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top ten wedding lessons.

So I’ve been known to film a wedding or two for friends, or friends of friend, etc. and this summer especially, I have been able to experience a lot of sweet and sometimes humorous events. Here are the top ten wedding lessons from the perspective of a videographer.

#10 – Children will not behave and/or do what they are supposed to do. This may seem like a no brainer, but I have yet to see a wedding where both the flower girl and the ring bearer walked down the aisle, stood on stage, and walked back down the aisle. Thankfully, most of the time it’s cute, but it’s not something you shouldn’t ex


#9 – It will take at least an hour for the bride and groom to arrive at the reception. There are many reasons why this could be true: the obvious wedding party pictures, but also getting lost, car troubles, or dress malfunction. I have seen each one happen. And as videographer, this is the most frustrating part of my job, cause until the cake is cut and the first dance is danced, this camera chick gets no food. ūüėČ

#8 – The weather will not cooperate. I’ve filmed mostly summer weddings, but also a couple fall weddings as well, and what I’ve learned (at least when I’m filming, maybe I’m bad luck) is that it will either downpour at some point, or it will be so¬†unbelievably¬†hot you have to bring along a person solely to keep the bride hydrated during outdoor pictures.

#7 – There will be more people at the ceremony than there are chairs/pews (Kentucky Baptist church weddings only). There have been a few weddings where I have just felt like part of the standing room only crowd except I have a video camera. There’s nothing like opening up the balcony and finding every folding chair in the church only to find it’s not enough. Plan accordingly.

#6 – A quality DJ is of utmost importance. And I’m not talking just for music, though that it very important. A non-quality DJ equals no one paying attention to the cutting of the cake and toasts that not only go unnoticed, but also unheard by the videographer’s camera. Then of course, said DJ shouldn’t be working with packs of CDs ei


#5 – Country covers don’t work well for the ceremony. Yes, I know I’m in Kentucky, but c’mon people. 98 degrees is bad enough without a twangy cover. Be classy!

#4 – Cutting the cake with decorations (pearls, fake flowers, etc.) is not a good idea. Though it may be quite humorous. Nothing like the groom biting down on a pearl or the bride getting a fake leaf stuck to her lip to liven up the moment.

#3 – The aisle runner will NEVER work. I know you’re not supposed to generalize, but I honestly have never seen one work properly, or any ushers who aren’t boneheaded while unrolling them. Especially if you’re aisle is as long as a football field, just say no to an aisle runner.

#2 – No matter how sound check goes, something technological will go wrong. Brides, just be prepared for it, and then get over it. Even if your ten year old flower girl sang every Taylor Swift song known to man to test the mic, the person reading the verse or singing the special song will forget to turn it on, or will drop it while it’s on. Or the wrong song will start to play and have to awkwardly and hurriedly be changed. It’s gonna happen.

#1 – The first “dance” song will ALWAYS be awkward. No matter how many fun, lively, dancing-type people you have at your reception, the first song for the guests to dance will be awkward. It’s a warm¬†doesn’t-up, plain and simple. So don’t waste a fantastic song like the Electric Slide or Cupid Shuffle on the first song. You gotta give people a chance to get over their dancing in front of people¬†insecurities¬†and get ready to let loose (the presence of alcohol decreases this time exponentially). And make sure your DJ keep yelling into the mic, “C’mon everyone, get on the dance floor and shake your booty!”

So there ya go. Just some helpful hints. ūüôā

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