What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

                Your wedding has just happened. The guests are buzzing. Love is in the air. That magic feeling is all around you and your partner, the wedding party, and all the attendees. They can’t wait to bring this feeling out into the world. Let everyone enjoy it with them. They still have a few days or maybe even a few weeks off until they see those they want to talk with. They finally see them and they can’t remember that feeling anymore. Life has happened in between now and then and it’s gone from the memory. They remember the big parts, but they’ve forgotten about the small stuff, no matter how hard they tried to remember. Then they get their photos. The feelings are all back again, as if magically printed into the scenes on the glossy paper. What’s the best way to remember your wedding day? Photos. That’s the answer.

What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

What's the best way to remember your wedding? Photos.
This was in front of a crowd of people, but the right photographer will make you feel comfortable, no matter what.

Capture the Moment

                Wedding Days are hectic. The day is filled with people you haven’t seen in a long time and those that you see all the time. They are all mixed together into one space. They are all there to celebrate you and your love. But, they all have different ways of doing that. You’ve got a cousin that wants to show off their dance moves on the floor. You great aunt wants to tell you the story of her wedding and how this reminded her of that. Your pesky little brother just wants to pull pranks, but not on your watch. There is just way too much going on, and we haven’t even touched the ceremony, the food, and the speeches. So many speeches.

                With all of this craziness, it can be really easy to miss something. Even if you just go to the bathroom for a second, you could miss a great moment. That’s where the photographer comes in. They capture those moments, so you don’t have to be there for everything. We want to make your day be remembered. Forgetting can be the worst thing. We know that you can’t be everywhere at once. We also know that with the number of events happening, it’s darn near impossible to remember it all. That’s why the photos are the best way to remember the wedding. They capture the emotion as they are happening and you can enjoy it from the day you receive the photos to the end of eternity.

Why a Professional Photographer, Though?

                Lots of people know how to take a photo. Everyone has a fairly decent camera in their pocket. We’ve seen plenty of weddings go with the no photographer route, thinking their friends and family will get the right pictures for them. There’s nothing wrong with this thinking, but there is a lot that goes into the photography that many don’t realize. The framing and composition of the photo is one thing. Ensuring they capture the emotion is another. Go to Instagram and look at your most active non-photographer friend’s page. You get to see some great stuff. Now, look for a professional photographer’s page. It’s astounding the difference. The way the photos look is beyond what you would imagine, even if it is something you’ve seen time and time again.

                If you want to ensure that your photos don’t look like a shaky snapchat pic with a nasty looking filter, it’s important to go with a professional photographer. They have an obligation to getting you the best pictures. They want you to like what you see, because they want to tell your story. A photographer wants you to sing their praises to your newly engaged friends, as well. They also have the experience required to get those good-looking moments. Nothing against your friend’s Instagram page, but photography takes a ton of work that doesn’t cross the mind of a lot of influencer on social media.

These tow will remember their wedding day.
Hannah got this photo with a lens they don’t have for iPhones.

Why are Photographers so Expensive?

                We talked about it a little in the last section, with the experience and obligation, but let’s jump into it here. Photographers can be expensive. As you do your research, you will likely find the good ones can be up to $5000, while even smaller inexperienced photographers still cost over $1000. It can seem like too much. The parts of photography that don’t seem so flashy are the reasons for the prices. It is very hard to get a photo to look good right out of the camera. There is a ton of work that goes into each photo before you get to see it. The photographer has experience here, as well. Ensuring the photo looks as close to the human eye image we saw on the actual wedding day.

                We also need to pay for the parts that go into photography. The camera body and lenses. The flashes and extra batteries. They all incur a cost initially and maintaining them is not cheap, either. Keeping these things in mind, the price can seem a little less shocking. There are tons of stories of cheap photographers doing a poor job. You can’t redo the day, so sometimes it’s better to put up with the price, knowing that in a year or even fifty, you will thank yourself. You’ll know that the answer to “What’s the best way to remember your wedding day?” is Photos.

How to Save Money

                Even though we talked about price, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to still save money while getting quality. The first mistake a lot of couples make is to book the photographer for the whole day, when they really only need them for the ceremony and speeches. Work with your partner to find what is necessary for your photos before you look for booking. Sometimes a half day is more than enough for your wedding day and can be a huge cost saver.

                Booking together with videography is also an option, especially with 2211 Media. We have photography and videography services, both of which will help you remember your wedding day in all its emotional glory. Booking together can lower the cost of the photography and get you everything you need without sacrificing on the quality. Look to our Packages for some options that work well with your wedding day.

Photographer and her camera. That's a way to remember.
If we haven’t convinced you, take a look at how cute Hannah is. That should work.

So, What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

                By now, you’ve got it. Don’t skimp on the photographer, because everyone holds onto their photos much longer than the initial year of their wedding. These photos will make it through each move the two of you go through. Make it through most events that happen in your life. And no matter what is happening in your life, you can look back on these photos and smile, remembering the magical feeling of your wedding day. So, Photographs is the answer to what’s the best way to remember your wedding.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

Dad and Daughter Dance

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

The worst or best part of any wedding is the dancing. You get to know just how drunk your uncle really is. You get to see who took some dance classes at some point in their lives and those who know how to step-touch really well. There is not a lot of thought put into the dances. Some people just simply tell their DJ to play the hits. We’re here to give you some guidance based on our experience. Here’s A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

Dad and Daughter Dance
The wedding dance can be the best part of the night.

Dances with Instructions.

              The Cupid Shuffle. The Cha-Cha Slide. These songs tell us exactly what to do. Stomp Our feet. Cha Cha real smooth (Whatever that means). For those of us that are prone to poor dancing, these songs can be a lifesaver. Your cousin can show everyone just how good they are at instructions. Your aunt can add some flair by moving her hands and arms in a pattern while she follows the instructions with her feet. No one will have to look too embarrassing. On the other hand, however, those that like to impress won’t really have the chance with these songs. So if you have a family or group of friends that are good at dancing, it may be best to skip these songs.

Chicken Dance

              The chicken dance gets its own paragraph for this one. A long time ago, someone invented the accordion. Largely, this was thought to be a bad idea, with only polka people and Weird Al enjoying it. Then someone invented the Chicken Dance and we all finally understood why people were having such a good time while doing a polka. You get to link arms and fling people around. The part where you pretend to be a chicken is so much fun. Finally, the accordion had widespread appeal. There are even secret lyrics to this timeless song. Everyone has a different version of the lyrics, but mostly, the lyrics are about how bad ducks are. So if you don’t like those floating birds that eat the bread you throw for them in the water, opt to have the chicken dance in your wedding dance mix.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding
There’s even a Wiki How page on the Chicken Dance

Country Music

              We do not condone country music. We need to get that out there first. Though Hannah is from Wisconsin and Davis is from North Dakota, two of the most country music playing states in the union, we are not the biggest fans. We don’t want to make anyone feel bad, though, for liking it. And it’s because of that why you need to include a few country songs in your wedding day mix. The cousins from out of town who each have a pickup truck will thank you. The cousins from in town with the weirdly clean pickup trucks that have never hauled anything will also enjoy the songs. Also, all the dances for country songs work perfectly with step-touches like we talked about before. These songs can be a win-win and will be a welcome break back to the bar for those that would rather not.

Slow Dances

              We get asked a lot, “How many slow dances songs should we have in our mix?” This question can be hard, because the math is getting more and more difficult for this question. You obviously want a few. That’s a given. You gotta have the one where you get everyone to leave who has been married less than 10 years and so on. That way we can all cheer for people who have been married the longest. But you also want slow dance songs for your single friends. It’s hard to talk to people while those heavy bass dance beats are going off, so the slow dance will help your single friends ask that person they’ve been talking to for a dance. You’ll definitely get invited to their wedding and that’s at least a free meal right there. So, in our opinion, the more slow dances, the better.

Overall

              Everyone will be telling you what songs to play. The important thing, too, is that you won’t always make everyone happy with each song. In the end, make sure you love the songs you’re going to play. Slow dances, rave music, country songs. Play them all if you like them. It’s all your decision, because it is your day. But if you want to remember the way your aunt moved her hands to the Chicken Dance. Or if you can’t stop laughing at your cousin who thought they could break dance, then book 2211 media to capture all of that for your memory.

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5 Ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer

5 Ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer

Each wedding website has an explanation of problems that could happen. Here’s one. Here’s another. We won’t regale you with every problem that could happen, but we will answer this one question for you. What if my photographer and videographer get into a fight? On your big day, you don’t want to have to babysit two artists as they complain about one another getting into their shots. They both want you to sing their praises, but when they get in each other’s way, we lose that. Here’s our 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer.

Personality Tests

Your photographer and videographer will likely have some big personalities. They are artists who have to constantly self-promote. Because of that, they may have personalities that are not compatible. Websites like e-Harmony and OKCupid have been utilizing personality tests to match people for years and they have yielded some major results. You may not have the algorithms they have, but you can make your own. Find out their likes and dislikes. Test them on their happiness and other emotions. Have them write an essay about their perfect day. Compare the two and see if you have a match and an avoidance of a nasty vendor fight on your wedding day.

Pro-Tip: If you run out of time and don’t have the ability to perform these tests, or you’re just looking for something easier, have them tell you their zodiac signs. We know that a Taurus will never get along with a Leo and so forth. This can be an easy way to get this done quickly and doesn’t include an essay.

Zodiac Signs
We won’t tell you which one is the best, but Pisces and Libra look pretty good.

Hire a Mediator

Mediators have been through some of the worst fights and have come out of it with so much experience. Experience that will help your vendors avoid a fight. They’ve really been through the worst of humanity, so getting in each other’s shots will be nothing for them. This, of course, will force you to need to schedule another vendor for your wedding day, but this one might be good. They will be able to help you along the way with more than just your photographer and videographer. Fights between the DJ and the caterer solved! No more bridesmaid squabbles. It almost feels like more weddings should have a mediator present. Or maybe that’s what the wedding planner is?

Marriage Story
They probably didn’t follow the 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer.

Have them Meet Beforehand

You will always have a chance to meet with your photographer and videographer before your wedding. If you aren’t, then you have a whole other problem on your hands. Why not try to schedule them both for the same date? That way they both can meet, and you can get them to talk like some sort of matchmaker for vendors. The three of you, or possibly more, can chat over a drink and appetizers. Of course, you will need to coordinate schedules, and if they don’t work out, you will likely have to pick one and if the movie Sophie’s Choice taught us anything, it’s that choices can be hard, although this choice is much easier than hers.

Find Cordial People You Agree With

One of the most difficult parts of any wedding is finding people that are compatible with you. You want a photographer that will not only understand your family but take photos that highlight their personalities. You want a videographer with a cinematic eye, but who also gets your story. These are the things to look for and can be incredibly hard when it comes to booking a vendor. To get both of these things can be darn near impossible. But if you are able to secure these two people and they are incredibly compatible with you and your partner, then it is likely that they will be compatible with each other. Do this task and you won’t have to worry. Although you might have to worry about them falling in love or something while at your wedding. And there’s nothing worse than an unplanned engagement at your wedding.

Hire a company that has both

Most companies are comprised of people that barely know each other but have likely been able to work together to at least make it through the day. Some companies have problems, but that’s where HR comes in. Even easier than those companies are teams of people that come together to make something great. We’ve seen these models work with companies like Google and Apple. They took people that work well together and had them make something. We at 2211 Media have done the same thing. Hannah and Davis have gotten together, first in love, then secondly as a business. We have tested our relationship and know that our fights will not happen on your wedding day. We plan together to ensure we both get the best shots. Cordially, we talk with each other to know what’s going on. Heck, we even know what love feels like and can guarantee we capture it well. All without even an inkling of a fight.

Davis and Hannah of 2211 media
Look how cute we are together!

Conclusion

All in all, the wedding day is a stressful day for everyone, even the vendors. There’s a lot riding on this day and it’s important to do everything right, so you can look back on the day and smile. Look at your photographs that show your love. Watch the video and show it off to your friends. You want it all to be perfect and a fight is definitely going to get in the way. Follows these 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer and this will happen. We especially like tip #5.

Mental Health and Weddings

A wedding can be an incredibly stressful time in a couple’s life. Tensions tend to run high, even if you are trying to keep it small and casual. Family drama, vendor troubles, even the weather can make the whole thing way more stressful than it ever need be. Check out our tips on mental health and weddings.

Our Mental Health

We both have struggled with mental health throughout our lives. Everything we speak about today is from our own experiences and from people that we have talked with. We want to help make your wedding special and it’s hard to do that when the stresses overtake the joy you feel for your partner and your family coming together to celebrate. These may not work for you, but they certainly have helped us. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone, no matter how much it feels that way.

Planning, Planning, Planning

Every day something new comes up. The colors. The food. How many people are your going to invite. Why aren’t you inviting this person? Oh no, a friend of yours has the same colors and you’re really not a friend of theirs anyway, it’s just through Instagram. These little things can really add up and by the end of all the planning you can feel lost. Don’t forget to take time off for yourself. Reading a book, walking on a path you find familiar, shopping (Davis likes this one a little too much). These things can all help you to slow down and refresh your brain and your anxiety. Take it from Donna and Tom. Treat Yo Self.

Mental Health? Treat Yo Self!

Post Wedding Blues

You’ve waited for this day for so long and before you know it, the day is done. Everyone is going home. The cousins that were in your house are gone and now it’s just the two of you. Going back to work as if nothing ever happened. The world has a way of continuing to be the same when you change. Madame B’s Boutique has a great article on the post-wedding depressions she went through. Take care of yourself and plan for stuff to do after your wedding to continue and self-care, even outside of having a honeymoon. Mental health and weddings expands past that one day.

The Center of Attention

Some people just really do not want to be the center of attention. Davis doesn’t fully understand this, but Hannah does. Stage fright can hit and make the day even worse. All the people you have to “entertain.” Having to be in front of people. The cameras pointed at you. It can all be too much for some. The important thing to remember is that while your family might be there and you may have had to pay a lot of money for them to be there, this whole event is for you. The people there want to celebrate you, and if they don’t, who cares about them anyway? You are too important and cool for them anyway. Do you see what you’re wearing? Schnazzy as heck!

Guy in a spotlight
You’ll look better than this guy, that’s for sure.

How We Can Help with Mental Health and Weddings

As talked about earlier, we both have struggles with mental health, especially when it comes to big events. Through those struggles, we have learned and want to help you with everything our experiences have taught us. Our photography and videography will help you to remember the day so you can sit back and not worry about two less things. Our attitudes are chill. We have heard way too many horror stories of photographers that we’re grumpy, mean, or downright rude. In order to help you through your day, you need someone on your side, who has your back. We’ll gladly be that and tell your story at the same time. Take care of your mental health and your wedding will be so much more special.