Friday, 25 April 2014

Essential Tips for Hiring a Wedding Videographer by Irene Piera

It’s time to introduce another one of our fabulous suppliers! Videographer Irene Piera will be joining us at Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale at Manor Barn on 8th June. To get a taster for the amazing way Irene captures weddings, take a peek at the amazing video above.

We asked Irene to give us her top tips on hiring a videographer for your wedding...

Choosing how to document your wedding involves tricky decisions but the most important thing you’ll need to keep in mind is how significant the day will be and how much you'll want to hold on to it after it's over. A wedding film might sound like an unnecessary expense but I encourage you to think of it as an investment: once the film is made it will remain a unique and permanent record of one of your most special life events. Having a professional filming your wedding means you will have someone with experience and expertise who will know where to go and what to do on your special but busy day. This will allow you the confidence of knowing that your film-maker can produce the best possible film of the day whilst at the same time taking some of the stress off your shoulders.

We all know cameras can be intimidating and because of that I really believe in the importance of building a relationship between couples and the videographer. Choosing someone that you get on with and who you feel comfortable talking to means you won't find the camera intrusive and you probably won't even notice it! Being discreet is part of a videographer's job but, before you book, have a chat with businesses whose work you like and find out about their style and use of equipment. A wide number of videographers currently use the same (or very similar) camera models as photographers as many of these allow them to shoot both stills and footage which makes the whole idea of film a lot less scary!

If you want your footage and photographs to look as clear and pretty as possible you will want to consider the lighting options for the day. For morning preparations choose a room with big windows – these are perfect as there will be plenty of natural light pouring through which will make the lighting look less artificial. This also applies to the ceremony venue but don't worry if the venue you've chosen isn't the lightest of places – you can talk about lighting options with your videographer to see what their thoughts are. As well as lighting, positioning at the ceremony venue is another key point. Discussing this with your videographer in advance will mean you won't have to worry about those details on the day.

O then day videographers focus on the natural flow of things and not so much on posed or specific shots. However, it is always special to film the moments when the photographer takes a minute to spend some quiet time with the couple as it's one of the only times you get to take a breath and talk to each other properly. Make sure you know what parts of the day will be filmed so that you're able to make the most out of both arts. That's the magic of having film as well as photography. Films complement the beauty of the photographs by giving you sounds and movements that will offer a beautiful and very special record in years to come. Hearing your mum's laugh, seeing your dad's expression change as he proudly walks you down the aisle or listening to your trembling voices as you both pronounce your vows is priceless - and I'm sure many of you would agree.

If you're really into the idea of film and you think you'd like more than one camera covering the events have a chat with your favourite videographer before you book and ask about a two camera option. Some businesses might only be run by one person but that doesn't have to mean they haven't paired up with other filmmakers in the past, so don't write them off if it looks like they work solo - as a videographer I'm constantly meeting lovely talented people with whom I end up collaborating and it's so exciting!

Most importantly remember to enjoy yourself, smile and don't worry about the camera. Those memories will be there for you to watch after the day so you can make the most of your wedding and have fun!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Essential Tips on Wedding Entertainment from Sticky Toffee Jazz

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Well its high time we started introducing you some of the fabulous suppliers that will be in attendance at our next events!

On Sunday 8th June at The Manor Barn, near Salisbury (for the first Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale), one very special lady will be there, ready to entertain and frankly wow with her silky smooth singing. Sandy Ince of Sticky Toffee Jazz has a sophisticated Jazz and Swing repertoire, both modern and traditional. Singing classics in her own style is what sets her apart from the rest. With her vast experience, we asked Sandy for her top tips on booking entertainment for your wedding.

"Your entertainment is so crucial to setting the tone and atmosphere on your special day...

1. Keep it local. It's all too easy in contacting big agencies to do the leg work for you but if I'm honest the personal touch can often be lost and the cost will probably be more. Ask around and ask around more, you'll find the perfect one for you!

2. Consider a balance. Having your favourite local pub band play all their own music all evening might be your kind of heaven but many of your guests might not have heard any of their songs before. After all it's a time to catch up and share great memories together and you'll regret not seeing Uncle Bob doing his moves on the dance floor! Perhaps ask them for a few familiar covers to cater for everyone.

3. Take a business card and keep it safe. Remember when you saw that really great act 2 years ago and you were just thinking how you needed an occasion to book them? Now you can't remember their name and the landlord has moved on. You should have kept that business card...

4. What a find! It's probably no surprise when I say I take private bookings mainly from public performances, and very few from text adverts. Live viewings are always best. Likewise, just because there's a busker on the street doesn't mean they don't perform at weddings. We've all been there - what matters is that you stopped, listened and loved them!

5. Just ask... If you're lucky enough to have a live act don't be afraid to ask if they can work a disco into the price. They might already work alongside a good DJ or even better, some people like myself can offer a package to help people on a budget or those who want to keep a specific theme for the evening.

6. Go and hear them! Please, please don't book an act for your wedding without hearing them... Do take recommendation, however, if they don't have a website or very least a social media page to find out more, be warned. You wouldn't choose a photographer without seeing their portfolio... Wedding entertainment is a huge part of the party.

7. The legal stuff... I always ensure my Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment certificates are available at every performance and up to date. It only takes one historical venue to ask for evidence and if your entertainer can't provide this they could be turned away.

8. The contract. Even though it's all very formal, a professional act should be able to provide you with a contract which will clearly highlight all you "both" need to know regarding the booking. Make sure you read over it and that there is a contingency plan, just in case.

9. Get to know each other. Try to get to know your act as you will feel much more at ease. Go and hear them perform a couple of times if you can, make yourself known and ask for their advice. I love discussing plans and have learnt over the years the importance in making my couples feel relaxed and excited about their first dance, often recording a demo and sending it to them to have a little rehearsal. It'll be worth it on the day...

10. Keep in touch. After your wedding day there's nothing nicer than seeing your couples turn up at a public gig to reminisce and offer their support. I've stayed in touch with a number of couples and it's not unheard to perform at further family gatherings. I love seeing them all again and their new editions!"

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