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What to Know Before You Book a Wedding Videographer

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If you’re considering hiring a wedding videographer to document the biggest day of your life, you no doubt have a big decision ahead of you. Just like choosing a photographer can be quite a process, deciding who to have filming your entire day is important too! As another big-ticket item on the wedding budget and one whose presence will matter long after the day is done, choosing a wedding videographer is not a decision to take lightly – but we’re here to help! Read on for a few must-know tips to keep in mind before you hire someone.

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Photo // Holli B. Photography

1. Hiring a professional matters.

With so much technology available at our fingertips these days, it’s easy to think, “I’ll just have ___ (a friend or family member) take some video.” But wedding videography is so much more than that. A professional videographer has the equipment and the know-how to capture your day in a way that evokes the best emotions, looks beautiful and lasts a lifetime. Like photographers, they’re the experts in angles, lighting and locations and can truly tell a story through film. A simple camcorder video or phone video simply won’t compare. That said, you can expect to spend just as much, if not more, on a quality videographer as you would a top-notch photographer, so be sure that’s factored into your budget before you begin your search. Some photographers also specialize in videography, and vice-versa, so it is possible to get a package deal!

2. Review the basic wedding videography styles.

While of course these styles can vary, modern wedding films typically fall into one of three stylistic categories:

Candid: the documentary version of a professional wedding film. With more emphasis on raw, candid moments happening as they truly unfolded, without cinematic-style panning shots. Candid films do typically include natural audio and sometimes voiceovers and/or instrumental tunes.

Music video: built on cinematic shots spliced together with professional effects and music overlaid, this style usually won’t include much personal audio, like vows or speeches, but will show several different aspects of the day set to beautiful songs.

Cinematic:a combination of both! With both raw, candid shots that capture dialogue and natural noises, alongside visuals captured in an epic way that will make you feel as if you’re watching a movie trailer of your very own day.

Standard wedding film lengths:

Trailer or Teaser: 1-2 minutes highlighting the most exciting, memorable portions of your day, with very little dialogue. The perfect length for sharing on social media!

Highlight film: 3-6 minutes covering the biggest parts of the day and often just snippets of audio like vows, letter readings and speeches. The video below falls into this category!

Short film: 8-10 minutes long and allows for more complete coverage of the audio elements listed above. The video below falls into this category!

Feature film: 12-15 minutes and longer – a feature film allows for the most storytelling – often including voiceovers to tell backstories, audio from parts of the day not covered in other formats and a more complete, inclusive option to re-live your day.

Long-form: this length will include less cinematic-style editing, but should cover the most important parts of the day, your ceremony and reception, just about in their entirety.

Of course, the lengthier the wedding video, the larger the budget required, generally speaking. With this in mind, you can look at various videographers’ work and have an idea of what your film will feel like, or if you’re not able to tell, ask them what type they specialize in. Many videographers will offer a pairing of a trailer-length film along with a longer format so you can have multiple options to share.

Video // Pen Weddings

3. Cover your bases.

Once you’ve found a videographer you feel a connection with, it’s time to ask a few specific questions if you can’t readily find the answers. Look thoroughly through the contract and make sure expectations are clear about turnaround time (the industry standard for wedding videos is about six months, although some wedding films can take up to a year to finish). In what format(s) will they deliver your video, and is it a format that will allow as much longevity as possible? A DVD probably isn’t ideal for the long haul, but you may want another tangible option rather than only having your film available online.

Think about the important what-if questions like what will happen in the event of bad weather, of a reschedule, or if the videographer can’t make it for some reason?  If your wedding requires the videographer to travel, which costs are you responsible for? Does your videographer have insurance and a license to legally fly drones, if they’ll be using that type of equipment? Do they only use legally licensed music and songs in post-processing? Make sure all your bases are covered!

Just as you would give the same heads-up to your photographer, you’ll want to let your videographer know if there’s anyone or anything they should make sure to capture, while at the same time, trusting them to film your day beautifully without much direction from you (remember, it’s their job! They do this all the time.)

4. Get ready to be mic’d up.

If you’ve chosen a wedding videographer who will include voices and audio dialogue as part of your final film, they’ll likely need to use various audio equipment to clearly record things. You may have a small microphone and wire attached to you for part of the day, or be asked to hold a microphone at some points. The videographer may need a block of time on your wedding day to get certain shots that will add to the quality of your film – so just be prepared and trusting of their needs. It will all be worth it in the end!


Not hiring a videographer is a regret we hear ALL the time from brides. They wish they would have allocated more of their budget to having someone record their day in a way that photography alone cannot capture. If you’re on the fence, we highly suggest springing for a professional videographer to join your wedding vendor dream team! Check out these amazing Oklahoma wedding videographers ready to capture your best day!

Looking for tips and recommendations for picking the perfect photographer for the big day, too? We’ve got you covered with this blog. Cheers!

Scarlet and Baby Blue Bohemian Disco Wedding Inspiration

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This bohemian disco wedding inspiration is a blast from the past in the most tasteful way, and perfect for the whimsical bride! Held at Sorelle – The Meadow on Deer Creek, this styled shoot combines some of the grooviest, sparkling disco ball elements with dried and fresh florals alike in shades of scarlet, blush and baby blue from XO by Haleigh Kenney. This model looks too good to be true with warm-toned artistry by Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio to match her fiery red hair as well as the most stunning whimsical pearl-studded bridal gown from The Bridal Boutique with romantic poet sleeves. Modern tablescapes topped with pops of fluorescent florals and contrasting black menus trimmed with tinsel, as well as, disco-themed drink stirrers tie the whole retro-meets-mod wedding scene together, and we just love the result. This disco wedding inspiration is truly unforgettable! Cheers!

Photos // Robby and Savannah


Still on the hunt for more? Check out all our styled wedding inspiration here. Happy scrolling!

Newly Engaged? Here’s How to Set Up Your Wedding Registry

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Newly engaged? It’s never too early to start your wedding registry. Whether you’ve been dreaming of this forever or the task sounds overwhelming — this simple how-to guide will help make registering for your wedding gifts a fun process. From etiquette to the most popular places to register, we’ve got you covered.

Newly Engaged? How to Set Up Your Wedding Registry

THE HISTORY BEHIND YOUR WEDDING REGISTRY

Wedding gifts have been around as long as weddings themselves, but wedding registries have a unique origin that’s not as old as you may think. It’s reported that in the 1920s Marshall Fields (now Macy’s) created the first wedding registry as we know it with other stores quickly following the marketing idea. In the 1930s the depression hit and the number of marriages dropped, but in the ’40s with the world at war, marriages began to skyrocket, especially for young folks. According to experts, from the late ’40s to the mid-70’s the average couple getting married was in their early twenties. This meant that they needed a whole list of basic household supplies to start their home together, including dishes, appliances, etc. 

Flash forward to today when many couples getting married are a little older than that and have been living independently. While some couples still register for those much-needed household items or upgrades, they are now adding some non-traditional elements. These include charitable giving, honeymoon funds and even new house payment contributions for those getting a new home. One of the biggest changes is from items to experiences like trips, tours, concerts and more. 

From the ever-popular Kitchenaid mixer to that electric bike you’ve had your eye on, your wedding registry can be as unique as you need it to be. 

 

HOW TO SET UP YOUR WEDDING REGISTRY

It’s never too early to start your wedding registry unless you’re not engaged yet. In fact, many etiquette experts recommend having at least part of it set up within two weeks of your engagement so that family and friends can select from the registry for early events such as engagement parties and the like. 

Now, let’s talk about how to set up your wedding registry.

  • Talk with your partner about expectations.

Talk with your partner about how they see the process going. They may have a strong opinion or preference as well as expectations of what they think you will be registering for. 

  • Assess your needs — and wants. (Make a list.)

Are you a young couple who’s never had your own place before? Are you digital nomads that work from home? Are you wanting to get funding for your honeymoon more than traditional gifts? In addition to the big questions, then you’ll want to take stock of what you need. Go into as much or as little detail as you want here. For example, if you’re looking for new towel sets, do you think three will be enough per person? Would you want both face and hand towels to match? 

In addition to what you think you need, keep in mind how much you think you need of any one item. 

Areas to Consider When Making Your Wedding Registry List —

  • Kitchen and Dining
  • Bedding
  • Bath
  • Home Decor
  • Home Appliances
  • Storage and Organization
  • Home Improvement
  • Patio and Gardening
  • Sports and Outdoor Equipment
  • Luggage and Travel
  • Smart Home and Electronics
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Honeymoon 

Quick Tips for Registering —

  • Register for more gifts than you have wedding guests. A total of  2-3 gifts per guest as a good rule of thumb. 
  • Make sure your items come in a wide range of pricing. Don’t be afraid to register for expensive items, just be sure you include a variety. 

Look at other couples’ registries to see if there is anything you aren’t thinking of and consider asking friends and family that have already been married. 

  • Select two to three places to register. 

You’ll want to do more than one store in order to have a wide price selection for all budgets as well as to cover all the items that you may need. 

One recommendation we have is to choose both a big-box store as well as a local shop with a personalized wedding registry process. (Here’s a list of local shop vendors in your area.

Popular wedding registry stores such as Pottery Barn, Target and Bed Bath and Beyond have a one-registry solution that makes multiple stores available within a single registry to manage. For instance, Pottery Barn registries also include Williams-Sonoma and West Elm. 

Three Things to Keep In Mind When Selection Your Registry Locations —

  • Do they have a good return policy? 
  • What is their completion program? (Many stores give between 10-20% discounts to complete wedding registry purchases after your wedding.) 
  • Do they have other perks such as honeymoon or experience funds?

Some of our favorite perks are Target’s group gifting feature, Pottery Barn’s personalized registry experience with help from a staff designer and Bloomingdale’s rewards on their clothing when couples register for home items. 

When you’re picking where you want to register, don’t overlook anything. If you’re needing furniture to set up your new home, look at furniture stores and don’t be afraid of registering for basics like storage and organization items. 

 

  • Schedule a one-on-one appointment.

You could go it alone and get your wedding registry done online, but you’ll miss out on a lot of good things. For places like Amazon or Wayfair, online is a convenient option, but when you have the option, utilize all the expert help and get all the extra perks. From staff designers that can help blend your two styles in home decor to a complementary glass of wine while you shop, there’s no reason not to register in person when you can. 

To schedule your appointment, visit the store’s site and begin the wedding registry process. For local stores that may not have an online process, call ahead and book your appointment. 

  • Review your registry.

Once your registry is live, go back and look it over. Be sure you didn’t accidentally scan 20 avocado slicers or only have hand towels listed and so on. Also, make sure your wedding registry was made public. 

  • Let people know about the wedding registry.

Let family and close friends know where you’ve registered, so they can answer people when they ask. Add it to your wedding website, if you have one. Etiquette experts recommend not having a link to your registry and not the store names on the homepage of your website. Most people today will do a Google search of your name to find your wedding registry. 

 

WEDDING REGISTRY ETIQUETTE

  • Never list your registry on your wedding invitations. 

While many former etiquette “faux pas” are no longer taboo, it is still considered inappropriate to list your registry on your wedding invitations. It is considered okay for friends hosting events for your wedding to share where you’re registered.

  • Have your registry finished at least three to six months before the wedding. 

It’s polite to give guests at least this much time in order to be able to purchase a gift at their convenience. But the earlier you register, the better. 

  • Your thank you’s should go out as quickly as possible and no later than 3 months after the event itself. 

There’s no need to pause politeness for a specific timeline. You can send thank you’s as soon as you receive gifts, but it’s highly recommended that you send them no later than three months after your wedding. 

  • Give people plenty of choices.

Give your guests plenty of choices at different price points and be sure there are more items you’ve registered for than guests. Not only does this allow people to buy multiple items, but it also allows you to enjoy the discount to complete your registry after the wedding. 

 

PRO TIPS FOR YOUR WEDDING REGISTRY

  • Make sure you have the best address listed for items to ship to — and consider using shipping pauses if needed. 
  • Don’t overlook storage and organization items.
  • Avoid registering for seasonal items. 
  • Register for more gifts than you have guests.
  • Think further down the road and register for items you need in the future.
  • Don’t forget about adding home decor. 
  • Have items in a range of prices. 
  • Think about your entertaining habits and needs.
  • Select pieces that could become heirlooms. 
  • Try to select items that have multiple purposes. 

Remember that a registry is simply a convenience for your guests and they aren’t required to purchase something from it. This is just one part of a very special time in your life.

You’ve got all you need to have an amazing registry and a great experience registering. Happy Registering!


Visit one of these local stores to start your registry: BC Clark Jewelry, Bebe’s, No Regrets, Paper + More, Plenty Mercantile

4 Things You’ll Want to Do When Creating the Guest List for Your Wedding

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Ahh, the ever-important guest list. Knowing your total number of guests is a crucial foundational step that needs to come before most other aspects of wedding planning, so creating your wedding guest list is an important task to complete right off the bat. We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know as you decide who will be celebrating with you on the big day!

wedding head table + creating your guest list tips

Photo // Josh McCullock Photography

1. Set your budget before writing any names down.

Guest list size usually correlates with budget size. If your budget is on the smaller end, a 300-person guest list probably won’t be feasible. A larger budget will allow you to invite more guests or, if you’d still like to keep the guest list smaller, have extra funds to spend in other areas.

2. Keep in mind who is paying for the wedding.

…Or at least the majority of it. If you and your fiancé will be footing the entire bill, etiquette rules state that you certainly have the final say in who’s on the list. However, if parents, in-laws or other family members will be helping to pay for your wedding, their guest list requests should be accommodated and respected as best as possible.

3. Start big and get smaller.

You and your fiancé will both want to create a list (you can combine later) with names of the following: close family, close friends, extended family, other friends. From there, you’ll want to prioritize the names into three groups: non-negotiable invitees, preferable invitees and potential invitees. A good rule of thumb to ask yourself for those on the fringe is: have I interacted with these people in person within the last 6 months? If not, they may need to be bumped down a priority level until you confirm your budget can accommodate inviting them.

If necessary, pare down. Kindly ask your parents to narrow down their guest list requests to absolute must-haves only. If you’re not super close with your colleagues, definitely don’t feel obligated to invite them, but if you do choose to invite certain work friends, be respectful of other co-workers and don’t discuss the wedding at the office. No need to invite your neighbors unless you’re truly good friends. Other factors to consider when it’s time to make cuts:

Are you close with these friends anymore or have you drifted apart? Will these people be an active part of your future? Remember, you don’t owe anyone an invitation, even if they invited you to their wedding. Realistically, and especially with a larger guest list, you’ll likely only be able to interact with guests outside of your family and wedding party for minutes or even seconds at a time on the big day.

4. Use guest list technology to your advantage.

You’ll want to be able to easily see (and organize) not only names, but numbers. The guest list is not something you’ll want to be editing by hand with pen and paper. Use a spreadsheet you can quickly update and move around, or better yet, use one of the dozens of free tools online for managing guest lists. Even if you’re doing traditional invitations with mail-in RSVPs rather than online RSVPs, these programs can help you keep track of everything related to your list as it changes day to day.

Should we invite children or plus-ones?

If you know a guest is engaged or in a serious relationship, it’s proper etiquette to allow them to bring a date, but for single guests not dating anyone, there’s no need to give them a plus one. Not inviting children can save costs in several areas of the budget and it’s perfectly fine to host a kid-free affair, especially if your wedding is more formal. There are plenty of ways to politely word an invitation to indicate children are not invited. Just ask your invitation designer! To avoid potentially awkward situations, if you do choose not to invite children or have plus-ones, be consistent and try not to make exceptions if asked.

How many wedding guests will actually show?

You can expect 75% – 85% of invited guests to actually show up (fewer if you have a high number of out-of-town invitees or are doing a destination wedding).

What about a B-list?

The B-list refers to a short list of invitees who would only receive an invitation in the event first-priority guests decline. B-lists can be socially tricky and risk hurting feelings, but if you do decide to send a second round of “overflow” invitations after you receive initial RSVPs, create that list of possible invitees from the get-go, don’t send them a save-the-date and make sure their invitation suites are printed with a later RSVP-by date.

When it’s time to create the seating chart:

Once you receive all RSVPs and it’s time to create your seating chart, we can help! Check out our helpful seating chart blog with all the must-knows for creating the best possible seating arrangements for your guests.


Need an unbiased, professional wedding planner to help you navigate the guest list and budget every step of the way? We can introduce you to several experienced Oklahoma wedding planners.

We wish the best for you and all your guests! Cheers!

Celebrating the Release of our New Issue – Social Distance Style!

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We may be six feet apart, but we are stronger together – truly! After what we would call the most challenging past few months of our wedding community’s life, it was beyond wonderful to connect, celebrate and provide a somewhat normal release experience of the new issue for our sincerely valued partners – we love you all!!! We had all the normal fixings of a great release party, just with an extra accessory a la Lush Fashion Lounge! It’s always such a great time when we get together with these friends, so we are very excited to share all the details and photos from our Tulsa and Oklahoma City happy hour events with you today!

Our Tulsa release party was better than we ever could have imagined. All the thanks goes to our incredible team of vendors who made the event a success! Guests were enchanted by the outdoor soiree at The Glass Chapel. Twinkle lights, tree shade and happy conversation were perfectly tucked away behind the glass-laden chapel. Tables and linens were graciously provided by Party Pro Rents. Bubbles and Brews OKC welcomed us with a cool drink as we entered the party – a true necessity for outdoor events in the summertime! The darling cart fits the vibe of any event style or location. Sage + Berry crafted the sweetest little charcuterie boxes with the perfect array of cheeses, meats and fruits you could ever wish for! After such a savory treat, Sweet Devotion Cakery cured our sweet tooth with an entire spread of delicious cupcakes, brownies and cookies. Katie’s Custom Decor came up with some pretty clever signage for our entryway as well as a photo backdrop banner! Check out the full gallery below to see all our favorite moments captured by Ashton Marie Photography!

Photos // Ashton Marie Photography

Getting together with our Oklahoma City partners is always a treat, and our vendors who collaborated on the event with us definitely rolled out! Signage from Katie’s Custom Decor once again welcomed guests and encouraged safe social distancing and sanitation practices. Bubbles and Brews OKC made their second appearance, providing guests with some great local seltzers and wine. Linens from 110 Events practically popped off their tables in a gorgeous one-of-a-kind hue. Cafe Disco treated us with their famous macarons, while OK Graze upped their snacking game with personal charcuterie cups. OKC Entertainment kept the party going with great tunes as guests mingled and caught up with each other under the outdoor pavilion at Scissortail Park Cafe. We are so grateful to Laura Eddy Photography for capturing the evening so perfectly. Scroll through to see all the details from our Oklahoma City release happy hour!

Photos // Laura Eddy Photography


Need to get your hands on a copy of the new issue? Order online here!