The new wedding wave
Remember the video guy with the glaring lights and bulky tripod from a few years back? He's gone. In his place is a pro with indie-style panache who hides a tiny mike in the groom's pocket and uses a low-light camera so unobtrusive, guests may never even know he's there. "The videography industry is moving toward a more cinematic feel," says Boston-area videographer Mark Willand. Letterboxing, split screens and picture-within-picture techniques are the new norm, as are DVDs that enable you to click on chapter stops like First Dance and Cutting the Cake, instead of having to fast-forward through VHS footage. Some innovative companies are using film instead of videotape to produce recordings with a Hollywood feel. Film also lasts decades longer than video, so your great-grandkids can watch you lead the conga line. Real-time Webcasting streams live video content over the Web to viewers in front of computers thousands of miles away. And for quick gratification, guests can view fresh-from-the ceremony footage on a plasma monitor. "It's great entertainment just after the cake-cutting," says Tulsa videographer Trisha Von Lanken.