To the newly engaged couple:
If you are over the age of 23, then you have experienced WEDDING SEASON. It's that beautiful time of the year where you could attend anywhere from 2 to 10 weddings in just a couple of months. This time is filled with love and joy, as well as a couple of blisters from all the dancing! It's such an honor to be a part of that couple's special day, but sometimes in can turn into a giant blur of beautiful flowers and bridesmaids gowns...
So how do you help set your day apart from all the other beautiful weddings out there? The key is find ways to personalize your day and make it unique! There are so many ways to do this and these personalized details will play a huge role in how your guests remember your day, as well as what you look back on. Our team takes a lot of time before the wedding day, both talking to the couple and meeting in-person, to ensure we know what details are going to stand out the most when the couple looks back on their day. Kristen, one of our 2013 brides, explains it further in her review of CinemaCake:
"We had a preliminary phone interview to go over details about the wedding, voiceovers, and information about me and my fiancé. This preliminary part turned out to be so important because the things we discussed were exactly what was captured in the video. Every wedding has it's own identity and our video displays that perfectly!"
Now the question is: what details can you add to YOUR day to make it stand out? Some of our clients have brought everyone to tears writing their own, personalzied ceremony, and others have pulled out all the stops with a beautifully choreographed first dance! We also see couples use decor or the favors they give out at the end of the night to give their evening a personalized flair. Another great option is to tap your bridal party for help! Marianna understood the importance of details and the performance her sister gave during the reception is a perfect, memorable example! Here's Marianna's response to her CinemaCake film after seeing all of the elements included:
"The film was perfect beyond words, somehow capturing EVERYTHING that was personally meaningful about our day while still being artistic, impeccably edited, fresh, and original. A lot of wedding filmmakers are good -- but there's no other word for it, CinemaCake is MAGICAL."
In spite of all of your hard work and planning, sometimes the special unique moments aren't clear until the wedding day itself! Our crews are constantly paying attention to everything around them and are ready to catch any sweet moment or planned surprise for the newlyweds! When Lisa and Paul were married in the summer of 2016, no one had a clue what Lisa's dad had in store for the couple and their guests. He pulled off one of the best surprises we have ever seen. You just have to see it to believe it!
Even if you can't get a 3-time Grammy winner to perform at your reception, there are still plenty of unique details you can incorporate to make your day stand out! Don't worry if you miss them on the wedding day either, because your CinemaCake team will be on site to capture every sweet, beautiful, magical moment to include in your film! Next week, we'll talk about your actual wedding day and what you'll experience as the newlyweds! Be sure to check back in and until then, happy planning!
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!