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Should You Use a Videographer During Your Wedding?

The biggest day of your life is drawing near – and you can’t wait to share your special day with your family, friends, and loved ones.  You have the wedding gown, you’ve tasted dozens of cakes, and you even have the menu selected for your reception.  All that’s left is to hire the photographer – and you can’t wait to meet the person who will be documenting your most precious memories.

But before you contact potential photographers, there’s something weighing heavily on your mind.  You know you definitely want to have someone taking pictures at your wedding – but should you also hire a videographer too?

A videographer is someone who records video footage of your entire wedding, from the first moments when you step down the aisle until long after your uncle gives that embarrassing toast at the reception.  It can be a great way to preserve even more memories of your wedding, but it can also come at a considerable expense.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at whether you should use a videographer during your wedding.

The Advantages of Using a Videographer

One of the biggest advantages of using a videographer is that you’ll get the opportunity to capture your entire wedding live and in action.  While photographs may represent an excellent way to capture the feel of a wedding, only a videographer can capture the words of love and devotion that are shared throughout the entire day.  Additionally, videographers often turn their footage into DVDs, so you can send a copy of your wedding DVD to friends and relatives who were unable to make your wedding.

Finally, many videographers offer a discount if you hire them along with a certain photographer.  If you’re intent on using one, it can be a great way to save considerable money on your wedding budget.

The Biggest Disadvantage of Using a Videographer

One of the biggest disadvantages of using a videographer is the expense.  Videographers don’t come cheaply, especially if they don’t offer discounts in conjunction with your photographers.  Therefore, if you’re not sure if you want to hire a videographer, this disadvantage alone may be enough to sway your opinion.  There are other additional expenses to using a videographer, as you’ll may also be required to provide him or her with food and beverages throughout your wedding.

No matter what you decide, be sure that you select a videographer who can truly capture the unique look and feel of your special day.

What You Should Know About Your Wedding Cake Options

Apart from the wedding dress, the wedding cake is often considerably one of the biggest showstoppers during your special day.  Whether you plan on wheeling it out in the middle of the dance floor for your guests to admire or you’d like it as the centerpiece of your wedding buffet, there’s no denying that the wedding cake plays an important role in your big day.  The wedding cake can set the tone of your reception, as well as help tie together the overall look and feel of your wedding theme.

While selecting the wedding cake can be an enjoyable and calorie-tastic experience (after all, you have to taste the cakes to see which one you like!), the wedding cake can take a bite out of your overall budget.  The type of cake you select can be particularly expensive, especially depending on the person or company you hire to provide you with the cake.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at what you should know about your wedding cake options:

  • If you’re having your wedding reception at a hotel or restaurant, you could have the establishment itself provide you with the cake.  Many places are more than happy to do this, and it can even be included in the overall price package for the reception.  However, this may limit your choice of cakes, which may not be an option for couples who want to find a unique show-stopping piece.
  • You could also consider outsourcing your wedding cake needs to a local bakery in town.  Bakeries are often a great choice for couples who are looking for a happy medium between cost and appearance.  For example, you could find a beautiful wedding cake at your local bakery for less than what you’d have to pay at a hotel or restaurant.  However, some couples may not like the additional task of dealing with another wedding vendor.
  • Finally, you could opt to have your wedding cake needs fulfilled by a close friend or family member who has a knack for baking.  This can save you a significant amount of money on the cost of your wedding, but be warned: if you don’t have a contract in place, it’s all too easy to end up with a disappointing cake (or no cake at all).  Be sure to select a dependable friend who is more than happy to provide you with a wedding cake – and don’t forget to compensate them for their efforts!

No matter which wedding cake option you pick, make sure you select a cake that’s a perfect fit with your reception.

Save Money With This Engagement Photo Trick

When it comes to planning your big day, there’s no denying you want to splash out on the dress, the flowers, and the champagne toast.  But if there are ways for you to save money without having to cut corners on your wedding, you’re willing to try them out.  After all, saving money on things like photo frames, favors, and decorations just means more money in your pocket (or money that could be spent on your gorgeous wedding gown!).

If you’re looking for neat little tricks that can help save you considerable cash, try this engagement photo trick courtesy of Save The Date For Less (www.savethedateforless.com).

The Power of an Engagement Photo Frame

At your wedding, your guests will only get to see you in formalwear.  While you can’t wait to hear the gasps and the clicks of cameras as you walk down the aisle in your gorgeous wedding gown, your guests will certainly be delighted by signs of your unique yet familiar personalities.  That’s why it’s such a fantastic idea to have your favorite engagement photo encased within a gorgeous frame and display that allows your guests to express their well-wishes to you and your new spouse.

Here’s how the engagement photo frame works.  In the middle of the frame is your favorite engagement picture, which features you and your now-spouse smiling out at your guests.  Surrounding this joyous picture is a display that your guests can actually write on.  There’s plenty of space for your guests to share their congratulations – so whether you’re hosting a wedding of 20 or 200, all of your guests will get a chance to write to their favorite new married couple.

Combining the gorgeous picture and display is a beautiful fancy frame that will certainly do justice to your wedding.  This frame can be placed on a display table next to your guest book, so your guests will know exactly where to sign their names and write their congratulations.

Best of all?  You can reuse this beautiful frame for your favorite wedding photo.  No need to spend even more money on a gorgeous frame – just pop out the display and replace the engagement photo and well-wishes with your new wedding photo.  It’s an efficient and enjoyable way to make your guests feel welcome at your wedding…

As well as help you save some money!

Want to Save The Date For Less?

If you’re looking for even more great ways to save on your wedding, visit SaveTheDateForLess.com, where you’ll discover an array of special invitations, photos, frames, and other unique favors that will make your wedding day even more special.

How Much Liquor Should You Buy in Advance of Your Wedding?

There are many moments within your wedding that your guests are looking forward to.  Seeing you walk down the aisle in a resplendent dress is one of them.  Watching you and your sweetheart kiss for the first time as spouses is another.  And one of the most anticipated events for any wedding is when your guests are able to toast to your future happiness with a variety of festive cocktails and liquor!

Whether you’re planning on having a boozy and fun reception or just want to have a classy affair with champagne and wine, liquor is an essential part of any wedding.  After all, what would a reception be without the champagne toast or the cocktail hour?  However, there’s no denying that liquor can also represent a major expense to your wedding budget, especially if you’re hosting an open bar for the entire night.

Therefore, if you’re looking for ways to save on your bar tab, you and your honey may want to consider buying liquor in advance of your wedding.  If you’re planning on supplying your guests with your own liquor, here’s what you need to know:

  • Before you go out and buy the champagne, you may want to ask your reception host if they offer a champagne toast as part of the overall wedding package.  Many places offer champagne toasts for a certain number of guests within the total cost of the wedding, so clarify this before you start ordering that Moet.
  • Ask your reception location if it’s possible to supply the bar with your own liquor.  This can be a great way to save a considerable amount of money, as you won’t be paying for the actual liquor that’s being used.  However, this also means that the reception location may be losing out on money.  Asking first will ensure that there aren’t any hiccups right before the reception.
  • Bring your own bottles of wine to the reception.  While many reception locations may not allow you to supply your own hard liquor, almost all of them will allow you to supply your own bottles of wine.  This can save you hundreds of dollars on your bar tab, as you can buy wine for cheap at your local liquor store.  You may also want to consider buying online, as you can find a great deal of discounts if you’re ordering a large batch of wine.

Be sure to use these tips if you’re considering buying liquor in advance of your wedding!