Post # 1
I came across a wedding videographer I love who does “love story” videos – like a 5 – 15 minute video of the two of you doing things you love together and hating your story. I’m really interested in the idea, but was interested in thoughts on playing something like that at the cocktail hour or rehearsal dinner. They future husband thinks that the wedding day will already be documented by the photographer and thinks video on that day would be duplicative. I’m interested in having a professional quality video of us one way or another.
Post # 2
As much as your guests surely love you, do you think they’d really be interested in a “documentary” of you as a couple, particularly if it went to 15 minutes?
Post # 3
I assume you don’t mean “hating your story”?
I’ll happily read cute anecdotes about the bride and groom and bridal party in the program at a long ceremony or check out pix on a slideshow at my leisure at other events but can’t imagine sitting to watch a video at a wedding when I’ve traveled and taken the time to be with the bride and groom in person. If you’re going to make a video do it for yourselves to view on your anniversary and be in the moment with your guests at your wedding.
Post # 4
This might be more appropriate at the rehearsal dinner. (But for the love of god, don’t make it longer than 5 minutes!) I think at the wedding it wouldn’t be very practical, because people will be busy mingling at cocktail hour and won’t want to be interrupted to watch a video. You could maybe have it playing in the background, but I’m not sure how many people would really pay attention to it, so it may not be worth the added expense.
Post # 5
i don’t understand the “hating your story” bit. Also, is your husband saying that you either do this video, or else you do a wedding day videographer? If so, I’d defintileh choose a wedding day video over this love story thing.
Post # 6
Sorry for the confusion, autocorrect went crazy there.
Our ceremony and reception are in the same venue. They’ll actually be held in the same space and we need about an hour for set-up for dinner. During that time, the only space that the venue has for cocktail hour is a room that normally functions as a movie screening space (the venue is the lobby of a museum, however the exhibits will not be accessible after hours). We will be keeping the screen set up as we’re having music videos play during the dance portion of the evening. Given that the room is set up as a theatre, I was thinking of doing either a slide show or a short film while people get drinks and snacks. The alternative is more music videos or drinking in a room with a blank screen. As to mingling with our guests, we will be stepping out for pictures.
Post # 7
Maybe have a slideshow of pictures playing of the two of you through the years? So start with childhood pics and then major milestones and good memories. That way there’s guest pics up there too and it’s not just a video guests may not care about.
Post # 8
that sounds like a good idea. I’ll play some pop-dance music over it to get the mood right. I can save the videography for the wedding.
Post # 9
I’d skip it. Seems really self-indulgent. It’s your wedding, people will see enough of you and will ooh and ahh appropriately at the real you.
Post # 10
I agree with doing a slideshow if you want to use that screen. That way you can keep playing music and people can choose to look at the photos or not – it’s not so intrusive.
Most weddings I’ve been to have had slideshows with photos of the couple as kids, growing up, and then photos of them as a couple. Especially childhood photos where you’re both doing the same thing – ie both as babies in the mud, both as teenagers thinking they’re extra cool etc. It’s best if it’s funny and a bit self deprecating rather than too cheesy.