Hard to believe that the summer is winding down, but that means that Bridal Show season is just heating up!
Bridal Shows are very common, and very popular events, where brides and grooms from every walk of life can come for all things weddings. There are bridal fashion shows, displaying the latest in dresses, tuxedos, hair and makeup. There are also a ton of industry vendors and insiders, that you can meet face to face in order to find the right vendors for you. Lastly, many companies offer exclusive deals and discounts on their services at these shows, so they are great places to cut a few corners and save a few bucks while planning your big day.
If this is the first question that you ask when speaking to a wedding vendor, you are in the majority. There's nothing wrong with this question, as it is obviously important to find out the price of the service you are inquiring about. But is this the most important question to ask?
Videography, in comparison to other wedding services, is fairly new. Wedding Photos have been around for hundreds of years, but the popularity of videotaping your wedding only has caught on in the past 30 or so. And Videos of very good quality, and with some artistic merit have really emerged in the past 5-10 years.
So why is Wedding Video thought of as a "luxury" instead of a "necessity" like Wedding Photos are? It's not your fault, but the truth is that many brides just don't know enough about what can be done, and many "traditional" wedding magazines and websites don't pitch Wedding Video as a "must have" since they are fairly new to the scene. But no other service can capture the sights and sounds like your Video. Here are the top 5 concerns that I hear from brides:
I'll preface this article by saying that I am a wedding videographer, and have been for over 8 years. So my opinion on hiring a professional videographer may seem biased, but my experience in the wedding industry has given me a key piece of knowledge that I must send along to every last person getting married: You will regret it if you do not get a professional videographer for your wedding.
To a bride, planning for a fall wedding means festive fall colors, leaves on the ground, comfortable weather and a romantic Autumn setting. But to a guy, discussing a fall wedding brings up a sad realization: "I'm going to miss a big game." Followed by a desperate hope: "Please Lord, let us pick a wedding date during the Bye week of [insert your favorite College Football Team here.]"
Some women's blood begins to boil when they read the above, as it is an age-old mystery why sports are worshipped as a second (and sometimes primary) religion amongst men. Nowadays many women are sports fans themselves, and if you're reading this thinking "I'd never pick a wedding day on the day of a big game!", this is probably a big reason why he wants to marry you!!!
"Don't let your past dictate who you are, but let it be a part of who you will become." - Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
There has been a ton of media coverage on the recent passing of celebrated icons such as Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. These celebrities were cherished by their families and millions of people all over the world...On a smaller global scale, each one of us has personal "icons" or "heroes" in our own families that have touched our lives, and who deserve to be remembered.
Many brides today spend an incredible amount of time and effort, in an attempt to make their wedding different, and as unique as possible. But every wedding has many of the same basic elements and traditions: the white dress, the best man/maid of honor, the wedding cake, etc. But where do these traditions come from? This time, we'll look at the Best Man and groomsmen.
October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This serves as a reminder that there are several ways to incorporate a charitable cause into your wedding day!
A common way to do this is to make a donation on behalf of you and your fiance to the charity of your choice. Many couples choose to do this in lieu of providing their guests with wedding gifts/favors. Instead of gifts, small placecards are put on the table describing your donation. A sample might read, "Kevin & Laura have made a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation instead of the usual wedding favors." Sometimes donations are given in memory or honor of loved ones who may be afflicted or have fell victim to conditions such as cancer. This sample may read, "In memory of Grandpa Joe & Aunt Marie, a donation has been made to the American Cancer Society."
If you are having a Reception, you most definitely should consider hiring a professional DJ (even if you plan on having a band: more on that in future articles.) What are some of the benefits to paying a DJ for their experience?
Like most professions, there is more to a job than meets the eye. When people think DJ, they probably just think of someone who stands there, makes a few announcements, and plays music. But there is much more to it, and in fact there is a science to it that you will hardly even notice. Which is the way it's intended!
No, magnetic boutonnieres may not be revolutionary, but they have in fact been popping up at more and more weddings recently here in the Detroit-area. There an easier option for an often over-looked part of the day...
Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 5 consecutive years, 2010-2014, and was currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached