Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Wedding Ceremony

A wedding ceremony is something truly magical because it is the joining of two completely separate lives into one. Each and every wedding ceremony is completely unique and will be remembered forever by the couple and by those who witnessed the ceremony. Unfortunately those who have never been involved in a wedding or been married themselves, are not aware of the complexity of wedding ceremonies.

Whether the bride and groom plan the wedding ceremony, or they hire a planner to take that burden off their shoulders, the amount of work that goes into the ceremony is astronomical. Not only do all of the guests and participants need to be taken into account and assigned specific roles, but there are often a lot of extra details that tend to play an important role in the ceremony as well.

The participants involved in the wedding vary from each ceremony to the next however there are a few that remain fundamental to any wedding ceremony. The bride, groom, and the person who is marrying them are the three core people in the wedding. Afterwards comes the bridal party, which are the close friends of the bride (usually all female), and the groomsman, who are the close friends of the groom. While each set of parents is in attendance usually, the father of the bride is traditionally set to walk his daughter down the aisle and hand her off to the groom. Other participants can include the ring bearer and flower girl, both of which are generally young children who walk up the aisle.

On top of the participants and all of the guests that are attending the wedding ceremony, there is also a variety of decorative details and additional features that require a lot of attention. Depending on where the ceremony is being held, the bride often coordinates the decorations for the ceremony with the colors in her flowers and bridesmaid dresses. Decorations can range from simple flowers at the ends of seating rows, to an elaborately decorated arch and even a beautiful runner that goes up the aisle for the bride to walk on. 

Additional features that tie into the wedding ceremony are music and location. The infamous Bridal Chorus is traditionally played while the bride walks down the aisle however there is often times music before she walks down. Lastly the location of the ceremony is vitally important; whether the bride chooses to have a destination wedding at a beach or even a traditional wedding at a church, the location will affect everything from seating and decoration, to music and even the attire of participants.

After all of the anticipation, stress and planning, the wedding ceremony commences and all of the components, even the smallest of details, come together as one just as the bride and groom do. The ceremony, no matter where it is at, is a truly special event that is the culmination of hard work, effort, and represents the two people coming together as one during the event.

Wedding Videos

Wedding videos are one of the best ways to remember your wedding ceremony for the rest of your life and also share it with your children and others who did not attend the ceremony. That special day that you joined your life with your partner can be kept forever and can be relived over and over. This is why it is essential that couples to hire a professional to record their wedding.

Wedding videos are meant to be beautiful and enthralling as the audience witnesses the joining of the couple during their ceremony, unfortunately many people simply do not have the experience or equipment to do the video justice. Poor equipment can lead to terrible video quality and sound quality. If there are vows being read, then it is essential to capture every word that is said however lower quality equipment will lead to those words being but a memory.

On top of butchering the recording of the actual ceremony, an inexperienced videographer will likely continue to ruin the video further throughout the development process. Titles, music, credits, and cuts between different scenes need to be handled with care to produce a high quality video that will not detract from the recorded ceremony, but enhance it.

Once couples determine who will be recording their wedding videos then they will then have to choose the style they want their video recorded in. The recording style will show off the personality of the bride and groom as well as add various different features (or lack of features) to the wedding video.
There are five different styles of wedding videos: cinematic, short form, traditional, storytelling, and documentary style.

Cinematic style – this style generally is akin to a real movie. The footage taken at the wedding is edited afterwards and the editor will use multiple techniques to make it seem more dramatic and more emotional. This style gives you the “wow” feeling that you simply don’t get with regular wedding videos.

Short form – the wedding videos that are done in short form style generally are between 15-50 minutes long and often times there is a lot of ‘unnecessary footage’ cut out.

Traditional – these wedding videos are generally those that are recorded by the family (or appear that way) and are generally only lightly edited. 

Storytelling style – this style is self-explanatory as it tells a story through various recordings from bride, groom, and others, that are added to the video and are used to help increase the dramatic effect and overall story that is portrayed.

Documentary – these videos are generally edited with clips in sequential order that portray the events of the day as they unfold.

When it comes to wedding videos there needs to be a lot of thought and planning that goes into them. Whether the bride and groom decide to go with a professional for a more polished look, or simply have a family member record it for them, the video will be their lasting memory of the day that they both took each other’s hands and faced the world together as one.

Titles for Wedding Clips

Wedding videos capture the most magical moment of your life and allow you to relive it over and over again. That special day, the day you married the person you loved most, will be remembered forever and you can share that memory to your children, family and friends through the wedding videos. 

When it comes to wedding videos there is a lot of concern regarding if they will come out right, if they will capture everything important, and if they are properly documented with adequate titles. Even if everything else about the video comes out perfect, the most romantic wedding clip can be butchered by tacky titles and can ruin the whole video. Learning how to create the best titles for wedding clips can ensure that you will have a fantastic video that will be properly documented without being distracting.

So where exactly should you put your titles?
First off, many people are under the misconception that the titles for wedding clips are simply in the beginning and the rest of the movie follows, however this isn’t true. Titles can be placed in key spots throughout the movie and they can provide excellent transitions for a new scene in your video. 

Another great place to put titles is at the bottom of the screen when people are addressing either the camera or making a speech to an audience. If your wedding video has people giving advice or saying something to the camera to the newlywed couple then having a small and unobtrusive title below the person’s face simply stating their name and relation to the bride/groom will ensure that their heartfelt speech will remain appreciated throughout the years.

Some other additional places you can add titles is for specific locations (especially if you are transitioning), and even during a narration in the beginning of the wedding video.

How to have unique and dynamic titles for wedding clips without being tacky
Sometimes less is more and when it comes to titles for wedding clips, that saying is definitely true. While there are some fancy programs available that can add bright sparkly titles that move and flash, those features should definitely not be included in your wedding video. This does not mean completely stray away from these dynamic features. What many people have noticed is that slow moving animations are best and even help add a more professional feel to the video.

When it comes to title colors, most like to keep their wedding theme colors and incorporate them here. Using your wedding theme colors ties everything together. If your colors are too bold then you can mute them a bit by having the title be opaque – allowing the background of the video to show slightly though the title.

Your wedding video will be seen by many people who may not even be in your family. On top of that your video will last for many years - this is why descriptive titles should be used to identify people and the locations.

About Best Wedding Videos

The Best Wedding Videos blog is dedicated to delivering you all of the necessary information on wedding videos and wedding ceremonies. A wedding will be the most magical day in a couple’s life and will mark the start of their journey together as one. The actual wedding ceremony often takes months of planning and involves a lot of key participants.

Brides and grooms will definitely feel the pressure of the upcoming day as it nears, especially when they are planning it themselves. This is why our blog exists; here at Best Wedding Videos our goal is to ease some of the stress of couples by providing a plethora of useful information regarding the wedding ceremony and the wedding videos.

The wedding ceremony is incredibly important and will be where the couple is officially declared married. When the actual day arrives it goes fairly quickly however there is tons of planning and additional features behind it. Not only do all of the wedding participants have to be selected, told what to do, and dressed according to their roles, but all of the decorations and additional features need to be tended to as well.

Couples will find that d├ęcor can be the hardest, and most expensive, part of the wedding no matter where they are having it. While traditional weddings are held in churches, many couples prefer alternate locations that suit their personality style and the theme they want for their wedding. Different locations can have different effects on the decoration and dress of the participants as you will find out here at Best Wedding Videos. 

Another important topic that is covered in this blog is the wedding videos. These videos will be something that the couple can show to their children and grandchildren as well as anyone else who didn’t make it to their ceremony. The videos will also be a timeless recording of their wedding that can be relived over and over by the couple. Due to the importance of wedding videos it is vital to ensure that the right person records the wedding and also that overall video is beautiful and does not appear tacky through overuse of video effects.

When it comes to using a professional videographer or an amateur the bride and groom need to weigh the pros and cons for each; while the professional may be more expensive they will deliver higher video quality. Professional videographers can also record the wedding ceremony in a specific style to fit the theme of the wedding. The various styles and benefits of professional videographers are also addressed in this blog.

The wedding ceremony is something that will be remembered forever and can be relived over and over which is why when the couples finally decide to commit to each other they face one last hurdle before they say “I do” and that is planning the wedding. Here at Best Wedding Videos there will be a wide variety of posts covering various wedding topics to help couples confidently walk down their aisle and say their vows.