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In the past year and a half, I have seen lots of different wedding ceremonies. There are common themes among them and each had their own unique aspect[s]. I would not consider myself an expert on the subject yet but I have put together a list of 5 of my observations about what it takes to have the "perfect" wedding ceremony.
1. Accept that there is no such thing as the "perfect" wedding ceremony
I realize this contradicts the title of this post but honestly, I believe this to be the most important thing you can do! It is a fact. No matter how much planning or how many wedding planners you have, there will have always be something that goes wrong. I speak from experience. It could be that you forgot your vows at home or your ring bearer and/or flower girl cries down the aisle or the groomsmen are wearing the wrong boutonnieres or the officiant forgets to tell you it's "time to kiss your bride"... etc, etc, etc..! Things happen. How you react to them will determine whether or not your ceremony is perfect. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is laugh. Smile and laugh. Realize that it is a very small detail to an otherwise amazingly, spectacular day. The little mishaps and mistakes are usually what make your ceremony that much more memorable.
Perhaps it begins raining halfway through your ceremony so you and your guests have to run to an indoor location. This happened and you know what the bride said? "I got the best of both worlds! An indoor and outdoor wedding all in one!" http://vimeo.com/181productions/weddingweather
Perhaps your groom's phone goes off during the ceremony. This happened and you know what the bride said? "That is perfect!", said through laughter! Seriously, check it out: http://vimeo.com/73150946
Remember, you are there to marry the person of your dreams. At the end of the day, if you successfully married, then something went right and you can declare that you had the "perfect" wedding ceremony.
2. Don't overthink things
I attended a wedding rehearsal today and the officiant explained this point perfectly: "It is a worship, not a performance." You are there as two individuals declaring your love for one another. It is amazing if you have friends and family in attendance to watch but understand that it is about you and your partner. You don't need to put on a show. You just need to be yourselves! If you do that, not only will you be more comfortable but so will your guests! Trust me on this one. ;)
3. Take your time
It happens all too often that couples are so concerned about getting to "their spots" that they forget to actually enjoy "getting there". I know it's cheesy but it really is as much, if not more, about the journey as it is the destination. The best you can do is stop. At any point, just stop. Take a couple breaths. Look around. Appreciate what is happening in that exact moment. AND then, continue. It is only one day. We spend so much of our lives rushing from Point A to Point B that it can be easy to become oblivious to our surroundings.
4. Look your partner in the eyes
Specifically, during your vows! Nerves are running high, especially when you realize you are standing in front of 100+ people and all eyes are on you. The only pair of eyes that should matter are the ones you're about to spend the rest of your life with. Often, I will see a bride and/or groom looking at the officiant and repeating the vows to the officiant and rarely looking at the person who really matters. Whether you are religious or not, this is a sacred moment. Look at one and another and speak to each other, and no one else!
This is the best day of your life so enjoy it! Simply smile. One of my favourites quotes is "A smile is a crooked line that sets things straight." So smile and be happy. With that attitude, there is nothing that can ruin your wedding!
Film school helped me in more ways than I could have ever anticipated. I am currently doing a Film Workshop for kids at a local elementary school. It is a 5 day workshop and over the course of those 5 days, they are doing an exercise that I did while at film school.
In groups, they are creating 1 minute, 1 shot films. We are 2 days in. Witnessing them collaborate, develop and imagine their films has been an incredible experiences. Each group shares similarities yet they all approached it in very different ways.
They are so excited and proud when they come up with a new idea and figure out ways to improve it.
I can't wait to see the final films!
I have heard the same thing from various bride's over and over. First, I hear this: "We decided not to have our wedding filmed. It was an easy thing to cut from our budget. Besides, we'll have a photographer" This is obviously understandable. But then I will run into that same couple later on, after their wedding and then, I hear this: "We regret not getting a wedding video done!" I hear this from newlyweds but most especially, I hear this from couple's who have been married for many years.
Photographs are amazing at capturing your day so I want to be clear that this post is in no way meant to put down photography! There are many amazing photographers in this area!My point is that I believe having your wedding filmed, as well as photographed, is key and here are some reasons why.
1. It helps you relive your day in such a special way... and later on, you can show your children and grandchildren. I certainly wish I could watch my parent's and my grandparent's weddings. There is a lot happening on your wedding day and as much as you try to savour each moment, it will go by very fast. Having your wedding filmed extends the joy and excitement beyond the day. The couples I have worked with have said to me how they loved seeing guests that weren't photographed so they will always remember they were there. Film also provides you with a fresh perspective of your day that you were not able to experience. Above all, with a wedding video, you can share it with family and friends who were unable to make it!
2. See it and Hear it again. The speeches, the laughter, the tears and the cheers. Speeches made at weddings are poignant, relevant, emotional and often humorous. How amazing is it to be able to hear them and watch your guests reactions to them(which is sometimes more fun than the speech itself!).
3. Professional vs. Family/Friend. When you are filming a wedding, you are unable to partake in it as a regular guest. You want your family and friends to be able to simply enjoy and participate in your day. Having a professional come in takes the pressure off and it gives you one less thing to worry about on your special day.
4. No reason to fear. A common "fear" amongst couples, particularly with the groom, is that it will feel invasive having cameras everywhere. Believe me, this is not the case. As always, do your research to be sure but I know that my style is extremely non-invasive. My goal is to blend in so that the wedding party and guests will basically forget I am there and enjoy the festivities (what a fun word to say!). I often joke about being like a fly on the wall but it is true. The intention of a wedding film shouldn't be to define or script your wedding. It should be to document it as it really happened!
Yes, weddings can be expensive. You put in a lot of work (and possibly money) to make your day just right. Remember, when you hire a wedding videographer, you are paying for something that will last beyond your day. You are paying for something that will last a lifetime. Your wedding can go by in a flash so it should be documented so you can look back on it and relive it for the rest of your lives.