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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

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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”

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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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7 Tips for Pulling off a Perfect Beach Wedding

Destination Wedding VideographerGrowing up, every little girl (and sometimes little boy) dreams of the perfect wedding day. This is the one day when your life changes forever, for the better. We have all envisioned, at one point or another, a fairytale wedding with an extravagant wedding gown, venue, and the like. However, as we age we begin to understand what the perfect, fairytale wedding day truly means to us. For many of us, we couldn’t imagine a more magical moment than marrying the love of our life on a beautiful, sandy beach.

Destination weddings are increasingly popular, and saying ‘I do’ with your toes in the sand is an experience unlike any other. A break from tradition while sticking with traditional values is incredibly appealing to many modern couples. One thing to keep in mind, though, is the beach in comparison to a church or other indoor venue is a whole other animal. With that said, we have compiled 7 great tips to help you pull off the perfect beach wedding:

First, consider clothing

1.) Ditch the Cinderella gown – Forego the big gown for a simpler, lighter dress that isn’t going to be a burden. Consider the fact that moving around swiftly in the sand is a difficult task as it is. Adding weight to your person is going to make that task more difficult and you’ll hate yourself when it comes to picture time.

2.) The lighter the better – When we think of beaches, we immediately think of the heat. No one wants to be a sweaty mess on their wedding day. Grooms are included in this one, stray from black tuxedos and choose light colors that don’t attract sunlight such as beige, tan, or white. Brides, a light fabric will flow flawlessly and leave the sand where it belongs instead of collecting it as a souvenir.

3.) Brides: Do an updo – You’ll be SO glad you did. The last thing you want to worry about is all the time and money you spent on your hair being thrown to the wind, literally.

4.) Grooms: Keep it casual – You and your men don’t need to throw on your fanciest duds in this occasion. Keep it light and as casual as your lovely bride will let you. As long as you all look nice, clean and presentable, you should be a-ok.

Next, consider ceremony preparation

5.) Plan for the unplanned – Weather in any setting is unpredictable. With the quick pickup of winds and the crashing of waves, it’s best to keep a plan B in mind. Have a tent on standby ready for use under extreme circumstances.

6.) Keep everyone cool and comfortable – Ensure that there is a place to escape to the shade if need be. It may also be a good idea to hand out personal fans (motorized or paper), and keep a refreshment stand nearby with lemonade and water.
7.) Lose the shoes – Tara Guerard of Soiree by Tara Guerard suggested to the Huffington Post that a shoe station would be a wonderful addition to any beach wedding. A shoe check will allow guests to change into casual flip-flops and avoid sauntering around with a shoe full of sand all day.

Lastly, have fun. This is your special day, and no matter what, being with your friends and family at the beach is going to be phenomenal – but incorporate these great tips into your destination wedding’s seaside ceremony and the rest is sure to be a breeze – literally!

Read more ideas like these from the Huffington Post.

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Top Trends in Wedding Videography

Technology has helped us to expand the ways in which we immortalize the special times in our lives. Weddings are one of those momentous occasions we want to revisit many times in the future. Wedding videography is a modern trend that captures those moments with beauty, creativity, and vivid imagery.

 

Brides and grooms are choosing a few very popular wedding videography trends as their way of capturing this once-in-a-lifetime event. Consulting with a wedding videographer, like me, can help couples decide which of these exciting video trends is best for their wedding.

 

Documentary Style

 

Wedding videography styles have come a very long way in recent years, and one new trend that is becoming popular with couples, is the documentary, indie style video. Indie filmmakers are getting into the world of wedding videography adding more style and substance to wedding videos. Instead of just capturing moments, this style of wedding video captures the couples’ story; helping viewers to feel as if they are a part of the entire process, from the engagement to the reception.

 

Movie-Trailer

 

Appealing to couples seeking a more fun and dramatic approach, wedding trailer videos offer a preview of the actual full-length wedding video. Complete with special effects, music, and sometimes, even voice-over artists. These videos are a unique way to entertain family and friends while they wait for the completed version. These wedding trailers are completed just a couple of weeks after the wedding and make a great teaser video to show off to wedding guests.

 

Classic Vintage

 

Black and white vintage style videos are a beautiful and classic way to capture the wedding day. With movies like the remake of The Great Gatsby coming out this summer, many couples are becoming enchanted by the romantic eras of the 1920’s, 40’s, and 60’s. Brides and grooms can have fun dressing in classic movie attire and film scenes decorated in the theme and decor of the decade.

 

Save the Date

 

Save the date videos are becoming popular because many couples find this to be a more interesting way to announce their wedding date than mailing out invitations. The sky’s the limit when it comes to just how creative engaged couples can be when creating these videos. Save the date videos can range from whimsical to formal in style, and also make a great keepsake for the couple and their loved ones.

 

Same Day Film

This is huge right now. It is a short 5-10 minute film created on the day of your wedding day to show to your guests during the reception on large screens in your reception room. It usually covers the bride getting ready, which no one sees, and the vows, photo session, first dance and maybe more depending on when you choose to display it live at your wedding. It’s a fantastic crowd pleaser!

 

 

Wedding videos allow couples to get creative and choose unique themes that will showcase their personalities and individual style. Whether they are the ‘indie documentary film’ type of couple or the ‘classic vintage 1940’s’ type of couple, wedding videographers can help carry their vision from the heart to the screen.

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An Unplugged Wedding

Guests are being asked to “Stay In The Moment”

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Image Courtesy Of: Wedding Wire

In today’s world of technology, everyone has a smart phone or a tablet that can take photos and video and instantly post it to any social media site. While some couples love the idea, and actually set up Instagram accounts and twitter feeds just for their wedding day, others are opting for just the opposite.

 

Couples are asking their guests to put away their phones and tablets. They don’t want them watching the ceremony or the cutting of the cake from behind a two inch screen but to be watching it, “in the moment.” Most weddings have professional photographers and videographers that are there to capture the wedding day. What we as professionals are now faced

Unplugged wedding

Image Courtesy Of: Hugh Miller Photography, Britain.

with is a small army of guests standing and holding their devices to capture their images. Guests now stand in the aisle with an iPad to get that photo of the bride walking in with her dad. However, what it is actually doing is blocking the groom from seeing his bride for the first time and blocking the professionals from capturing these key moments that they have been hired to do.

 

Therefore, couples are asking you to, “Be nice, turn off your device.” You just might see a note with your invitation or a sign as you walk into the ceremony asking everyone to please do this for them. To just sit and enjoy watching their wedding.

 

Uncle Bob Wedding Photo

Photo courtesy of Matt Tordoff Photography

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Winter Wedding Bouquets

Glistening Handful
Image Courtesy Of: marthastewart.com

The bouquet is a memorable part of the wedding for a couple of different reasons.  For starters, it’s a part of the bride’s look, it matches her gown, her bridesmaids and the whole theme of the wedding. Secondly, the bouquet toss is a major tradition of every wedding. The young female guests look forward to the toss every wedding. For the videos we create, it’s a great scene and time to capture a great moment. It stands out as a token moment, and the bouquet is at the center of it all.  The look of the bouquet varies season to season, and as we approach the winter, bouquets start to take a different look.

 

Here are a few winter bridal bouquets to consider for your wedding if it takes place in December, January, or February. These pictures and arrangements are gathered from Martha Stewart Weddings.

 

Glistening Handful: Pinecones tipped in glitter glow like a halo around dusky blooms of mauve roses and miniature paperwhites. The delicate flowers soften the rustic sensibility of the pinecones, and accentuate the illusion of floating light.

 

Icy Whites:Above a shimmering vintage jacquard ribbon are snowy clusters of

Velvet Bouquet
Image Courtesy Of: Marthastewart.com

hyacinths and Cattleya orchids. And sprinkled throughout, like glistening frozen crystals, are silver ribbon clasps attached to wire stems.

 

Velvet Bouquet: To make an autumn or winter bouquet even more lush, include cockscomb — the deep-pink ruffle-edged

 

flower here — and then highlight its rich texture with a thick velvet ribbon wrap. This example contains calla lilies, sweet pea, and cockscomb in shades of pink. This is a perfect option for February.

 

The bouquet is filmed plenty of times throughout the course of a wedding video.  A truly wonderful wedding bouquet with beautiful flowers and bright arrangements stands out and reminds you of how great your wedding celebration was. Take time to put something together you will truly enjoy.

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