Ah, the wedding. It is one of the most joyful and devious events you will ever face. It absolutely amazes me what humans go through just to create that perfect celebration of “love”. Planning a typical wedding is very difficult. I should know because I’m planning mine now!
There is so much to do and there never seems to be enough time. I’ve talked to literally hundreds of people who have wedding plans and found that it’s the little things that cause all the stress. It’s easy to plan for the obvious, but the smallest details can drive you crazy!
One of the most overlooked details of a wedding is what I think is one of the most important details. You are making your wedding special for your guests. You see, it’s easy to forget that marriage isn’t just for you and your future spouse. It is also for everyone attending your wedding. It is very important that you do not forget all the people who are special to you and who will travel all over to be with you on your special day.
Imagine this … the lights go down. A silence falls on the crowd. A presentation video starts playing on the screen in the front of the room and tells a story. What’s this story, you ask? It’s a love story! It’s your story. It’s the story of your future partner. It is the story of the two. They are pictures of both from birth to now, organized with text, your own special music and whatever you want to use to entertain your guests. It will leave your guests with a smile on his face and tears in his eyes!
Most of the newlyweds I spoke to love the idea of having a video presentation at their wedding. The problem is that they think it’s too difficult or incredibly expensive. Neither of these assumptions is correct. In fact, it’s very easy to create one. In fact, there are several online companies that will make a video for you. I’m obviously biased because I think our company is the best, but I’ll give you a few things to look for when buying a slideshow video production company.
Price. You have to be very careful here. Many companies advertise great prices, but they don’t tell you all the hidden costs. For example, company “X” might say they only charge $ 99.00 for a video. But if you read the fine print, you are charged an additional $ 2.00 per photo to be scanned and another $ 1.00 for each image enhancement. Once the video is complete, they will charge you an additional $ 50.00 just for the preview. So this $ 99.00 video just morphed into a $ 500.00 video.
Preview. Most places will not allow you to preview the video, or if they allow, they will charge you more to preview the video. It is absolutely essential to preview any presentation video before purchasing. The video preview of the slideshow lets you make sure you like all the titles, screen transitions, and photo arrangement. You want the video to be exactly how you want it.
Assembly. The editing videos are what I call “a video dream for technicians”. They involve constant movement back and forth and zooming in and out. They also feature sleek looking screen transitions where images spin in circles and all sorts of other “cool” things. Now these arrangements may seem “high tech” but they are totally inappropriate for a wedding. The video of a wedding presentation should be elegant and tasteful. You don’t need twists or turns, flips and twists. It should have clean and smooth transitions. They must flow from one image to another with elegance and grace.
Remember, you want your wedding to be special. You want your guests to fondly remember your wedding. You want it to be an unforgettable experience. What better way than a video presentation that presents your life up to that point! I hope your marriage is the best you’ve ever had. (Besides mine, of course!) I hope you decide to engage your guests by showing a beautiful and romantic video slideshow at the start of your ceremony. Have the best of weddings and don’t forget to have fun!