I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today entitled "Something Old, Something From the Mall." More retailers are offering off-the-rack dresses to appeal to the budget-conscious bride. This dress in the photo costs under $500 from Ann Taylor. Click the link above to read the full article and to see more dresses.
Retailers are eager for a bigger slice of the U.S. wedding industry, which totaled $42 billion spent on 2.2 million weddings last year, according to the Wedding Report, a research firm. The 2009 spending was off 11% from 2008 and a third below the five-year peak in 2007 of $63 billion—a sign of how much the recession has tamed big spenders. Average spending per wedding was $19,581 in 2009, including everything from attire to venue to flowers, food and champagne, compared with the 2007 average of $28,732.
I hope the Great Recession is making brides think about what is really important - their memories! Just the other night on the ABC Nightly News, I heard Diane Sawyer say, "What price would you pay for your memories?" Flowers die, cake gets eaten and the dress hangs in the closet, but only through video can you relive the memories of your wedding! A photo won't tell you how good your band or DJ was - only a video can do that! A photo of your dad holding a microphone is boring - only a video will tell you what your dad said that made you cry (cause you know you won't remember what he said the next morning!). A photo won't offer any clue as to what your first dance song was. How did your vows sound? Only if you get a wedding video will you know!!
You only get one chance to get it right - there is no "take two" in wedding video! Trust your video memories to a professional videographer. Call Kris at Elegant Videos by Kris (630-876-9604) for customized pricing. A "documentary style" video (no artistic editing) is available, and you will get great audio so you never have to remember what was said!