Trash it or Cash it?

Monday, May 23, 2011

You wore the wedding dress of your dreams and in most cases, it wasn't cheap. Now what happens to it? Do you box it up in your storage closet and hope your daughter will one day wear it or are you willing to do something fun, artsy or even life-changing?

There are two ideas i'd like to suggest.

After the wedding, put the dress back on and don't be afraid to get a lil' dirty; take daring, out-the-box pictures for a "trash your dress" photoshoot.

Artistic photographs aside, instead of storing your dress in a closet, why not sell your dress to another bride? Afterall, you already have more than an album's worth of photographs of you in your dress! Brand names generally hold their value well and there are great websites such as Once Wed and Recycled Bride that offer an ideal platform for buying/selling used dresses. To step it up a notch, use the money to donate to a charity of your choice to help make a difference for others less fortunate than yourself.

Two completely different ideas, I know, but the latter of the two is definitely a worthy cause to be a part of. You most certainly can do BOTH! After getting the dress dry-cleaned of course :)

Photo Credits:
Sela Photography
Jessica Zais
Brian Wedge
Ja Tecson
Mindy Weiss
Dynamite Weddings

Wedding Videos

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I was one of those brides who wasn't sure about hiring a videographer for our wedding because it wasn't exactly in our budget and it seemed photos would be sufficient for capturing the details of our day. But that all changed when my fiance's cousin showed me a video of a wedding shot in the Philippines. I was inspired by it so much I had to find a way to re-create our own version.

This is the video.

Cheska and Doug SDE from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

As you can see, it isn't some long, drawn out video clip, rather edited like a movie trailer/mini-music video. It's common for celebrities to be able to afford such a luxury, but it doesn't have to be completely out of reach for a modest budget either. Many people prioritize according to what's important to them. Some want the food to be the main focus, or the flowers or the venue. But when all is said and done, I think it's safe to say one would definitely want adequate documentation of all their planning and once in a lifetime moments to look back on.

I've posted a few more of my favorite wedding videos below. I'm not sure if this is done in other countries, but so far i've only seen this trend amongst Filipino couples who can afford it. I'm talking about "Pre-Nup Videos," which are videos shot prior to the wedding as a teaser. Personally, I think this would make an awesome save-the-date!
Think this might be out of your reach? Start scouring the internet for local videographers looking to expand their portfolio who are willing to give you a discount or even trade. Create a shot list and present them ideas you like and see if this is something they are capable of doing. As long as you have all the footage, you can always have a professional edit the film in the style you want at a later time.

Day Of

You may not have a budgeting issue but are looking for ways to maximize your video experience. Why not ask for a 'Same Day Edit'? This is where the video team quickly (magically) puts together the highlights of the day and presents the video towards the end of the event. I've included a grand example below. Just a few things to think about if this is something you are considering. For me, still images are wonderful, but being able to also have our wedding presented in another medium where you could appreciate the spoken emotion and movement is priceless!

Same Day Edit

Erin & TJ's Same Day Edit from St. Regis, Monarch Beach from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

Cookbook Wedding Favors

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

For all the epicurean couples out there who love trying out restaurants and experimenting with new recipes together, here is one DIY project to share your passion for food and cooking.

The How: Provide an option for guests to respond to the RSVP  card by including their signature recipes. Along with your favorites, compile the guest submissions to create a custom cookbook highlighting a select assortment of everything from appetizers to desserts and seasonal family entrees. To bring it more to life, you can also include a photo and a short blurb about the significance of the dish; "This is the first dessert that I ever cooked for ______ which won him/her over!"

and lastly, a delightful sign to hang in your kitchen that says it all :)

Photo Credits:
Elizabeth Anne Designs
Cindy Clauss