As videographers, we have the unique perspective of observing one of the most important day's in a couple's life. Then we get the privilege to retell that story through the art of film-making. As I observe each moment of the day there has been a consistent theme in what makes a couple's day go smoothly and worry free. Since a third party perspective can be valuable in giving an unbiased opinion, here are the 5 tips I have for you to follow to have the best wedding day possible.
1: Always be happy
This may seem like a no-brainer, but when certain parts of the day start to head south, It's very easy to let the weight of the day bring you down. Especially if you've put your heart and soul into every detail. But always remember the reason why you're there. It's not the decorations, the venue, or even the majority of the people attending, but it's about the first step of a life long journey with your significant other. If your focus and thoughts are centered around that fact, it becomes impossible to take that smile away.
2: Focus on your partner
Have you ever heard the expression "The eyes tell the story"? There's something majestic about looking into your partner's eyes on your wedding day. They seem like an infinite well of comfort and love. When a couple is focused on each other they have this aura around them that everyone (including the camera) can see and feel.
3: Don't sweat the small stuff
Out of all the weddings I've shot, there have been maybe 2 that have gone flawlessly. It's almost certain at least one part of your day will not go as planned. At my own wedding, I forgot to gather the songs for the reception. Since we didn't have a DJ I was in charge of providing the music for my buddy to play over his speaker system. Luckily, we live in the modern era and with help of my groomsmen we were able to gather all of the songs before the reception started. Also, towards the end of the reception I was dancing a little too hard, did the worm, and broke my toe...two days before we left for St. Lucia. It may be easier said than done, but if you let go of little mishaps like this you will thank yourself at the end of the day. Besides, they become great stories years down the road.
4: Take your time
If you have talked to any of your friends that have been married recently, one thing they will for sure tell you is, "The day went by so fast!". You blink then boom...you're in the back seat of the vehicle after you exit the reception. One way to combat this is to take your time and space out your scheduling. Scheduling everything back to back is guaranteed to move the day so fast you won't even remember what your wedding cake looks like.
5: Savor every moment
The first time you see each other on the wedding day. Your mother tying up the dress. The first steps down the aisle. Happy tears from your closest friends and relatives. A friendly shoving of the cake in each others' faces. Carelessly dancing to every song you know. Savor every one of these moments because they are your moments. Moments you'll remember the rest of your life.