The cost to send save-the-dates the traditional way means some couples are leaving them out & simply sending invitations. In today’s busy world, not sending a save-the-date could mean that your nearest & dearest are double booked & can’t make your big day. There are however many creative & affordable options popping up such as video save-the-dates - a paperless, affordable & creative alternative.
Let’s talk cost
There are all sorts of ways couples can announce their wedding while showing off their style & staying within budget. From co-opting friends to help with design, to sending post-cards to save on postage. DIY address labels & downloadable templates from Etsy, couples are getting creative to announce their wedding. All these options mean that the ‘average’ cost of using save the dates varies wildly. Our research shows anywhere from $250 - $550 for a 100 person wedding. This includes a some variances in costs like design, printing, postage, return RSVPs.
Video save-the-dates by comparison are one cost no matter the size of the wedding. At $199, your video announcement can be shared with as many invitees as you like. You could share with your friends and family via link or simply upload the video to your wedding website. By starting off your wedding journey online, you can continue sharing photos & wedding updates via your website & save on further mailing costs & time consuming telephone calls to give important updates.
As you can see from our founder Jen & her husband Simon's website, they also asked their guests for 'wedding advice' video submissions on their website. (They are super fun to recieve & awesome to watch every anniversary)
Let’s Talk Style
Keep it nice and short as if you were sending traditional save-the-dates. Luckily, here is where we specialize. We can take up to two hours of raw footage and distil it into the key watchable moments that will tell YOUR story. Think of all those small clips you've shot on your phone. Camping, vacations, parties & more. Maybe you even got some video or a great photo from the proposal. Besides that great natural footage, we'll coach you to take a few minutes of 'purpose shot' video to get the key information across. Basically - you’re getting married + a date. So, your save-the-date video will act as a video teaser for the big day. We keep it around 2 minutes and chock it full of your personality & style. As much you would enjoy watching a 20 minute video of the both of you...you might be the only ones ;)
Location, location, location
So where's this thing going to happen, eh? At this point, there is no need to tell people the venue or what time the reception begins. You can save that info for the actual invitation. However, if you know you’re having your wedding in Langley BC & many of your invitees do not live in that area, it’s nice to give them a heads up so they can start making their travel plans.
Your day, your way
Just because you are announcing a wedding, doesn’t mean you have to all of a sudden become more formal or flowery. Your save the date video should 100 % reflect you as a couple. Love heavy metal & board games? How about hiking & dogs? Whatever you two love, why not incorporate some of that into your video save-the-date?
Save-the-date videos tell a story of you as a couple. To do this in a fun way that people want to watch, grabbing a few set-up shots is key. Coaching? Yup, we provide it. In the mean time, here's a few things to think about.
What do you love doing? You love rum & your fiancé loves champagne? You love hiking but your other half prefers biking. Books vs. magazines. Shoot some simple video of each of you doing your favourite things individually make for great video. Its amazing how just a few seconds of video can give the viewer that feeling, of 'that's sooo Steve!'. Experiment and have fun. How about as a couple? Did you meet dancing? Or at school? Take video of you two together dancing or studying (while shooting romantic glances at each-other perhaps...?) Of each action, get some tight (close-up) shots, get some over the shoulder shots get some distance shots.
Where do you love going? What about some shots of the street outside the restaurant you ate at during your first date? Shoot some footage outside your respective homes (or your shared home). Take the same route to work every day? Why not shoot some video of that? What about the place you love camping together, shopping together or drinking together? You get the idea. While the individual shots on their own (you want me to film 2 minutes of a street?!) may seem boring, when woven together, they create the fabric of you as a couple.
Home movie time!
Have some footage you shot on your last vacation together? Random video clip from the last time you went bowling? We can use these videos to spice up your purpose shot footage & really highlight your time spent together. Maybe you even have an awkward photo from the first time you met. Great!
Ready to make your save-the-date video? We can help!