Throughout the years of filming we have learned and observed a few different things that make weddings unique and thought we’d share them with you!
Write Your Own Vows
Although this may seem intimidating to you this adds a personal touch to your wedding that no cookie cutter vow can match. Often you can be afraid that your vow might not be good enough or that it will sound cheesy to others. Don’t be afraid! A vow is supposed to reflect you and the promises you want to make to each other and this is something that a generic vow just can’t express.
The Day Before
The day before the wedding is packed of decorating, stressing, and last minute planning. After all of the decorating and planning is finished it’s nice to have a relaxing evening with close friends and family.
Games, whether lawn bowling, party games, etc., is a great way to take everyone’s mind off of the wedding and lose themselves in laughter!
Gifts to Each Other
It’s a really nice touch to give each other gifts on the morning of the wedding delivered by groomsmen or bridesmaids. It doesn’t even need to be an expensive gift! Just something that would be meaningful or fun for your significant other. It could even be a little note for the bride and groom to read to the groomsmen and bridesmaids.
Toasts to the Bride & Groom
Sometimes there are things that just shouldn’t be said at the reception. When the bride and groom are getting ready there is often a slower time when not awhole lot is happening. It’s a nice touch if the best man or maid of honour give a toast to the bride or groom.
Good Old Guy Time
Often the groom and groomsmen get overlooked. We cannot even begin to tell you how many times we have heard:
“Just film him getting dressed and that should be enough.”
And to be honest we used to think like that too! But it doesn’t need to be like that. After all, without the groom there wouldn’t even be a wedding! We now strive to tell just as much of the grooms story as we do the brides. However, you can only film guys sitting watching TV for so long.
A great way to change things up a bit is to plan an activity for them. It could be playing football, hockey, golf, etc. It can be anything that gets the guys out doing something other than doing nothing.
The First Look
Let me start off with saying, we understand that this isn’t for everyone. Traditionally the first time the groom gets to see the bride is when she walks down the aisle. Lately a growing trend, especially in the United States, is for the groom to see his bride before the ceremony. For instance, the groom stands in the middle of a park with his back turned. Then, the bride sneaks up behind him and I’m sure you can imagine what happens next. Some couples prefer this as it gives them a moment together all by themselves so that they can take each other in. It definitely would be a moment you would never forget!
The Small Things
While you are planning your wedding often the small things can easily be overlooked. It can be as simple as buying some sparklers and give them to guests to use when you walk into the reception. Or a bubble machine for the dance floor.
When planning your wedding try to think of the small affordable things that will make the moment magical.
Let Us Know
If there is something that you will be doing maybe a few days before your wedding that you think would really help tell the story of the two of you let us know! We want to not only capture the events of the day but also tell your story.
Let’s Be Clear
By no means does this list decide whether your wedding is good or bad! Ultimately your wedding should be an expression of your love to each other and everyone is different. These are just suggestions that we personally never thought of when we were planning our own weddings.