Mistake # 3 - Have a friend play the music - Have you ever been in an uncomfortable situation? You see an old friend in the mall but you forget her name, you’re having lunch with your boss and there’s a piece of spinach in her teeth? Now imagine your wedding day, you are holding your new groom in your arms and you are both ready for your first dance. All of your friends and family are watching with anticipation, the lights are low and love is in the air. But wait… what is that sound coming from those speakers in the corner? Silence. Worse yet, your cousin Fred has a puzzled look on his face as he frantically tries to find the right song on his I-Pod. What you are feeling right now is exactly what countless brides who thought they would save a few hundred dollars on a DJ have felt when they asked a friend to play some songs at their wedding. There is so much more than just playing music that goes on at a wedding. Who is going to announce the toasts? the dances? Who is going to keep things flowing, making sure that your guests know where to go and when to get there? Who is going to let them know when it’s time for their table to go to the buffet line so the line isn’t one hundred guests long? Who is going to tell them what to expect next? Who is going to make sure there are no uncomfortable pauses throughout the night? Who will get your guests excited about the customary formalities like the mother & son dance, the father & daughter dance, the garter and bouquet toss? The answer, if you are smart, is a Professional DJ. This is YOUR wedding. Your DJ will make or break the day. You owe it to yourself to hire a professional.
Mistake # 4 - Have a friend or family member take the pictures. So your friend is a wonderful photographer. As a wedding gift they have offered to take the pictures. This could save you thousands of dollars. Before you decide to take them up on their offer you need to ask a few questions. How many weddings have you done? May I see your portfolio? What style of photography do you specialize in? If they are unable to show you photos of actual weddings then you don’t want to chance it. Photographing a wedding presents many unique challenges. Is the ceremony going to be outdoors? What time of day? Are there going to be any special lighting requirements? Are there any restrictions on flash photography at the church? After the ceremony is over you will want several shots with your family, are they equipped and knowledgeable on how to get that done in the time frame allotted? At the reception the lighting will be low so does he have the proper equipment to get the shots he needs? A professional photographer with experience will know the right questions to ask you before the wedding to ensure you are not disappointed after. Tell your friend or family member with the camera that you would rather have them enjoy your wedding and be a guest. You would never dream of having them work on your special day. If they bring their camera anyway then you’ll just have more pictures to share with your friends and family.
Mistake # 5 - Have a friend shoot the video. In today’s world of video phones just about anything that happens can be shared in cyberspace within the minute. It is tempting then to think that enough people will use those phones or flip cams or maybe even one of those real video cameras and you’ll have plenty of footage to look back on. Think again. Your guests want to enjoy your day. The last thing on their mind is pulling out their i-phone to document what’s going on. Even if some of your guests took their time to capture your special ceremony the sound quality would be less than ideal. Do you want to hear your vows or do you want to hear wind, muffled words, or worse yet… nothing. Having a professionally shot video (Preferably High Definition) will ensure you have captured the magic of your most special day in a way that still pictures could never do. Ask perspective videographers what kind of experience they have. Can you see some samples of their work? You would be surprised at how many different styles of editing there are out there. Remember, fifty years from now when you are sharing your memories with your grandchildren, you will want to show then a video that won’t make them laugh.