Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A sneak peek at my BIG surprise!!!

Ok, so I have eluded to the fact a few times that I have a special surprise for all of our guests that is my absolute most favorite thing about the entire wedding!  And it is also the biggest DIY task that I have taken on.  I have been working on it since July and have spent countless months (off and on) and hours trying to piece it together.  But alas, with only 79 days to go until the big day, I am just getting super antsy about wanting to share at least a little bit of a teaser with all of you fellow blogger brides about what I am hoping to finalize within the next month.

Of course, none of my family and friends read this blog, but just to be safe, if you are a family or friend and you want to still be invited to my wedding, then you will absolutely jump ship right now and get the hell off of my blog site!  Love you ;P

So last week I posted about what the guests will experience as they arrive for the wedding.  I also shared about our processional and the songs that will be playing as our bridal party makes their way down the aisle.  I then stopped and said that once the BM's, FG and RB's all get down the aisle, everything will stop - and I will not yet make my entrance.  For I have a little surprise for the guests.

You see, most people have jumped on board with the idea to put together a little video montage of photographs of the bride and groom from infancy all the way through their relationship together.  It is set to romantic, fun, sweet songs and typically played during the reception for all the guests to enjoy.  I, of course, wanted to do this, too...but at the same time, I wanted ours to be different, not typical, and something they've never seen before to keep their attention.

A friend played their little photo montage just before the ceremony began while all the guests were seated at the church.  I thought that was such a great idea because you have all the guests facing forward and you have their attention while they're sitting waiting for the ceremony to start.  So I definitely wanted to do this, too.

But I also wanted it to be more entertaining and have an actual purpose at the ceremony...and I know that while they are watching this, I will be tucked away, waiting for my walk down the aisle and most likely freaking the hell out!  So I figured why not provide them with something to make them laugh so that I will hear their laughter and joy and sweet ooh's and aah's and feel a little more relaxed myself?

I started browsing YouTube for ideas on creative reception montages and came across a film student who had edited her own little video.  I fell in love with the idea and many had contacted her asking her to create one for them, too!  I called and asked her what she charges to make one of these and the price she quoted me was pretty ridiculous and definitely not in our budget!  I was pretty bummed...but never one to give up. 

Becoming self-taught to create my best friend and sister's wedding videos, I know my way around an editing program enough that I knew I could do this myself at no real cost to us (more on that to come later).

Well, I started browsing around googling ideas like music, video, actors, and such to figure out how that girl made her video.  And I figured it out all by myself and recreated our own personal one for us and our guests...it tells the story of our lives and our relationship but with some fun twists in them. 

As I mentioned, it is still not finished (I need to spend some more time with Mr Fix It and my daughter to get some final details handled), but I don't want to wait too much longer to share with all of you.  Please note that I quickly rendered this little teaser to share and it is not high quality and not complete - so you will see about 15 seconds of 'black' in the middle where there is still stuff for me to fill in...but you'll get the idea of what I am doing.

As the processional ends, this video starts...


It goes on for about 15 minutes based on an E! THS style spoof.  This is only the beginning...there's much more to come and many fun surprises within.  I showed it to my future sister-in-law when she was in town a few weeks ago and she busted out laughing saying that everyone will love it. 

The kicker- at the very end, it plays the song 'The Day Before You' by Rascal Flatts and halfway through the song, the video goes to black and instructs the guests to 'Please Rise'...*THAT* is the point where I will make my entrance.  I love that song so much...more to come. 

What do you think so far? 

25 comments:

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very cute! :)

Em said...

Holy. Crap. Girl, you have totally outdone yourself. This is SO AMAZING! Wow...like, W.O.W. I cannot wait to see the video in it's entirety (I hope you post it.) Your guests are going to LOVE it!! I'm at a loss for words (or at least coherent sentences.) Fantastic job, my friend!

redwhitebride said...

LOVE it!

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

Oh I will definitely post the video in it's entirety...I've been dying to share it with you all. It's just been hard to get 'er done with everything else going on in life...this is definitely my biggest undertaking.

Thanks for the compliments! :)

Jenn said...

Look at you! You should get Bride of the year award! That's awesome you were able to figure it out on your own and then it has more meaning to it cause you personally made it!!! Great job!

thehickbride said...

I love this! What a fun take on the video that can get boring! I can't wait to see the whole thing!

Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

oh wow! that is so awesome....i wanna make one too! (there i go again...) well, if i did make one, i'd have to ask the mr. to do it...i know nothing of editing and such. although, i don't think he knows much either. hmmmm....
well, i can't wait to see the whole thing! fun, fun, fun! =)

SG said...

Very creative and you can definitely see the work you put into this. I think your guests will love it.

From Now Till I Do said...

Such a cool video! You're so talented Stacey. Your guests will really enjoy it and it's totally unexpected which is good!

very married said...

this. is. so. cool.

Sarah Ann said...

You are so creative! I really like this idea, and I've never heard of it before so its news to me!

Ghenet said...

LOVE it!! It's so cute and hilarious! Props to you for figuring it out on your own - your work has paid off! Cant wait to see the final product :o)

Chocolate Lover said...

Oh! Wow! I think I know which video you are basing this on and I love it love it love it! You are doing an amazing job at it (although I can't imagine how time consuming it must be!). Can't wait to see the entire thing! Everyone will love it!!

Ruthy G. said...

Dang! This is awesome and so unique! I think your guests will get such a kick out of it!

Leesie said...

Wow what a unique wonderful idea... We had a video montage at the reception and it was our absolute fave part of the wedding. Our family friend did an amazing job on it.

PartyPlannerGal said...

OMG, this is just so freakin' awesome! I would love to be a guest at your wedding! There is going to be so much going on, and this is such a fun idea! Great work!!!

My Dream Ring said...

That is beyond awesome, so unique!

Mrs T said...

WOAH!! You made that yourself? I am SO impressed. I LOVE it. You should be a wedding planner, seriously, your wedding is going to be insane.

Maybe I will get you to edit our wedding video...

This is going to be great. People are going to be so impressed. I am so impressed.

honey my heart said...

amazing! and what a great treat for guests and yourselves. :)

Katie said...

Holy...freakin....crap! That is ridiculously amazing. I bow to you....and I can't wait to see all of it!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Awesome Stacey! You and your guests will have SO much fun!

Wheresmydessert said...

This is SO AWESOME!!!

Westside Wedding said...

oh wow!! You never cease to amaze me with all your incredible ideas!!!!

Bee @ BP Wedding said...

Stacey, this is GREAT!!!! I love it! :)

AmyJean {Relentless Bride} said...

I LOVE IT! you are so creative ... this is so fun and unique! what a great idea! :)

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