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!

Celebrating our Brides on this International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, we want to show our appreciation to all the wonderful brides we have been privileged to film through the years. While there are so many lovely women to highlight, we wanted to share the stories of some of our most memorable!

Catherine & Les

Catherine and Les | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

As a high-level executive at 20th Century Fox, Catherine dedicated her focus on her career until she met her now-husband, Les. While she was not initially sure she wanted to hire videographers to film her wedding, she met with our team and decided to share her special day with us. Catherine and Les married on July 15th at the beautiful Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. This wedding was one of our favorites because of the quiet, but passionate love Les and Catherine share. A simple wedding shared with close friends and family made this wedding intimate, cozy, and a joy to film!

Dottie & Jesse

Dottie and Jesse | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

These two high school sweethearts have a special place in our hearts. Kim, our Head of Marketing, met Dottie’s parents years ago as neighbors and were raising their kids at the time. Kim and Dottie’s mom, Kelly, became so close, they decided to sell their houses at the same time! While this was happening, Dottie met her future husband, Jesse, both only being 15 years old in high school. Together, they attended Point Loma University and after 5 years of dating, they were finally ready to tie the knot and got engaged during their senior year.

The love that they have for each other is so clear in the way that they look at each other, but also in the way they talk about the other. In the wedding video we created, we captured Dottie saying about Jesse: “I never dreamed of the perfect dress or the perfect wedding, but I dreamed of the perfect guy, and that’s who Jesse is.” We definitely shed a few tears during their intimate wedding hosted at Bommer Canyon in Irvine, CA. We were so honored to be a part of their special day. Dottie and Jesse’s wedding will always be one to remember!

Jericho & Allon

Allon and Jericho Wedding Video | Wedding Videography from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

While we adore Dottie & Jesse, we also have a special place in our hearts for Dottie’s brother, Allon, and wife, Jericho! These two lovebirds met while attending Hope University in Fullerton and they’ve said that from the first time they met, it felt like they were both talking to an old friend.

Jericho and Allon’s incredible attitudes and patience were tested on their wedding day when the ceremony venue fell through at the last minute. Fortunately, they both work at First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, and were able to switch locations so they could still have their ceremony held at the church. It was wonderful to see the support their two families had for the couple. Allon’s dad could be heard on the wedding film saying “Allon’s the best guy I know.” It was an absolute joy to film two of their family’s weddings, so Dottie and Allon, if you have any other relatives getting married, let us know!

Maxine & Fisher

Maxine and Fisher | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

Maxine and Fisher’s love story might always be one of our favorites. While they are both from Southern California, they met while attending school at King’s College in New York City. Maxine was helping work Orientation and she offered to give Fisher’s family a private tour of campus. She was immediately attracted to Fisher and after seeing him again later in the dorms, she invited Fisher to be apart of her “study group”. The only catch was that there was no study group! As soon as Fisher agreed, Maxine called her friends and begged them to come join her new study group so she could get to know Fisher. They started dating and after a year together, Fisher finally told Maxine that he loved her.

Kim got to know Maxine through multiple mission trips to Namibia, so of course, we were beyond thrilled when she asked us to film their wedding. It was a mixture of Jewish and Arabic traditions and it was held on Fisher’s gorgeous family farm in Central CA. Maxine’s fun and bold attitude is definitely apparent in the final wedding video and we had such a blast getting to be apart of their special day.

Jessica & Matthew

Jessica and Matthew | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

If you think California wineries are romantic, you’ll love Jessica and Matthew’s love story. Since they are both from different parts of California, Jessica and Matthew didn’t meet until later in life. They met in Paso Robles, CA attending a winemaking function while both working for different local wineries. The couple decided to get married at Terra Mia, a nearby vineyard in Paso Robles. Fun fact: their wedding was the first wedding Terra Mia ever held, and now the venue is booked solid for two years!

Jessica’s family was a huge part of their wedding. During her maid-of-honor speech, Jessica’s sister jokingly turned to Matt and said, “If you hurt my sister, I’ll find you. Ask Jessica what happens to boys who make me mad,” and Jessica turned to the audience and quietly said, “They’re not here!” We have no doubt that Matt has been a supportive and wonderful husband, and we wish them years of happiness together. Thank you for letting us tag along on your big day!

Nancy & Gil

Nancy and Gil | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

 

Nancy and Gil were a special couple for us as we got to experience each important moment of their marriage. Gil asked us to film the surprise proposal he had planned for Nancy, which involved renting out a rooftop terrace in Irvine,CA, dropping hundreds of rose petals along the floor, and lighting countless tea lights that let to his proposal spot! The musician Drew Bray was even there to perform a new song written specifically for Nancy as she walked out onto the terrace. This song became their engagement and wedding theme song, and it can be heard throughout their wedding film.

They had a beautiful ceremony and reception on top of a yacht sailing through Newport Beach Harbor. Nancy had every detail planned down to a T, and she was escorted down the aisle by her father who gave a moving speech at the ceremony in their native tongue of Arabic. It was incredible to experience every part of their love journey, from their proposal to their wedding ceremony to their reception, and we were honored to film the couple every step of the way.

While we wish we could highlight all of our wonderful brides this International Women’s Day, we loved getting to share some of their beautiful love stories with you. Give us a call if you’re interested in hearing more about the weddings we’ve filmed, or take a look at our Vimeo page to see the final products!