Friday, March 21, 2014

Why Wedding Films are Valuable

Quite often, couples wait until they have planned the majority of their wedding before deciding to hire a cinematographer to film their wedding day.  Usually this is because they are keeping a close eye on their overall budget and believe a "video" is something they could possibly do without.

After the party is over, memories fade over time.  There are so many things you will miss (or forget) throughout your wedding day and evening that your cinematographer will capture for you to enjoy afterward.  With a professional wedding film, you will see the special people in your lives laughing, getting ready and enjoying your big day.  You will be able to see what your fiance was thinking and doing before the ceremony, listen again to the special toasts given before dinner, and look back at the people you love that are no longer with you.  Hearing their voices and seeing them enjoy your wedding day is priceless....

I think the best way to understand the value is to see for yourself what a quality film looks like.  This is Valerie and Brian's wedding ceremony and reception that took place at the Colony Club in Detroit, Michigan.  It was produced and edited by Jamie Honce of 3rd Street Films.

If at all possible, choose a professional cinematographer that will provide you with a breathtaking film that just cannot be produced like this by a well-intentioned friend or family member.  You have spent countless hours and thousands of dollars planning for this special day, so leave it to the experienced, talented professionals with multiple cameras to provide you with an heirloom that you can share with your children and grandchildren.

We can provide you with the most talented filmmakers in the industry right here in the Metro Detroit area and will help you adjust your budget so you can accommodate one of the most important aspects of your wedding.  Your film will be a living memory of you and your families/friends in a very special "moment in time."  Believe me, you won't regret it.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wedding Planner vs. Venue Coordinator

 Kathy Byrum Assisting the Bride and her Mother

I would like to clear up a common misconception about your Wedding Planner versus the Venue wedding coordinator that books your event, helps you plan your food and floor plan and works on your wedding day to coordinate everything for you.  Quite often, they will inform Brides and Grooms that book with them they don't need to hire a Day Of Coordinator or have your Wedding Planner there because they take care of "everything".

Here are the facts surrounding this confusion:
On-site venue ‘wedding coordinators’ do not actually assist you in the planning of your wedding, outside of making sure the reception site is staffed, food and beverage is provided and the décor you provide is set up. And even then, depending on the scope of your décor, you may have to provide the venue with assistance in helping them set it up. Taking the reins comes easy to a professional planner. 

They have a list of “vendors” they can recommend to you so you don’t have to shop around. The truth is many of these vendors pay to be placed on their list, may not be the caliber of vendors you need on your special day, or are not the perfect vendor for you and your style. Brides and grooms are often misled by the terminology the venues use. The reality is, the on-site “event/wedding coordinator” should be called the “venue event manager,” as that is their true role. 

On your wedding day, their focus is going to be on their staff, the kitchen, the food presentation, the stock, the set-up, the break down and those types of details. They are not going to meet with your vendors with you to ensure you ask all the right questions before your wedding day; they will not be calling your vendors to make sure they are paid and confirmed; they will not be doing your running for you; they will not be at your home or Bridal Suite making sure you have plenty to eat and drink, distributing flowers, sewing something that has gone wrong with the dresses, etc. They will not be at your Rehearsal to ensure the ceremony runs smoothly.  

Your personal wedding planner will answer all of your questions from the very beginning of the planning, assist with contracts and vendor negotiations, help with event design, create a detailed timeline of the wedding day events and make sure all of your vendors and the venue are on the same page prior to your big day.   We will guide you through the planning process from setting and maintaining your budget to keeping Aunt Mary away from crazy Uncle Joe.

I could go on and on, but most importantly, they will not have developed a personal relationship with you like we will. The trust that is built during the planning process with us carries over into a relaxed, enjoyable wedding day. 

Over the years, we have developed many excellent working relationships with Venue coordinators by communicating and working together to ensure your wedding day is perfect.  Actually, we take on a some of the work the Venue coordinators would have to do so their time can be freed up to ensure the staff is working efficiently and the kitchen gets the food to your guests on time.  Sometimes your venue coordinator has been engaged in a tug of war with inexperienced planners that will not or do not know how to work as a team for your benefit.

It is our goal to assist your Venue coordinators along with all of your Vendors in any way we can.  We want to make sure that after everything is over, you will be so glad you hired the experienced professionals at Dream Wedding and Event Planners to help you every step of the way.