Archive for October, 2007

24
Oct
07

Why so much for video?

Many people look at the cost of video and are a little shocked. Why is it so much for 4, 6 or 8 hours of coverage? After all they’re only going to be at the event for a few hours.

Most of your vendors are performing services the day of the wedding and you can see them and account for their effort and time. With videography, on the other hand, less than 20% of the total time spent creating an event video is taking place within sight of the client on the day of the event.

To give you a better idea of what you’re paying for when you hire a professional videographer, take a look at the following chart. This shows the average breakdown of time per wedding separated in to seven distinct categories.

Time spent on an event production

Post-Production can take from 40 to 80 hours or more depending on the amount of coverage. Let’s use an example of two cameras at an event for four hours. That would create eight hours of footage which will be uploaded to a computer. Then the editor will begin to review all the footage while marking sections that will be best for the overall look and feel of the final product. Now they begin to put it all together with the music and titles. In the end, you should have a timeless treasure that you will want to watch again and again.

Videographer’s pricing varies, as does the quality. Always be sure that you are hiring a videographer that will put the proper time and care into creating a film that will capture the day in a way that’s uniquely you.

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17
Oct
07

View Venues Online

So many wedding and reception venues, so little time. How do you decide which ones warrant a trip and which ones would just be a waste of time? Arizona Weddings made it easy with their Virtual Tours. Here you’ll find Virtual Tours of some of the hottest places to host your wedding and reception. You can even search by region.

Each Virtual Tour includes map and contact links. Some venues have included the number of guest the location can accommodate and catering options, along with other information. Once you narrow down which locations appeal to you and your budget, schedule a time to go and see them in person.

AZ Weddings website also has great wedding planning tools, tips and resources. They have everything from vendors to fashion to etiquette to help make your wedding planning a breeze.

10
Oct
07

Why Video?

Well there it is, the $1,000 question, or $10,000 question depending on your budget.

While my wedding was about as modest as you could get, with only closest family and friends numbering in the 20’s invited, we thought everything would be really laid back. We would get married in a small chapel room in our largish church where we met and attended, have everyone over to the house afterwards for a reception of basically fruit, veggie and meat platters from Costco and leave shortly after to check in at a local resort for the honeymoon. Simple, right?

We still had a ton of details to attend to and, of course, everyone was flying in from out of town. The whole week before the wedding I was running around finalizing flowers and wedding decorations, picking up people from the airport, settling them in at the place they would be staying for the week, shopping and cooking for everyone, figuring out who was getting where and when. And my easy, laid back wedding was still a blur!

I had no idea what anyone was doing, including myself half the time. I mean, here it is, THE WEDDING DAY! The day young girls dream about, the day you and your fiancĂ© plan and budget for, and then you blink and its over! All that time planning, preparing, meeting, discussing, deciding and then… done.

We have some pictures to show for it and the few memories that I can still conjure. But many of these people will never again be in the same place at the same time. And who knows when I’ll see some again.

I remember seeing a picture of my mom and dad’s wedding. Another simple ceremony, with just them, their closest friends and an officiant. It was wonderful to look at the way they were dressed, the small arrangements of flowers and the way they were looking at each other. With my father gone now, I still love to look at the pictures, but the thing I miss is his voice, the way he told a joke and made it funny, even if it wasn’t. That’s the stuff that video can bring to life.

Mom & Dad on their wedding day

Mom & Dad on their wedding day

Always the kidder

Always the kidder