The Best Global Destinations for a Halloween Wedding

Love the idea of holding your wedding festivities in a fright-filled locale? There are dozens of locations around the world where couples love to hold their Halloween-themed celebrations, but a few spots stand out from the rest. Here are 5 of the best locations to consider if you’re planning a Halloween wedding!

 

  • Transylvania, Romania

 

Home to the famous, fictional vampire Dracula, Transylvania is widely recognized as one of the most iconic regions in the world to spend Halloween. In the months leading up to the spooky season, Transylvania transforms into a Halloween-lover’s paradise. Bran Castle, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s iconic novel, is the perfect setting for couples who love all things medieval and magical. The castle recently held its first wedding ceremony and now more couples are beginning to look at this location as the perfect setting for their fall destination wedding.

Throughout the region, you and your guests can enjoy haunted tours through medieval towns and Halloween-themed parties within Gothic castles during October. In addition to touring the famed castle, visitors love taking advantage of day trips to explore more of the Romanian countryside.

 

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Home to the iconic French Quarter (and a handful of haunted hotels), New Orleans is recognized as a favorite location to enjoy the Halloween haunts. One luxury venue in particular, Hotel Provincial, is known as one of the best sites in the city to spot a spirit wandering the halls. Once a Civil War hospital, Hotel Provincial has been transformed into a gorgeous, vintage venue, complete with historic architecture, elegant courtyards, and an award-winning restaurant on site.

“The Big Easy” is notorious for its voodoo and vampires and you can watch the city come alive with these iconic characters during the month of October. Among costume parties and galas, New Orleans goes above and beyond to give back to charity during these frightful festivities. You and your partner can get on board by encouraging wedding guests to donate to organizations that benefit the local communities.

 

  • Ireland

 

Did you know Ireland can be credited for birthing the beloved holiday of Halloween? That’s right, this luscious country is to thank for one of our favorite holidays of the year. The traditions began 3,000 years ago in the Celtic country as a celebration of the beginning of winter, but the thrills and chills of Halloween are still celebrated throughout the country to this day.

Couples who desire a truly terrific spot for their tricks and treats will love BallyGally Castle in Antrim. The ghost of Lady Isabella Shaw is believed to have haunted the hotel’s halls for over 400 years. In addition to honoring her memory with a “Ghost Room”, BallyGally boasts romantic architecture dating back hundreds of years, complete with stone spires and stunning sea views. For couples looking to celebrate a more modern way, big cities across Dublin host large festivals, parades, and parties for locals and visitors to enjoy together.

 

  • Salem, Massachusetts

 

Once the site of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, Salem, Massachusetts has continued to be a Halloween hotspot centuries later. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors make their way to Salem to enjoy the spooks and spirits that are said to be wandering the city, and your guests will be treated to the same experience. Voted the best place to celebrate Halloween in the U.S., visitors can enjoy re-enactments of the witch trials and experience the candlelit graveyard tour that pays homage to those that lost their lives during the famed witch hunts.

Hawthorne Hotel remains one of the most popular spots in the area for couples tying the knot. Previous guests claim to have seen supernatural happenings throughout the venue, like sightings of Bridget Bishops’ ghost, the first woman to die in the witch hunt. As a venue, however, guests love the view the hotel offers of Salem’s Common from the Grand Ballroom. Combine these views with the incomparable fall foliage that covers the Northeast in October, and you and your partner will be in for a romantic celebration.

 

  • Mexico

 

For a truly unique trick-or-treating experience, consider heading down to Mexico for your wedding festivities. Dia de Los Muertos brings a week-long celebration to cities and towns across this tropical country, and celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico is becoming a major bucket list item for travelers all around the world. Mexico City is always a crowd favorite for this holiday, but more and more, tourists and honeymooners are flocking to San Miguel de Allende for its authentic All Saints’ Day celebrations.

Among some of the favorite spots to tie the knot in this quaint town is the town’s pink Neo-Gothic church. Countless couples have decided to make this the place they say their “I do’s”. In addition to its picturesque streets and stunning sunsets, couples won’t be disappointed with the opportunity to tie in the delicious local cuisine with their big day.

In which of these spooky spots would you want to say your “I do’s”? Whichever one you and your future spouse pick for your happy Halloween wedding, we’d love to come along to capture every chilling moment of your special day. Give us a call to discuss incorporating our video services into your luxury Halloween wedding!

The Pros and Cons of Planning a Luxury Labor Day Wedding

Thinking about saying “I do” on the last weekend of the summer? Countless industry professionals have conflicting opinions about whether having a Labor Day wedding offers more pros or more cons. Here are some of the most important pros and cons to take into consideration if you and your partner want to throw a luxury wedding on Labor Day!

Pro: Out-of-town guests will have more freedom in their schedule.

Worried that some of your guests won’t be able to make the trip out to see your special day? By hosting your ceremony on a holiday weekend like Labor Day, guests will have more time to commit to traveling, will be less likely to need to take a day off work, and will be more willing to make the trip to see you.

Con: Holiday weekends are more expensive.

Love the idea of having your wedding be the end-of-summer bash for your friends and family? Chances are, you and your fiance(é) are not the only ones who have the same idea. Prices for flights and hotel rooms can spike during holidays, making it a bigger strain for both you and your guests’ wallets. Some of these expenses can be avoided, though. If you know your wedding will fall on a holiday weekend, being more proactive to find wedding vendors early on can help save you a significant amount of money on expensive holiday prices.

Pro: A long weekend means a “longer wedding”.

Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to cram all of your wedding festivities into one short weekend! By taking the long Labor Day weekend for your wedding, you can host everything from a pre-wedding dinner the night before to a morning-after brunch, giving you more time to spend with your friends and family. Did you know? The average luxury wedding couple hosts at least 5 events during their wedding festivities.

Con: Some of your guests might get annoyed.

This is likely the most common con that comes with planning a Labor Day wedding. With any holiday weekend comes a number of family traditions and pre-planned trips that may prevent your guests from being able to attend. In the past, it has sometimes been considered rude to host your wedding over a holiday weekend as it may prevent your friends and family from pursuing their own holiday plans, but when asked for their thoughts, many The Knot readers stated that the only tradition their families have over Labor Day is hosting a barbecue; something they would willingly give up for a friends’ wedding.

Pro: You’ll get more one-on-one time with guests.

Taking the long weekend to throw multiple wedding events allows your guests the opportunity to have more time to catch up with you and your fiance(é). Considering most luxury weddings have 200+ people on the guest list, it can be difficult to make time for each one during a short weekend. By taking three days over the weekend to hold a variety of showers, dinners, and brunches, you’ll be able to thank each guest personally for making the time to celebrate with you and your future spouse.

Want your luxury Labor Day wedding to be something that guests remember? Check out these five ways couples are planning their luxury weddings differently. Interested in rates for having a team of wedding videographers capture every moment of your big weekend? Give us a call to schedule a free consultation. Happy wedding planning!

The 5 Most Popular Destination Wedding Locations in 2018

You just said “yes!” to one of the most important questions in your life! Whether you’re still reeling from the excitement or you’ve been planning your dream wedding for a while, there are certain wedding trends that most brides can agree on. And this year, that trend is the destination wedding. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in a historic Irish Castle or on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, check out these 5 trending wedding destinations for your location inspiration.

 

  • Portugal

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Portugal is Europe’s newest hot spot, and it’s no exception for destination weddings. For those who love the bustle of popular European cities, you’ll find incredible restaurants, fascinating sights, and affordable amenities within its capital city of Lisbon. This city also offers unforgettable venues, including manors, palaces, and monasteries, that are available for your ceremony or reception. If you’re wanting a slightly more tropical location, check out the nearby coastal city of Cascais for stunning wedding photos featuring seaside cliffs and sandy beaches. Prefer to have a countryside wedding? Consider looking into Sintra or Obidos for two historical countryside cities. Portugal is known for its incredible wine selection and beautiful year-round weather, which guests will no doubt enjoy.

 

  • Italy

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Paris may be the City of Love, but Italy is easily the Country of Romance. From well-traveled tourist destinations like Rome, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence, to lesser-known spots like Bologna, Genoa, and Lucca. When it comes to planning a destination wedding, Italy has something for every bride. Historical chapels in the city, waterside manors, and countryside villas are all available for brides looking for their perfect destination wedding venue. Italy has always been a popular location for brides searching for their ultimate romantic destination, and it will remain that way for a while.

 

  • Ireland

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Another European destination gathering attention from international brides is the beautiful, lush country of Ireland. It is now considered the #1 destination for heritage weddings.  Ever dreamed of saying “I do” in a European castle? The Irish countryside is chock-full of royal venues. Many of these castles and manors offer in-house wedding teams to provide you top-notch vendors for your special day. Being a relatively small country, you and your wedding guests will enjoy the ability to tour the country before and after the big day. Ireland is fully welcoming to international brides and is becoming one of the top locations for future brides planning their special day.

 

  • Morocco

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Ever heard about couples traveling to get married in Morocco? No? Well, you probably will soon. Morocco is on its way to becoming one of the top destinations for couples looking to say “I do”. From it’s jaw-dropping architecture to its colorful decor, Morocco is becoming one of the most photogenic locations for destination weddings. A variety of palaces, courtyards, and beachside venues are available for future brides to book. March, April, and May are the most beautiful months when spring begins and the landscape is green and lush.  Although, September and October are the most pleasant months for the most temperate weather. We would just recommend avoiding Ramadan (May-June), as many vendors will not be available during the daytime!

 

  • Costa Rica

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Central American countries have always been a popular and budget-friendly region for destination wedding goers, and Costa Rica is no exception. Elegant rural estates and upscale oceanfront properties make up this country’s most luxurious wedding venues. Whether you dream of taking a dip in the Caribbean or hiking through the rainforest of Corcovado National Park, you’re sure to find it in this tropical destination.

From the Italian hillsides to the sandy beaches of Costa Rica, more and more brides are choosing to go international for their nuptials this year. No matter where you choose to hold your special day, we would love to come along for the ride with our global travel expertise. Give our team a call for our wedding videography services or check out our website to see some of our past work!

The Top Luxury Wedding Trends of Summer 2018

Rose gold decor, industrial warehouses, and donut-lined walls filled our Instagram feeds last year as brides around the country threw their wedding day celebrations. However, this year, luxury weddings are getting a bit of a twist on their traditional decor. Here are 5 trends we can expect to see at this season’s matrimonious celebrations.

  • Experience > Favors

Gone are the days of wrapped boxes of mints and bags of personalized M&Ms. This summer, couples plan to thank their guests with immersive experiences rather than material items. From specialized entertainment to unique drink stations, the sky’s the limit for couples looking to add extra flair to their big day. Some of the more popular entertainment choices that couples are picking include fortune tellers, illusionists, life-sized game boards, and even acrobats.

  • A Revamped Wedding Party

The traditional wedding party is getting a whole new look for luxury weddings this summer. Couples are now inviting their grandparents to be ring bearers and flower girls, wedding parties are no longer divided up by gender, and dogs are getting special roles during the ceremonies. For brides and grooms with best friends of the opposite gender, this new trend allows them to honor their friends in their wedding without being constricted by old wedding traditions. Putting a little flair on your wedding party can add a fun twist for your guests and make your wedding more memorable.

  • The Florals are Getting Flipped

Say goodbye to heavy, voluminous floral centerpieces this summer, and hello to hanging floral arrangements. At luxury weddings, tables are being decorated from the top down as chandeliers are adorned with flowers. Some of the most popular floral options for these stunning centerpieces? Orchids, wisteria, and roses make beautiful additions to any upside-down bouquet.

  • Deep Necklines and Luxe Lace

As far as wedding dresses go, brides planning luxury weddings are opting for more form-fitting, lacy dresses this summer. Princess gowns and A-line dresses are predicted to make a comeback eventually, but for this summer, popular gown styles involve deep necklines, lace sleeves, form-fitting material, and loose waves for the wedding day hairstyle.

  • Clear is the New Color

From venues with full glass walls to decor designs featuring clear candelabras, chandeliers, and dining chairs, weddings are going transparent this summer. Shimmering, crystal accents paired with pastel decor will likely appear at weddings all over the country, and soft twinkle lights will help every glass detail shine. With the re-emerging popularity of mid-century interior design, luxury weddings are seeing an increase in the use of this see-through decor.

This summer, luxury weddings are going bigger and better than before. By focusing on their guests’ wedding experience and incorporating jaw-dropping details, couples are setting this summer’s wedding trends extravagantly. Don’t forget to hire your wedding videographer to capture every element of your modern wedding – from your grandma tossing flower petals down the aisle to your guests playing an intense game of life-sized checkers. If you’re still in the market for a professional wedding videography team, give us a call to chat about how we can take your luxury wedding and turn it into a memory that will last a lifetime.

The Best Destinations for Your Summer Honeymoon

Greece, Hawaii, and Switzerland are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations for newly wed couples, but are they the best destinations to visit in the summertime? If you and your fiancé are planning a honeymoon to take after your summer wedding, consider some of these top honeymoon destinations around the globe.

 

  • Czech Republic

 

While you won’t be able to avoid the inevitable summer crowds in this European country, you and your new spouse will get to experience the beauty of the Czech Republic in the summertime. Spend your honeymoon wandering the cobblestone streets of Europe’s fairytale city, and/or venture outside of the country’s capital to visit the famed “Bone Church” in Kutna Hora or peer from the romantic castle’s belltower in Cesky Krumlov, both quick day trips from Prague. The best time to visit this country is between May and September, and if you go, make sure you make time to see the Prague Castle, Astronomical Clock, and spend a romantic evening seeing a show at the Prague National Theater.

 

  • Canada

 

With an entire country to choose from, you and your partner will have no issues finding romantic ways to spend your honeymoon in Canada. From the European-style locations like Quebec City and Fairmont Banff Springs to the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and Vancouver Island, you can plan an incredible Canadian honeymoon full of hiking, sightseeing, and luxurious hospitality. Summer is arguably the best time to visit Canada for its warmer, but still mild, weather and luscious natural beauty.

 

  • French Polynesia

 

Known for its overwater bungalows and jaw-dropping sunsets, French Polynesia is a favorite among honeymooners seeking a carefree, romantic vacation. And it’s not hard to see why! Whale watching, snorkeling, catamaran trips, and guided walking tours are just a few of the countless activities to do on these tropical islands. Try visiting one of their smaller “motus” for a much more private experience.  Our summer is French Polynesia’s winter and this season provides the best weather and water visibility for honeymooners looking for a tropical escape.

 

  • Ireland

 

For couples seeking a more temperate, cultural honeymoon, Ireland is the place to be. From its romantic villages to the luscious greenery covering the island, a honeymoon in Ireland is like a fairytale. If a rainy walk through the historic, cobblestone streets of Dublin sounds like a dream, consider booking a round-trip ticket for two to this popular honeymoon destination. While in Ireland, consider a trip to the Cliffs of Moher for an unforgettable sight and a stop by the Killarney National Park for a breathtaking hike past waterfalls and eye-catching lakes. The best months of the year to visit Ireland are July and August, so consider getting a head start on planning your Ireland honeymoon!

 

  • France

 

“The City of Lights” isn’t the only romantic stop in this Western European country. For those seeking a more tropical honeymoon destination, consider a trip to the French Riviera to visit famous towns like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco. For couples desiring a hillside escape to French vineyards and historical villages, look into visiting the Champagne region of France. This well-traveled country offers amenities for every honeymoon budget, from stays in 5-star resorts to reasonably priced apartments in the country’s capital. France draws its biggest crowds in the summertime, so consider booking a May or September honeymoon to avoid the crowds and expensive prices.

 

  • Thailand

 

From the big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the magical islands like Koh Lipe and Koh Phi Phi, Thailand is a country full of enough adventures to last you months. Thailand is the perfect location if you and your future spouse are dreaming of a honeymoon that includes both cultural experiences and pristine white beaches. Diving, boat tours, and great nightlife are just some of the many perks that come with a honeymoon in this Asian country. No matter what you and your fiance(e) want from your honeymoon, you’re bound to find it in the beauty that is Thailand.

 

  • South Africa

 

Sand dunes, wine-tasting, and safaris: these are just a few of the many adventures that await couples planning to honeymoon in South Africa. Summer in South Africa may be on the chilly side, but the summer months offer the best time to go on a safari adventure and explore the countryside. However, if you have your heart set on getting some sun on the South African beaches, consider postponing your honeymoon to the winter months for warmer weather and better beachside activities.

 

  • Brazil

 

If the 2016 Summer Olympics weren’t convincing enough, maybe the beautiful rainforests, world-famous beaches, and cultural sites will inspire you to honeymoon in Brazil. Visiting Brazil during its off season (May-September) will ensure you avoid the big crowds and overwhelming heat. A visit to Brazil during these months will offer weather in the 70s/80s and less packed beaches, providing a romantic vacation for you and your spouse. If you love dancing, relaxing on the beach, and exploring natural wonders, Brazil may be the perfect honeymoon destination for you.

From unbelievably romantic beaches to historic towns and villages, the options are endless for any couples looking to have a wonderful summertime honeymoon. If you’re planning a destination wedding, take a look at our blog post Popular Wedding Traditions around the World for help following local customs. And for more information on hiring a wedding videographer to capture every moment of you special day, contact us!

Popular Wedding Traditions Around the World

Did you know carrying a bouquet is an American-specific wedding tradition? What about serving cake and giving toasts at the reception? These traditions may seem like commonplace wedding activities, but to the rest of the world, they’re completely unique. For anyone interested in having a destination wedding (or just interested in learning about other cultures), here are the top wedding traditions in several countries around the world.

  • Germany

To celebrate their “I Do’s”, German brides and grooms spend the first few moments after their vows cleaning up pieces of shattered plates. German wedding guests smash plates to ward off potential evil spirits and leave the happy couple with good luck. This tradition is also used to symbolize the teamwork needed by the couple to make their relationship last. Teamwork is a popular trait German couples value as another one of their common wedding traditions involves a large log and saw. Together, they must saw the log in half and if they succeed, they have proven their ability to work so they will overcome future obstacles.

  • China

Chinese brides and grooms take their wedding traditions very seriously. One of their most common traditions? The groom shoots the bride with a bow and arrow multiple times. No, there are no actual arrowheads attached, but the groom does aim for his bride as the bullseye. During the ceremony, he will break the arrows to prove that their love is everlasting. Another intense Chinese wedding tradition? On the day of the wedding, the bridesmaids will haze the groom by putting him through specific tests and obstacles. Once he successfully completes their tasks, only then has he proven his worthiness to marry the bride. He will also pay the bridesmaids with an envelope full of money. Sounds like a good deal for the bridesmaids, right?

  • Congo

Congo might take the cake for having one of the most unique traditions. During the entirety of their wedding events, including the ceremony and reception, if a Congolese couple smiles, it means they aren’t serious about committing to the relationship. We’re not sure if we’d be able to commit to this tradition!

  • Mauritius

In the U.S., it’s common for a bride to want to shed some weight before the big day, right? In Mauritius, their popular wedding tradition is quite the opposite. Brides on this small island nation quite literally pack on the pounds. The heavier the bride, the more beautiful she appears to her future husband who considers a well-fed bride to be a symbol of success.

  • Norway

Donut towers and macaroon-filled platters run wild at U.S. weddings, but in Norway, brides and grooms are all about the wedding cake and wine – together. Yes, this tradition involves placing a bottle of wine in the middle of a towering almond cake called a kransekake. Um, yum! Another tradition Norwegian couples follow is the wearing of a crown by the bride. This crown is often adorned with little charms that twinkle when she walks and ward off any evil spirits that might threaten the happy couple.

  • Kenya

“Spit take” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to weddings in Kenya. After the celebration is over, a Masai bride’s father will spit on the newly betrothed couple. Sounds a bit germy, right? The point of this peculiar tradition is to avoid tempting fate by not showing too much support for the newlyweds. Not the most heartwarming wedding tradition in the world, but certainly one of the most unique!

  • Philippines

This Filipino wedding tradition is straight out of a fairytale! At some point during the ceremony, the bride and groom open a bird cage together two release two white doves into the air. This tradition is definitely Hollywood-like, and it symbolizes the couple’s future life together that is full of prosperity and harmony.

  • India

You may have seen this popular Indian wedding tradition featured in dozens of Bollywood movies, or, when Cece marries Schmidt in “New Girl”. Either way, this distinct wedding tradition is one of the most intricate. Before the wedding, Indian brides will gather their bridal party to receive a Mendhi-style henna tattoo. This tattoo lasts for weeks after the wedding and replaces any accessories brides might need for the big day.

Romania:

  • Couples in Romania have similar wedding traditions to those in China, but they do things a little differently. In this country, guests work with the groom to “bride-nap” her and take her to an unknown location. Here, they ask her for a “gift” to give the groom in order to return to the ceremony. Some gifts include several bottles of alcohol, and sometimes, a love song sang to the groom in front of the entire guest list.

What are other popular wedding traditions around the world that we missed? Would you be interested in bringing any of these traditions to your ceremony? If you are planning a wedding in the near (or distant) future, check out our wedding video services here to see what our team can bring to your special day. And for more tips and tricks for planning a wedding, take a look at our other blog posts to learn more!

What Having a Wedding Videographer is Really Like

Maybe you’ve seen your newly married friends’ wedding videos and they seem flawless — every important moment of the day is captured and it’s all wrapped up in a short, 5-10 minute film. Unless you attend the wedding and are heavily involved in the event, however, you probably don’t know all of the details that go into making that final, perfect film. For our future (or future-hopeful) brides, we want to give you a rundown of what exactly it’s like to have a videographer or videography team at your wedding, and dispel any myths you may have heard.

Myth #1: A videographer will get in the way.

Contrary to some brides’ worries, we don’t actually get in the way. If the videographer or videography team is good, they know how to stay out of the way while capturing compelling shots of your big day. Don’t get us wrong, they will be present for most events throughout the day, but extra precautions are taken to make sure they don’t feel invasive, and you enjoy the day in its entirety. Similarly, your videographer will coordinate with your photographer ahead of time to ensure everyone gets their shots.

Myth #2: A videographer will use annoying, hot lights

Fortunately, we’re no longer living in the 1980s. High-quality video cameras are much more capable of picking up images in dim lighting now, and we make it a priority to carry as little equipment as possible while capturing as beautiful of images as we can. Considering you and your party will likely get ready during the day, natural sunlight provides the perfect amount of light for us to capture all of the essential events during the day while relying on our high-quality cameras and venue lighting for any nighttime shots. Otherwise, great technology affords videographers to carry high-quality lighting equipment smaller than your clutch!

Myth #3: The videographer won’t get along with my photographer

This myth always makes us laugh. If your videographer and photographer are located in the same area, maybe even the same state, odds are, they know each other and have even worked together in the past. While we provide different services, if both professionals are truly that – professional – they’ll understand that each need to cover similar moments during the day and will be respectful of it. Each team will take turns getting the shots they need, and even if they aren’t best friends by the end of the day, they will certainly be cordial. If they aren’t, that’s why reviews on WeddingWire, The Knot, and Yelp are essential to check prior to hiring a vendor.

Myth #4: A wedding video isn’t worth the cost

Any service that costs more than $1000 can raise questions about its true value. We get it — most brides don’t have an entire savings account dedicated to spend on their wedding. But once you realize the true value of having the most intimate, the most special moments of your wedding filmed, the expense can seem very doable. While we think wedding photographs hold undeniable value as well, no picture can convey the sounds of the happy the cracking of a voice, tears shed as you walk down the aisle, the elation in your fiance(e)’s voice as they recite their vows, or the laughter of you and your bridesmaids as you dance the night away.

 
Overall, your videography team will become a welcome, friendly presence throughout your day, but if you do your research, you’ll be able to find a videographer who manages this without becoming overbearing or in-the-way. They’ll make sure each shot you want gets captured while suggesting clips that might not have been thought of prior. Your videographer will have your best interests in mind and will do everything they can to keep your wedding enjoyable and your wedding film even more so. If you’re in the market for a quality wedding videography team for your big day, check out some of our past work or give us a call so we can schedule a time to talk. Let’s talk about how we can capture your big day in a way that’s completely unique to you and your partner!

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Engaged

While it may not be as exciting as your “Big Day” (c’mon — what could be!), Valentine’s Day can be one of the most exciting days of the year for couples getting ready to walk down the aisle. It’s the perfect day to take a step back from wedding planning and remind yourselves of where and why it all began. While every future bride and groom have their preference on how this day should be spent, here are 5 ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day this year if you’re planning on saying “I do”!

Recreate a special day

This could be tricky for couples who got engaged on vacation or at a big event, but if you’re able to, recreating the day you got engaged is the perfect way to remind yourself of the love you feel for your future spouse. Whether it’s a visit to the restaurant where you popped the question or a walk along the beach to your proposal spot, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect excuse for recreating that engagement magic. No, you don’t have to get down on one knee again (unless you want him to), but this is an easy and inexpensive Valentine’s Day date idea for couples who just want to pop some champagne and remember one of the most exciting days of their lives.

Choose a new Valentine’s Day tradition together

Will you be spending next Valentine’s Day as a married couple? If so, there is no time like the present to brainstorm the Valentine’s Day traditions that will stick with you for a lifetime. Whether your current Valentine’s Day traditions are getting old or you’re ready to finally decide on a new tradition together, let this year be the year where you and your partner start a sentimental tradition you can carry on throughout your entire lives. Some popular Valentine’s Day traditions among couples include exchanging handwritten cards, visiting the same restaurant each year, or trading store-bought sweets. There are no bad ideas when it comes to Valentine’s Day traditions, so if you and your partner can think of something more original and personal, it can easily become a special and romantic tradition you carry on for years.

Relax from wedding stress planning (couples massage)

Whether relaxing to you means getting a massage and a facial or going for a morning surf, take a day-long break from the stresses of wedding planning and do something you and your partner will love. Taking time away from planning your special day will allow you to clear your minds and spend some much needed one-on-one time with your future Mr. or Mrs. And above all, you deserve it! If the idea of a couples massage sounds appealing to you, check out some of the top places for couples massages in Orange County here.

Galentine’s Day

Is your wedding sooner rather than later? Celebrate V-day with your favorite girls instead! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about your romantic relationship, it can be about celebrating your platonic relationships, too. Pop open the bubbly, put on your favorite rom com, and spend your last Valentine’s Day as a single lady with your best gals. Or, spend the night with a group reservation at a fancy restaurant. Whatever you end up doing, it’s guaranteed to be one of your favorite Valentine’s Days yet because your best friends will be by your side.

Get the whole family in on it

Do you love including your family throughout all of life’s major events? Invite them to take part in your V-Day plans! Use this time to show both sides of your family just how much the two of you care for and appreciate them. Valentine’s Day is an unexpectedly perfect time for your entire family to get together and indulge on chocolate, champagne, and romantic stories of how the couples in your family first met. This can also be the perfect day to host an engagement party among your family and close friends, but keep in mind, they might have Valentine’s Day traditions of their own that they don’t want to give up.
However you decide to spend this Valentine’s Day, let it be a day full of love, joy, and most importantly, a break from the stresses of wedding planning. After the celebrations, visit our blog to find out some special tricks and tips for planning the big day. And if you’re interested in hiring a dedicated crew to film every special moment throughout the day, give us a call to talk about our wedding videography services!

8 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

It’s no secret that spring and summer weddings are all the rage, especially here in Orange County. However, we think winter weddings have long been overlooked by brides. If you’re in the process of setting your wedding date (or dreaming about a potential one), read these 8 reasons why winter is the perfect time to say “I do”.

 

  • The decor is to-die-for

 

Who doesn’t love frosted pinecones, twinkling lights, and mistletoe? While having a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to incorporate festive Christmas decor, nothing says romance like decor from the most romantic holiday of the year (sorry, Valentine’s Day!). Not into the reds and greens? No worries. Winter color palettes include everything from crisp whites and creams to beautiful shades of blue and rich purple. Winter is a versatile season and is perfect for any style of wedding you may want.

 

  • Escape to a tropical destination for your honeymoon

 

While Southern California may not get cold, nights can certainly dip into cooler temperatures. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably end up missing the warmth and sunshine that summer brings. With a winter wedding, you can escape the cool temps and head to the Caribbean for a tropical honeymoon. Just make sure you book early, before everyone else gets the same idea.

 

  • Wedding dress options are endless

 

Saying “I do” in the winter means more wedding dress options to choose from. Long-sleeves are practically impossible in the summer heat, but winter is the perfect time to have fun with lacy sleeves and intricate designs. But if you prefer a sleeveless or strapless look, the warmer California temperatures of winter allow brides to still look beautiful in any gown they choose without freezing!

 

  • Can you say romance?

 

Maybe we’ve watched too many Hallmark Christmas movies throughout the years, but there is something incredibly romantic about winter; whether it’s being warmed by the crackling fireplace, the cozy clothing, or the festive decor. While we might not get snow here in Orange County, the holiday season is still full of high spirits and romantic events, and is the perfect time to commit to a life full of love with your significant other.

 

  • More money in your pocket

 

Fortunately, at Life Event Films, our pricing stays consistent year-round, although the same can’t be said for many wedding vendors. While we adore summer weddings, the majority of brides do too. Nearly every wedding amenity and vendor prices skyrocket in the warmer spring and summer months due to high demand. Winter allows for less competition for the best venues, florists, DJs, and caterers which also translates into more affordable prices. By having a winter wedding, you can skip out on the high price tags and spend more of your wedding budget (and time!) on special details or a longer honeymoon.

  • Less competition means more availability

With fewer weddings occurring in the winter months, the photographer you’ve had your eye on and the venue you’ve dreamed about for years will more likely be available for your wedding date. And with fewer weddings to attend, your guests will have more availability, too!

 

  • Shorter days mean an earlier sunset

 

With the sun setting earlier during the winter months, you and your partner will have time to take stunning sunset photos after the ceremony. While summer weddings often mean the bride and groom have to wait hours to get those sought-after “magic hour” sunset shots, a winter wedding allows you to have a reasonably timed ceremony while still getting those ideal images. This also allows more time to party with your guests after the sun goes down!

 

  • Guests will likely already have time off

 

Depending on the date you set your big day for, its very possible for your guests to already have that time off from work. Most employers understand that holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s require more time off and vacation days, so many of the people on your guest list will likely be available to attend. Just remember to be mindful of important family traditions your guests may have on these holidays. While Christmas can be hit or miss with guests traveling out of town or state, it is widely recognized that New Year’s Eve is the perfect holiday to have a wedding!

We don’t blame you for wanting to plan a spring or summer wedding, but with these 8 helpful benefits, we think winter weddings are too great to overlook. For more help planning your future wedding, take a look at our blog post, The Ideal Wedding Planning Timeline. And for a fun and memorable option for your wedding, check out our Slow Mo Booth!  For any questions you have about our renowned wedding videography services, contact us today!

Who Pays For What? A Guide to Paying for Your Wedding

Traditionally, the parents (and family) of the bride have been expected to help plan and pay for the majority of the wedding, but these expectations are quickly shifting as couples begin to marry older and wedding price tags continue to climb. Your total wedding cost is typically based on how extensive you want your wedding to be.  So ultimately, you have full control on how much is spent.  If you are a new bride-to-be and want to better understand the traditional expectations of who pays for what for a wedding, please keep reading.  

 

  • CEREMONY

 

    • Venue = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Decor = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Officiant (including travel, accommodations, etc)  = Groom
    • Marriage License & Certificate Fees = Groom
    • Transportation to Venue (both wedding parties) = Groom’s Parents/Family
    • Other Misc. Rentals & Professional Services = Bride’s Parents/Family

 

  • RECEPTION

 

    • Catering = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Decor = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Entertainment (band, dj, etc.) = Groom and/or His Parents/Family
    • Drinks  / Bar = Groom and/or His Parents/Family
    • Cake = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Party Favors = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Other Misc. Professional Services = Bride’s Parents/Family

 

  • HONEYMOON

 

    • Wedding Night Accommodations = Groom’s Parents/Family
    • Honeymoon = Groom’s Parents/Family

 

  • PARTIES

 

    • Engagement Party = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Bachelor Party = Best Man
    • Bachelorette Party = Maid of Honor
    • Bridal Shower = Bride’s Parents/Family and/or Bridesmaids
    • Rehearsal Dinner = Groom’s Parents/Family

 

  • PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY
    • Photographer = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Videographer = Groom’s Parents/Family

 

 

  • ATTIRE
    • Bride (dress, shoes, veil, etc.) = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Groom (suit/tux, shoes, tie, etc.) = Groom
    • Wedding Party = Participants pay for their own items, unless Bride and Groom are feeling generous.

 

 

  • RINGS
    • Engagement Ring(s) = Person proposing (Bride or Groom)
    • Groom’s Wedding Ring = Bride
    • Bride’s Wedding Ring = Groom

 

 

  • STATIONARY
    • Announcements = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Wedding Invitations = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Wedding Program = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Other Misc. Stationery = Bride’s Parents/Family

 

 

  • FLORAL
    • Reception = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Ceremony = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Bride’s Bouquet = Groom
    • Bridesmaids & Flower Girls Bouquets = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Groomsmen & Ring Bearer Boutonnieres = Groom
    • Mother of the Bride Corsage = Groom
    • Grandmother of the Bride Corsage = Groom
    • Mother of the Groom Corsage = Groom
    • Grandmother of the Groom Corsage = Groom

While these costs are based on one specific model of a wedding, for more modern couples not interested in following these traditions, it is often reasonable to split the costs 50/50 between families. As millennials begin settling down and marrying later in life, they are more capable of paying for their own wedding expenses. But if you end up needing extra financial assistance, check out The Knot’s helpful budget calculator to determine how much to budget for each essential part of your wedding. And no matter how you decide to split up the costs, don’t forget to bring Life Event Films along to document every step of celebrating the journey®!