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.

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!

Why Every Family Needs A Legacy Video

The holidays are known as the time of year for gathering together and appreciating time as a family, but what if you could experience the joy of being together all year long? With a legacy video, you can watch some of your family’s most special moments throughout the entire year, all from the comfort of your home. If you’re still unsure if a legacy film is a valuable investment, continue reading to find out 5 reasons why a legacy video is the perfect investment for your family!

 

  • Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

 

With medical advancements and an overall longer life expectancy, it’s easy to feel like no matter what happens, we are promised a tomorrow. It can be all too easy to expect (and want) your family members to live long, healthy lives, but no matter the age, no one is guaranteed more time. Today is a great time to start planning to document and capture all of your family’s special moments, unique interactions, and heritage with a legacy video.

 

  • Don’t wait to appreciate family members until it’s too late.

 

Similarly, the amount of time you have left to spend with and learn from relatives is not guaranteed. It’s common to spend time thinking about the past and your family’s heritage after one has passed, but a legacy video encourages you to think about your family while all, or most, are still here. Your living family members have hours of stories to tell, most of which you’ve likely never heard. Having a legacy video filmed of your family sharing these special stories will allow you to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of where you and your family members come from.

 

  • Every family has a unique story.

 

While you’ve likely heard stories of how your family came to be, do you know the details? Do you know the story of how your grandparents almost didn’t meet, or of the sacrifices your great uncle made to ensure a better future for your family? One thing we love about legacy videos are those certain details of a family’s heritage revealed through the words of a relative. Once the realization hits that a thousand different situations had to happen to allow you, your siblings, and your children to be standing here today, the story of your entire family becomes infinitely more significant.

 

  • It lasts forever.

 

Want to be able to tell your future kids the heartwarming stories of their heritage? With a legacy video, your family members’ unique stories and personalities will be captured on film forever. You no longer have to worry about preserving every detail of your family’s heritage on your own; with a legacy video, your entire family will come together to explain how the lineage came to be. Even if your family is spread out all over the world, having a legacy video will allow you to press play any time you’re missing that important family time.

  • A video shows what a picture can not.

Want to remember the sound of your grandfather’s hearty laugh or the look in your grandmother’s eyes? The most important details of your family members can quickly get lost behind the lens of a camera. A video allows you to preserve the memories of your family member’s unique mannerisms, voices, expressions, and personalities forever. A legacy video also helps you to remember your family’s dynamics through watching relatives interact on the screen. While family portraits are a great tangible keepsake to have, a legacy video can show so much more of your family’s distinctive personality.

At the end of the day, the most important part of life is who you share your time with. With busy schedules and seemingly unending responsibilities, it’s easy to get distracted from spending time with those who matter most: your loved ones. As we head into 2018, consider showing your family members how much you care for them and respect your heritage with a legacy video. Ask us about our legacy video services today!

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®!