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Should you hire a wedding videographer?

Between the wedding dress, the caterer, the photographer and more, the budget for your wedding can be tight. As such, many brides and grooms hesitate to add the extra expense of hiring a videographer to shoot a wedding video.  Yet, a good wedding video is another way to capture precious memories of a special day.

A photograph can capture many of the sights of your wedding day.  But photographs cannot capture all the nuances and memories of the day. A photo cannot capture the tremble in the voice of a bride and groom as they exchange their vows.  Neither can they capture the sounds of laughter.

Amanda, the author to the blog Trendy Wedding, notes that a video is much more immersive then photos.  As she puts it, a wedding video captures, “The music, the sound, the atmosphere, and the movements of the couple and their guests.  A film makes it possible to plunge fully into the atmosphere of this particular day.”

Clémence, a bride, shares her thoughts on hiring a videographer for your wedding day. “At first, we thought we would be content with just a photographer to capture the event.  We really regret not having hired a professional videographer. Video allowed us to relieve or even discover moments that we hadn’t seen during the day as we were absorbed in the frenzy of the wedding.”

Putting a price on capturing emotions

If you want a quality video of your wedding, it will come at a price. But it will be worth it.  Some filmmakers, such as LG production, Ludovico Guglielmo Filmaker, produce wedding videos that are like real movies, with emotional moments captured and set to music.  These films are something to envy.

The videos produced by a professional videographer are completely different from film captured by an amateur with a camera phone.  A professional videographer not only uses top-of-the-line equipment, but they also employ the latest techniques in sound, lighting, and editing.

Take for example, the services of LG Production.  Their services start at € 2500. “Some married couples will choose to only hire a videographer, “explains founder Ludovico Guglielmo.  “Everything depends on the sensibilities of the couple.”

According to Ludovico, for € 2500, she would give the couple a twenty minute film and a teaser.

“A video is a very handy format to share, especially on social networks,” says Amanda of Trendy Weddings.  For those who were invited but could not come to the wedding, watching a video is a nice way for them to still share in the experience.  For those who were there, it becomes a nice way to remember and rediscover the atmosphere.

While hiring a professional videographer certainly doubles the budget and is not something everyone can afford, a good wedding video is a nice compliment to your wedding photos, says Patricia.  “This gives you two views and they are two very different ways of working.  One does not replace the other.  When I got married, the first thing I wanted to watch later was the video to relive all these moments, the speeches of the witnesses, out entrance into the church. . . it really helps you relieve the emotions differently.”

How to choose a videographer?

For those who think that having a team of videographers during their special day might be disruptive, with the equipment and video lines getting in the way of the guests and servers – you shouldn’t worry.  Most filmmakers now work with small cameras, monopods and XS portable trackers that make it easy to capture the moment without disrupting the moment.

“At our wedding, nobody noticed the presence of a camera, “confirms Clémence.

How to choose your filmmaker? Instinctively.

“We looked for a long time because we found classic wedding videos too stylized and aseptic.  However, the final result depends very much on the personality, the vision, and the trust placed on the videographer by the bride and groom, “says Clémence.

Just like a photographer, a videographer will be close to the couple all day, including during private moments such as preparations.  “You have to be comfortable with him to be able to forget about the camera and just be a part of the moment, “says Patricia Larcher.

And, of course, a videographer’s work must be in line with the type of wedding the prospective bride and groom is looking to have.  If the couple want to capture a lively, natural and family-first atmosphere, and the videographer specializes in city-wedding glamour, then this professional is not the right candidate to shoot that wedding.  He may be uncomfortable and will not be able to do his best work.

To avoid a mismatch between your videographer’s style and what you want to see, study their sites and look at samples of videos that they have already made.  See what styles they specialize in, what type of framing they prefer, and how they edit the footage together.  When you find a sample video that makes you think “this is the kind of video I would want to have for my wedding,” you have found the right videographer.  Sign them.

5 questions to ask your videographer

  1. What experience have you had filming weddings?

Filming a wedding requires a particular sort of know-how.  It’s better if your videographer is experienced.  Make sure to ask how many weddings they have filmed and for specific samples that you can look at.

  1. What kind of equipment do you have?

If the videographer’s equipment is not up to date or there is no reflex camera or backup device just in case something breaks down, he is not a very good or experienced videographer.  Also, make sure that his sound equipment is good.

  1. What will you be shooting?

You need to hammer out when and where your videographer will be present and shooting what is happening.  You should also decide how much footage you want shot, how many videos will be produced, how long the video will last, what format it will be in, and what media form will the final video be submitted in.  Will there be a teaser? Will there be interviews with guests?  Will they be working alone or will there be a second shooter?

  1. What are the deadlines?

How long after shooting will you be able to have the final video ready?

  1. What are your backup plans?

No one is completely safe from accidents.  Your videographer needs to have a plan B in case of a piece of equipment breaking down or a technical issue arising.  How will he secure the film? Are there going to be back up shooters or equipment ready? Is your videographer covered by a professional insurance policy?

By | July 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How to Choose The Best Wedding Photographer

Wedding season is upon us. Even now, many brides and grooms are starting to prepare for their special day. There are a lot of important choices you need to make when planning your wedding, from the ceremony venue, to the caterer, to the color scheme . . . it’s often quite difficult to make these choices yourself.

In this post, we’re going to help you make one choice a lot easier.  In this post, we’re going to show you how to choose the best photographer for your wedding.

Choosing a wedding photographer is not something that should be undertaken lightly.  After all, the wedding photographer is in charge of capturing the memories of your wedding.  After the love you and your spouse share, the wedding photographs are the one thing that you take away and keep long after the wedding ceremony is over.

The quality of wedding photos depends on the photographer themselves.  When trying to decide between photographers, you should ask yourself the following questions:

How important are photos to you?

This is crucial question to ask because it will help you determine the budget that you are willing to allocate to a photographer.  If the aesthetics of the photographs don’t matter as much, and you’ll just be satisfied with good photos of your guest, there’s no need to hire the expensive but artistic photographer.  You can then spend the money on other things.  If – however – you really want a lot of shots and special effects – you should be willing and ready to spend a bit more for a professional photographer who can truly immortalize your union.

The cost of your wedding photos will vary considerably from one photographer to another.  Some factors that can drive the price up are the photographer’s years of experience, reputation, and geographical area.


On the average, for a whole day of shooting, which usually includes the wedding preparations, the marriage ceremony, couple’s shots, and shots of the reception – the cost will be around 1500 euros.  If this seems like a lot, you should keep in mind that, once you go home, the photographer will still be working at least one extra day to choose and edit your photos.  You can try and cut costs by requesting only certain portions of the wedding day be shot and not the entire thing.

What should you ask the photographer?

Before you make your decision, you should ask to look at work samples from several different photographers.  Narrow down your choices to the photographer’s whose work make you say “This is exactly what I want for my wedding!”

If you find a photographer whose photos match you expectations, you should then talk to them to make sure that they take the photos that you want.  Make sure they understand your ideas and what you want to see and that they don’t impose their own ideas.  While it’s okay for them to make suggestions on different, more creative ways to capture your special day, in the end your marriage is yours.  The photographer should be there to answer your desires and understand your expectations and take photos that match.

Here are some important questions that you need to ask your photographer.  If they can answer these questions to your satisfaction, hire them,

  • How long will it take?
  • How many photos will you give?
  • What sort of photos will you take?
  • Will you retouch the photos?
  • In what definition will the final photos be?
  • Will you provide digital files?
  • When will we receive the final photos?
  • What draws are included?
  • Does your advertised rate already include VAT?

What type of photo style do you want?

When you look at photos of a wedding, do you like the photo’s where the guests are not looking at the camera? Or do you prefer the one’s where the guests are carefully posed?  You need to decide and tell the photographer how you would want certain photos to be taken.

For example, you can ask them to take pictures of the guests as they enter or each of the guests at their tables.  You can also ask your photographer to block an hour for a real photo shoot where you and your families and witnesses can take a series of photos.

If, however, you prefer spontaneous photos of candid and stolen moments, make sure you choose a photographer who specializes in that sort of shot.  A real good photographer can take candid shots without you even realizing they are there.

Finally, here are two more valuable tips to choosing the best wedding photographer for you:

  • Pick your wedding photographer early. Don’t want to find that the photographer of your dreams has already been booked solid for wedding season.
  • To make sure that your photographer manages to capture shots of the really important people in your life, for example, your blonde, blue-eyed grandmother, consider sending your photographer photos of these people beforehand. That way, on the day itself, you can be sure your photographer will be looking out for these people and will take good shots of them.
By | May 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Top Tips For A Successful Gala Evening

Every year, you find yourself facing a similar problem, after an event or congress ends – how do you mark the event?  After every event, you need to organize an official gala evening.  A gala evening will help you highlight and celebrate the work that you have accomplished.

A gala evening is an important part of a successful event and you need to carefully plan and prepare for it. A gala evening doesn’t just mark the end of an important company event; it also lays the basis for your company’s future endeavors.

A gala evening is a simple and effective way to thank your employees and celebrate their achievements. This corporate party is also a good way to establish your company’s character and highlight its value.

In this post, we’re going to share with you a list of steps that you should take in order to organize a successful gala evening.

  1. Chose a theme

You want to arrange a gala evening that is fun, original, and memorable. Choose a theme that is not just lively and fun but also reflects what is important to your company and its employees. You want something that fits your company and its culture. You should also try and highlight you company’s values.  Once you choose a theme, you should easily be able to choose the food, music, and activities for the gala.

Remember, the theme should elicit positive emotions in the participants such as nostalgia, enthusiasm, pride, and happiness.

  1. Choose a location

After choosing your theme, you then need to choose a space that can accommodate your plan’s for the evening.  You need to choose a place that is not only attractive, but a place where you can easily arrange the activities you want such as dancing, cocktails, speeches, games, etc.

Another thing to consider when choosing a location for your gala evening is how you will decorate the space. You want to be able to personalize the room.  For example, you might want to decorate in your company’s colors or incorporate your company logo.

For a memorable event, you might also try having your gala evening in a memorable location.  You don’t have to stick to conference rooms or ballrooms.  Try having your gala evening in a historic restaurant or beautiful garden.  Remember, you want to create a unique and memorable experience for your participants.

  1. Choose activities

Once you have your theme and venue, the time has come to choose the activities.  The activities you line up for your gala evening will set the tone and atmosphere of your event.  Indeed, these activities are most likely what will set your event apart and what the participants will remember for a long time.

The activities you choose should be timely and attractive.  They should create a positive atmosphere and leave positive memories.

  1. Arrange invitations and giveaways

The first step to making sure your event happens according to an orderly timeline is to make sure that you send out informative and timely invites.  You need to inform you invitees of the event in advance so that they will know to save the date.

Create invites that are not just timely but also give the invitees an idea as to what the event is about.  The invites should reflect the theme of the event.  It is also a good idea to give invitees all the information they need.  Make sure your invite clearly states the time and venue.  A rough program of activities will also help drum up enthusiasm among your invitees.

Having some sort of giveaway that your guests can take with them after they leave the event is also a wise move to make.  This will help them remember the pleasant evening they spent at your event.

You might also want to use social media, a Twitter Hashtag, or a Instagram page to make sure that the event stays fresh in your invitees minds.

Gala evenings are not just appreciated but are often times expected after a successful event.  It is important to have one that evokes positive feelings among the participants as this strengthens internal bonds and conveys a positive external image. Make sure your gala evening highlights what you have already accomplished and touches on the goals that you still wish to achieve.

By | May 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Custom Decorations for Events

Decorations are an important element for an event, they should not be neglected.  Décor choices can make the difference between an event being bland and forgettable or an unforgettable masterpiece.  The proper decorations for an event require attention and an eye to detail.  Every aspect of event décor, from the color of the table cloths and they types of tables, needs to be planned and coordinated.

It is wrong to think that an event comes together just due to the quality of the entertainment offered. Good and appropriate event entertainment is easy to attain, with good advice and with good knowledge of who your guests are and the latest trends.

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What really makes a difference to your event, make it truly unforgettable, are the details placed on the event decorations.  You need to be careful to ensure that the decorations aren’t just beautiful, but that they convey the message you want to send with your event.

Why are you organizing an event? The answer can be clear and simple: you are organizing it to give pleasure and give your guests the gift of a special and cherished memory.  But that is not the only reason to organize an event.  Though your event, you are also looking to communicate a message about your business.  An event can deliver an effective message about a new promotion or part of a brand marketing campaign.  An event can tell your guests about your company’s image, your values, and your positioning.  You want your event to highlight positive things about your company.  You also want your event to make a positive impression on your guest and as such, you don’t want to arrange an event that is banal and quickly forgotten.

In order to throw an event that will stick in your guest mind, you need to create an environment that is magical, enchanting and will create a fantastic memory.

By ensuring your event venue is decorate beautifully and appropriately, you can leave a good impression in your guests mind.  You need to illuminate or darken a room to create an appropriate atmosphere and create an comfortable and beautiful place for your guests to mingle.  You need to have rich and beautiful decorations to add to the atmosphere you want to create.  Your ultimate goal is to create a unique universe for your guest to occupy that makes them want to talk and mingle and create connections.  By taking care of your décor, you simulate their senses and help them remember the event fondly.

Though the use of décor you will enhance the events atmosphere.  You want your event to seem personal and to create a unique memory.  A good way to create an unforgettable image with positive associations to your company is to incorporate your brand colors in your event decorations.

How to decorate your event?

First, think about the entertainment you want to provide and the overall theme you want to have for your event.  Your decorations should match your ideas on what kind of event you want to have.

You can also start from the other end, think of a general theme and then start thinking of what kind of entertainment you want to provide and then what kind of décor you need to fit your theme.

You can get a lot of inspiration from sites such as Pinterest on themes and decorations for events.  Don’t forget, it’s important to be trendy and up-to-date when throwing an event.  Going to sites such as Pinterest will help you know what is “fashionable” for events now.

Personalization of decorations for events are also important. You can personalize your event by ensuring that you incorporate elements of your company branding in the décor.  You can use your logo and other branding design elements in your décor.

 

By | April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments
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