Will you watch your wedding video? These 5 ideas will make sure you do.
Many couples' struggle with whether or not to invest in a wedding video. Is it really worth it? Will they really watch it more than one or two times?
These are definitely the right questions to be asking yourselves.
We find that this decision usually hinges on 2 main things:
- Your personal preference for watching movies
- Whether or not you get a good video
Like most things in life, it's the experience you have that makes watching your wedding video worthwhile. And sometimes when you're not quite sure what to do with a wedding video even if you know you want one... it means you have to create a fun reason to put that video on near constant repeat.
We got together with our favorite wedding planner on Cape Cod, Jamie Bolin of Cape Cod Celebrations who plans fabulous celebrations (of both large and small variety), to get her take on how to make watching your wedding video just as much fun as when you first made it.
Jamie recommended five things that you and your love can do to endlessly enjoy watching the wedding video you invested in.
1. Create a special viewing the first time you watch your wedding video
For your first watch, I definitely recommend watching it with just the two of you first. This is going to be the first time you both see your wedding from a guest point of view and it's going to be overwhelming in all the best ways possible.
Take in this special moment. In all of the craziness of your wedding and the time since it was over, you'll have forgotten a lot of details. You'll be surprised that you've also forgotten some of the big details like your vows. Adrenaline runs high and constant during your wedding day and you lose a lot of what you want to remember in the excitement of the day. This is going to be the first time you get to take in your wedding as you planned it.
You'll see guests you didn't get to spend much time with, the cocktail hour you didn't get to participate in, yourselves walking down the aisle, and your parents' reactions. It really is an overpowering moment. You'll be happy you took the time to be in each other's company before sharing the experience with anyone else.
Snuggle up together with a glass of wine, cup of tea, or your beverage of choice and a box of tissues (even if you don't think you will, you're going to need them) and get ready to relive the best day of your life!
2. Host a wedding video viewing party
Wedding videos are so different than they were in the past. Cinematic style wedding videos truly play like Hollywood-style movies and it makes for a fun watch for just about everyone, hosting a watch party is a perfect way for everyone to re-experience the day.
Make it as casual or fancy as you'd like. You can either order a few of pizzas from your favorite pizzeria or go as big as recreating some of the favorite foods served at your wedding—including any signature drinks of course!
Be realistic about who you invite. Not everyone is going to want to attend a viewing of your wedding video, so make sure it's close friends and family who are going to have an amazing time reliving those memories.
I love the idea of making it into an interactive game! Every time the bride and groom kiss, everyone eats a Hershey's kiss. When you see Uncle Joe everyone high fives. (You could also make it a drinking game, but we don't want to be the ones to suggest imbibing too heavily while watching your wedding video!)
And definitely make a point of Instagramming everyone's reaction and post using your wedding hashtag.
3. Share your love!
If you are a fan of social media, then definitely share your video with your friends and family that could not be there in person.
Keep the excitement of the day going and make it go viral among friends and family using your wedding hashtag! Get that love spread around-the world needs to be inspired by your true love, this is not the time to be bashful.
4. Create tradition for your wedding anniversary
I recommend watching your wedding video every year on your anniversary (naturally)! You will be surprised how different and more special the video will become year after year. As you, your friends, and you family change throughout time you all get to look back fondly on the memories you all created together. Those bonds become stronger with each viewing.
5. Make it a long-term legacy
One surprising and welcomed side-effect wedding videos have on couples is that it reminds them of their everlasting love and commitment to each other.
Relationships take work and there will be challenging times for all couples. The realism that a wedding video can provide is a perfect way to remind yourselves of how you love you are, despite the balled up dirty socks that never get picked up or how the dishwasher is always loaded wrong. There are no hazy memories that you have to struggle to recall, its all there in front of you in living color.
If/when you have kids, make it a point to include them when you watch it every year on your anniversary. It's so cool for them to see their parents when they go married. It helps them to see their parents as people versus the parental they've always known telling them to get their rooms picked up. It's a wonderful way to help your kids see you in a new dimension and sparks new conversations between all of you with this new shared bond.
I completely understand why couples wonder if getting a wedding video is worth it and those concerns are 100% valid. I've also seen many couples regret that they skipped it.
Never have I seen any couple regret that they got the videographer that they truly wanted.
After your wedding has gone by those past questions of "should you get video" completely melt away and you'll be so happy that you chose to capture your day in sound and motion!