What remains after all the hard work of planning a wedding in Colorado? Simple. It’s the memories. Your day is about celebrating with those that came to share in your joy. So, the key is to capture those special wedding memories and don’t let wedding photographs dominate your wedding day.
Our role, as your professional Colorado wedding DJ and wedding Master of Ceremonies (MC), is to lead guests into a joyful wedding celebration of your love. We take our
role seriously. It’s literally to create the joy, the laughter, the smiles, and those special and unique moments that make your wedding memorable and you. To literally direct the natural sequence and flow of the events for your Colorado wedding day…all from an entertainment perspective.
Unlike any other wedding professional you’ll hire for your wedding, it’s only your wedding Disc Jockey and Master of Ceremonies that truly sees everything that will happen on your day and how it truly impact the sequential flow of your day in the same way your guests will experience them. We hear what they hear. We see what they see from the moment they arrive, until your last dance. No other wedding professional you hire can say that, because they simply aren’t with the guests 100 percent of the time like your DJ / Master of Ceremonies will be.
Our role is to enhance the joy, the love and provide a forum for your special day to be shared by your guests while making it memorable. Yes, both your photographer and videographer share a critical role in “recording” your Colorado wedding celebration and capturing those special wedding memories, but we don’t want to let wedding photographs dominate your day. We want to do all we can to ensure they are able to do that efficiently and effectively, but in a manner that simultaneously results in a fun, smooth flowing and stress-free celebration for you and all your guests as well.
The best way to do that, is to select a Colorado wedding photographer / videographer that has the proven professional skills and wedding experience to capture your special moments efficiently and unobtrusively from a NATURAL flow perspective.
What does that mean “don’t let wedding photographs dominate your wedding day?” Simple.
Find a Colorado wedding photographer or wedding videographer in Colorado that is:
1) VERY FAMILIAR WITH YOUR VENUE and is shooting a truly “photo-journalistic” (or correctly termed “life style” manner) to “record” the emotion and special moments of the day. To document what occurs, as it unfolds, in a natural manner; not necessarily dictate the timing of the day (because they want to leave, or you’ve booked a short time frame.) Ideally, they are booked with an unlimited time (or at least a large enough time package) so that the day can unfold naturally. If they are not very familiar with the venue, then we humbly suggest that they may want to do a site visit to determine exactly where they will want to shoot ahead of time, gauge the lighting, etc so that extensive photo sessions don’t needlessly take way time and attention from your guests. (If you need help finding an excellent photographer or videographer, click here. Need more, contact me personally.)
2) BE REASONABLE WITH YOUR PHOTO LIST. I have a very well known wedding publication on my desk at this very moment, and it specifically lists 44 “must have” photos after the ceremony that the bride “has to have.” Doing simple math here, but if each wedding photo only takes 1 to 2 minutes to gather the correct guests for the photo (assuming Uncle Lou isn’t in the bathroom, or the best man at the bar), snap a photo, the photographer scans through and quickly “proofs” a few of the pictures to make sure nobody blinked, then the next one on the list. Poof! Now you’ve taken 60 to 90 minutes just like that. It happens a lot!
Believe it or not, two to three weddings per month, we see photographers whip out a six, yes, six plus page itinerary of photos they are “required” to take. This has taken as long as 2 to 2.5 hours post ceremony. Truthfully, it leaves guests waiting forever, bored, and yes, some guests will leave before the bride and groom arrive. (For more read Three Secrets to Make your Colorado Wedding the Best Wedding Ever!)
The solution on how to keep wedding photographs from dominating your day?
Plan a cocktail hour, and post ceremony photos to take a maximum 30 to 40 minutes of that time (all on site.) Establish a realistic list of photos by a proven, experienced Colorado wedding photographer or Colorado wedding videographer that is both familiar and experienced at your venue. Then, you can still have some time to mingle and enjoy a slice of the cocktail hour with your guests for about 15 minutes; or you can choose to limit the cocktail hour to 60 minutes, with 45 minutes of that for the actual cocktail hour for guests, and about 15 minutes as they transition to take their seats. During that transition time, the two of you can have some private and secluded time “alone” time before your wedding celebration begins. Take the time to enjoy some appetizers, sip some champagne and relax for a few minutes before you, as the guests of honor, are introduced.
Just a few practical suggestions on how to keep wedding photographs from dominating your day.
Make a statement or tell your story.
Showcase your own style.
Brand your wedding.
CREATE memories together!
Matt Martindale – Amore’ DJ Entertainment, Wedding Lighting & Décor, Interactive Photo Booth
*Professional Wedding MC / 13 Time Award Winning Colorado Wedding DJ Expert™
*WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award Winner (Top 5 percent of all Wedding Professionals Nationally)