As wedding videographers and filmmakers, we have been in the business long enough to know places and faces that will inspire you to create the wedding of your dreams. And this is why we have put together a list of 10 inspirational sources that will guide you through the preliminary stages of wedding planning:
1.Friends & Family
Theyʼve been there, they know how it works, they understand the incredible life experience
youʼre about to have. And, most importantly, they can be trusted because they only want whatʼs best for you. Your beloved ones will be happy to help you and to recommend their favorite suppliers.
2. Wedding Blogs
Wedding bloggers are knowledgeable, communicative people who love everything wedding-related - and itʼs free advice! Wedding blogs can be general or specific, catering for different styles: classic, vintage, bohemian, rock and roll - you name it, we bet thereʼs a blog about it. Our favorites in the UK are Times Two Hearts and Want That Wedding.
3. Wedding Magazines
Colorful, glossy, stylish, wedding magazines are packed with juicy pictures of gorgeous wedding dresses, fabulous make-up styles, real weddings, tips & advice. Most wedding magazines have supplier directories where you will find fashion designers, venues and photographers. The choice of mags is virtually limitless!
4. Wedding Directories
Wedding directories are usually targeted to a specific geographical location, and this is why theyʼre a useful source of wedding suppliers in your local area. The most popular wedding directories in the UK are Hitched and UK Bride.
Online communities in your local area can help you in two ways. Firstly, you can meet other brides and share your wedding planning experience with them. If their planning is at a more advanced stage than yours, most brides will be happy to give you tips and advice on every subject: bridesmaid dresses, wedding etiquette, invitations, entertainment, first dance song, and so on. Another benefit of online communities is that they usually host classifieds from local wedding suppliers. If youʼre based in London, for example, the hugely popular Gumtree is a goldmine of information.
Are you a busy bride with a demanding job and very little time on her hands? Donʼt panic - wedding planners are there to help you and theyʼll do most of the work for you, recommending venues and suppliers and arranging the day to perfection. Donʼt settle for the first person you find on the internet: your wedding planner must be someone whoʼs willing to go the extra mile to provide a good service. Choose someone friendly, knowledgeable, organized.
Attend a few wedding fairs to meet the suppliers in person and play around with different ideas. Wedding fairs are fun, interactive and tickets donʼt cost the earth. Once again, the choice is limitless! We advice you to choose a few fairs targeted to different styles, so you can get the bigger picture and be more aware of your options and possibilities.
Movies are the realm of dreams, so why not steal from them when planning the marriage of your dreams? “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is an exquisitely funny flick about mixed couples and the odd dilemmas faced by lovers of different cultures. “The Birdcage” is an eccentric, hilarious wedding get-together between two completely different families: one is gay, liberal and colorful, and the other is straight, conservative and strict. And then thereʼs “Monsoon Wedding”, a charming film about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India, where Bollywood meets disco music and tradition collides with modernity. If youʼre a hardcore movie buff, we recommend “Melancholia” by Lars Von Trier and “The Corpse Bride” by Tim Burton. Youʼll find many more movie titles if you search for “wedding movies” on Google!
9. Music Videos
We grew up watching them and we thought that some of them were strange, some oddly fascinating and some plain awesome! Whether youʼre looking for an unusual wedding dress or some crazy first dance choreography idea, music videos are the perfect source of inspiration. Here are some titles for you: “November Rain” by Guns & Roses, “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, “Hot and Cold” by Katy Perry, “White Wedding” by Billy Idol, “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyonce.
Finally, you can watch wedding videos to see real people in action on their special day. Wedding videography is a fantastic source of inspiration if youʼre looking for ideas on venues, wedding themes and choice of music. Check out our wedding videos and send us some feedback - your opinion matters!
About Kalifilm Productions
Based in London, Kalifilm Productions provides boutique wedding cinematography at affordable prices. We cover the following areas: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey.