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 What advice can we give to the many destination brides booking a Las Vegas wedding? Plenty. Here are just a few suggestions for those brides planning a “Vegas” wedding.

Double Decker Bus: Fun, excitement, and frivolity. Well, in reality, it’s a tour bus that inches itself along the strip….especially on the weekends. Most of your two hour tour is spent idling at stop lights. Our advice? If you are going to book a DDB, do it at night. Like most big cities, Las Vegas can be a little bland during the day, but at night, that’s when the Las Vegas Strip really shines. Book some entertainment on the bus. It may cost a bit more, but having someone like an Elvis performer along for the ride will enhance the experience two-fold. Should we book a photographer/videographer along for the ride? Not really. The DDB doesn’t allow standing in the bus, so any photos or video will be of your guests sitting down oooooing and aaaaiiiinnng at the sights. Your photographer and videographer aren’t allowed to stand either….which can make for ordinary photos and not very exciting video footage. Our advice? Send your guests on the DDB bus for the tour, while you…the couple….take a limo(along with a photographer/videographer) down to Fremont Street. Lots of photo opportunities, and the makings of a fun video.

In Suite Reception: If you have a small group with you, this is an excellent alternative to a large reception room. Just beware. These rooms may look large in the photos on the hotel website, but actually, they aren’t as big as you may think. We recently did one in a 1500 sq. ft suite. Sounds big. Subtract the bedroom, the bathrooms, the entry hall, staircase(there was one in this room), the tables, furniture, etc…, and the room isn’t quite as large as you may think. If you can, get one with a patio, that adds more room for your guests to roam around. Our suggestion…don’t plan a suite reception if you have more than approximately 40 guests.

Outside Vendors: Getting married in a Hotel Chapel? Most will not allow outside vendors, which means you are at the mercy of their hired hand photographers…sorry, a lot of the photos we’ve seen from these photographers are basically snapshots. That’s because you are just another wedding to them. They are not personally invested in you like an outside photographer you can hire would be. Same goes for video. Most chapels have 3 cameras highly mounted on their walls looking down on your ceremony. Not a pleasing angle, and makes for a dull video. Like with the photographer, there is no personal investment there (or creativity). Look for a hotel that will allow you to bring in outside vendors (Officiant, flowers, photographer,videographer), this is your wedding, try to keep it as personal as possible. There is an extra cost in this, but in our opinion, well worth it. Locations we know of that lets in outside vendors (at a cost) are The Flamingo, Caesars, and The Platinum Hotel. There are probably more…just check with each hotel.

Best Practice: Las Vegas is a very busy place. Your wedding day can be stressful enough. Relieve some of that stress, on you and your guests, by planning your wedding day all in one location if you can. Your hotel rooms, your ceremony venue, and your reception…all in one location. No need for shuttling you and your guests around town…especially with our traffic….which will also save you time and money. Want to take pictures at the sign with your guests? Hire a party bus to and from your hotel. Want to do a photo tour with your wedding party? Plan your photo tour between your ceremony and reception. While you are on your tour, your guests can partake in the Vegas activities, or go to their rooms to get ready for your reception. Photo Tours usually last around 2 hours. Best time for that Double Decker Bus ride? Plan it after your reception. It’ll be nighttime, your guests will be somewhat “loosened” up, and it would be a fun way to end the night.

If you have other suggestions, or would like to ask us about anymore ideas, contact us anytime at kelly@langdonvideo.com, or reply to this blog.

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Las Vegas, Nevada – January 21, 2014 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Langdon Video Services as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 for Wedding Videography in Las Vegas.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. 

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Langdon Video Services. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. 

“There’s no better way to start the year than by honoring the hard work, commitment and success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is exciting to celebrate a sixth year recognizing businesses whose clients believe they are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We are honored to recognize Langdon Video Services for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.” 

As a Couples’ Choice Awards™ winner, Langdon Video Services is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad. 

Langdon Video Services is proud to be one of the top Wedding Videography in Las Vegas in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014. 

For more information about Langdon Video Services, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/langdon-video-wedding-videography-las-vegas/b21346393a1d03ce.html

 

Thank you!!

We’d like to take this time to wish everyone the best for 2014. 2013 was a great year for us. We’d like to thank all the couples we had the privilege of working with this year.  Besides being able to meet people from all over the world, we also had a wide variety of weddings this year. These included Catholic weddings, a zombie wedding, a Chinese wedding, a Scottish wedding (complete with bagpipes and kilts), Elvis weddings, a Denny’s wedding, a Harley Davidson wedding, backyard weddings, a wedding with 200 guests, and weddings with no guests. They came from Australia, Canada, France, Scotland, Germany, and from all over the United States. We love our job, and feel grateful to be invited to so many wonderful weddings, and to meet such a wonderful diversity of people. We’d also like to thank all the local vendors we worked along side with this year, who all worked hard to make each and every wedding a successful one for the brides and grooms and their families and friends.  We can’t wait for 2014, and who we’ll get to meet.

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Getting married with few to no guests? Just the two of you, with no wedding party? Planning a small ceremony, maybe a little champagne and cake? Doing a photo tour of Fremont Street and the Las Vegas Strip afterwards? Don’t think you really need a videographer to capture your wedding day? Photographer is all you really need or want? 

Because they came here by  themselves to get married, Sara and Jeff hired both a photographer and videographer to follow them around on their wedding day to capture their special day as it happened. They wanted a video keepsake for themselves, and to share with their family and friends back home. We were privileged to be able to spend the day with them, join them in cake and champagne, and have a great time with this really fun and lovable couple. Just because you’re having a small wedding doesn’t mean you don’t need a video. Whether you have no guests, or 100, this will always be a day you will want to share and cherish with your family and friends. Let us create a keepsake of your Wedding Day…large or small…whatever your budget.  Contact us today, and let us make memories with you.

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All photos above are actual video still captures.

Langdon Video Services     http://www.Langdonvideo.com

Photo Shop

Just sharing some photos taken from video grabs of some recent wedding videos. Playing around and ran them through some photo software.  We offer a photo disc with approximately 10 photos pulled from the video in our Complete Package.  Not competing with the photographer, but these can make nice photos to share on Facebook or Pinterest.  Image

Lisa & Jacob at Angel Park Golf Club

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Donna & Lee at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

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Jessica & Eric at 2810 Mansion

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Sarah & Vincent 

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Legend’s Ranch

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Sarah & Andrew…Capturing a Moment

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Coming to Las Vegas for your wedding? Thinking about a photo tour?  A walking photo tour?  This is Las Vegas….full of sights and sounds.  Add a video to your tour and get the best of both worlds….the total experience. The Bellagio Fountains, the sights, the sounds, the people, and the atmosphere that is Vegas. We are proud to offer you this Photo and Video Tour package in association with LV Wedding Connection.  Contact Joni Moss at the link below for more information.

http://www.lvweddingconnection.com

joni@lvweddingconnection.com

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Looking for a Venue?

We’ve put together some of our favorite locations for weddings and/or receptions.  They were chosen for their photographic qualities, the “feel” of the location, the staff and quality of house vendors (dj’s, photographers), and because we just really liked working there. We have no affiliation with any of these locations. These are purely our picks, our opinion.  A complete list of the locations we have filmed here in Las Vegas can be found on our website on our FAQ page at www.langdonvideo.com  

In no particular order:

Siena Golf Club:

Located on the west side of town, this is a beautiful location with waterfalls, small lakes, beautiful landscaping, and a very nice room for your reception.

Red Rock Country Club:

Also on the west side of town in Summerlin, another beautiful location perfect for an outdoor wedding.  Across from the ceremony location is a lake with waterfalls and a great view of the mountains.

The Grove:

A quaint and well landscaped location for a really nice outdoor wedding.  They have three areas in which to choose from where you can have your ceremony. In the past few years they have really upgraded their reception hall, which now makes it one of our favorite reception rooms in which to videotape receptions.  It’s a little out of the way from the strip, but if your’e looking for something like this, it’s perfect.

Rainbow Garden’s Garden Room:

A beautiful room for a ceremony and/or reception.  This room is decorated from ceiling to floor with floral.  A popular location, and rightly so.  Located on West Charleston, not too far from the Strip.

Top of the Cannery Hotel II:

This is a local hotel located on Boulder Highway.  This is a great place for a reception.  The large room is private, has a great view of the Las Vegas valley, outdoor patio to really take in the view, and has a luxurious feel to it.

Dragonridge Golf Club:

Located in Henderson, this is a great location for photos, especially if you take a short golf cart ride to the lake and waterfall area of the golf course. There is an indoor and outdoor area for ceremonies.  We don’t recommend the indoor location, but the outdoor location by the pool is nice with it’s grassy area and large waterfall. Their reception room is large and lovely, and if used at night has a great view of the strip. 

Lakeside Weddings:

Having a small wedding?  This is another lovely place for a ceremony and reception.  Located in Desert Shores, it has three lakeside locations to choose from to have your ceremony, and nicely decorated rooms, also with a lakeside view, for your reception. Our favorite of the three is Heritage Garden.  It’s especially lovely for a nighttime wedding ceremony.

Emerald at Queensridge:

Located in the Summerlin area, this is another lovely area for a medium to small wedding.  The reception room is huge with high ceilings, great lighting, and a really nice dressing room with more than enough room for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready. It also have a large full length multi glass mirror for the bride to make sure everything is perfect for her walk down the aisle.

Angel Park Golf Club:

Large grassy area for your outdoor ceremony, beautiful waterfalls behind you as you recite your vows, and a nice sized room for your reception. Also a great location for a sunset wedding. One of the more popular venues. 

There are many other beautiful locations to get married here in Las Vegas, but these just happen to be a few of our favorites.

Let us know your favorite place to get married in Las Vegas.  Leave a comment and share your thoughts with other Brides.

 

Langdon Video Services     www.langdonvideo.com    kelly@langdonvideo.com

Lisa And Jacob

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Congratulations to Lisa & Jacob. In from California, with some guests coming in as far as Taiwan, they had a beautiful wedding ceremony, in spite of the threat of rain all day, at Angel Park Golf Club. Because of the weather, they were presented with a double rainbow, and a beautiful sunset. Their day was topped off by the release of 20 or so Chinese Lanterns.  We wish the both of them years of happiness.

http://www.langdonvideo.com   kelly@langdonvideo.com  Langdon Video Services

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Thinking of getting married in Las Vegas? Halloween your favorite holiday? Eli Roth’s Goretorium may be the place for you to share your vows with your friends, your family, and even that quiet creepy neighbor who lives down the street. Should it really matter that the Hotel Delmont hasn’t been cleaned up or inhabited for years. That the walls, floors, and ceilings still have the blood stains on them from the murders? Before you judge, just how clean is your house? I would skip on having your reception there, since  the food has been left out for years, and is now roach and maggot infested…unless of course maggots are your idea of cuisine. Don’t mind the intestines, arms, legs, and heads…they are just garnishments. If you really want to impress your fiance, surprise him or her with a Wedding Ceremony at The Chaphell of Love wedding chapel in Eli Roth’s Goretorium.  And don’t forget to book the video….you’ll want to share it with your friends in the afterlife.

Some Goretorium wedding video’s can be seen here.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5QFm-8RYmcHsDBFmM28tw/videos

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Recently there has been news about a couple of Wedding Photography and Videography companies that have turned out to be scams. The odds are that there are more throughout the country. So how do you choose a reputable Wedding Photography and Videography business and protect yourself? The following recommendations are based on personal observations, working with numerous wedding photographers over the years, and our own personal opinion. 

 

1) Always Go Local. The companies mentioned before were not local businesses. One was a nationwide company, and the other one covered four states. Know who you are dealing with. Check out their website, reviews, and Google the business and owners name. With a local vendor, you can meet with them, making sure they are a good fit, and you can be sure they are who they say they are. Destination Bride?  If you come to town before your wedding, ask to meet with them. One commonality among these two businesses was that they offered unlimited hours and no travel fees. Sound too good to be true? If you research most reputable wedding photography and videography businesses, they rarely offer unlimited hours, and usually charge some kind of travel fee depending on the distance. These days there are a lot of people who buy a camera, label themselves a wedding photographer or videographer, and then decide to hang up a shingle. Make sure you are dealing with a professional. If they are an amateur, make sure you are aware of that ahead of time and make your decision to hire them based on that.  

2) See The Work. The problem with national companies, is that you have no idea who  will show up to photograph/videotape your wedding. The wedding photos and videos shown on their website are almost useless. Who was responsible for those photos/videos? Do they even work for the company anymore? Do they even work in your state? They contract out your wedding, usually to a freelancer, so you never know who will show up to your wedding. You hire a wedding photographer or videographer because you like the photographs and/or video demos you’ve seen on their website and blogs. It’s only right that you get that person who is responsible for the work. If there are more than one photographer or videographer on staff, ask to see the work of the person they plan to send out to your wedding. We worked one wedding where the photographer sent out her daughter, who hadn’t photographed a wedding in over a year, never shot a wedding in a church, (this was a catholic wedding), and showed up in a college sweat jacket. The couple hired the photographer because they liked her style,artistry and the photographer herself, they didn’t hire her daughter. In our opinion, that was so wrong on many different levels. Each photographer and videographer has their own style and ideas. Make sure you get who and what you are paying for.

3) Make Sure You Have a Contract. Usually the retainer/deposit is non-refundable. To protect yourself, make sure there is something in the contract that states if they are unable to complete the contract, (a no show), they are liable for returning the retainer/deposit. With the above mentioned scams, the contract only stated that the retainer/deposit was non-refundable, nothing about a no show liability.  Unfortunately, most of these couples will probably never get their retainer/deposit back, even though no one showed up to their wedding. Many other couples have not received any photos or videos, and probably never will, even when someone did show up to their wedding.

 

We recommend Googling articles concerning this subject. There is a lot more information and ideas on how to book a reputable photographer or videographer.  We’ve listed the three we think are the most important, especially with the recent scams that were perpetrated on so many couples.

 

Any ideas you would like to share, please leave a comment.

 

www.langdonvideo.com      kelly@langdonvideo.com     Langdon Video Services

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