5 Reasons Why We’re the Best at Capturing South Asian Weddings

Have you ever been a part of a south Asian wedding? They are one of the grandest of weddings in the world. Well, by South Asian we are referring to countries India, Pakistan and Srilanka. And right now we are specifically talking about India as it makes up for most of the South Asian population in America.

Indian weddings take place over a lavish affair of 2-3 days. It comprises a lot of vibrancy from the decor to the rituals and attires. It’s all about glamor, lavish decor, elaborate rituals, and lots of enjoyment! If you are preparing for your own Indian wedding, this might be a good read!

The wedding begins with rituals like Sagai (engagement), Haldi ceremony (where a holy turmeric paste is applied on the bride and groom’s body for good luck and good looks!) and Sangeet (where the friends and relatives of the bride and groom engage into an elaborate song and dance session) and proceeds to the main event of the wedding ceremony.

The lavish and larger than life celebrations of an Indian wedding deserve to be captured flawlessly and with utmost care. We at byDesign Films understand the requirements and challenges of an Indian wedding. For your understanding, we would like to give you 5 reasons to hire us for your upcoming South Asian wedding.

We capture the vibrancy perfectly

There is no doubt about the vibrancy and vividness of an Indian wedding. We understand how much attention is given to every corner of the wedding venue or that gorgeous Kundan-work jewelry on the bride or the gorgeous colorful attires worn by everyone. An Indian wedding is anything but neutral! People love experimenting with new colors, from light to the darkest and the make-up is on point. Photographs do not do justice to all the liveliness and it can only be captured in its true essence by our professional videographers.

Your details deserve videography

From the floral wall that your parents have carefully selected for behind the podium and the brilliant flower decor everywhere, to the delicate jewelry on you and the intricate work on your bridal lehenga, your wedding will be made up of billions and trillions of detailing. While the photos can capture those details brilliantly, they still can’t beat the exceptional brilliance of videography.

We capture the rituals from start to end

South Asian weddings, especially Indian weddings comprise various rituals that take place over a couple of days. Such rituals deserve to be saved as videos due to their elaborateness. Hiring a videographer would ensure those rituals are not just saved as moments but as a series of celebrated moments! You wouldn’t want want to miss an important part of a ritual that is left out in between photo-shots.

We capture everything. Really, everything!

On your wedding day, you will be totally engrossed at the moment and the last thing you will be worried about is whether or not the whole event is being properly being captured. Well, and that’s how we want you to be! As you would be too busy with the rituals, interacting with so many people all the once and managing to carry your gorgeous look for the whole day, it’s obvious to miss a lot! You wouldn’t know what everyone wore or ate or how they participated in the rituals. And that is where the expert videography by byDesign Films steps in! We’ll capture every little moment of your wedding from the moment it begins till the time of your ‘Bidai’ to ensure you can relive them all your life!

Why not?

A perfect combination of all the above-mentioned reasons, why not? Your wedding is the happiest day of your life. It is the biggest celebration of your life. It deserves, rather demands to be saved in the best possible form. And what’s even better than wedding photography? The answer is wedding videography.

The colorful and detailed beauty, richness, and grandeur of an Indian wedding is something else. It’s magical. It’ll be one of the most magnificent events you will attend in your lives, in case you still haven’t. And if you are the one that’s going to be the bride, then you know what you are in for! The grandeur of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion is unparalleled. And we at byDesign Films excel at making it a rocking affair and a super happy-ever-after!

Wedding Moments to Watch Over and Over Again

There are some moments which are not enough in their occurrence, and demand to be revisited every now and then. Your wedding surely makes it to the list as one of such monumental moments, and for all the right reasons. You are finally vowing in a room full of people, wording your intentions of being ‘The One’ to the love of your life. It is a moment for the frames, sure, but is that photo square enough to take you back to that magical day?

This is why wedding films are such a treasure in themselves. It is a medium of time travel which promises to take you back to your wedding day in a blink. If you are thinking of investing in a wedding film, you might have to make a call on which moments you want to choose for the film. You want a cinematic interpretation that beautifully encapsulates the highlights of the day and translates the emotions attached to that day in the most artistic and aesthetically pleasing manner, without missing out on the important moments. Some of the moments of the day that you might want to capture are:

Getting Ready

The transformation from the everyday you to a breathtaking gorgeous bride is sure something which you would want to revisit for years to come. The blush on your cheeks, the zipping of the dress, the final touches here and there, and you looking into the mirror with a sparkle in your eyes. It’s priceless and will keep you coming back forever! Also, seeing your partner getting ready and sprucing up for you is a heartening sight.

Your First Look

The first look is an emotional time for the couple and there are so many sentiments at play, it is surely deemed a huge highlight of the wedding day. Let your wedding videographer capture the first time your partner lays their eyes on you. The smile in their lips and the spark in their eyes are surely something that you will forever want to capture.

The Vows

The vows are another big highlight of the day and surely needs to be captured. It is the promises you make to each other and the vow to be each other’s ride or die, as long as ‘forever’ lasts. This is certainly something you might want to store forever and revisit time and again. Ensure that your wedding videography includes the crucial moments of you walking down the aisle and the vows being exchanged.

First Dance

The first dance with your partner after getting married is your first dance as a married couple. Most people do extensive practice and prepare for this dance and this one is surely the one for keeps. It will warm your heart for years to come and is surely something you will want to revisit in the future.

The Toasts

The speeches are surely something to be treasured and your dad’s toast is something that you will want to cherish forever. Be it an emotional ride that brings tears to your eyes or your bridesmaids’ gestures making you break down in giggles, having your dad’s toast in the video is something that will stay close to your heart for years to come.

Weddings are forever, and with a video reflection of your wedding day, you can delve in this forever feeling a little longer. It is a piece of memory from that day that you will treasure for years to come. Years down the line, every now and then when you are feeling extra reminiscent, pour in a glass of wine, huddle up with your partner and take a walk down the memory lane and refresh the emotions. The feeling of just having relived the wedding day, now that feeling is priceless!

5 Tips to Ensure Your Wedding Vendors Work Together Fabulously

Weddings are elaborate affairs. They require a lot of planning and preparation. And mostly witness the involvement of third-parties and vendors. Hiring vendors for your wedding preparations is not an easy task. From florists, cinematographers, and decorators to caterers and DJ, the list of vendors is highly important. They are your support system throughout the wedding.

Starting with the research, you have to thoroughly familiarize yourself with their previous works so that you can pick the right one. Once you make your decision for one vendor, it feels like a battle waiting to be won. It becomes relatively easier to decide about the others.

When you finally sign up with all your vendors, things become relatively easier for you. As you share your wedding dreams and delegate, you are tempted to sit back and relax. However, to be sure of all the work completed as per your requirement, you have to keep a watch on the vendors.

To get your vendors to do their work properly and as per your requirements, you have to have a healthy relationship with them as well. It’s all about positivity. There are various ways in which you can have a successful relationship with your vendors. We have compiled a list of some of the most effective ways to ensure you and all your vendors can work in good harmony. Read on to know more.

Be prepared and prepare them, too

Do all your research diligently before you meet up with your vendors. It is always good to be prepared as it implies that you are all into it and are well-informed. Have pictures, links, and other such things ready so that they know what you have in your mind. Also, if their work needs to be coordinated, be prepared, and informed beforehand so that they know what you are expecting from their collaboration.

Communication is the key

One of the most important requirements to have a dream wedding is communicating what you want to the people that are involved in making it come true. Begin with sharing all your wedding details with the vendors. Then move on to ensuring that they communicate well with you too. Be accessible and a good listener so that they are confident about telling you stuff that you should know, especially if vendors have a misunderstanding among each other. Healthy communication between you and the vendors goes a long way to create a friendly professional relationship aimed at the reality of your dreams.

Be honest and encourage honesty

Honesty, if kept everywhere, does wonder. And why should any wedding be a stranger to this fact? After all, the foundation of your marriage is also honesty. Be as honest with your vendors as you can. If you do not like something, tell them. It’s your wedding and you are paying them for their services. They are obligated to provide you with exceptional services. So, if you do not like something, be honest and tell them about what you have in mind. At the same time, encourage them to be honest with you, more so when it’s about other vendors that they need to coordinate with.

Be a gracious bride

As stressful as it might get, remain calm and happy as it’s your wedding! On a big occasion like a wedding, misunderstandings, miscommunications, and other misses are bound to happen. Do not be a bridezilla and let it go, shining through it all. Since there is more than one vendor involved in your wedding, chances are you might take out your frustration regarding one vendor on the other one. And well, you might just scare them away or make things worse for your wedding. It’s crucial to be welcoming, positive, and cordial with all the vendors so that they work in camaraderie.

Put your trust in their work

Trust is the essence of any relationship, professional or personal. Your bond of trust with your vendors goes a long way in making your big day a big hit. Trust them to give their best and work with them as much as you can. If you have selected great professionals after scrutinizing their past projects, trust their capabilities. If you do it with one vendor, chances are the word will spread across others as well. Trusting and letting it go also creates a healthy work relationship which will be evident in your wedding preparations.

It’s highly important to have a great cordial relationship with your vendors for them to give their best. And the more positivity you give, the more it is likely to reflect in their relationships and further interactions with the other vendors. Their camaraderie is the need of the hour. After all, your vendors play a vital role in bringing your wedding dreams to life.

5 Fabulous Reasons to Have a First Look at your Wedding

In years past people have been believing that seeing your wife before the wedding ceremony brings bad luck for the groom. However, the progressive world has evolved since then and most couples have stopped being superstitious about these things. More and more couples are opting to have a first look at their weddings.

A first look is relatively a modern custom where the bride and groom see each other for the first time in the wedding attire, earlier than at the aisle. It’s the moment of revealing the couples’ wedding look to each other before the wedding ceremony. It is a great concept and is becoming popular by the day. If you are planning to tie the knot, it’s worth a consideration. Let us take you through some of the reasons why you should consider having the first look at your wedding.

First look brings the best look

Since it’s done at the beginning of the day, you are your freshest best! Your look and attire are flawless at that time, hence, it’s the perfect moment to capture your perfect looks. As the day progresses, which will be real quick we might add, your look is not going to stay as immaculate as it did early in the day. Therefore, this time is best to have some great wedding photography.

Great to calm the wedding jitters

Pre-wedding jitters are understood and no one has escaped from them. However, the first look can help ease those butterflies. During the first look, you and your partner get some quality time to be alone and calm each other’s anxiety down. Plus, you get out of that ‘will he like my look?’ or the ‘how do I look?’ thoughts as you walk the aisle! The first look gives you ample time to discuss how great you both look and we all would agree to that – once your partner compliments you, the world becomes a better place already.

For that precious alone time before the big exchange

Your first look is ironically the first time being single and alone with your partner and also your last, and by that we mean, you won’t be single anymore when you walk down that aisle. So if you decide to go for your first look, you would be spending some quality time with your partner before you both get sucked into the celebrations. Then it’s all about being surrounded by friends and relatives.

Gorgeous photo ops

With first look come fresh appearances and solitude of you both. This means – great opportunities for clicking your wedding portraits. In fact, if you have decided to hire a wedding videographer, even photos won’t be able to do justice to your first look. That first expression of your partner when he sees you all dolled up for your big day is too precious to be captured only in photos. And such wedding photo ops are more vital during the winters when you have a lesser number of hours of natural light needed for a perfect wedding photoshoot.

Save time for your guests

Getting your first look means you can have your wedding photoshoot before the ceremony begins. Which in turn saves a lot of time which is usually taken up by wedding portraits. That, in turn, gives you ample time to spend with your guests and enjoy your happiest day with them. Since you are done with most of the photoshoot for the both of you during your first look, you can utilize and devote time after the ceremony to your family and friends. Well, after all, their purpose is the same as yours – to celebrate your love!

Times have changed and superstitious beliefs have given way to progressiveness. That being said, it is still a personal choice as a couple has other reservations when it comes to having the first look at their wedding. This happens due to various reasons like a couple might not be comfortable displaying their emotions or might want to save time for the wedding celebrations only. However, most of the time, the pros outweigh the cons.

5 Tips for a Cozy 2021 Winter Wedding

Tis the season of cozy cuddles, warm blankets and smokin’ hot cocoa. If you think your upcoming winter wedding is going be challenging, think of these things and relax. After all, such a romantic occasion calls for all things romantic like these. Love is all you need, they say and cuddles, blankets, and hot cocoa are indeed all things love!

However, apart from these things, there are a few others that you can embrace to have a perfect and romantic winter wedding. We have shortlisted the five most important factors that you need to keep in mind while planning your winter wedding. Read to know more.

Bundle up

Whether it’s you, your partner, or all your guests, ensure that everyone is dressed keeping in mind the weather conditions. You could remind them about it via the invite, hinting at the climate and its Dos and Donts. It is advisable to invest in a cozy pair of tights that you can wear underneath your dress, in case your legs aren’t exposed by it. Another great idea would be to opt for a wedding dress with long sleeves to keep away from the chill. Let’s remind you that at times, silhouette makes all the difference, and sleeves do not always matter. You can look as sexy as you want to look despite being fully clothed. Pick a silhouette that flaunts your body while keeping you warm from the inside.

Say hello to winter wedding accessories

You have heaps of winter accessories and you don’t repeat them often. But did you know, those winter accessories can help you get through that chill on your wedding evening? Yeah, that chic cape or that glam faux fur throw that you saw at Nordstrom will prove to be your perfect companion. You could also be a trendsetter wearing denim or leather jackets over your wedding dress. A fuzzy warm scarf would also do the trick, you could also opt for a glitzy one and take the glam quotient a notch up. For a winter wedding, do not hesitate to add dark and bold colors. They add an elegant touch to your wedding and the effects of it on your wedding photography are spectacular.

Take care of your guests

Given the chill, do not forget to ensure that your wedding venue is a comfortable cozy place for your guests to enjoy every moment of your wedding. Start with a coat check right as they enter. Inform them well about the coat check (maybe through the wedding invite) so that they do not hesitate to wear coats and land up sneezing at your wedding. Pick a nice hot drink for your guests on arrival, like a hot toddy bar, cocoa, soup, or hot chocolate. For outdoor weddings, you could add an ample stock of pashminas and blankets for your guests so they can beat the chill with ease. You could also keep heaters or fire features at convenient gaps. Candles are another great way to add mild heat, romance, and light to an outdoor wedding.

Pay attention to the timing

We all know that with winters come early dusks. Getting your wedding photography in natural light might be a challenge. Therefore, remember to get your wedding portraits done before the dusk strikes. Another challenge would be getting an outdoor shoot, however, with well-thought-of plans, that can be achieved perfectly. Dress keeping in mind the climate conditions, wear proper shoes in case you are planning to shoot in the snow and do it before the night falls. You don’t want to pose while freezing yourself away. The wedding videography should also be timed carefully.

Prepare for all things winter!

Winter brings with it chill, extreme chill at times, snow, blizzards, and what not! As romantic as it feels, winter can be really harsh at times. Keeping all that in mind, you should do all the needful preparations like the arrangement of parking in close proximity of the wedding venue only, well-heated smoking zones for those who want to go out for a smoke and other such things. Have back up plans regarding your photoshoot or videography in cases of blizzards. And do not forget about plan Bs for suppliers or contractors for specific purposes.

These are pretty much all the important stuff that you really need to care about while planning for your winter wedding. If you are cautious about these things then you are all set for a memorable wedding, which everyone would be able to enjoy and cherish. For more inspiration on weddings check out the rest of our blog.