98% of Newlyweds Regret Not Having a Wedding Video

Don’t take our word for it… Ariane Fisher from The Huffington Post will gladly tell you all about why not having a video was the biggest mistake of her wedding.

And she’s not alone. When we tell people that we’re wedding videographers, the number one response we hear is, “Oh, I wish we had a video of our wedding day!” Many couples hire a photographer (which we highly recommend) but don’t budget for videography. You wouldn’t believe how often couples call us within weeks of their wedding (and one time less than 24 hours before their wedding!), because it suddenly dawns on them that they are going to want more than still photos to remember their wedding day. You will want to hear your vows. You’ll want to see the tear on Dad’s cheek. You will want to feel the emotion that comes through in a professionally composed wedding film.

Don’t be part of the 98%. Just fill out our videography package info request form to find out how we can capture the memory of your day forever.

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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

Suggestions for your Wedding Timeline (reception)

Reception Entrance – Even at small weddings, it’s nice to be introduced as you enter your reception since most of your guests were just at your cocktail hour. Some couples choose to go right into their first dance when they’re introduced, which can be a really sweet moment that brings everybody back to what the day is about.

Dinner – If you’re having a dinner buffet, be sure to allow plenty of time for guests to go through the line. Plated dinners don’t need quite as much time. Your caterer would be the best resource for determining how much time to allow for dinner.

Toasts – Speeches are typically given about 15 minutes before you anticipate guests will finish eating. We recommend limiting the toasts to a few key people and maybe even suggest that they limit their speech to “X” minutes each. Passing the mic around the crowd makes it really difficult for us to track who is speaking (& you never know what people are going to say!)

Cake Cutting – This usually takes about 5 minutes. Be sure to have a knife, fork, and small plate at your cake table beflower-1468820_1280forehand. It’s also a good idea to discuss whether you’ll smash the cake into each others’ faces!

Same Day Edit Video (if applicable) – Depending on the timing of your event, we typically show your Same Day Edit video after your cake cutting, however we need at least 90 minutes after your ceremony ends to put the video together. If it isn’t ready by the end of your toasts, then we suggest that you show it after your bouquet & garter toss since that’s the next point in time that your guests will all be focused.

First Dance – If you didn’t have your first dance as you entered your reception, this is typically when it is done. If your song is particularly long, you might ask your DJ or band to fade it out after a few minutes.

Father Daughter / Mother Son Dances – By the time your guests have watched 3 special dances in a row, they tend to fizzle out, so we recommend that you have your DJ or band shorten each song or fade out after a couple minutes.

General Dancing – This is usually when your DJ/Band will invite your guests out onto the dance floor.

Bouquet/Garter Toss – It’s a good idea to plan this within 30 minutes of general dancing, because some older guests like to watch it but don’t want to stay up really late.

Sunset Photos / General Dancing – If you would like sunset photos, you’ll want to be ready for them about 15 minutes before sunset is scheduled. The sun sets very late in the summer, so we suggest that you check a sunset calendar.

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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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