding to our available options in order to keep things fresh and exciting for our clients.

Yesterday we received these four new backdrops from PB Backdrops and More

The Hollywood Sign themed backdrop will be used at tomorrow's Hollywood Movie Night Themed Girl Scout Father Daughter Dance.

I love the Colorful Swirls Backdrop and can't wait to use it.

The Vogue Booth backdrop (grey with lights) gives off a three-dimensional feel when photographed.

And the Red Roses is perfect for a Wedding or Engagement Photo Booth.

Which of these is your favorite and for what type of event would you use it?


Getting ready for a Girl Scout Father Daughter Dance on Saturday. We're so excited to have been invited to be part of this event.

In the picture are a few of the custom props we ordered for the photo booth at this Hollywood Movie Night themed dance.

On the table are also a few Oscars Statues that will be part of the centerpieces as well as a blow up "Oscars" statue.

Smiling Dog Entertainment is providing:
- Popcorn
- Sno Cones
- Candy Bar - complete with all the candy
- Photo Booth
- Hollywood Themed Backdrop ordered specifically for this rental
- Hollywood Themed Balloon Feature as part of photo booth backdrop
- Movie Themed Center Pieces
- 80's Movie Posters
- Red Carpet Entry
- All of the Decor Setup
- All of the Event Cleanup

If you're group or organization is planning an event and doesn't want to source all of the decor, desserts, setup, teardown, and cleanup, let the team at Smiling Dog Entertainment do it for you.

We can handle your baby shower, child's birthday party, anniversary party, retirement party, Father Daughter or Mommy and Me Dance from start to finish.

Props from Lush Party Studio


Capture all of the fun, smiles, laughter, and love of your special day with the Your Special Day Photo Booth Package from Smiling Dog Entertainment.

Each guest receives a printed copy of the customized photo strip, along with access, via a live online gallery, to digital copies of the photo strip, individual photo booth images, and an animated GIF to download, share to social media, or email/text.

In addition, one copy of each of the printed photo strips, along with an online gallery complete with each photo booth image are provided to the newlyweds.

These are just some of the highlights of this, one of our most requested, wedding reception photo booth experiences.

To learn more about the Your Special Day Photo Booth Package go to

To learn more about all of the Smiling Dog Entertainment wedding reception photo booth experiences to to

From simple yet sophisticated to custom and incredible, we have the exact photo booth experience you need to capture and preserve the memories of Your Special Day!


Had the chance to work with a great group of college students at Creighton University in Omaha last night as they raised money to fight cancer at their Relay for Life event.

Here's a picture of the event management team in the photo booth.

Great job team!

Photos from Smiling Dog Entertainment's post 03/15/2024

One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.

Gretchen Rubin

At Smiling Dog Entertainment we deliver fun, smiles, laughter, and love captured in photos that prompt amazing memories of special days and special events.

Let us capture and preserve your memories.


Thank you Baxter Toyota La Vista for inviting us to be part of your Employee Appreciation Week festivities again this year with one of our enclosed photo booths!


The Grand Entrance Guest Book Experience - Smiling Dog Entertainment 03/13/2024

Looking for a great way to relive the memories of your special day and have a visual and audio record of those who were there to celebrate with you?

Look no further than the Grand Entrance Guest Book Experience from Smiling Dog Entertainment.

The Grand Entrance Guest Book Experience includes:
- Retro Audio Guest Book – for guests to leave recorded messages for the guest(s) of honor to have living memories to listen to and enjoy for a lifetime.

- Two Hours of Photos on the Red-Carpet in front of a Custom Backdrop (Step and Repeat, Monogrammed or Similar Design)

- Customizable Red-Carpet Square or Polaroid Style Photo Template

- Premium Custom Guest Book (Memory Album) complete with copies of each Red-Carpet Photo along with handwritten notes from guests.

- Printed Red-Carpet Photo for Each Guest

- Live Online Gallery from which guests can download and share copies of their Red-Carpet Photos

- Post-event gallery of all Red-Carpet Photos provided to Guest(s) of Honor

For more information on the Grand Entrance Guest Book Experience visit

Smiling Dog Entertainment, with offices in Pleasant Hill and Cedar Falls, Iowa delivers fun, smiles, laughter, and love to weddings throughout Iowa and into Eastern Nebraska, Western Illinois, Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, Southeastern South Dakota, and Northern Missouri.

The Grand Entrance Guest Book Experience - Smiling Dog Entertainment Are you planning a Wedding Reception, First Birthday Party, 50th Anniversary Celebration, Retirement Party or any other milestone event and looking for a


Graduation season is quickly approaching and graduation party plans are taking shape.

At Smiling Dog Entertainment we have for rent, the following graduation party staples:
- Chairs
- Tables
- Table Cloths
- Party Games
- Concessions Equipment
- Dessert Bars
-Photo Booths
- Speaker Systems
- Photo Displays
- Balloon Decor

Let us know what we can do to help you throw a memorable celebration for your graduate!


Thank you to Shelby and Constance for booking our new The Black Tie Affair Wedding Photo Booth Experience for your upcoming wedding receptions.

We're excited to work with you to provide amazing photos for you, your family, and friends on your special days.

The Black Tie Affair Wedding Photo Booth Experience puts you, your family, and friends in the best possible light and use the latest photographic techniques and software to create timeless, beautiful, classic black and white images (similar to the one pictured) complementing the elegant look of guests in their Black and White (or any other color) attire.

To learn more about The Black Tie Affair Wedding Experience for your reception go to


In addition to my passion for delivering fun, smiles, laughter, and love to events with our exceptional photo booth experiences, Retro Audio Guest Books, Party Game Rentals, Concessions Rentals and Decor I'm also a very passionate baseball fan.

I've visited every major league baseball stadium including Target Field in Minneapolis, pictured here, my hometown.

There are only 2 things I've not experienced in Major League Baseball and that is going to a Spring Training Game and going to the MLB All-Star Game.

Well, one of those is about to change as I'll be in Florida beginning tomorrow Susan and I will be joining my sister Sheri in Florida to go to a couple Spring Training games.

So, if it takes us a little longer to respond to your email or inquiry, I apologize, but we're going to take a little time to reboot and enjoy baseball in the Florida sunshine.

Your events are important to us and we will respond as quickly as we can.

I'll be back in the office next Wednesday, March 13th.


In the mail today we received a check from a couple who recently booked The Black Tie Affair Wedding Photo Booth Experience for their August Wedding Reception.

Included with payment for their photo booth experience was a handwritten note that said, "Shane, We are so grateful for all your help in selecting the perfect photo booth for our big day! We look forward to working with you."

At Smiling Dog Entertainment we don't take a "cookie cutter, one size fits all" approach to the photo booth experience for your special day.

We offer a variety of exceptional photo booth experiences from simple and stunning to sophisticated and amazing and everything in between including custom photo booth experiences.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you to determine or create what will be the perfect photo booth experience for YOUR special day!

Go to to learn more about the exceptional wedding photo booth experiences we have to offer including SADIE - The Glamper Photo Booth, The Grand Entrance Guest Book Experience, and The Royal Treatment Wedding Photo Booth Experience.

Smiling Dog Entertainment with offices in Pleasant Hill and Cedar Falls, Iowa delivers fun, smiles, laughter, and love to all of Iowa, and into eastern Nebraska, northern Missouri, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, southeastern South Dakota and western Illinois.

Photos from Smiling Dog Entertainment's post 03/05/2024

This past weekend was filled with BALLOONS!

From a Balloon Drop for the 50th Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa Telethon to a Balloon Arch and Balloon Filled Number 1 for Lila’s First Birthday we had over 1300 Balloons at events.

We have a couple more Balloon Decor rentals coming up with a Balloon Feature as part of the backdrop for a Father Daughter Dance at the end of the month.

Need some creative and lively decor for your next event?

Let our team design, create, and install some unique and color Balloon Features!


At Smiling Dog Entertainment we deliver fun, smiles, laughter, and love to your event.

One way we deliver smiles is by making your life easier.

Here's how we just did that for one new client.

Working with a bride-to-be on booking the photo booth for her wedding reception. She asks if we can have the photo booth set up by 3:00pm to avoid interfering with her ceremony.

I tell her we will arrive at 12:30pm to setup so we're certain to be done and cleared out by 2:30pm (and we should really be done by 2:00pm).

She asks if there will be any additional charge for the early arrival.

"No, early arrival and setup is an option that is included with the experience you're booking."

Her response - "Perfect"

Early arrival and setup is an option included in all of our new wedding reception photo booth experiences, because your guests don't need to see all of our gear and totes as they walk into your ceremony or reception venue.


Someone is doing a ballon drop on Saturday!

6 - 9’ long balloon drops each with 180 Red, White, and Black balloons!

Thanks to our team member Cheyenne Glass and my wonderful wife Susan for helping put all these together!

Can’t wait to see them all hung and pics of the drop itself!


Happy Leap Year Day!

Every four years we have an extra day on the calendar and 2024 is one of those years.

What are you going to do with your extra day?

May we suggest using this extra day to better explore photo booth experience options for your upcoming event.

After all, you don't want to LEAP into any decisions that you'll regret later.

If you're ready to take the leap and book a photo booth for your next event we'd welcome the opportunity to learn more about your event to help you determine which of our photo booth experiences would be help deliver a truly memorable celebration for you and your guests.

Top 10 Reasons to Book with Smiling Dog Entertainment - Smiling Dog Entertainment 02/28/2024

For the past couple weeks we've been posting the Top 10 Reasons to Book with Smiling Dog Entertainment. In case you missed them or want to review them we put them all together in a blog post on our website.

Top 10 Reasons to Book with Smiling Dog Entertainment for your Photo Booth, Retro Audio Guest Book, Decor, Party Game, Audio-Visual, or Concessions Equipment Rentals, or Balloon Decor.

With offices in Pleasant Hill and Cedar Falls, Iowa we deliver fun, smiles, laughter, and love to weddings across Iowa and into eastern Nebraska, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, northern Missouri, western Illinois and southeastern South Dakota.

Top 10 Reasons to Book with Smiling Dog Entertainment - Smiling Dog Entertainment Over the past couple weeks we’ve been sharing, on our Facebook and Instagram pages, the Top 10 Reasons to book a Photo Booth, Retro Audio Guest Book, Décor,


Reason Number 1 to book your photo booth, decor, party game, and concessions rentals, and balloon decor from Smiling Dog Entertainment:

"We used Smiling Dog Entertainment for our wedding and we could not recommend them enough! Every part of our experience was positive. One of our favorite parts of our wedding reception!"


"We had Smiling Dog Entertainment come out for our company holiday party last week. The photo booth was SUCH a hit! Could not recommend them more!"


"I loved working with Smiling Dog Entertainment so much!! Shane is the best owner ever and was so communicative and responsive even before meeting him his positivity would pop from his emails! I think everyone needs a photo booth at their wedding and Smiling Dog Entertainment was the best! Thank you!!"


Across all platforms we've received 100's of amazing reviews like these from couples who agreed that we delivered fun, smiles, laughter, and love to their reception, graduation party, holiday party, prom or after prom, or other event.

In addition to the reviews we have numerous clients who come back to us every year to do their annual events, who recommend us to others for their events, and who go out of their way to sing our praises to others on social media.

The 10 reasons we've listed over the past week or so combined with our attention to incredible customer service shows why we're one of the top photo booth and entertainment companies in the region.

Give us an opportunity and we'll show you why Aurora, Sarah, Stephanie and others took the time to share their thoughts on their amazing experiences with Smiling Dog Entertainment.

We know you won't be disappointed you did.

Photos from Smiling Dog Entertainment's post 02/26/2024

Reason Number 2 to book a photo booth from Smiling Dog Entertainment for your next event.

We come to this business with a professional photography background and an understanding of what it takes to delivery high quality photographic memories for you, your family, and friends.

We have had numerous people reach out to us for digital copies of their photos after an event saying, "these are the best pictures we've had together in years".

There is no better compliment we can get from a client or one of their guests.

We have the knowledge, the equipment, and the training to produce memorable photos from your special event that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

These are just a few examples of some of our favorites.


Reason Number 3 to book with Smiling Dog Entertainment for your next event:

Not only do we offer exceptional photo booth experiences, Retro Audio Guest Book rentals and decor, equipment, party game, and balloon decor rentals but we also have a sister company - Occasions and Stems that delivers full service decor design, deliver, setup and teardown as well as silk floral arrangements and we have a great partnership with Ultimate Entertainment Iowa, the biggest and best DJ Service provider in Iowa who keep your dance floor full and your event on schedule.

Each element of your special day is overseen by a dedicated expert in that area, not by a generalist portraying themselves as an expert on everything.

When you want the best for your wedding or special day the teams at Smiling Dog Entertainment, Occasions and Stems, and Ultimate Entertainment can be counted on to deliver it for you, your family and friends!


Reason Number 4 to book with Smiling Dog Entertainment:

We are flexible and accommodating. We worked with a health care company last year to provide them with an Enclosed Photo Booth for their annual meeting.

This year, that same company wanted to do something different and asked if we could facilitate a Puzzle Palooza for their team.

So, tonight we are bringing 11 - 1000 piece puzzles to their event where they will break up into 11 teams of 4 and compete to see which team can put their puzzle together the quickest.

Don't want a photo booth, but looking for something fun for your event? Let us know how we can help.

Puzzle from Buffalo Games.


Taking a break today from the top 10 reasons to book your photo booth experience from Smiling Dog Entertainment to share my AI generated race car driver image from one of our new software partners at the Photo Booth Expo.

Choose hour look and the camera captures your photo and places it in the image.

I can only wish I had this much hair!


While not as sexy as some of other reasons why you should consider booking your Photo Booth from Smiling Dog Entertainment, Reason Number 5 is equally, if not more important.

Having been in the photo booth industry for going on 9 years we've seen just about everything imaginable at an event and we're prepared to deal with most, if not all, of those situations.

We carry liability insurance in case someone is injured or something is damaged.

We bring back-up equipment with us to each rental so if something stops working we can fix it or replace it.

We have a team of close to 30 members, so if one person gets sick we have someone else who can step in to take their place for your event.

We have relationships with many of the top suppliers in the industry so if something breaks we can replace it quickly or if something isn't working properly (i.e. software) we can get an answer quickly on how to reset it and make it work again.

We also have relationships with many other photo booth companies, so if we're not able to take your event, because too many others are interested in our services for your date, we can recommend another company who meets our high standards.

What this all means is that when you book Smiling Dog Entertainment, you can rest assured that we have everything we need to help you enjoy your, "Best Wedding (or other event) Ever"!


Reason Number 6 to choose Smiling Dog Entertainment:

We have an amazing selection of standard and Premium backdrops for your photos including this hand made white barn wood backdrop.

We have over 50 backdrop options for our open air photo booths and are working on adding more.

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Smiling Dog Entertainment - Who We Are

Smiling Dog Entertainment is the premier provider of photo booth experiences, wedding and party equipment and game rentals, portrait and event photography, and event and party planning in Iowa, northern Missouri, southern Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, and western Illinois.

We bring fun, smiles, laughter, and love to weddings, corporate holiday parties, graduation parties, after-proms, elementary school events, fundraisers, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday and anniversary celebrations and much more with the inclusion of our many photo booth experiences including traditional open or enclosed photo booths, digital only photo booths, slow motion booths, video only booths, green screen booths, headshot booths, roaming booths and photo mosaic booths.

We help families preserve and present life moments with our portrait and event photography.

We share the beauty of our community through the imagees that hang on the walls of homes and local businesses.

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1100 N Hickory Boulevard, Suite 102
Pleasant Hill, IA

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