Life Events

Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.

A wedding is no exception to this rule.

When planning your wedding, a little dose of commonsense advice can help

Here is our advice on this topic.
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Wedding Videos
These days, some or all parts of almost all weddings are videotaped. Videos offer the best method of documenting the sound and actions so that you can enjoy it in future years or share them with those guests who were unable to attend. The best videos will come from hiring a professional (often times as a part of the standard photography package), but it is possible to get good results by renting or borrowing a video camera and having a reliable guest make some tapes.

You need to decide how much of your wedding you want to tape. You can start taping as early as the proposal or the announcing of your engagement and go on to include showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the rehearsal dinner. The day of the wedding can begin with scenes of the bride and groom getting ready and leaving for the ceremony. As is true for both the still and video photographer, if you want the ceremony itself taped, you need to check the rules or regulations set by the clergy or judge who will marry you. Furthermore, it is important to remind your videographer that this part of the videotaping be discreet. You do not want an obvious production process ruining the solemnity of the ceremony and leave your guests feeling like a studio audience that must peer around the photographers. Don't forget to take some exterior shots of the wedding location and of the wedding party leaving the building.

The reception is the best place to get the most memorable movies, so if you are on a budget, this may be your best bet. You can shoot scenes of all the festivities, including the receiving line, the bride and groom's first dance, cutting the cake, and throwing the bouquet. If you have special guests you want to include in the tape, make sure the videographer knows who they are. Don't forget to capture some shots of the most important details like the wedding cake, the bouquets, the buffet table before the guests have helped themselves, and any traditional dances and toasts.

Although, the wedding is mostly about the bride and groom, in years to come you'll be equally interested in seeing footage of others who were there -- particularly because, in the excitement of the event, you'll not have time to take detailed notice of them. Try to have the photographers go from table to table at a time when guests are seated to document who attended. Years from now, you'll be able to compare the video with the seating chart to associate faces with names. Some couples like to record special messages from guests at this time; if you do, you should have the photographer make it clear that such messages are optional. In addition, if you are serving alcohol at your reception, you are more liklely to get serious messages earlier in the event. Music played at the reception can be recorded and run as background throughout your tape.

Your tapes can be edited while they are being shot or after the wedding is over. The first method is cheaper and allows you to see the results right away. The second can be time consuming and costly if a professional is doing it.

Another option is using the still photographs of your wedding to put together a taped narrative of the whole event. Accompanied by some background music and voice explanations, this can also be a charming remembrance of your special day.
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