To the newly engaged couple:
You may not believe it now, but your wedding day will come and go before you know it. All the months of hard work and planning will play out over several hours and then it's done! Once the last piece of cake has been eaten and the last floral arrangement has wilted, all there is to look back on the day with are the film and photos. Of course the photos are a great way to remember special moments by, but nothing compares to being able to relive your day with a film! Leila planned an amazing destination wedding to New Orleans and had this to say after seeing her film for the first time:
"EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE THEIR WEDDING CAPTURED ON FILM! We had the most amazing time at our wedding weekend in New Orleans! Dave + team were fabulous and truly captured the essence of the weekend and our favorite moments. Pictures are amazing but film is the only way to truly capture these precious moments in time to remember forever. The celebration all goes by so fast and being able to hear your vows and Maid of Honor's toast again and see yourself dancing with your dad is priceless. This is such an important celebration in your life and you put so much time, energy and money into it and you want to be able to relive it forever. We were so fortunate to have had CinemaCake as part of our big day and we are so glad we made it happen. They are the BEST!!!!”
There will be so much of the day that you won't get to see with your partner and watching back these moments will be one of the best post-wedding experiences. The biggest part of the day you'll experience separately is Bride or Groom prep, when you are each getting ready with your members of the bridal party and family. These small, special moments make up a lot of our film for a really good reason: your partner won't be there to see any of it! With your film, he will now get to see your father's expression when he sees you for the first time, and you'll be able to see all the fun he's having with his groomsmen. Personal moments like these add so much to your film, like the particularly special moment that Janie noted after watching her film several times.
"Every. single. person. could not believe that you were actually present and were capturing the moments that were seen on the film. After the third and fourth viewing, people still commented that they couldn't believe you were there at that particular moment because they just didn't see you. For instance, I clearly remember being surprised with jewelry by Kenny's mom before the ceremony and thinking to myself, "I wish Dave was here to capture this." And you were!!! You and Jimmy blended in so seamlessly with the background that no moment felt staged. Everything was authentic."
Your film will allow you and your partner to experience all the moments you missed later in your day as well. Now you can see your guests mingling at cocktail hour or enjoying the photo booth. You will also enjoy the fun, silly moments that we incorporate into our OutCakes chapter at the end of the film! These bloopers are a favorite among our couples and we often hear that it's the favorite part of the film! Stephanie and Pat's families loved their OutCakes section of the film and the happy bride even mentioned it in her film review:
"Everything about the outtakes is phenomenal! I love the music, I love the compilation of hysterical clips, and the ending of his grandfather dancing is just epic."
Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important days of your life and you'll want to relive it over and over again. Having a film that allows you to not only see the people at your wedding, but hear them as well will do just that. Not only right after the wedding day has passed, but into the future as well. Next week, we will be wrapping up our series with a look into the future and we will discuss how important your film will be to everyone long term. Be sure to check back in and until then, happy planning!
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!