Watch this video above for a sample slow-motion booth video.
If you haven't seen a photo booth at a wedding, well, then you simply have not been to a wedding in the past five years or more. Photo booths have become a "must have" at wedding receptions all over the country, giving guests a fun activity to do while simultaneously providing a nice keepsake and/or favor in the form of a photo strip. But the next generation of booths is now entering the fold: Please introduce yourself to "Slow motion Video Station," a hot new trend that has caught on tremendously on the West Coast, and is just now beginning to trickle in to the Michigan market.
Getting married, is of course, a dream come true...that is until you get knee-deep into the planning process. The terms "Bridezilla" or "Groomzilla" aren't just made up words, but are instead words that best describe how difficult - and overwhelming - planning a wedding can be. Well fear not, soon-to-be-married folks, there is an answer for you that will help you navigate the sea of stress associated with your big day, and it carries a name you might be able to relate to: The Overwhelmed Bride.
Choosing the right Bridal Show
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.
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.
"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.
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...
Information overload: sorting through wedding day advice to make good decisions for you
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use oneself."
- Oscar Wilde
So you've found the man of your dreams, and he finally popped the big question!! You've been dreaming of your wedding your whole life, so where do you start planning?
The old saying is, once he proposes and buys the ring, his main responsibility is just to show up, hopefully on time. But your wedding is a celebration of both of you, your relationship, and your story. It'll be much more enjoyable if you can share in the planning together!
It's true: You've found a rare guy if he is willing to share in your excitement when shopping for a dress, flowers, or what color napkins you will have for your cocktail hour. Some Grooms are led like zombies through the wedding day, and a big reason for this is that they literally have no idea what to expect!
Here's 5 good ideas to get your Groom more involved, in no particular order.
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 FIVE consecutive years and is 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