Suggestions for your Wedding Timeline (prep through post-ceremony photos)

Many couples don’t know where to begin when trying to plan their timeline for their wedding day. Here are some of our suggestions for having a good flow to your day…

Bridal Prep – Allow more time than you think you’re going to need. Brides are rarely ready to go on time. The men generally only need about 30-45 minutes to get ready & have their pictures taken, so we suggest having their prep begin later that the women’s.

First Look – Most first looks take about 10 minutes, but don’t forget to build in time to get to the location where you’re going to have your first look.

holding-flowers-1729426_1280Bride/Groom Session – This typically takes at least 30 minutes, depending on whether you will have another bride & groom session at sunset.

Wedding Party Session – Plan on about 15 minutes, but there tends to be at least one member who is always running late, so make it very clear what time you expect them to be ready and where they should meet up.

Family Photo Session – It’s best to have a list of combinations of people you want photos with beforehand and have at least one person available to round them up for photos.

Pre-Ceremony – We suggest that you leave a 30 minute buffer before your ceremony just in case things are running late. If everything is on time, then just enjoy the last moments of calm you’ll have for the rest of the day! At this point, we will head to your ceremony site to get some shots of your decor before guests arrive & to set up our cameras and audio recorders.

Ceremony – Other than Catholic mass, most ceremonies in Central Oregon tend to last about 20 minutes. If you are having a friend or family member officiate your wedding, please ask us for our list of tips for people who haven’t officiated many (or any) weddings before.

Post Ceremony – PLEASE take 5 minutes from all guests, vendors, etc. to just soak in that you’re now married. Once you’re done walking down the aisle, continue right on to a private location so you won’t get caught up with well-wishers. They’ll have the rest of the day for that. If you didn’t do a first look, you’ll want to take your family & wedding party photos afterwards, so have someone begin rounding up family & friends that you will want your photographers to take pictures of with you while the two of you have your private moment together. We generally don’t film the family photo session since video of people standing in place & smiling just isn’t all that captivating…that’s more of a photo moment. We’ll use this time to film your guests at your cocktail hour and get shots of your reception site. Also, don’t forget to let your witnesses know when you’ll be signing your marriage license so you don’t have to try to track them down later. If you didn’t do a first look, most couples do that after family photos while their guests mingle at the cocktail hour.

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Ace of Hearts Films Demo Video

We hope you enjoy watching our demo video. It will give you a good feel for our style and playful nature. Please note that these are highlights from weddings we’ve filmed, but your wedding video would include live audio of your ceremony, toasts, etc.

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“Ace of Hearts was a breeze to work with and produced fabulous work. The amazing day goes by so fast; we are so happy to be able to relive the day through our video. I watched it over and over until I fell asleep! The video brought so many tears of joy! We’re excited to see the full video soon. Couldn’t recommend Ace of Hearts Films more!”

– Kindee & Steffan

Bridal Insider ~ Tips for Toasts at Your Reception

TRANSCRIPTION: This is Stephanie from Ace of Hearts Films, and I’m here with Insider tips on how to have great toasts at your reception. We’ve all been to one of those weddings where the toasts go on and on as guests pass the microphone around. Having an open mic session for your toasts can not only be lengthy but also risky, because you never know who’s going to grab the mic. Toast are more meaningful when limited to 4 or 5 friends or family members and last no more than 15 minutes total. Be sure to let them know before your wedding day, so they can think about what they want to say ahead of time. And ask them to limit their speech to “X” number of minutes, especially if they tend to ramble. If anyone is likely to bring up stories that you’d rather not have Grandma hear, it’s perfectly reasonable to set boundaries. A great way to end the toasts is for the two of you to thank your guests for all attending. With a little pre-planning your toasts are sure to run smoothly with these Bridal Insider tips.

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2nd Chance Giveaway

Sarah & Ben just claimed their prize for our wedding highlights giveaway (in record time!), but the rest of you can enter our 2nd Chance Giveaway for a free Love Story Video by texting or emailing the words LOVE STORY (with your first names) to us at (541) 728-3144 or video@nullaceofheartsfilms.com . We will contact the winning couple directly to let them know they’ve won.

 In the meantime, please check out our demo video to see why more and more couples are hiring a videographer and go to our About page to see what sets us apart from the rest.

If you’re considering videography for your wedding but need more time to think it over, shoot us a text or email, and we will extend  our show special of a $200 discount for you. Also, any couples who set up an appointment with us this month will get a free gift. As you saw today, we just like to have fun and are not at all high-pressure salespeople. We’re just passionate about what we do and hate to hear that couples regret not having a video to remember their day with. If you’d like to set up an appointment or a video chat, just call or text us any time at (541) 728-3144.

Cheers,
Stephanie & Brian

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Stephanie and Brian videographers

“Ace of Hearts was a breeze to work with and produced fabulous work. The amazing day goes by so fast; we are so happy to be able to relive the day through our video. I watched it over and over until I fell asleep! The video brought so many tears of joy! We’re excited to see the full video soon. Couldn’t recommend Ace of Hearts Films more!”

– Kindee & Steffan

Wedding Show Giveaway Winners

We had a great time playing Bridal Minute To Win It at the wedding show again this year! Not having a video to remember their wedding day is ranked as the #1 regret by couples. That’s why our giveaway is a free wedding highlights video! This year’s winners are Sarah & Ben who are getting married at Shepardsfield. You guys have 24 hours to claim the giveaway!

For the rest of you, check back tomorrow at 5 pm in case they don’t claim their giveaway in time, & we have to draw a new entry!