For many, planning a wedding has become exhausting, stressful, confusing and just plain difficult. There are so many pieces to put together, so many companies to connect with, packages to choose from, and so many different price ranges.
The process of reaching out to find the right wedding professionals is overwhelming to many couples. They find themselves getting lost in the mounds of marketing materials and emails coming at them. Not to mention most have little or no knowledge about the industry or how to spot a quality professional vs a hobbyist or a large business only concerned with filling dates. WE ARE HERE TO HELP Here at Applause Weddings, we are a very different type of wedding professional. First and foremost, we believe in offering our clients maximum value for their investment. By bundling our services, we relieve the stress involved in working with separate vendors for each piece of the puzzle. We make the process easy with our online booking and planning system and our fast response time when you have questions.
In addition to our in-house services, we have a preferred list of vendors that fill in the gaps for what we don't provide such as venues, caterers, and photographers, and when you work with them, we offer you a discount off our most popular bundle!
CHOOSE WISELY If you're feeling lost about how to actually compare professionals, we offer real-world, honest advice on our blog, or you can contact us directly for a free consultation. We feel strongly that it's time the bar is raised in the wedding industry on client education. More transparency is needed to let couples know EXACTLY what they're getting, so they can make a wise choice. We would rather help you make an educated decision instead of put you through a hard sales pitch.
You may be asking yourself, how can these services really be all that different than the rest? A wedding video is just exactly what it sounds like, a video of a wedding, Right? And a DJ is a guy with speakers that plays music.... We all know the concept of each of these services, but it's the smaller details that make the BIG differences.
Of all the services in our bundles, Wedding Videography is by far the most sought after and the most costly component, HOWEVER, in comparison with the market around us, we are providing the MOST VALUE for the investment you'll make. The first thing you'll want to do is compare the checklist of what we include in the package (things that most wedding videographers have on their "upgrades" list) to see the value we offer. A quick example would be the finished Full Ceremony. See a few of them on our Blog Post: FullLength Ceremonies Aren't Created Equal.
Next, you'll want to watch the wedding films. You can stay current with all of our wedding film releases on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. These are not just sample videos that we chose of our best work, but these are ALL of our current wedding films. We are conscientious about maintaining consistency in the quality of our work. We call this the "Owner's Commitment", which says that an owner of Applause will serve as a team lead at every Applause booking.
Beyond just comparing the films themselves, you will want to know HOW the work is done? We have been told often, especially by wedding photographers, that no two wedding videography companies perform the job in the exact same way. They always go on to compliment our work ethic and approach because it is very cooperative with theirs. Our videographers are respectful to the process of the day by not making a spectacle of themselves during key moments, even though we are usually filming with 2 or 3 people. This is a key component to our approach: be as discreet as possible while still getting the great angles and footage we need to produce a beautiful wedding film for you to cherish!
Although these are easily observable, there is even more to our process that is a let less tangible! A common question is "What do you do if there's an emergency with your staff?". Because we have always known the weight of the responsibility of being a wedding service provider, we never over-book our calendar. Think of it like "bench-warmers" - we always have extra players ready to go!
A question that we are NEVER asked, (but should be) is, "What do you do to protect against equipment failure?". You probably assume that every wedding videographer is prepared for equipment malfunctions, but, unfortunately, not everyone has adequately addressed this possibility. There is a saying that goes, "Two is One, and One is None". This means that having just one shot or just one angle is risking having ZERO. That's a HUGE risk to take with someone's wedding film! We have multiple cameras capturing all the key moments so that regardless of card failure or camera malfunction, we would still have some usable footage. This is just one example of the extra steps we take to help protect against equipment malfunction in all of our service areas!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Yes, there really is more to explain! A little known fact is that some wedding videographers don't edit their own work. We edit every video with our team. There is a personal touch to editing your wedding film and we think the teams who were there shooting the footage are the best choice for telling the story of the day.
Another component that is so vital is having great audio! This is another area that we have multiple recording devices to protect against loss and allow us to choose the best sounding recording of your vows, toasts, and other important moments that we can use to create your wedding film.
and you're also a DJ company?
That's correct! We actually started off as a DJ company back in 1993, so we have been doing this for quite some time. You can be assured that the same principles of service that you read about in our Videography section are applied to our DJ service. We make sure we aren't over-booked, we have backup equipment, we own all of our music. We keep our equipment up-to-date and looking great! These aren't amateur DJ's, they are highly trained and experienced at both the Organizational aspects and the Music aspects for Weddings.
Over the years we've seen the rise in hobbyist DJ's due to the availability of music online. It's important to understand that a wedding DJ is responsible for a lot more than just playing music! They will be the main catalyst for running the reception, and if you want it to run smoothly, you want to hire a Professional Wedding DJ.
One of the main differences we know about between us and our competitors is our attention to detail in the planning process, and our ability to execute the plan without additional oversight. You get to ENJOY THE RECEPTION while we take care of the rest.
Is it too good to be true?
Could it really be possible for one company to offer boutique quality services without the boutique prices? Why do we do it? The answer is simple: We love what we do and we want to keep doing it. If we charged a lot more, most of that profit would go back into marketing, so instead we offer a solid, value-packed product at an affordable cost, and let word of mouth do the rest! That savings is passed on to you.