Chance to win a FREE Ceremony Film

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We are giving away a FREE wedding ceremony film to one lucky couple that is getting married in 2020. Tell us your love story and why video coverage is important to you.

The lucky couple will be chosen December 1st, 2019.

Name *
Wedding Date *
Wedding Date
The name of the place you are getting married.
How did you hear about this contest? *
I have read, and understand the contest rules and conditions. *

Contest Rules and conditions

  1. Vancityweddingfilms will record one ceremony only. The winner shall receive a digital file of the edited footage. No revisions, or re-edits. Vancityweddingfilms has full creative control of the the filming, edited film, and retains all copyrights and ownership of footage and edits. By entering this contest you grant vancityweddingfilms permission and license to use the film, and footage for advertising purposes which includes but is not limited to social media, internet ads, print ads, television, and other forms of media.

  2. The prize is NOT REDEEMABLE FOR CASH.

  3. The wedding date must take place within the year 2020

  4. Wedding locations are limited to the Metro Vancouver area.

  5. Final delivery of the edited film will be in the form of a digital download. Estimated delivery time is 4-6 months after the wedding date.

  6. Prize winner will be notified by email. Be sure to use a valid email address.

  7. winner must not have another videographer booked for their wedding. If another videographer is booked, the prize is forfeited to another contestant.


2019 Fall Ceremony Special

Did you max out most of your wedding budget before booking videography? Don’t worry, it happens. There’s still time to squeeze in that extra special detail for your wedding.

We have you covered! If your wedding is scheduled for September, or October 2019 we are offering ceremony coverage for only $595+GST. That means a full edited film of your ceremony complete with multiple camera angles and surround sound audio.

As an added bonus you will also receive a 1-minute highlight film to share with your friends and family.

*This special price includes filming of wedding ceremony only. This offer cannot be combined with other packages, or discounts.

How to get married in BC

Planning a wedding is an exciting and fun task. You may have booked your venue, videographer, and florist but do you know how the actual getting married part works? We had a chance to sit in with Brent Sheppard of at Langley Golf Centre and have him explain some of the details. Where do you stand? Who issues the marriage license? What’s the difference between a commissioner and religious representative?

Watch the session below:

5 Tips to Make your Wedding Easy

by Curtis Zondag

You've spent months preparing for your big day. Everything is ordered, invitations are sent, and you have it all under control......or do you? Here are 5 tips to make your wedding a breeze:


5 - Rent a PA system


         Declare your vows to the world, without needing to shout. Many couples have a ceremony outside or in a park. The beautiful settings come with an unwanted surprise, background noise. Plane, trains, and automobiles will interrupt your nuptials. There are always some older folks at your wedding that are hard of hearing. Having a PA system lets everybody enjoy listening to your ceremony. A wireless microphone is a must! Have the official hold it for you and be sure to have it lifted near your mouth. Many people hold the microphone too low near their stomach instead. Your guests want to hear your voice, not your breakfast. 

   There's no need to spend a lot of money on a rental. Go to your local music store. You can rent something for as low as $60. As a bonus it gives your videographer an additional audio source to record from. If you have a DJ booked for the entire day ask them to handle your ceremony audio. 


4 -  Book "The Big Three" ASAP


     After the glee of being engaged has totally sunk in and you have chosen a wedding date there are three vendors to book first. Venue, Videographer, and Photographer. Before anything can really happen you need to lock down your location. Some venues book two years in advance. Bust out your browsers and bookmark everything available. Be aggressive in booking your venue. Book your room based on the number of guests. A palace is too large for 30 people and a cozy cottage is to small for 300. Many venues give you the room for "free" when you book their catering. Beware of up-charges for things like video projectors, microphones, and other electronic equipment. Most DJs will have all of these things included or at a cheaper price.

    Of course we are going to discuss video since that is what we do. Put it in your budget. At the very least match your video and photo budgets. Both are equally important. Watching and hearing your wedding is priceless. The vows, speeches, little kids, and grandparents. Preserve this moment for future generations. Set aside $1000-$3000.

    When it comes to photography choose your photographer based on the fact that you like their end product and that you can afford them. Expect to pay in the range from $1000-$3000. Ask questions. Get to know their personality.

   When the big three are booked first. Everything else is easy.


3 - Buffets: More choices and keeps the party on time

      Buffets are the perfect scenario. Multiple choices, people eat what they like, and everybody is happy. Why choose between chicken or fish when you can have both? You also get the best value out of the food.


     Plated dinners ALWAYS run late. They will delay your timeline by 45 minutes. The slow deployment of dishes in multiple courses aggravates hungry guests. Many of them spent a fortune on flights and travelled a great distance to be there for you. Keep them fed, and they will love you even more.

Most importantly: Eat your dinner. Savour it. By loading up 2 plates at the buffet it saves you from needing to get up for seconds. The moment you get up, guests will want to talk to you. It's been a long day and you need to refuel.


2- Keep the Speeches Short

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       Family and friends will share their experiences and advice for you. It's an important part of the evening. On average you'll have a speech from 2 sets of parents, best man, maid of honour, a sibling from each side, and maybe an aunt or uncle. That's usually about 10 speeches. We all have an uncle that tells epic tales of yesterday........for 30 minutes. Many people giving speeches are nervous about public speaking. By keeping speeches short it helps ease some of those nerves, and keeps the night moving along.

    There are always a few singers in the bunch. Suggesting they sing a single verse or chorus is perfectly acceptable. This is something that you can mention to all your speakers the week before. They won't need to rehearse as much, and it's more short and sweet rather than 6 minutes of off-key acapella. 


1 - Open Dance Floor at 9pm



       You've gotten hitched, and ate your dinner. There is a big list of things on the reception schedule: speeches, cake-cutting, first dance, parent dances, bouquet & garter toss, and more. We refer to this as "the business end" of the reception. During all of these events your guests are seated and need to get up and stretch. There's no better way than having the DJ kick off the party with an ice-breaking song. 

       Get the party started!!! You have all of your besties by your side. 


All Dressed in White Bridal Show- Jan 28th, 2018

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Sunday January 28, 2018

10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel

15269 104th Avenue, Surrey


Tickets:  Brides $15

Guests: $10

Children Under 12 Free



Show Schedule

Brides looking to find that one of a kind bridal dress 

Brides have an  exclusive opportunity to see bridal dresses and accessories Brides can save up to 60% off your dress. 


Doors Open at 10:00 am

Entertainment provided by Groove & Tonic Band at 12:00 noon


Fashion Show - 12:00 to 12:30

Our spectacular Fashion Parade will feature the latest in bridal and formal wear collections from Everything But the Groom. You don't want to miss the latest wedding gown fashions and formal wear.  Hair & Makeup provided by Facade West Salon.


Prizes Giveaways - Must be present to Win!

Entertainment provided by Groove & Tonic Band at 1:50 pm

Battle of the Brides & Grooms Cake Dive diving into a huge wedding cake. Matching wedding bands is compliments of Diamonds & Design Jewelry and the wedding cake compliments of Sugar Patisserie. It's a must see, with the brides wearing rain gear and cake flying everywhere!


Battle of the Groom Garter Toss - $2,000 Bachelor Package 

One lucky groom will win the Ultimate Bachelor Package for 8 guys which includes golf, cart and dinner at Meadow Gardens Golf Club with limousine service provided by Ultimate Limousine.


First 100 Brides will receive a Lucky Bride Bag

With $100 to $1000 in bridal services and products.  Every bag is different!

Door Prizes

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes will be drawn throughout the show! All participating wedding vendors will provide a door prize for the show.

You must be present to win any show prizes!

Raw wedding footage. Do you really want it?


by Curtis Zondag       

 Making wedding films is our art form. Getting to know the couple. Working with the planning team to get all the beautiful shots timed just right. The process is a labour of love (get it?, haha)

       Behind the scenes there are a lot of technical things that are boring for most people: Setting up tripods and sliders, getting microphone levels set on the groom and minister, getting shots of ceilings and flowers......lots of flowers.

       Between capturing all the moments of the day every video team shoots B-roll, and lots of it. This includes establishing shots of the venue, other shots of things like the dress, shoes, flowers, guests clinking glasses, dancing, and much much more.

        The true art in any video\film project is in the editing. The main goal is to tell the story with the best footage possible. Editing time is usually twenty times longer than shooting the footage. Every clip needs to be watched , and sorted before the magic happens. After the main edit is completed the footage goes through a process of adjustments for colour, and audio. Every team has their own secret formula.

       When booking new clients we get a common situation:

"We're on a budget. Can you just shoot it and give us the raw footage?"

My answer to this question is always the same, No.

          My job as a film maker is to give the couple a finished product. A product that will be remembered forever and be shared with future generations. Sound dramatic? It is. It's your wedding. Here's a future scenario: In ten years your spouse will ask you to find your wedding ceremony. With an edited wedding film you can search your hard drive (or holodisk) for "steve and sara's wedding." With raw footage you may be searching for "" and find a file of your best man drinking a beer. 

         I like to use food analogies. Think of your wedding film as pizza. here are two scenarios:

1- Mike calls me up and says "Can you make me a pizza for $20?" I make the dough, add all the the toppings, bake it, slice it, then give it to him. It's delicious. His fiance is thrilled and tells all of her friends how great it is. Mike is happily married.

2- Randy calls me up and says "Can you make me a pizza for $1.50? I'll bake it myself if you give me a deal." I think about and say "$1.50 won't cover all of the steps involved to make a great pizza. He replies "please just do it, it'll be fine."  "Okay. if that's what you really want." I give Randy a shopping bag and get him to hold it open. I then pour in a  two cups of flour, one cup of water two tomatoes, and a handful of raw vegetables., then send him on his way. Randy gives his "pizza" to his fiance. She leaves him. Randy is now alone and sad. Don't be Randy.

At the end of the day you need an edited film. it may cost a little more but you'll be glad to have it.



Why Hire a Wedding Videographer?

by Curtis Zondag


      When planning a wedding there are many details and vendors to hire. The usual list includes: Venue, caterer, flowers, dresses, and photographer. Every bride has a different budget and taste. No two weddings are the same. One thing that often gets left out is hiring a proper wedding videography team. Here is a list why you should hire one:


1. They know what they are doing

A video crew takes the time to plan different shots., knows where to stand without blocking the view of guests. They've been to a lot of weddings and can help keep your day on track.

2. Your friends and family should relax and enjoy your wedding

Everyone has a friend or family member (usually an uncle) that has a decent camera and offers to shoot video. Most people end up with shaky footage, heads or phones in the way. Many times this person will stand directly in the way of photographers. By hiring professionals you can relax knowing that your guests can have a good time, and there will be less drama.

3. You're busy

 You have a million things on your mind. There's no time for holding the hand of your friend with a camera. With a professional video team you can have that piece of mind that it will get done right.

4. They see things that you and your guests don't

A wedding day is crazy with people everywhere and excitement in the air. Prior to the wedding you spent 4 hours cramming little candies into boxes, folding bows, choosing sign fonts, selecting the menu and teaching your tiny nephew to walk slow and in a straight line. All of these things took a lot of time and effort. A video team will capture all of those little details for you to bask in your wedding prep glory.

5. Editing

Think you're pretty good with windows movie maker? That's the first problem. There are complicated steps involved with the editing process. A professional team "shoots-to-edit" meaning they know what they need before they arrive, which angles to use, and the order to use them. In the post-production process there are a lot of adjustments, exposure, colour grading, timing the music. For the average person this process is both expensive and intimidating. 

6. Clean Audio

We've all seen them before. Wedding videos where you can't understand a word people are saying. The music in the room is too loud. The speeches are muffled or clipping. A Videographer will take multiple sources of audio to capture different sources: the podium microphone, the DJ, and the minister. With the proper tools excessive noise and hiss can be removed during the editing process. Having clean and clear audio is crucial to the experience.


7. Capturing your moment in time

 Your wedding day is usually when you look your best. You trained hard to fit that dress and you are going to show it off in all it's glory. Your husband is young and has a full head of hair. Savour the moment! Every family has cute little kids at a wedding. It's always nice to see them that way twenty years into the future. Life is short. The speeches from your parents and grandparents are priceless.

8. The right equipment

Video equipment costs a fortune. If you rent it yourself it still costs a fortune and there is the learning curve that comes with each piece of gear. A professional videographer will have multiple cameras, lens, tripods, microphones, audio recorders, and more.

9. They can be two places at once

Many couples send each other little cards and gifts when getting ready for the ceremony. A video team can split up and shoot the bride and groom in two separate locations. The bouquet and garter only get tossed once. Multiple angles really highlight the moment.

10. No Regrets

After a wedding every couple reflects on their day and talks about what they would have done differently. Things they wish that they had and didn't have. One thing that often comes up is "I wish that I could have heard Dad's speech again." A Wedding Film is also a piece of your family history. It shows who you are, the era you live in, and the love you share.