You have a vision for your wedding and you are beyond excited to make your vision a reality. But the thing is this is your first time planning a wedding and soon enough, you will feel your excitement turn into loads of stress. Well, the good news is you can totally avoid that by learning from the experience of others. Today, we ask Julianna from Toast Wedding Films 6 questions to give you a headstart as you work towards bringing your wedding vision into existence.
What common mistakes do you see couples making?
LOTS of couples don’t book their vendors soon enough. Whether you’re getting married in 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years, there is another couple out there looking to book your dream vendor for the same day. To be sure you get the vendors you want, book them quickly! It’s never too early.
What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
Get wedding insurance! If 2020 has taught couples anything, it’s that the unthinkable can happen. Event insurance can often be added on to your existing insurance policy for a minimal charge. It helps get couples get their deposits back if something crazy happens like a blizzard, hurricane, fire, or pandemic. Not all vendors can refund non-refundable deposits if something tragic happens. To keep your deposits safe, get wedding insurance.
What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?
Videography is a beautifully complex art that takes time to do well. Because we capture both audio and visuals of every moment, it’s important for us to make sure our couples have a healthy timeline. If a schedule is rushed, in photos you’ll just see the smile, but in video, you’ll see the stressed face before the smile and hear the stressful chatter in the background after. No one wants to see themselves looking stressed! In order for us to capture the best footage of our couples, it’s important to make sure there’s enough time to capture each important part of the day.
What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?
For wedding vendors, ask about the business’s history: How long has it been around? What’s their preferred style or type of event? What are their backup or insurance policies? For videography vendors, ask about rounds of edits! We can’t imagine asking a client to purchase a film where they don’t have the ability to make changes. We offer our clients rounds of edits but that’s not something everyone does. If it’s important for you to be able to make changes to your film, ask your potential videographers if that’s something they allow.
What’s your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
Far too many couples let the wedding stress get to them! Especially this year with so many couples having to severely adjust their plans due to COVID-19, couples are feeling in over their heads when it comes to planning. Just remember, your wedding day isn’t really about a party, an outfit, or the guest list. It’s about celebrating and honoring your love for each other! In the end, no matter what your day looks like, you’ll be married and that’s all that matters.
What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?
We filmed a wedding last year where the couple lived on a hill overlooking downtown. They got their neighbor’s permission to totally shut down the entire street and had the ultimate posh block party wedding complete with stringed lights everywhere and a giant dance floor. The ceremony was at one end of the street, and after they said “I do” a marching band led a dancing parade of guests down the street to the beautiful reception set up down the street. Oh, and the groom wore a fantastic pink velvet suit. It was epic!
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
We’ve been privileged to get to film some pretty incredible weddings over the years! For us, the ones that stand out most aren’t the biggest or most extravagant, it’s the ones that are intimate and heartfelt. Last year we filmed a small-guest list wedding at a beautiful cabin camping venue in the mountains. Friends and family stayed in cabins on-site and enjoyed a whole weekend of time together. The couple had intentionally chosen the elements of their wedding that were most important to them, and added a personal touch, from the groom’s father officiating the wedding, to the fresh floral leis worn to honor the bride’s early years in Hawaii. The couple chose to put an emphasis on the people they loved most and the results were just stunning!
Wedding photos are great. On the other hand, investing in wedding videos have far greater benefits including re-living each passing moment of your entire wedding with loved ones for a long long time to come. Julianna and her team will make this happen for you. You can reach out through any of the following channels:
Phone: (833) – 888 – 6278