To the newly engaged couple:
Ok, so you have figured out your budget and determined which elements of your day are a priority. Now, you get to start thinking about who you want to work with on the most important day of your life. You start Googling and immediately realize there are a lot of wedding vendors out there!
It can be hard to figure out who you want to work with or who you can trust to provide the quality of service you are looking for and it's important to educate yourself before you sign any contracts. First, it's good to talk to other vendors you are already working with and see who they recommend. Most vendors take recommendations very seriously and will point you in the direction of someone whose work and personality they trust.
Once you have some names, you will want to start looking online to see what other couples have to say about working with these companies. You want to make sure that past clients have experienced good customer service and that the vendors were pleasant to work with on the wedding day itself. A great tool to use for this research is WeddingWire. This site allows couples to rate the vendors in a variety of categories and allows them to speak freely about their experience. WeddingWire does not allow vendors to take down or hide any negative reviews, so you can feel confident in what you're reading! Here's an example of a sweet review we received from Sarah after her 2016 wedding:
"Unsurprisingly, we are blown away by what CinemaCake has created for us. They managed to capture not just the major events of our wedding day, but the feeling, emotion, and atmosphere of the celebration as well. To say that we are impressed would be an understatement and we truly cannot thank them enough. The whole team was fabulous to work with from the start and they not only went above and beyond, but did so in an entirely unobtrusive way, capturing moments without us even realizing they were there. In our opinion, that's the mark of a phenomenal videographer and one we would recommend to anyone who asked. Thank you for all of your hard work and for creating something that will be invaluable to not only us, but our families (and Ella!) as well for years to come. -Sarah and Chris Brown”
Once you know which vendors you want to contact, the next step is to learn about their industries and educate yourself on the newest trends or up-to-date technology that's available. We often hear from our couples that they weren't even planning on having a film because they had heard terrifying stories about intrusive videographers with giant cameras and lights on the dance floor. They are afraid that their guests will be bothered or blocked by these vendors all night and would rather forgo one of the most important elements of their day! These were Susan's concerns when her mom wanted to book CinemaCake for her 2013 wedding. In the end, the bride was so happy with the team on the day of her wedding and of course, her final film!
"Thank you so much! I've been showing it to everyone and all I can say is wow. The wedding video was one thing that my mother had to talk me into and all I can say is that I am so glad she did. It really gave me the opportunity to look back on the day as a whole as well as each amazing moment. The film was perfection! It really did being tears to my eyes."
The truth is, technology has changed so much over the past few years and our teams are now equipped with small, lightweight equipment that look just like photography gear. These enhancements, along with the training our team receives make us completely inconspicuous throughout the day and most people don't even realize we're there! Richard Donze almost missed out on capturing his daughter's beautiful wedding day because of his fears about intrusive camera-men, but thankfully changed his mind just weeks before the event. Hear his entire story in his testimonial film.
There are a lot of different options to consider when you start booking your vendors, but if you do the work and complete the research, you'll find the best team to work with! Next week, we will talk more about planning the details of your wedding and how to make your day unique. Be sure to check back in and until then, happy planning!
To the newly engaged couple:
Congratulations on your engagement! This is an exciting time for you and your fiancé as you enter a new stage in your relationship and prepare for an even bigger step forward! Everything is new and romantic as you begin thinking about your wedding day…
...and right at the beginning of planning you have to start dealing with the least romantic thing there is- your wedding budget. The facts and figures organized in your Google docs that will determine every aspect of your day becomes overwhelming very quickly. It can be hard to figure out how much you should spend on any one specific aspect of your day. You never imagined that your wedding would require nearly this much math!
When working on your budget, there are a lot of factors to take into account and having a film of the wedding day should absolutely be at the top of your list! How else will you, and even future generations, be able to see and hear all of the elements that will make up your day? Gabriela summed it up nicely in her review, below:
“After initially thinking we wouldn't need a videographer, we booked CinemaCake on somewhat of a whim a few months before our wedding (miraculously, they were still available for a popular date!). It ended up being one of the best decisions we made for the day! They are certainly a bit pricey, but their work is a great example of getting what you pay for- every feature and coming soon trailer I've watched are touching and professional, and ours was no exception! As another vendor asked us, how much would you pay to see a video of your grandparents' wedding? Great-grandparents'? We enthusiastically recommend CinemaCake to other couples looking to capture the aspects of their wedding that photography can't do justice to.”
In the 15 years that CinemaCake has been in business, we have never once had a couple tell us they regret filming their wedding day. In fact, what we do hear is that they are so grateful they filmed their wedding and that it was absolutely the best money they spent on their wedding. If anything, we have couples tell us that they wish they had planned for it and worked it into their budget from the beginning.
When Jamal found out about CinemaCake Filmmakers, he worked with his bride Marquita and did whatever was necessary to make sure his wedding was captured the right way. Check out their story, below.
In more recent years, we find that couples make having a film of their day a priority and they find a way to make it work because they realize it’s just too important not to do it. Planning and budgeting for your wedding day can get stressful, but if you focus on your priorities, you can make it work! Nikoletta, one of our 2015 brides, has great advice for anyone planning their budget:
“I know that a lot of couples planning a wedding consider not hiring a videographer in an effort to save costs. If you are trying to decide whether or not to hire a videographer for budgetary reasons, I would suggest trying to save money elsewhere because you will regret not having a wedding video. It was some of the best money that we spent!”
So, when it's time to put your budget together, just grab a glass of wine, take a deep breath, and think about how you want to remember your wedding day (definitely with a film!). Next week, we'll be talking about the importance of educating yourself as you begin hiring and booking your team for the day. Be sure to check back in and until then, happy planning!
You may have noticed that our latest Coming Soon Trailers have felt lighter than air! We have been incorporating aerial cinematography into our films for years now, and soon after the new FAA laws were put into place, CinemaCake passed the test with flying colors. We recently got our own "birds" named Amelia and Betty White and have started using the aerial footage to help tell the whole story of our couple's wedding day. The aerial footage we can now capture has become a real hit with our couples and it is rapidly becoming the most popular add-on to their CinemaCake Collections! Here are our top three reasons to add aerial cinematography to your CinemaCake film!
1. Photo session fun!
Your photo session is a really fun time where you and your bridal party get to relax together before the full reception gets underway. We often catch some of our best moments during the photo session and now we can get even more from the air! Jeannie and David's bridal party really knew how to have a good time and created a human love chain around the happy newlyweds. Check out the fun and more beautiful aerial shots in their aerial-centric CinemaGram trailer!
2. Amazing shots of your wedding location
One of the first and biggest decisions you make about your wedding is where to have your celebration. It's a huge detail and will often set the style or mood for the rest of your wedding! Our team captured the entirety of Olga and Tony's wedding weekend, including some beautiful aerial shots of their venue, Crystal Springs Resort. From the groom's golf outing to the wedding day photo sunset, see if you can spy the aerial shots in their Coming Soon Trailer!
3. Make your day a movie!
CinemaCake films are already cinematic, but aerial cinematography will take your film to the next level! Our drone can capture your wedding day from a new, unique perspective and help tell the whole story of your celebration, from the ground up. Yasmina and John's CinemaCake Recap felt like a fairy tale and the aerial shots added a little extra movie magic!