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The Beauty of a Wedding Video

A wedding video combines the power of a photo album, scrapbook, guestbook, and playlist into one meaningful gift or keepsake. A wedding video montage is the perfect gift for a couple to relive the magic of their most important wedding moments for years to come.

But how should you go about creating a wedding video for yourself or a loved one? Should it be given as a private memento or unveiled as a shared viewing experience for the whole wedding reception? Below are seven types of videos for weddings, how to use them, and why each type is special.

Types of wedding video explored in this guide:

  1. Engagement Video
  2. Wedding Shower Video
  3. Bachelorette Party or Bridal Shower Video
  4. Bachelor Party Video
  5. Video Guestbook at the Wedding
  6. Wedding Video Gift
  7. Anniversary Video

Jump to the end of the guide to discover the easiest way to make quality wedding videos.

Tip: There are two great ways to approach many of the videos listed in this guide: 
1. The video montage can be created in advance and presented during the event.
2. Videos can be taken during the event and compiled as a gift for the recipient later.

Type 1: Engagement Video

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An engagement video is a montage of close friends and family supporting and congratulating the happy couple for their engagement. It can include personal stories, images, and videos of the couple, making a beautiful gift to the fiances once their engagement has been announced. On the other hand, the engagement video can be created by one partner and presented to the other as part of the proposal!

Featuring:

  • Close friends and family (and pets).
  • Possibly one or both of the spouses-to-be.
  • New and old videos and photos of the couple.

Video prompt ideas:

  • What makes Alex and Kelly perfect for one another?
  • Why do you think Sam said/will say yes?

Timing:

If you are creating the video as part of your proposal, you should send out invitations to friends and family you want to participate at least one month before the planned proposal date. Depending on the number of people you want to invite, you may even want to start sooner.

If you are creating an engagement video gift for a couple who recently got engaged, you can begin as soon as the engagement is announced. While you can present your engagement gift at any time, it might be fun to share the video at an engagement party, wedding shower, or even the rehearsal dinner.

Why it’s special:

Getting engaged is a huge step in a couple’s life together, which is very exciting, but can also be a bit scary. When loved ones come together in support of a couple’s engagement, it shows the couple that the people they care about most believe in their relationship and want them to be happy.

Type 2: Wedding Shower Video

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A wedding shower video is a montage of messages from loved ones wishing the soon-to-be bride and groom all the best. It can be made before the wedding shower and presented at the event or recorded during the wedding shower and shared later.

Featuring:

  • Close friends and family (and pets).
  • New and old videos and photos of the couple.
  • Wedding shower attendees.
  • Possibly one or both of the spouses-to-be.

Video prompt ideas:

  • What makes Danny and Ash perfect for one another?
  • If the couple were a song, what song would they be and why?
  • What’s your first/best memory of Jess and Andy as a couple?

Timing:

To show the video at the wedding shower, try to send out invitations to the people you want to include at least one month before the event. If you are compiling videos taken at the wedding shower for a wedding gift, try to invite anyone you want to include who was not able to attend the shower within a few days of the event.

Why it’s special:

While a wedding shower is similar to a bridal shower, it is more inclusive of both parties and not geared toward one gender. Therefore, a wedding shower is likely to focus on both the groom and the bride and include loved ones from both sides, and the video will too!

Type 3: Bachelorette Party or Bridal Shower Video

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Bachelorette parties and bridal showers are different in some ways, but they share a common focus: the bride-to-be. Thus, a bachelorette party or bridal shower video features messages of love and support from the bride-to-be’s closest friends and loved ones.

Featuring:

  • The maid of honor and other bridesmaids.
  • Anyone the bride-to-be wants at the bachelorette party or bridal shower.
  • A theme consistent with the party or shower.
  • New and old videos and photos of the bride.
  • Anything else that celebrates the bride and her special day.

Video prompt ideas:

  • What’s something you love most about Danica?
  • What is one word you would use to describe Taylor and why?
  • Give one reason you think Ellie will love being a wife.

Timing:

To show the video at the event, try to send out invitations for participants to record and upload their videos at least one month before the event. If you are recording videos during the event for a gift to the bride later, you’ll want to choose your timing for the gift carefully.

For a bachelorette party video, consider whether the contents are appropriate for a group, or if you should give the video to the bride privately. The bride can always choose to share her video gift with others later at her own discretion.

Why it’s special:

Whether she is laid back or bridezilla, the bride deserves special attention when it comes to her wedding. Commemorating her bridal shower or bachelorette party in a video montage is a timeless way to continue honoring and celebrating her.

Type 4: Bachelor Party Video

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The bachelor party is all about the groom-to-be, and so is the bachelor party video. So, you’ll want to get all the people that matter most to the groom to record messages of love and support for a meaningful montage gift.

Featuring:

  • The best man and other groomsmen.
  • Anyone the groom-to-be wants at the bachelor party.
  • A theme consistent with the party.
  • New and old videos and photos of the groom.
  • Anything else that celebrates the groom, couple, and special day.

Video prompt ideas:

  • What’s your favorite thing about Jared?
  • What is one word you would use to describe Chris and why?
  • Give one reason you think Tye will love being a husband.

Timing:

To show the groom his video during the bachelor party, try to invite participants to record and upload videos at least one month in advance. On the other hand, if you are recording videos during the event for a gift to enjoy later, choose your timing for the gift carefully.

Consider whether the contents of the video are appropriate for a group. Otherwise, it may be best to give the video to the groom privately, and he can share with others at his own discretion.

Why it’s special:

In many circumstances, the bride gets most of the attention when it comes to the wedding. This is an opportunity to honor the groom in a video gift that will last forever.

Type 5: Video Guestbook at the Wedding

A video guestbook is a unique way for the couple to remember their wedding guests and their special day.

Featuring:

  • All wedding guests.
  • The wedding venue.
  • The wedding day.

Video prompt ideas:

  • Please state your name and a brief message to the bride and groom.

Timing:

Prepare to record the video guestbook entries at the wedding as guests enter and exit the ceremony. You can set up a designated “Video Guestbook” area near the entrance with instructions so guests know what to do.

Why it’s special:

A video guestbook is a more vivid and personal take on a traditional guestbook. With video, the couple can relive the joy of the day with smiling faces and unique messages from loved ones.

Type 6: Wedding Video Gift

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A wedding video gift is a compilation of loving messages to the newlyweds. It can include videos taken during the engagement, wedding shower, bachelorette or bridal event, bachelor party, and wedding, as well as videos submitted from any participants invited by the video organizer/gift giver.

Featuring:

  • Any invitees who choose to participate.
  • Videos from various other events.
  • Personal messages from friends and family.
  • Advice to the newlyweds.
  • Fun themes.

Video prompt ideas:

  • What makes Rebecca and Dante perfect for one another?
  • If the couple were a song, what song would they be and why?
  • Share one hope or wish you have for Tatum and Camilla’s marriage.

Timing:

Whether you plan to deliver your wedding Tribute via video card, bamboo USB drive, or surprise premiere, you should start collecting videos at least a month before the big reveal. 

Why it’s special:

A wedding video gift is a truly meaningful way to celebrate the bride and groom. Why? Because it is a collaborative gift that brings everyone together to create a memory the newlyweds can cherish for years to come… and they may even show their children some day!

Type 7: Anniversary Video

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An anniversary video is a montage of video messages celebrating the wedding anniversary of the happy couple. It is a great gift for a one-year anniversary, another milestone, and any year in between.

Featuring:

  • Anyone you want to invite.
  • Videos and photos of the couple and their life together.
  • Personal messages from friends and family.
  • Fun themes.

Video prompt ideas:

  • Why do you think Angel and Don work so well? What’s their key to success as a couple?
  • If the couple were a song, what song would they be and why?
  • Share one hope or wish you have for Kody and Lynn’s marriage.

Timing:

To present your video on a wedding anniversary, try to send out invitations to the people you want to include at least one month beforehand.

Why it’s special:

Whether the anniversary video is a gift from one spouse to the other or from the kids to their parents, it is a meaningful celebration of a couple’s marriage. 

The Easiest Way to Make Quality Wedding Videos

Tribute is the most user-friendly wedding video maker. In a few simple steps, you can collaborate with others, gather videos, and use our easy editor to bring it all together. Or our concierge service can professionally edit your videos for you!

  1. Invite friends.

    We send the invitations with all the information your friends and family need to participate.

  2. Collect videos.

    We provide the prompt for your participants to make a video and upload it.

  3. Compile the video.

    We make it easy for you to drag and drop the collected videos into any order you like and then share the final Tribute video.

  4. Get premium service (optional).

    Let one of our concierge editors manage the project and compile your final Tribute video.