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Wedding Planning Tip

This week’s wedding tip is a simple one that will have your guests talking and feeling a little special on your wedding weekend. Boston Wedding Planner Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara of Unique Weddings by Alexis provides this week’s Boston Wedding Group tip, which talks about putting together welcome bags for your guests. When you add a little personailty to those welcome bags, your guests will feel a little more connected to you as a couple on your wedding day. We have to give shout outs to Jenny and Geoff LaMarche, as well as Colleen and Dave Ritacco who included their vendors in their welcome bag handouts last year. It’s that little extra touch that just makes you feel good, and always seems to spawn our best creative juices.


In this week’s wedding tip, Jeri Solomon of Jeri Solomon Floral Design and the Boston Wedding Group explains some of the key factors of what dictates your floral budget on your wedding day. Most people do not know what to expect when it comes to this part of the wedding budget, but Jeri has a few tips that will guide you in the right direction. Jeri has been working in floral shops since she was a teenager and she began her own floral design studio in the 1994. She is one of the leading floral designers in Boston and New England, and her work is just elegant, gorgeous and impeccable. Find out what you need to know about your wedding budget for your Boston wedding in this week’s wedding tip.


This week’s wedding tip comes from one of the top wedding planner companies in Boston and New England. Courtney Graham of Marrero Events and the Boston Wedding Group is a big supporter of having a first look, and we here at JPod Films have a similar view. We both believe that a first look has so many advantages to making your wedding day all that it can be. Many traditional couples will forgo this recent trend, but we think you should really look at the benefits before eliminating this from your timeline.

In addition to all of Courtney’s great points (which we agree with), we believe that having a first look will also make the whole day more relaxing as it “loosens” the timeline. You will be less rushed throughout the day, and by attending the cocktail hour, you will have a better chance to interact and thank your guests. That will translate to having more tie and more fun at your reception. For us filmmakers, the added interaction, emothion and personality of the couple’s first look helps make our Boston Wedding Films that much better.  Let us know what you think below and subscribe to our feed to see more wedding tips as we unveil them each week.



Today, we’re beginning a new series of video wedding tips for couples to utilize during the wedding planning process. We have tapped into our resources of the Boston Wedding Group to find some of the best planning ideas from some of the most talented and experienced professionals in the industry. Today’s tip comes from Lovelyn Jensen from the Dane Estate at Pine Manor College. If you haven’t been to Dane Estate, it’s a 60-acre property that provides an array of spaces to suit any type of wedding. The venue is suitable for beautiful outdoor weddings, as well as indoor weddings that are surrounded by beautiful architectural accents. Her tip is a fabulous one that many people do not think of when creating their invitations and response cards.



Anybody who knows us well, knows that we are all about wedding industry education, especially for wedding cinematography and videography. Whether its learning, or sharing information, we like to be a part of it. This month, we were excited to share our thoughts on wedding cinematography with one of the industry leading websites called

ProductionHUB, which is a resource guide for production in media that includes film, video, broadcast and music, was looking to find out some tips for videographers try to improve their wedding videography skills. We shared some of our views on lighting, storytelling and appearance that we try to practice when filming our Boston wedding films. You can see the article HERE to find out some of our top wedding videography tips.


We were happy to be the video sponsor for Eventiques, an Event created by Eutopia Events that took place two weeks ago at the Eastworks Building in Easthampton, Massachusetts on May 3rd and 4th. New England Wedding wedding planners Ruthie McDonald and Lauren Mace are the duo behind the event that is subtitled, A Wedding and Event Flea Market. The event allows former brides the opportunity to sell their wedding related items from wedding dresses to detail-related items like mason jars, lanterns, vases, wine cork placecard holders and so much more. It’s like an awesome, live pinterest board, in one locations, and everything is for sale. Wedding planners and brides that are planning their weddings will have the opportunity to find an amazing selection of unique items for their event at prices that are much lower than purchasing them new. Here’s a two-minute glimpse back at the event that is growing and growing every year!

A Special thanks to all of the event sponsors: Bliss Celebrations, Cakes By Amanda, CJC Event Lighting, Cronin Hill Photography, Durocher Florist, Eutopia Events, Forget Me Not Florist,  JPod Productions and Well Wed Magazine.


After a couple years of offering DVDs as one of our choices for wedding film delivery, as of March 1st, thumb drives with high-definition video will become our primary form of delivery for our Boston wedding films. We will still offer DVDs as an add-on option for those couples that would like them to have them, but the primary delivery option will be thumb drives.

Why are we making this change? First of all, it will allow us to deliver our films in the highest quality possible – high definition. We film all our weddings, events and corporate projects in high definition; therefore, we want to deliver our final product in this high quality format as well. With DVDs, the final output is converted to standard definition, which lowers the quality of our films.

Boston Wedding Filmmaker delivers on HD thumb drives

Secondly, we want to stay up to-to-date with the current trends. Just as mp3 files have replaced CDs in the music industry, videos and films are heading in the same direction. With Netflix, Hulu, and Apple and Roku TV boxes gaining in popularity, the future of video files will be in a digital format. Apple has already shown this trend as they have eliminated DVD drives from their most recent line of laptops. Any couple that meets for a consultation in our office, watches our films from an ipad in high definition through an Apple TV box.

Finally, with a digital file of your wedding film, you can share it with however many people you want. There is not just one copy for you and your parents. If your grandmother, sister, or best friend wants a copy, you have the ability to share it with them. Plus, the wedding film will play on your phone, your ipad, and your computer.

We are just excited to make this transition as the thumb drive delivery will keep our couples ahead of the current digital media trends, with a wedding video that is in a high quality format. And, that is how we want all of our Boston wedding videos to be viewed.


The support for wedding videography / cinematography continues to grow with more and more people inside and outside of the wedding industry realizing the value of a quality wedding video. The most recent article to be released comes from the Huffington Post, which states three reasons why you should budget for a wedding videographer. You can view the article HERE. One reason that they give is that cinematographers will capture what you didn’t see. I love that the Huffington Post spotlights this quality, as we take pride in capturing family and friend reactions to the vows, first dance and other moments throughout the day that our couples will miss due to being “in the moment”.

In the coming months, we will be releasing a new “about us” film that will tell what our Boston wedding videos are all about. This weekend, we will be shooting a wedding film for Tara Fleming, who is the third of three daughters in the Fleming family to get married. We are ecstatic to share in another wedding day with the Flemings, as I feel like we have become a part of their family. Last week, Tara’s sister Stephanie and her husband Mike sat down to tell us about the value of their wedding film from JPod Productions. This quick snippet will be a part of our larger production that will be released in 2014. It helps explain the importance of budgeting for a quality Boston wedding video for you wedding.


In our last post, we talked about ways to improve your Boston wedding video during the wedding planning process. Today, we will share a list that we send to couples with one month to go before the wedding with tips on how to make their wedding film better on the big day itself. These wedding tips are something we review in our final meeting, but they truly translate to improving the overall quality of your final product.

1. The Toasts. Tell your best man/maid of honor to not only talk about you as a person, but also as you both as a couple. Have them share their thoughts on you two finding one another and getting together.

2. Exchange gifts. Plan on adding a special moment to your day by giving each other gifts with a personally-written card. If gifts are not in your budget, then just exchange cards. You can have a bridesmaid/groomsmen deliver it. It’s always fun to see how we can tie this sequence into your film. Plus, you can see their reaction when they open it.

3. Don’t chew gum. We know you’re nervous and feel the need to be busy, but please refrain from the Juicy Fruit. This goes for the wedding party too. Altoids will keep everyone’s breath fresh!

4. Consider your vows. When it comes time to state your vows to each other remember to relax. Take a deep breath and look into each other’s eyes and deliver your words from the heart. Slow down and think about what you are saying.

5. Talk. Have conversations with your family and friends. Chat about how you meet, how the proposal went, what has gone into planning this wedding, etc. Your wedding day is packed full of emotions, let everyone know how you’re feeling.

6. Stay together. It’s not uncommon for the couple to split up once the reception is underway. Brides and grooms drive the dance floor! Your wedding day is finally here, enjoy it together.

7. Natural Light. When your makeup artist comes to your location, set up the table where there is plenty of daylight instead of under artificial lights (tungsten, florescent). Try to avoid basement locations.

8. Turn down the radio/ipod during prep. It’s common for the girls to blast a wedding mix album while doing hair and make-up, but this can easily mask a power piece of dialog that can be used to tell your story. It also creates an awkward background noise when a cinematic soundtrack is applied later.

9. Tell your wedding party & parents that we’re coming. Make sure they understand that we desire that everyone behaves naturally and let them know that they need to try and ignore our presence as much as possible. We want your day to unfold the same whether we are there or not.

10. Allow free time with the cinematographer. When you meet with the photographer for the final time, let them know them we like to control some of the photo session with the bride and groom. Most often, we just work in a few of our ideas throughout the individual time with the bride and groom and everyone benefits. We will also communicate with the photographer before your wedding day.

And that’s it! If you have any other ideas, do not hesitate to comment below. We are always striving to make out Boston wedding videos better!


As a Boston wedding videographer. we enjoy helping our brides and grooms prepare for the perfect day. A few years ago, we created a top ten list for making your wedding film better, but some of the ideas were specific to the wedding day, and others were more important in the wedding planning process. Therefore, after taking part in a roundtable with several of the other top wedding filmmakers in New England, we split our top ten lists into two segments: the planning top ten and the day-of top ten list. First, here are our top ten tips to make your Boston wedding video better during the wedding planning process:

1. Add a welcome speech. That’s right, have Dad speak. It is a great courtesy for the Father of the Bride to welcome everyone and thank your guests for coming on each families behalf. Secondly, and more importantly, fathers get emotional and sentimental when their daughters get married. This usually translates into great moments and speeches about the couple and exactly the type of speech you’ll want to have for your memories.   

2. More time for prep. The one thing you cannot get back during the wedding day is time. One of my top suggestions is to add one half-hour to whatever time you want hair and make-up to end. So if you want hair and make-up done at 11am, then tell your hair and make-up team that you need to be done by 10:30pm. No one is to blame here, but this is the most common place for brides to fall behind on their timeline.

3. Have a first look.  Just do it! Seeing each other before the ceremony helps you with your nerves and creates a wonderful opportunity for you two to say just say “Hi”. Every bride we talk to says that it does not take away from the feelings you get walking down the aisle either. We also view this as an opportunity to capture you two alone together for an intimate, personable moment.

4. Write personalized vows. Nothing lets your personality into your wedding film better than vows that are written from the heart. It’s a personal touch that cannot be matched!

5. Natural Light. When planning your hair and make-up location, think about natural light (sunlight). If you are not relegated to the salon, try and choose locations with large windows and limited or no need for artificial light.

6. Schedule some  time with the cinematographer. When you schedule time with the photographer to do intimate photos of just the bride and groom, be sure to schedule in time for the cinematographer to work his/her magic. We usually need about 10-15 minutes, and most times the photographer will take advantage of this time too.

7. Unplug your wedding. As a bride and groom, you will invest thousands of dollars to have your photographer and cinematographer document your day. With today’s technology, cell phones, ipads and cameras flood your aisle with guests who complicate the equation. One of today’s most popular trends is to have your guests put away all electronic devices and just enjoy the moment. There will be plenty of photo opportunities later in the day.

8. Exchange gifts. Plan on adding a special moment to your day by giving each other gifts with a personally-written card. If gifts are not in your budget, then just exchange cards. You can have a bridesmaid/groomsmen deliver it. It’s always fun to see how we can tie this sequence into your film. Plus, you can see their reaction when they open it.

9. Pick the right Masters of Ceremonies. Your Officiant and DJ/Band Leader will set the tone, provide emotion, and create energy throughout the day. Do not underestimate this!  A good Officiant gets to know the couple and incorporates their story and personalities into the ceremony. Meanwhile, the Emcee at the reception really has the ability to set the right tone for the evening.

10. Details. You can never have too many. It’s the details that often bring out a couple’s personality on the wedding day and in their wedding film! Create some pinterest boards while following other boards that match your wedding style and interests. Check out our pinterest boards too, as we have lots of ideas.

The one thing about wedding planning is that not too many people do it more than once. As an experience wedding vendor, we hope that information like this will help you create great memories of your special day. Tune in Friday as we release the updated top 10 list of how to make your Boston wedding video or film better on the wedding day itself.