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Capturing our Wedding on Film   Leave a comment

So you may remember a while back, when we were struggling with the issue of whether to have a videographer. This still hasn’t been resolved, mostly because of budgetary and personal reasons. Mr. Darcy really doesn’t want a videographer and I can’t quite justify it in our budget right now. I still would really like to have one for the simple fact that I would like to have video of our reception (video of the ceremony is included in our package from the Chapel). I have been going over in over in my head creative and budget friendly ways to document our wedding. Here is the low down on what I have so far.

1. Our awesome husband and wife team of photographers, Mike and Courtney, whom I have raved about here and here. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be working with these guys. We have them currently booked for 6 hours, but I am going really considering making that package 8 hours. I was able to get on their prices for last season, because I contacted (not signed a contract, though) before they raised their prices. We also have a second photography company we are working with as part of our package with the chapel, Cashman Photography. I am still debating whether to book a second photographer through them for the ceremony. I would really like to, but unsure if we will be able to fit this in the budget.

2. Our budget blower photo booth from Shutter Booth. I am so excited about this, even though this money could have been used for something like a videographer. I think our guests will have an awesome time and how else would we end up with shots like these.

Image Via: Bubbly Bride/ Source: Red Cheese Photo Booth

3. I Spy photo game. I first saw this idea on a board over on Wedding Bee. I bookmarked the idea to come back to later. I then later did a Google search and found this project from the holy grail of all DIY wedding projects, Martha Stewart Weddings.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

I mean really how cute are these? I am so in love. And look do you spy what I spy with my little eye? Our wedding colors (crimson and turquoise) are in them. Aaahh! How Perfect! I downloaded the file and intend on using a free pdf editing program to make different versions of these cards for each table. Instead of including disposable cameras with them though, I am going to set-up a photo sharing website and include instructions on the cards. I think this will greatly add to our wedding memories being caught on film. I will definitely posting more on these babies, once I hammer down all the details.

4. Videography. This one is still a big unknown for me. I am really unsure what we are going to do. Right now the decision stands, that we will not be having extra videography for the reception and will be putting this money towards the extra photography, 2 hours more with Courtney and Mike and second shooter for Cashman. This extra photography is an extra $500. If we were get to get videography it is an additional $775-800. I have it narrowed to two options. A- Wedit. Wedit is a company that sends you five HD flip cameras for you to film your wedding weekend. You can upload all your video to their site, where they will store it for you. Then they edit in two videos with music, this is for their most expensive package, one 1 hour video and 1 highlight video. I love this idea and think it is a great option for brides on a budget. The only drawback is that the video from Wedit would not include our ceremony video. B. Cashman Photo, who is the videographer contracted for Mandalay Bay, offers add-on packages for the reception. I could add an extra 2 hours of off site videography for $775. This would mean that the ceremony and reception video would all be one on DVD. The nice thing about this option is I don’t have to book right away. I can add it up to a month before the wedding. If none of these options work out. I will just ask a few of our guests who have flip cameras to video the reception and upload the files to our laptop. Brother T can edit it for us and we will burn it to a disc.

How are you documenting your wedding? Did you come up with any creative ways to involve your guests in the process?

To Video or Not to Video, That is the Question   1 comment

Videography. It has become my new obsession. How could it not be when I get e-mails from these guys in my inbox with gorgeous videos like this:

The video is from Memory Lane Video .  I am in love, but there really isn’t room in the budget to work with these guys. Besides, no outside videographers are allowed in the Mandalay Bay Chapel (this is common practice for Las Vegas hotel chapels). Wedding video of our ceremony is included in our package, so really we don’t need a videographer, at least not for the ceremony portion of our big day. It’s just something I really wanted. I decided to take a gander over to Craigs List to find out if there were any budding videographers out there who were running good deals. All I really wanted was someone to take video of our reception. I know that it will be quite the event. My two younger brothers, Trev and No, are cooking up a hilarious skit for their toast (I will not see it til the day of. They have been instructed they must have Mama Austen’s approval for all content though.)  The father-daughter dance will most definitely bring tears to mine and my mother’s eyes. The cake cutting will be accompanied by Trev playing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” on the guitar. MOH Mrs. Sewing’s toast will be hearfelt and emotional. I want these moments to be captured. I found IMemory Films on Craigs List. They were running a special for unlimited videography with one camera and six copies of the DVD for $595. Score!!!! I did some more research to make sure this wasn’t just some scam before contacting them. I found several reviews on weddingwire.com and all comments were positive. So, I sent them an e-mail and had a phone call from a representative that evening. We set-up an appointment to meet in a nearby city at a Starbucks, the following week. All was is well, until Mr. Darcy had a huge blow-up over videography. It started out simple enough. I told Mr. Darcy about the awesome deal I found on a videographer and that I had an appointment to meet with him next week. I told him if he could get the time off work, I would love for him to come and if not Mama Austen would accompany me. His response, “How are we going to pay for a videographer?” Me:”Huh? What did you just say?” Mr. Darcy: “We have already spent so much money on this wedding. How are we going to afford something else?” Me: “Really? Do you even know what the budget looks like? No, because you haven’t done a single thing to help with this wedding.” Well you get the picture. This was not a good fight. It was a full-on blow out. Yes, I know it may seem a little crazy to fight over a videographer, but at the moment, I was frustrated and upset. As I have mentioned previously, I AM an emotional person. Turns out Mr. Darcy wasn’t completely honest about why he didn’t want a videographer. In reality he is self concious and doesn’t like the idea of being videotaped. I understand this feeling much better than I do the budget claims, because I am the budget queen. I have spent hours slaving over that baby (the budget) making sure that we had enough money for all the elements of the wedding. So Mr. Darcy and I decided I would go to the videography appointment and just see what they had to offer and if it even fit my taste and desires. Fast forward, a few days later, Mama Austen and I are supposed to be on our way to the appointment, and, in true Mama Austen fashion, she is running behind. (I usually tell her events and appointments are thirty minutes before they actually start in hopes that we will be on time). We get out the door and I leave a message for John on his cell phone, which is turned off, that I am running fifteen minutes late. We find the Starbucks with relative ease and when we get there, we ask every person who has a laptop if he is “John”. Much to my chagrin, there was no “John”. Oh well, maybe he is running late. He is coming from LA. Twenty minutes later, still no John, no phone call, and his cell phone is still off. Mama Austen and I leave with coffee-based drinks, a 1/2 lb. bag of there newest blend, and a Hawaiian compilation CD in hand. Surprisingly, neither one of us is upset (I, probably because I am sick and don’t have the energy to be so). We head home. I get an email from John on our way home. He had broke his cell phone and had been in an accident on the 91 freeway. He would call me soon. I still haven’t gotten a call from him. So now we’re back to square one. Is this a sign? Maybe we’re not meant to have a videographer. Now it’s on to plan B or C. Plan B: Contact the local colleges and see if they have any budding young film students who need some video for the portfolio and would be willing to tape our reception for a few hunderd dollars. Plan C: Have Mrs. Sewing’s husband take video of the reception and have Trev edit the video and burn it to a disc. For now I am not sure what to do.

Did you have a wedding expense that you and your fiance couldn’t agree on? Did you have a vendor meeting that just didn’t happen? Did you take it as fate or divine intervention?

Posted March 16, 2011 by kcoleybear in Videography

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