Your wedding is meant to be the happiest day of your life! My job as your videographer is to help that dream come true.
This is my list of the absolute DO'S and the please DON'TS!
1.) Let's start off with your itinerary. DO Talk to your photographer!! Communication is key, and while you might have an idea of how you'd like your day to go, we shoot a lot of them and have some great insight as to how the flow of the day should go. Now you may be asking yourself "why talk to just the photographer and not the videographer? Don't you need to know the itinerary too?" Great question! Yes! But it's different. Generally at weddings the photographer takes command. Why? Your wedding photos are precious. Photographers more often than not are the ones who set the scene, get everyone positioned perfectly, and capture the shot. And at most weddings, they also become your volunteer wedding coordinator. What do I mean by that? Our job is to get everything that you want to happen done and captured. Sometimes in order for that to happen, things need to be moved around or changed. And that's okay! For instance, if we see a lot of guests leaving as the night goes on we might move the sparkler send off up in the schedule to get the shot you want! Doesn't mean the night has to end but we got a beautiful shot and it didn't end up having only 7 people holding sparklers because the send off HAD to be the last thing of the night (I've been there). What am I doing durning this whole time? Communicating with you and your photographer and capturing every moment over the shoulder of your photographer. You can think of me as a fly on the wall, but much more involved. The most consistent compliment I receive from my videos is from guests that weren't in attendance: "I felt like i was really there for every moment". All of that to say, communicate what you want, and be open to change and flexibility. We promise not to let you down!;)
2.) DO invest in a good DJ! I'm speaking from personal experience on this one. To this very day the only thing people remember from my wedding is our DJ. How bad, awkward, and cringy he was. He was unprofessional from head to toe and is by far the biggest regret we had from our day. I promise you it's a worthwhile investment to find someone who can entertain your guests. It is not as simple as pushing play and fading in and out. They set the tone for how your reception will go. If your DJ isn't great, your reception might feel that way. Just like if your videographer isn't great, your video probably won't be either. Seems like common sense, but this is one of those areas that seems like an easy "let's just find someone to play music" situations. I promise you'll thank me later. Also, ask your vendors if they have any suggestions! I have a list asI'm sure you photographer and venue do as well!
3.) DO Take photos at sunset! Yes, we're pulling you away from your reception for 10-15 minutes, but 99% of the time, those pictures end up being the bride and groom's favorite. Why? First of all sun-flare!! Second, those shots separate themselves from all of your others. Talk about a new profile pic!! It's a small sacrifice to make for stunning photos you'll be drooling over for years. Plus, it gives you guys a little break from the craziness at the reception. It's just the two of you out in a beautiful field of tall grass, dancing, kissing, hugging, all that mushy stuff, while your personal paparazzi team captures everything. Right?? What's not to love?!
4.) DON'T stress. You have a million people in your corner supporting you on this day. Don't be afraid to delegate tasks to people. Asking for help multiple times doesn't make you a "bridezilla". Trust me on this one, you will need help. Taking on a wedding by yourself is not an easy task. You also have seasoned professionals there to help. There's no such thing as a stupid question. This is going to be the best day of your life. Don't let the little things get to you. Things will go wrong, and that's okay. Do me a favor and read that sentence one more time. Maybe one more for good measure. I told you above about my biggest regret from my wedding. It was frustrating, but we didn't let it ruin our day. We were fortunate to have the right people in our corner to deal with that situation. The only thing that truly matters is the love you share with that special someone. Case. Closed.
I have so much more to share on tips and tricks for your wedding day and even more DO's & DON'Ts. This will have to do for now, but if you're interested in hearing more, shoot me a message and we can chat!