Rehearsal dinner video

Why do couples have us create rehearsal dinner films?

So, why is creating a rehearsal dinner video important? Well, let’s start by looking at why rehearsal dinners even happen. Wedding historian Susan Waggoner writes, “Hundreds of years ago, attending a wedding could mean days of travel.” Hopefully all of your guests only have a flight or two, but even a full day of traveling is not exactly blissful. Waggoner continues, “The night before the event would find the tent, hut, castle, or manor house jammed to the rafters with friends, relatives, and emissaries, all of whom had to be fed.” I recently attended a wedding in Hawaii, and the night before we had 17 people crowded into a 5 bedroom beach house rented on Airbnb. While it was cozy, there was a lot of stretching out the next day.

Today, many couples do have a rehearsal dinner after the ceremony rehearsal. Dinners are typically attended by the wedding party, their dates and their immediate families. Also, for some couples planning a destination wedding, it also doubles as a welcome dinner. While the themes can range from a backyard catered BBQ to a Michelen Star restaurant formal dinner, at some point family and friends (parents, uncles, aunts, siblings, grandparents, and friends) will probably get up and share a story or just congratulate the couple. Now, many of these people will not be speaking during the reception, so this is their opportunity to share with you their congratulatory wishes.

With this more intimate setting, the stories often get a little more “authentic”. As these stories are being told, there may be someone with a smartphone trying to record, but the results are sometimes not all that great. Also, they may be hard to actually get from that person.

So, what happens when we capture your rehearsal dinner?

First the selfish part (I’m not kidding here). When filming a rehearsal dinner video, I get the opportunity to meet the important people are in your lives. This provides me with a little foreknowledge for your actual wedding day. So when I see something out of the corner of my eye, I have a better chance of capturing something magical for you.

Second, I’ll be there with 2-3 cameras set up to capture these amazing words when they happen. Not only with cameras, but professional off camera audio options.

Third, We even can bring our own professional PA with wireless mics to use. Plus, for the before and after, you can set up a playlist for background music.

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So what’s the takeaway? Besides not actually filming your wedding, many couples regret not filming a rehearsal dinner. They really wish they had these special moments on film.

Want to know more?

Trend Alert: Since many of the weddings I film are at wineries or locations where there is often a curfew. I’ve noticed a growing trend to move the traditional speeches and toasts from the reception to the rehearsal dinner. The only speech or comments on the wedding day, are usually after the couples entrance, thanking everyone for coming.

Have an amazing wedding! – Ken

Copain Winery {Ryan + Stephanie} Wedding Videos – Santa Rosa

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Couple at sunset

A stunning day at Copain Winery overlooking the Russian River Valley greeted Ryan and Stephanie for their dream wedding! Family and friends celebrated late into the night as they laughed and danced for hours! Here is their Sneak Peek film… Enjoy!

Ryan + Stephanie Sneak Peek Film

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Venue: Copain Winery
Event Management: Milestone Events Group
Catering: Girl & The Fig
Photography: Gina Peterson
Videography: Kenneth Sipes Cinema
Floral: Heather Hendrickson
DJ: NorCal Pro Sound
Rentals: Encore

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Ryan + Stephanie Highlight Film

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Viansa Winery {Paul + Jamie} Wedding Videos – Sonoma

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Couple after ceremony

Paul and Jamie gathered family and friends at the beautiful Viansa Winery in Sonoma for a special wedding!

After the rehearsal everyone gathered at Chimney Rock for a special night of fun toasts and amazing food. The wedding day was a picture perfect (if a little breezy) day. The sights, emotion and love were everywhere and what a way to begin their married life together. Here is their Sneak Peek video… Enjoy!

Paul + Jamie Wedding Sneak Peek Video

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The Team…
Venue: Viansa Winery
Venue Management: Milestone Events Group
Catering: Girl & The Fig
Photography: Scott & Dana
Cinematography: Kenneth Sipes Cinema
Floral: Wine Country Flowers
Cake & Deserts: Girl & The Fig
Music: Lucky Devil’s Band

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Paul + Jamie Wedding Highlight Film

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Windsong {Chris + Faye} Feature Wedding Video – Shingle Springs

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Carrying bride after ceremony

Chris and Faye gathered family and friends for a special wedding weekend in the Sierra Foothills. A beautiful location, fun and loving family, committed friends, and a wedding day thyat started with an amazing sunrise and ended with dancing late into the night.

Here is their Wedding Feature video… Enjoy! ~ Ken



Chris + Faye Wedding Feature Film

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The Team…

Venue: Windsong, Shingle Springs
Planning: Tan Weddings & Events
Photography: Stephanie Rhea Photography
Cinema: Kenneth Sipes Cinema
Catering: Gesche’s Gourmet
Floral: Bloom & Vine
Cake: Jaynee Cakes
Entertainment: Mary Isis
Beauty: I Make Beautiful

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Vintners Inn {Brock + Nikole} Highlight Wedding Video – Santa Rosa

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Brock and Nikole highlight wedding video at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa.

Enjoy this highlight video of Brock and Nikol’s beautiful Vintners Inn Wedding! A combination of family, friends, and a beautiful setting made for an amazing day and evening.  Oh… and a little surprise from Nikole and her Dad! What a great way to begin their married life together. Congratulations!

Here is their highlight film… Enjoy! ~ Ken


Brock + Nikole Wedding Highlight Film

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The Team…

Venue: Vintners Inn – Vintners Inn
Planner: Jen Priest – Love Notes
Floral: Petal Town – Petal Town Flowers
Photographer: Bob and Becky – Tibidabo Photography
Videographer: Ken Sipes – Kenneth Sipes Cinema
DJ and Photobooth: AMS Entertainment – AMS
Bakery: Sift – Sift Dessert Bar

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V. Sattui {Dino + Alex} Wedding Video – Napa Valley

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Bride and Groom Kissing at Sunset

Dino and Alex sneak peek wedding video at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena.

Enjoy this sneak peak of Dino and Alex’s beautiful V. Sattui Wedding! A combination of family, friends, and a beautiful setting made for an amazing day and evening. And don’t forget the doughnuts! What a great way to begin their married life together. Congratulations!

Here is their sneak peek film… Enjoy! ~ Ken


Dino + Alexandra Wedding Sneak Peek Film

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The Team…

Venue: V. Sattui Winery – V Sattui Events and Weddings
Planner: Carli Pastrama – Carli Rose Events
Floral: Andrew – Weddings by Garaventas
Photographer: Ken Viale – Ken Viale Photography
Videographer: Ken Sipes – Kenneth Sipes Cinema
DJ: Tony Sparks –
Strings: Musical Heart Strings – Musical Heart Strings

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Dino + Alexandra Wedding Feature Film

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360 Wedding Ceremony video

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When video is playing, use your mouse \ pointer to move left, right, up, and down… have fun!