So if you’re planning your wedding, the first thing you’ll probably ask yourself is what are the must haves for the event?
One of the first choices you’ll make is where the venue will be. Often times, couples like to choose a spot with beautiful scenery, or a spot that symbolizes something important in the relationship. The venue is very important because it will be the place that symbolizes your love for one another, and also because you’ll be keeping this place in your memories forever.
The internet has made this process much simpler than it was back in the old days. Most venues have nice image galleries posted online that you can browse through in the comfort of your own home, without having to pack up and visit the place yourselves.
Once your venue has been picked out, the next step for a lot of people is to find a wedding planner. Wedding planners are very important not only because of the magnitude of the event, but because of all of the required planning and preparation that goes into it. The wedding planner will usually take care of things like party favors, organizing the music choices, guest seating arrangements, making sure the ceremony goes off without a hitch and much, much more. For smaller weddings, usually a wedding planner is not needed, especially if the bride and groom choose to do much of it themselves.
Lastly, you’ll also want to seek out both a photographer and a videographer, especially if you want to keep memories of this special day that you can pass down to your family later in life. Many companies specialize in both photography and videography, so you can usually kill two birds with one stone if you hire the right person/company. Modern weddings are typically shot digitally, which makes it a breeze to edit the footage into a nice DVD or Blu-ray that you can keep and make copies to give out to friends and family. In addition, they’ll also provide you with the raw footage in the event you wanted to edit your own movie or clips to share. The great thing about digital photos and video is that instead of waiting for the film to develop, photos and video can now be shared almost instantaneously with friends and family around the world thanks to the advancement of social sharing and network sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A common trend with weddings is that they incorporate digital media throughout the ceremony and reception to enhance the experience for both the bride and groom and the guests. This often includes digital music selections, photo slideshows, digital photo frames and more.
During the reception, a great way to keep your guests entertained is to create a digital slideshow video that features images from the bride and groom from all of their years growing up to when the first met. This is a great way to keep your guests smiling, and to keep the focus on the bride and the groom. Usually, not all of your photos will be in a digital format, so you’ll need to seek out a photo scanning service, or scan the photos yourself from home.
After the wedding is over, you want to preserve your special memories of your wedding. The photographer will usually give you a DVD of your photos after the event, as well as a video on DVD if you chose to also hire a videographer.
A cool idea for a thank you gift for all attendees is to create a photobook from a service like Shutterstock. You can include all sorts of images including childhood imagees. Earlier images would likely need to be gone through a photo scanning process in order to get them digitized. Check out our other post on the best way to make your own photobook.