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Shauna and Tara

Here is the recap video of Shauna and Tara’s Wedding Day.

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Themed Weddings Exploding in Popularity

 

Wedding ceremonies are typically seen as very traditional events; aside from an interesting choice of readings or an expressive color scheme, most of these proceedings take very similar forms. However, a new trend of themed weddings has been picking up across the United States, which adds a little bit of fantasy to the special day.

 

This article published by NPR discusses how many people and wedding businesses are seeing an increase in the number of wedding featuring costumes and scenery from many popular pieces of fiction, especially those from fantasy genres. Fans of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and more are finding ways of celebrating their literature or television interests through their weddings.

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Industry experts interviewed for the above article note that this trend has exploded since it was first seen sprouting up about two years ago. Usually, a couple opts for a fantasy themed wedding when trying to break the mold of the traditional choices available to them. Often a couple can express their shared love of a certain book or series through wedding photos or creative reception options.

 

Far from being a superficial way to make a wedding look more interesting, many couples who dress up as characters or incorporate these stories in other ways see a much more moral rationale behind their decision. As one groom involved in one of these weddings stated in the above article, fantasy allows people to express their views on good and evil, or power and responsibility. These deeply held values are what people try to share with others through these fantasy weddings, not simply funny characters or a good story.

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Whatever message you’re trying to deliver to others on the day of your wedding, trust Keon Films to capture the essence of your ceremony in a living document that will exist for years to follow. If you’re planning a wedding in the area of Boston, MA, we’ll be happy to assist with the videography no matter what theme you choose.

 

 

 

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Keeping Wedding Costs Down

A beautiful wedding ceremony and reception doesn’t need a large budget and cash flow to become a reality. It’s true, having a lot of money will help you pay for better vendors, venues and services. However, during the planning phases there are plenty of ways to keep your overall costs low so you can make sure you pay for the important wedding videos and caterer that you want.

 

One of the quickest ways to keep the costs associated with a wedding down is to reconsider the length of your guest list. Between catering and other costs, each guest can easily represent an added cost of $100 or more. It may be more cost-effective to send a video trailer of a wedding ceremony to a lot of people and invite a smaller group of people to the actual ceremony.

 

The day that your wedding falls on can also add hundreds of dollars or save you much needed cash. Saturdays are a huge days for weddings and all other kinds of events, and because of this drink and food prices at most venues are generally priced a little higher, as this article published by MyWabashValley.com discusses. Fridays and Sundays generally bring more reasonable prices. If you can somehow make your wedding work on an early weekday, like a Monday or Wednesday, you can usually negotiate some amazing price savings.

 

Your food choices will also be a major part of your bill, regardless of how many people you invite to the wedding. The more entree choices you offer your guests, the more you will typically have to spend. If you can keep your entree choices to one or two, you’ll be able to keep your catering costs low as well.

 

Here at Keon Films, we work to offer a variety of wedding videography services that are affordable for a wide range of budgets. We can help you document your wedding for posterity without adding unreasonable costs to your wedding. We’ll be happy to discuss how we can provide a beautiful record of the joy and happiness felt at your Boston, MA, wedding ceremony.

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Finding the Right Wedding Videographer

Finding the right wedding videographer can be daunting. There are a few tricks to finding exactly what you didn’t realize you needed in a professional to preserve every moment of your big day.

 

First, get recommendations from friends and family with impressive videos. You wouldn’t take relationship advice from someone who’s been single for ten years, so why would you take videographer advice from someone’s whose wedding video didn’t come out fantastically?

 

Nobody knows quality better than others in the field do. If you’ve already settled on a florist or photographer, ask them for some names! They’ll have an idea of your budget, your goals for the wedding, and they won’t hesitate to point you in the right direction for a standout videographer in the area.

 

After getting three or four leads on possible videographers, keep a tally of videographer names, who referred you, phone numbers, price estimates and addresses. If you’re already in the throes of planning your wedding, you’ll surely have realized how important it is to stay organized.

 

Make sure to find out if their sample work is from their studio or is actually their work. Pay careful attention to the lighting in videos: is it too dim or lit up like the fourth of July? Sound mixing is also important. Can you hear the speeches over chatter? Does the music work with or against the visuals? Is there a lot of variation in music for the video? Special effects for transitions are great as long as they are executed well and don’t clutter the narrative. Finally, can you work with the DJ? Amazing people skills are a must, because your videographer will be working very closely with your guests.

 

For an exceptional wedding videographer experience, call Keon Films in Boston Massachusetts. We’ll be happy to preserve every big moment from your big day.

 

Source: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-photography-videography/articles/finding-a-good-wedding-videographer.aspx

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5 Things Your Guests Won’t Tell You

A friend of mine wrote this article and has let me share it with you. Alan Berg is one of our wedding industry leading speakers and a good man to listen to.

 

1. Your guests won’t thank you for making your mom, sister, best friend or maid of honor work on your wedding day. They’re not wedding planners; they’re your closest family and friends. Let them mingle, dance and enjoy the day.



2. Your guests won’t thank you for making them wait while you take pictures. Sure, they’ll eat and drink, but if it takes too long, they’ll start wondering where you are. They were invited to celebrate with you.



3. Your guests won’t tell you that you put way too many things on your wedding registry. Make it easy for them to buy you the things that you really want. It’s hard for guests to know which things you really want (like a beautiful honeymoon, fire pit or down payment on a house), when there are so many items on there. Give them the option to contribute dollars towards your registry so you can choose how to use it. Also, understand that a gift should not be required. You invited them to share your wedding day, not to necessarily have to pay for the privilege. If they want to give a gift, make it easy.

 

4. Your guests want to see and hear your ceremony. Ask them to stay in their seats so everyone else can see. If you’ve hired a professional photographer and videographer (real, experienced professionals), and you share the photos with them (easy enough to do with online proofing these days), they’ll all be able to see and hear you taking your vows. Have someone ask everyone to turn off his or her ringers as well. You don’t want to hear a phone ringing on your wedding video. Everyone has a camera phone, but that doesn’t make him or her a professional. Don’t let them get in the way. You’re investing good money in professional photos.

 

5. Your guests won’t thank you for hiring the cheapest wedding vendors. They don’t care how much you paid; they only care about what they see and experience. An iPod is not a DJ. Your uncle is not a professional videographer and won’t know where to stand, to not be in everyone’s way. That Craig’s List vendor you hired is cheap for a reason. Don’t hire cheap. Hire the best value. Follow your priorities and invest in them. You won’t be happy when the photos aren’t what you wanted or the dance floor is empty.

 

You know what it’s like to be a guest at a wedding, so remember that when making your choices. If it’s summer time, make sure there’s shade for your outdoor ceremony and make sure there’s air conditioning. Don’t just pray that it won’t rain, or won’t be 110 degrees. Have a real plan for it. Put yourself in the shoes of your 100 or more guests and have them raving to you about how great everything was. You don’t always get kudos for doing it right, but you almost always lose points for doing it wrong. I wish you, and your guests, a very happy wedding.

 

Alan Berg

• author • business consultant • professional speaker • small business marketing guru

alan@alanberg.comwww.alanberg.com • O 732.422.6362 • C 732.289.4842 • Intl. 001 732 422 6362

Author of “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?” , “Don’t Paint the House!” and the new book “Your Attitude for Success”

· “North America’s Leading Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events”

· March 2013 Top 100 Small Business Experts to Follow on Twitter

· Top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles in 2012

“You’re probably the only speaker I can listen to without once looking at my watch.” – Aldo Ryan, Sound Explosion DJs, Brooklyn, NY

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The Benefits of a Winter Wedding

20049951_SEven when the weather outside is frightful, it can still be a delightful season to tie the knot with your loved one. Although many think of the warmer months as the ideal time to marry, there are plenty of good reasons why a couple may want to consider a wedding deep in the heart of winter. Not the least of these are the spectacular scenes that can be created by the season.

 

If you’re looking for scenic and picturesque settings, just think about the wondrous framing that fresh fallen snow and translucent icicles can give to any church or wedding venue. White is the symbol of a pure wedding, and the pictures of the couple and the wedding party take on a fantastic aura.

 

A winter wedding allows a couple to be a bit more selective in the size of their wedding. Because it’s an offseason choice, more people are likely to be available and around during the winter and will not have committed themselves to a long schedule of weddings, as can happen during the summer and fall. However, if you want to have a smaller service, people don’t expect large winter weddings so you want offend as many uninvited guests.

 

This offseason time can aid couples in other ways as well. The competition for venues is much less fierce, meaning you can land the church of your dreams without having to fit your ceremony in amongst a full schedule of other weddings. You may also get to book the chapel for a much better price than you could during the busy seasons of the year.

 

17454221_S(3)A winter wedding is a unique experience, and you can dress up the occasion with decor that will ensure that all your invited guests will remember the event for a long time. Mix up your bouquets of flowers by adding an ice sculpture or two, or maybe construct bride and groom snowmen outside of the reception hall.

 

There are many ways to take advantage of the holiday season to craft the perfect wedding experience. When you want to record your special day, Keon Films will provide the most outstanding documentation of your marriage that money can buy. We serve all marriages in the area of Boston, MA, and beyond.

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The Holiday Season is the Most Popular Time for Engagements

Goodness! Thanksgiving is only next week. Before long, other holidays will be banging at our doorsteps. While the time is certainly stressful, with many of us running around from store to store and trying to check off gifts on our never-ending lists. If isn’t the gift buying that keeps us up at night, it’s the thought of spending hours upon hours with family, slaving over a hot stove or keeping the drinks flowing.

 

Despite all the holiday stress, some couples still find the time to embrace romance and crack open that walnut heart of love, like some doe-eyed and butterfly stomaching nutcracker. I, of course, am referring to couples who are engaged during the holiday season. It is a popular time for someone to pop the big question. Why the holiday season though?

 

 

Perhaps it is the overall atmosphere. When we are not stressed, the holiday season offers a poignant sense of comfort that is unbeatable and since most of us are immersed in family activities, someone about to pop the question is presented with a can’t-miss setting. Between family presence, Christmas trees and people singing, the holidays often bring out the best in proposals, as people can get creative, creating an easy memory that will last a lifetime. When people think of meaningfulness, their thoughts tend to drift toward the Christmas hearth. Given this mindset, it is no wonder why there are so many engagements from Christmas through Valentine’s Day!

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The Wedding MBA, Las Vegas

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Wedding MBA. A continuing education seminar for all those in the wedding industry, held in Las Vegas.
There were several leading experts speaking on how to improve what I can do for my wedding couples. Wedding Wire with SonnyG has always been one of my favorite seminars which is why I advertise with them. This year they gave a list of over 30 apps that can help make day to day living and working easier. I will definitely be using a few of them.
I also got a few new ideas about sales & marketing and working with Pinterest & Facebook. There may be a “pin it” and a Facebook contest coming soon so be on the look out for those.
I learned what some of the new trends for 2014 will be, I will be blogging about them over the next several months.
Of course while in Las Vegas I had plenty of time to walk around and see the sights and try a new restaurant or two, including Gordan Ramsey’s Burger. I have a few photos below from the week. Enjoy!

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Fall Wedding Tips

Fall Wedding Tips

 

Keep Your Bridal Party Warm. Outdoor photos can take some time and your ladies may start to get chilly. Instead of having the grooms men take of their tux jackets, give your girls beautiful matching pashminas.They’ll love them. They will be able to stay warm standing outside and they can definitely reuse a pashmina all year long.

 

A New Fall Color Is GRAY! Men will look sophisticated in gray and your ring bearer will look adorable in a little gray suit. Buy ties to match your color theme.

 

Getting Married At Dusk? It may not be the best time. It doesn’t take long for the sun to go down and with it the ability to see. you may end up in the dark faster then you think. You and your fiance will be standing there saying your vows and no one will be able to see you. Especially your photographer and videographer. We need light to capture everything the best we can. So, either have your ceremony 30 minutes before dusk or have lights surrounding the ceremony site to help illuminate it for all to see.

 

Mini Pumpkins. They are a great fall accessory at any wedding. They can be used as a place card holder or part of the centerpiece with leaves surrounding them. they can also be a great take home item for each of your guests. Just place them on their plates or at the entrance with their names pinned to them.

 

Throw In A Little Halloween Theme. Have a candy bar set up for a later into the night. Have all the candy that you remember getting on Halloween. Have a Candy Apple table set up for a late night snack. Your guest will love it and appreciate the late night sugar rush to keep them dancing.Late night snackFall Wedding Tips

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Summer Wedding Tips

Having a summer wedding? Is it outside? Here are a few helpful tips to make the day even more enjoyable.

1. Have a backup plan! Weather can be unpredictable, so in case it does rain, or the wind in too strong or the heat is too much, have an indoor backup plan.

2. Have small bottles of water of glasses of lemonade for your guests to drink as they sit in the sun and watch your ceremony.

3. Add some color and whimsy to your day by giving guests brightly colored paper sun umbrellas or paper hand fans. It’ll help keep a shade over their heads and a breeze in their hands. Websites like www.lunabazaar.com are a great source for these.

4. If your wedding is going into sunset or is in a bug filled area, have cans of bug spray for your guests to put on. It’s never any fun to be attack by mosquitos.

5. For weddings on the sandy beach, have small towels handy for the guests to wipe off the sand before putting back on their shoes or walking back into the reception. it will be more comfortable for them during the dancing not to have sand in their shoes. 🙂

Enjoy your summer wedding!

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