Wedding Tips

We decided to make an infographic explaining some of the wedding tips we have picked up over the last 20 years as a company.

We hope you like the infographic and feel free to tell us any of your own ideas!

Secret wedding tips

Help Your Wedding Videographer

5 Easy Ways to Help Your Wedding Videographer and Also Help Them Remain Unobtrusive

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1). Send them a wedding schedule with timings and with as much details as you know ( for example Kelly and Simon will be doing the readings - There will be 4 speeches from Dad, Best Man , Groom and Bride)

This will help the videographer plan and be in the right place at the right time, not rushing about trying to make sure they capture everything.

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2) Make sure there is a small space for them to stand to film your ceremony. Often the flowers are placed either side of where the couple are getting married and the person conducting the ceremony will stand directly in front of you. Although a good videographer will make the best of any situation, planning for a good position for your videographer will enable them to stay in one place and remain unobtrusive.

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3) Inform the important people and guests that the day is being filmed. You will often notice the videographer more when your guests get in their way. The biggest moments of the day when this can happen are.

When the best man comes up to hand over the rings and proceeds to then stand in front of the camera. Often the registrar will inform him not to do this, but pre-warning the best-man will mean the videographer won’t have to move to capture the ring shot.
When you walk back down the aisle. One of the best shots of the day the new bride and groom walking down the aisle, however all your guest want a piece of the action as well. Guests will often step into the middle of the aisle to get a shot with their phone of the happy couple, unfortunately this will mean them appearing in your photographs and film instead of you!! Let the register tell your guests that they may take photos of you signing the register but otherwise to please wait until after the ceremony. This will enable them to enjoy your day and get the shots they want, but to also stay out of the professionals way.
Pre-warn the people making a reading or speech that they will be being filmed and wearing a recording device. We are used to finding the important people and mining them up however If they know to come and ask for one, it will enable us to concentrate on getting on with recording the day, instead of tracking people down.

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4) Book a second videographer. Having a second videographer can often help in larger weddings. Not only will you get extra angles of the big moments, you can also have two simultaneous moments captured (such a groom preparations, or guest shots whilst the photographic session is happening)

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5) Stay in contact with us before the day. Let your videographer know if there is anything you need advice on for your big day or any changes that occur in terms of timings. Letting them know a point of contact for the wedding reception and even sending pictures of all the important people before your day will help them when they first arrive.

Do You Need a Recieving Line?

The Formal Receiving Line

Being Bride and Groom, no doubt you would like the opportunity to great every guest personally at your wedding and the formal receiving line is the traditional way to achieve this. This normally takes place just before the sit-down wedding breakfast, although we have seen many guest over the years accidentally do this after the cvil or church service. To avoid an accidental greeting of guests make sure you move away from the church or civil room, otherwise your guests will stop to chat to you on the way out causing a blockage inside the church.

Problems With the Receiving Line

The most common problem with the formal receiving line, is that the wedding is often running late and the chef has hot food to plate up. Something has to give and its often the receiving line. (TIP) Save some time by reducing the line down to just the bride and groom or by using the experience of a toastmaster to move guests along quicker.

Informal Ways to Great Your Guests

Allot of bride and grooms will feel the formal line is just too old fashioned and will want a less riding way to great everybody. Here are a few ways that this can be achieved.

1) Going around the tables after the main course. Your wedding caterers will be relaxed once the main course has been served and as you have been served your main first, you should have plenty of time before the desserts are due to be served. Your guests will also be happy to great you once being fed and watered! Although you will be talking to each table as a group, don’t expect it to be allot quicker than a receiving line, but (TIP) bring the photographer around with you to take a photo at the end of the chat and this will gently move the process along.

2) Use the time when the room is changing around. Often there will be the need to clear up after your wedding breakfast and to change this room around fro the evening reception. Why not use this time to great your guests. Be inventive! Why not serve your guests chocolates, or a drink from the bar?

3) Use your evening Photo Booth to request guest shots.
Get some fun photos of everyone including your evening guests, whilst getting the opportunity to say hi to everyone and giving them a photo to take home with the happy couple. (TIP) So that you recognise guests avoid full face masks as props!

4) Add a video booth. If you have a large number of guest and fear that you might not be able to great everyone personally, add a video booth so they can leave you a video message.