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 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!

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!

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®!

4 Reasons Why a Slow Mo Booth is Better Than a Photo Booth

Trying to decide what to offer your guests as wedding entertainment? Before you jump on the bandwagon and book a photo booth for your guests to enjoy, consider the more unique wedding entertainment options out there. Here are 5 reasons why a slow mo booth is a better choice for your wedding than a photo booth!

  1. It’s unique

Nearly every wedding has a photo booth that allows guests to leave with individual pictures in silly hats or feather boas. However, very few weddings have slow mo booths that allow guests to head home with a professionally-shot video clip of them together with the bride and groom. Wedding guests will eat up the option to post a slow-motion shot of them with the happy couple on Instagram or Facebook. Do something that few other couples are doing; add a slow mo booth to your wedding and watch your guests enjoy the fun!

  1. There are more possibilities

While costumes and fun props will only get you so far in a photo booth, slow mo booths allow you to get truly creative. From silly string, to flying confetti, to crazy jump shots, slow mo booths allow guests to have fun together in front of the camera. While we bring confetti poppers, silly strings, feather boas, and other fun props to every event, if there are any unique props you want to bring along, go crazy!

  1. Slow mo booths are more interactive.

Take it to the next level by providing specific themed props your guest can use to interact with the slow mo camera. Props can easily extend toward the camera or come with a big surprise, like confetti poppers and/or silly string, are great additions to your prop supply. If you want to get even more creative with it, treat your slow mo booth like an action-filled guest book. Ask your guests as they arrive to your reception to leave a fun video message for you and your new spouse. Include white boards and colorful expo markers or chalk boards so guests can write and share their well-wishes as they film their fun slow mo clip. These slow mo messages will make for a fun addition to the reception part of your final wedding film.

  1. It’s memorable.

Ever wanted to GIF yourself? With the final slow mo video, you can create a looping video that captures the most hilarious part of your slow mo booth session. Post it on Instagram or making it a moving cover photo on Facebook. Share endless laughs with your guests as you watch the hilarious silly string fights or your smooth slow-motion dance moves. It’s a guarantee that no one will forget the slow mo booth at your wedding!

While photo booths offer a fun way for guests to get involved at the reception, having a slow mo booth will offer something that no other wedding has and will allow your guests to leave with a fun and creative slow mo video to commemorate their time at your wedding. For prices on our exceptional slow mo booth services, visit us here. And for any questions you may have about our team of top-rated Southern California wedding videographers, visit our website or give us a call today!

11 Wedding Photos and Videos That Are Essential to Capture

When commemorating your special day, it’s important to have a picture (and video clip!) captured of each essential moment of your wedding. Preparing an extensive shot list prior to your wedding will guarantee that your photography and videography teams will try to capture the footage you want, but by specifically highlighting the most important shots for you and your fiancé, they will focus on those images before moving on to the extra footage. Below are the top 11 shots you should ask your photographer and videographer to capture throughout your special day for an in-depth photo album and wedding video.

1) Ring shot

This is the time to let the diamond truly shine. Coordinate with your wedding planner to decide the best way to help show the ring off. Whether it’s having the rings sit on an embroidered pillow or resting on your manicured finger, the ring shot is one of the most important images to have captured.

2) Details

From your ivory-colored heels to the floral arrangements on the table settings, the details of your wedding day are crucial to help you remember it in its entirety. When giving your shot list to your photographer and videographer, make a point to include the details you would like them to capture. While they will already try to capture the intricate aspects of the wedding outfits and decorations, giving them this specific shot list will guarantee beautiful images of the details you want to show off the most.

3) Groom, Bride, and Wedding Party prep

Have you purchased matching robes for you and your wedding party? This is the time to show them off! Take advantage of these adorable outfits by getting pictures of you and your wedding party getting ready, or even just hanging out before the ceremony. These special moments of spending time with your best friends before you say “I do” make for memorable and heartfelt pictures. For a more creative take on these pictures, ask your videographer to capture footage highlighting your special relationships with each of your bridal party members. Make it fun, make it sentimental, but most importantly, make it all yours!

4) Make-up prep

The moment your makeup artist puts on the finishing touches of your wedding day makeup is full of a mixture of nervous energy and complete happiness. This moment always makes for sweet and intimate photographs, and your excitement will surely come across on camera. Your videographers and photographers will likely already be interested in capturing this moment, but by putting it on your shot list, you’ll emphasize the importance of getting this moment on camera.

5) Dress

Show off your gorgeous gown by letting it glamorously hang from the window overlooking your ceremony. Or, show it off next to your bridesmaid’s color-coordinated gowns. However you choose to have your dress captured in all its beauty, let your photographer and videographer know ahead of time so that they can photograph it with plenty of time for you to get ready. If there are certain details of your dress you particularly love, like lace sleeves or a beaded train, highlight these intricate details to your two teams.

6) The first look

This special moment will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come. Whether it’s your fiancé’s tears of joy or his dropped jaw, there is little that compares to this emotionally-fueled interaction. Make a point to emphasize the importance of this photo to your photography team, as this moment can flash by in a second. Hiring an experienced and talented photographer will help ensure this quick moment is forever remembered through photographs.

7) The arch

Now is the time to show off your rustic archway with the grandiose floral embellishments. Ask your photographer and videographer to get a picture/video of the arch prior to the ceremony, while also capturing the moment you and your partner say your “I do’s.” The wedding arch symbolizes the future home you and your fiancé will start your family in, and your mother and grandmother will thank you for asking the photographer to capture these images.

8) The kiss

After exchanging vows, kissing for the first time as spouses is the pinnacle moment of every wedding. Help out your photographer and videographer by kissing your partner for longer than just one kick peck. A quick kiss can escape even the fastest shutter speeds and most prepared photographers, so to avoid missing this important moment, kiss your partner like you mean it! We’re positive they won’t object, and your photography and videography teams will thank you for it.

9) Centerpieces

The table centerpieces are arguably the most important part of wedding decor. From their beautiful floral arrangements, intricate wedding favors, and customized place settings, the centerpieces are the perfect combination of thought-out design and personalization that your guests will love. Ask your photography and videography teams to capture the entire centerpieces together, but also focus on the small details listed above.

10) First dance

If all three are important to you, specify that you want sufficient coverage of you and your partner’s first-dance, the father-daughter dance, and if applicable, the mother-son dance. These moments last long enough for the photography and videography teams to get proper photos and video footage and ensure a final image that you’ll love.

11) The cake

Possibly everyone’s favorite part of the night, the cake is an essential look to have your photographer and videographer capture. Ask for a before shot, a cake-cutting shot, and a shot of you and your fiancé feeding each other. This will be an eventful ending to your perfect day, and it’s important to have it photographed in multiple mediums!

While there are many details of your wedding that will make for beautiful pictures and video clips, these 11 moments are sure to create a stunning wedding video or wedding album that will help you remember the most important moments of the day you say “I do.” For help choosing the best videographer for your special day, read our previous blog post, “5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Wedding Videographer.” And for more information about our experienced team of wedding videographers, give us a call today!