Bridal Show Tomorrow!

Hey, I’ll be at the “Bridal Show at the Bay” tomorrow from 12-4pm. It is being held at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, a wonderfully beautiful location right on the water. I’ve gotten some great shots here so I’m hoping to meet a lot of brides. I’m not sure what percentage will actually be getting married at Celebrations, but it is always fun talking to brides and grooms as they get ready for their exciting day. If you come out, let me know you read my blog and I’ll offer you a special deal on your wedding video.

WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 – A real award?

I just found out that we’ve been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for videography. Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. It means we stand among the top five percent of professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry.
This is the third year in a row that we’ve received the award. The first year when I heard that we received the award I have to admit I was dubious. I mean, after all, we advertise on their website so I wondered if this award was just a gimme, but I started asking other advertisers I met at bridal shows if they received the award and many had not. The more I looked into it, I realized the results were from reviews from past clients who had a lot of good things to say about us. It was nice to feel so loved.
Here’s hoping our excellent track record continues in 2011. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones to take advantage of our excellent services and creativity.

Wedding engagement season is upon us

Well, it’s that time of year! No, not the holidays, although that’s a great time too. It is engagement season. I dont know the exact numbers, but approximately 60% of all engagements take place between now and the end of the year. I guess it is the romanticized notion of happening around when we spend the most time with friends and family. People look forward to that extra bit of celebration to enjoy around the holidays.

If you are recently engaged and are looking to 2012, congratulations on planning so far in advance. If you are looking at 2011, the notion is even more exciting because it is right around the corner. Of course, there is the caveat of having to plan everything in a shorter period of time, which can be more stressful. You’ll also have to compete for top wedding vendors with brides who have been engaged for awhile and have already booked most of the people who will be working their weddings.

So, how do you do a lot in a little amount of time? Well, the online search continues to be the easiest and most popular. Google “wedding videographers baltimore” and dozens of results will come up. But how do you differentiate one vendor from another? Well, that brings me to the point of this post – the strength of social media in the wedding vendor search.

Asking the advice of people you trust – friends and family – is always the best way to go. In the past, you had access to only a couple of people with this knowledge. The advent of social media such as Facebook has given you access to so many more people willing to share their opinions. Simply putting a post on Facebook saying “Does anyone know a great wedding videographer?” can quickly generate 10 responses with wedding videographers to check out from people who you know (or sort of know) and trust. They may even post a portion of their wedding video for you to view. Then, you can do the rest of the legwork. Look at websites, online samples, and, just as important, online reviews on sites such as weddingwire.com and the knot.com to see what other brides have said. If you have a friend refer you to someone, you like their work, and that person has great online reviews, chances are that is someone you HAVE to at least meet with.

Social media has made our lives so much easier in many ways, and the planning of the perfect wedding in a short amount of time is no different. Happy holidays!

Do you even need a wedding videographer?

Ok. I’m a little biased here. But even if you don’t hire me, you need a wedding videographer. No doubt you have your priorities in planning for your wedding day. Most likely caterer, cake, and DJ or band is right at the top of your list.

But think about this – what will be your priorities after your wedding day is over? I bet they shift and will be videography and photography. In fact, studies bear this out. Why? Because long after your wedding day what you’ll want most are the memories. Who was there? What were they wearing? What were they doing? How did it look and feel to be there?

Nothing provides those memories like wedding videography, and even though photography will always be the most important keepsake of your wedding day, it’s not an either/or proposition. Wedding videography and photography bring something completely different to the table. After all, you can’t hear your vows in a photograph, or the organist as you walk down the aisle, or the maid of honor’s toast, or the music the DJ played during your first dance, or…you get the picture. So, wedding videography is actually one of the most important aspects you should be planning for on your wedding day, which will lead to many of my future posts, most of which will deal with how you choose the best wedding videographer.

In Motion Video – Professional Wedding Videography

Hello. Welcome to my blog. My name is Gene DiPaula, the owner of In Motion Video. The rest of this site is just a bunch of what you’ll find on any professional wedding videography website – a bunch of marketing hoopla. I look at this blog as an opportunity to connect with my readers, including former and prospective wedding video clients. This will be a chance to let some of my personality and vast experience in not just wedding videography, but in many types of professional video, shine through.

My main objective is to have some fun while also providing my opinion on a variety of different questions that surround wedding videography. I want this blog to be interactive so if you have any questions or comments about of the information I have provided here, please leave a post. Let’s go!