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When it comes to planning your wedding one of the big decisions to make is whether you’re going to have your ceremony and reception in the same venue or use separate venues for each. So which is the way to go? Time for our expert debaters to present the arguments!


In the Red Corner, arguing for separate ceremony and reception venues, you can tell she’s not usually the designated driver can’t you! It’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, arguing for keeping everything under one roof, although probably just so he doesn’t have to carry his video gear in and out of another venue, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

One Venue Vs Two Venues


Dom: Having two venues adds a bit of extra excitement to your day and means you can experience two beautiful locations instead of just one.

Matt: Having two venues can add a lot of expense to your day with not only the hire cost of both venues but also potential transportation costs both for yourselves and all of your guests.

Dom: You might have a dream venue for your ceremony that for whatever can’t be used for your reception. By separating the ceremony and reception venues you can still have your dream wedding just the way you want it.

Matt: Having everything take place in the same venue generally gives you more time to just relax and enjoy yourselves rather than having to spend your time travelling between venues or delay proceedings until all of your guests have been able to travel and re-park.

Dom: If you’re looking to have a religious ceremony then there simply may be no option to have your reception in the same venue unless there is a chapel (or relevant religious venue) on site.

Matt: Having two venues requires a lot more coordination and planning whereas with only one venue you can focus all your attention on one venue and just talk to one venue coordinator.

Dom: With only one venue unless there are multiple rooms you normally need quite a lot of turnaround time between the ceremony and reception in order to re-set the room which can cause delays in the wedding breakfast being served and also mean that you need to find ways to entertain your guests whilst the main room is unavailable.

Matt: Depending on the venue you might well be able to hire a single venue for longer to give you the chance to set-up the night before but that’s much more unlikely and difficult with two venues.

Dom: Having two venues might give you more opportunities to get some great photos as there are more location options or even the chance to stop off somewhere as you travel between the two.

Matt: But the need to get from one venue to the other might actually limit the time available for any portrait or group photos whereas if everything’s in one place you go seamlessly from ceremony to reception and can use that extra time for photos.

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Leave a comment to have your voice heard or simply place your vote below!

One Venue Vs Two Venues
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Today we have a little treat for Downton fans as we’d like to share a stunning, elegant wedding at the beautiful Highclere Castle aka the real Downton Abbey. It’s no surprise that Highclere was chosen for the popular series as it’s grandeur and incredible architecture is almost unparalleled, a fact that made it the perfect venue for a lady of exquisite taste like Andrea! Every part of this wedding just screams elegance from the location to the dress to the stunning classic open-topped car to the beautiful film itself captured expertly by White Dress Films. So put the sound up, make sure HD is enabled and make sure you keep tuned to the end to see Andrea & Yuri’s amazing first dance in this fantastic Highclere Castle Wedding Film.

Highclere Castle Wedding Film
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matt-avatar WhitenedOne of the questions I’m often asked as a wedding videographer is “how many copies do we get on DVD?” Whilst this is a very understandable question it’s one that often makes me wonder just how important the DVD itself is to the product that we create. In a world of Smart TV’s and fast HD video streaming is DVD really still the best medium on which to receive your wedding film?

Another question that I’m often asked by those enquiring about the DVD is “do you shoot in High Definition?” a question that seems almost at odds with any enquiry about DVD’s. The answer for both myself and every videographer I know (save perhaps for some of those specialising in analogue media such as Super 8 films) is always yes. HD is an expected standard these days and with 4K cameras now entering the market even High Definition may soon be a thing of the past. Regardless though of whether your film is created in HD or indeed 4K, if you are receiving it on DVD it is true HD no more.

DVD’s are an ageing format created before HD video became commonplace and as such they do not support High Definition resolutions. When putting your film onto DVD for you the quality of the finished product decreases from that crisp 1920 x 1080 pixel (or thereabouts) video that may have been shared with you online to a maximum dvd resolution, somewhere in the region of 720 x 576 pixels. In effect by putting an HD film onto DVD the resolution is virtually halved and whilst this is not always hugely noticeable to the untrained eye, under direct comparison the quality difference is often as clear as day.

This is where the Blu-Ray disc comes in. Blu-ray offers a vastly superior amount of data to be stored per disc and at a true HD resolution. When watching a blu-ray disc of your HD wedding film you are seeing it the way your videographer meant for you to see it, the way that they saw it on their editing screen before exporting it for you to watch. But unlike DVD, Blu-ray is a format that has never truly taken off with a relative minority having the capabilities to actually play them back. Even for those videographers that offer an option of Blu-Ray rather than DVD it is the latter that generally seems to prove the more popular option with couples as, let’s face it, virtually everyone has the means to play back DVD.

But this is changing. More and more computers are excluding DVD drives from their specs and more and more consumers are turning to online digital services such as Netflix, Amazon prime and other on-demand services to view films without the need for a disc at all. It seems that DVD’s are rapidly disappearing from the shelves and being lost in a high def world so is it time to move on and look at alternative means to view your wedding film?

The answer is not as clear-cut as it may seem. Many videographers no longer consider the DVD to be their final product and focus their attention on producing a full HD online version of their films which, thanks to changes in technology, can be viewed on anything from a Smart TV to a tablet to a smartphone and even downloaded quickly and conveniently to be watched again and again. That is the product and the DVD (if provided at all) is just a happy bonus, a physical (if slightly lower quality) product to accompany the main show online. Yet for so many couples the DVD is the most exciting thing to receive. The thrill of that parcel arriving and being lovingly unwrapped. The joy of seeing all that personalised packaging and gathering the whole family around the TV as you slide that sparkling disc into the DVD player. The excitement shared with less technologically au fait relatives when they receive their own special copy. The pleasure of seeing that DVD box set sitting on the shelf next to your beautiful wedding album.

Yes digital and online services are the future and perhaps once every household owns a smart TV the USB stick may fully take over the DVD’s mantle. It’s certainly wise to ensure you have a high definition copy to keep things future-proof and maybe the DVD is not the version you’ll regularly watch, but for now, at least, maybe there’s life in the old dog yet.

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Ever wonder what the correct etiquette is with your wedding invites? Not sure on the Dos and Don’ts of your big day? Well thankfully the chaps at are here to help with this handy infographic full of everything you need to know!


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matt-avatar WhitenedToday we at Bride Vs Groom are making a stand. It is time to put an end to a generally unintentional yet abhorrently irritating trait. A trait that is common to all of us who have a particular specialist field but makes life so much more difficult for those of us who don’t share that field. A trait known simply as Tech Talk.

It’s so easy to find yourself talking tech speak without realising it and I for one have been frequently guilty of it in the past. But, whilst it’s perfectly natural to speak to a colleague using acronyms, codes and specialist language that you both understand (and that frequently makes the conversation much faster as a result), using that same jargon with someone outside your field leads only to a look of bafflement best befitting Blackadder’s sidekick Baldrick.

The thing is that tech speak isn’t always even all that technical. Even the concept of “Half Term” frequently bandied about by teachers and parents (whilst at least basically understood thanks to vague memories of school) has meant absolutely nothing to me in terms of an actual space in time for at least the last 10 years. I presume that Autumn half term comes sometime between September and December but if we’re trying to arrange a meeting that’s really quite a vague time frame for me. However it’s when we get into the real full-blown jargon where it really starts to get on my nerves…

Whether it’s photographers talking F numbers to clients who have clearly never used anything more complex than an iPhone, internet companies providing tech support in the form binary code, lighting techs talking 25/50’s to performers or service providers asking you for your IPSC499 B-62 code before they can process your order it’s about time we all started talking to each other in a language we can each understand and stop making the innocent person on the other side feel thick for having no clue what the 01000110 01110101 01100011 01101011 you’re talking about.

Just stop it.

I thank you.

Tech Talk

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