One tradition that is growing in popularity is the group wedding video. And no, we’re not talking about the standard “Here Comes the Bride” processional footage. Nowadays, a group video can be incorporated into any part of the wedding, from the proposal to the thank-you notes.
I hear you thinking: “Isn’t creating a video a lot of work?” Spoiler: it’s not. It’s super easy! But we’ll come to that later, let’s first take a look at five ways you can incorporate a group video into your wedding.
1. A Personalised Wedding Proposal
If you want your proposal to be unique, incorporate a group video message into your proposal. You could compile your favourite memories of you and your partner, or ask loved ones to send a personalised message.
For example, you could ask loved ones to give their blessing. Traditionally, you’d ask your partner’s parents for their blessing. But in 2022, that might be a bit outdated. Instead, you can ask friends, family and other loved ones to explain in a short video why they support your relationship and that they hope you’ll both enter into holy matrimony.
Then, right before you pop the question, show your partner the group video message in a setting that is special to the both of you. You could screen the video in the restaurant you had your first date, or at home, during your weekly movie night. It’s all up to you!
2. Save the Dates & RSVPs
Weddings take a lot of planning – and create a lot of environmental waste. Next to official invitations, menus and name plates, you might want to cut back on your ‘Save the Date’ notes and RSVP cards. Rather than printing them on expensive paper and mailing them one by one, you could opt for a digital alternative.
Send your guest list a short message, asking them to save the date in their planner and add a Videotape link for RSVPs. Here, they can upload their video – letting you know if they can make it, whether they’ll bring a plus one and if they have any dietary restrictions. Convenient, cost-effective and sustainable; this option checks all the boxes!
3. A New Spin on the Guest Book
The same goes for the guest book. During a traditional wedding reception, a special corner is reserved for a big book with blank pages on which guests write a special message. But this idea might not entirely capture their experience.
Instead, print a QR-code with a Videotape link to upload videos and display it at the entrance of the wedding reception or another central location. Then, ask your guests to leave you a note or remark, preferably during the party!
This way, your guest ‘book’ will not only be filled with kind words and happy wishes, but also with snapshots of people enjoying themselves on your special night. Re-watching such a video after the reception will undoubtedly fill your hearts with joy.
4. A Message for Those Who Couldn’t Make it
After sending out those RSVPs, you’re likely to receive some cancellations. There might be travel restrictions at play, some people may have mobility issues and others have simply already made other plans.
This, however, doesn’t mean they should be completely left out of your wedding. Therefore, you could ask absentees to contribute to a group wedding video message, so that their presence will be felt regardless.
Another option is to capture the wedding itself in a similar fashion: send a compilation of snapshots to show that, in spite of their absence, you were still thinking about them.
5. A Thank-You Note with Moments from Married Life
And then, after the dust has settled and the honeymoon has been enjoyed, it’s time to properly thank anyone who showed up for your wedding. Rather than opting for a simple paper version, why not give your loved ones something unique?
Thank your guests for celebrating the love between you and your partner, by showing them what a happily married couple truly looks like. Collect videos of the two of you enjoying cocktails on the beach, but also show what it looks like when you’re cooking dinner or cleaning the bathroom. A healthy marriage consists of such ‘boring’ moments, so don’t shy away from them!
Your loved ones are dying to see if being married suits you as well as getting married. So, thank them by giving them exactly what they wished for.
If you want to create a group wedding video, Videotape might be the perfect app for you!
Contrary to other video editing apps such as Splice or iMovie, Videotape is collaborative in nature. Each person can record and submit an individual message, with the push of a button. No log-in, no paywall. Just a link, which can be shared on any messaging platform.
Here’s how you make it happen. First of all, get the app for free in the App Store or Google Play and create your account or sign in.