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2013 in Review – Wedding Trends

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At Turbo Productions, we pride ourselves in being on the leading edge of new technology, to enhance your event or big day. So we keep up to date of wedding trends happening around Australia and the world (both wedding videography and otherwise).

As we near Christmas, Summer (if it ever comes this year), and 2014, we thought we would recap on some of the great new wedding trends from 2013.

What’s hot:

The Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor Wedding in MelbourneIn Eastern Australia, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Hobart, it’s always a risk due to the ever changing weather but when we canvassed the wedding business community, the outdoor wedding is gaining in popularity, The zoo, farms, and beach weddings continue to be popular and character-filled choice of venues. Who wouldn’t want a wedding shoot near the elephant enclosure? Check out the Rainforest Room at Melbourne Zoo. Engagement photo shoots: gone are the days of a quick backyard BBQ and a ring being the only symbols of a couple’s intention to wed. It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to cement their commitment through casual pre-wedding photoshoots amongst the alleyways and beaches around Australia’s capital cities.

Nic's Button Buds

Button Bouquets:

Custom made button & brooch bouquets for the bride that dares to be different. Nic’s Button Buds works closely with each bride to design bespoke items for your special day. Each bouquet is handcrafted using a fusion of new, vintage and recycled items to create something truly unique. Your bouquets will not just be a talking point that your guests remember but a family heirloom that you can hand down for generations to come.

Engagement Photoshoot Melbourne

Engagement photo shoots

Gone are the days of a quick backyard BBQ and a ring being the only symbols of a couple’s intention to wed. It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to cement their commitment through casual pre-wedding photoshoots amongst the alleyways and beaches around Australia’s capital cities.

Pre-wedding moons

Holidays! Everyone loves them and more and more couples are jetting off on their main holiday even before their big day. It’s often a good way to break up the demands of working and planning a wedding, and a way for the couple to reconnect and focus on what’s most important to them.

Fiji Wedding Videography

Meaghan and Jason

The anniversary “wedding”

Renewing vows was something that is often a private, intimate ceremony but a lot of couples who got married young are now using a milestone anniversary as a good opportunity to have the dress and the reception that they couldn’t afford the first time around. Our most memorable Sydney wedding videography, this year, was the renewal of vows of Meaghan and Jason, wed in 2003, and celebrating with style in Sydney in 2013.

Queenstown, New Zealand

The destination wedding:

New Zealand and Fiji continue to be favourite spots, but a lot of brides from Australia are now throwing in a traditional Aussie wedding in their hometown for something further afield. For some, this means a country wedding an hour drive away from Sydney in glorious Fitzroy Falls at new reception venue Mali Brae Farm. For others, they are trekking further still, like a Vegas festivity.

Lollies as party favours

There are now companies in Australia and abroad who can tailor your lolly banquet to suit your theme. A lot of these companies also couple as event planners.

The vintage wedding

Vintage Wedding

Blackboards, ribbons and handwritten name tags and invitations are making a resurgence in wedding receptions to give it a quaint, loved feel. And the quainter, the more vintage, the better! We even know of a bride who scoured country op shops for old petrol cans to scatter throughout the garden of her outdoor wedding, to breathtaking effect.

The slow motion video booth and the traditional photo booth:

At Turbo Productions, we might be a bit biased, but we believe the slow motion video booth has been one of the most exciting wedding trends to hit in 2013 and we have a viral campaign to thank created by Seattle based company Super Frog Saves Tokyo (SFST) in August. The wedding booth provides the couple with a digital guest book and captures the guests in a fun way that traditional photography cannot.

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Live Streaming in Queenstown New Zealand

The “networked” wedding via Livestream:

Whilst we have seem some events try to use a smartphone hook up for a wedding, more and more couples are asking us to incorporate Livestream into their day. It’s symptomatic of the global couple and friends and family scattered around the world. Check out our Livestream blog, and consider Turbo Productions livestream when you are booking a wedding videographer.

The social media wedding

In the past few years it wasn’t uncommon for the bride and groom to put disposable cameras on the guest tables to find blurry wasted images, or for millions or snaps to be taken on the day yet with no evidence filtering back to the couple . There are now apps that let you aggregate and upload all of your friends’ photos and choose which ones to share.

The self-planned wedding

Aussie couples are still largely focusing on planning their own day, and piecing together their own elaborate project plans. Whilst it ensures individual edge, we expect in 2014 and beyond that event planners will be consulted as everyone gets busier.

What’s ugly?

iPad Wedding CeremonyThe camera crusaders

iPads, iPhones abound at most of the weddings we film these days. No one wants to miss a thing but it detracts from the day.

We recommend you have a “leave the phone on silent policy” and let the professionals capture the day for you.

And what will 2014 bring? Who knows? But we will definitely be keeping our ear to the ground. Like us on Facebook for more up to date wedding trends throughout the year.  Weddings are going to get more intimate and more individualistic, so the only certainty is your day will be magical.

Contact Turbo Productions for all of your videography needs at turboproductions.com.au. Why not look at Turbo Livestream or Slow Motion Video Booths while you are there?

Why choose a videographer?

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Layer your memories with emotion

At Turbo Productions, we have been producing high quality wedding videos for once-in-a-lifetime events for over 7 years, having been privileged to be engaged by hundreds of couples in capturing their day in high definition. And whilst camera quality just keeps improving, it also has resulted in the last 2 years with a proliferation of the tablet and smartphone “camera crusaders” endeavouring to capture every moment (almost before it happens).

As the wedding day is an expensive investment, we often have prospective clients ask us why they should invest in a videographer, when their guests can do it for them.

We understand it is an investment, in a day laden with costs, so we have asked our prior customers why they made the investment:


Thank you James for truly capturing the emotion of our wedding day. Your video has had us all crying again!! James was so fun to have around to capture our wedding video, and helped us out any way he could (he even did some gardening to remove the weeds from our chosen photo location!!). James was 100% professional, and captured the day exactly as it happened. We had a small intimate wedding and we hardly knew James was there filing in the background.

Sallie and Luke

My parents were unable to attend due to my Mum being unwell to be able to travel and he managed to allow them to view the wedding live over the internet. The final product is exquisite and captures all the heart felt moments so perfectly. We can relive our special day over and over again. Moreover, share with our family and friends who were unable to share in the day, so they do not miss out.

Melissa and Peter

I was initially introduced to the world of wedding videography through my sister Kath who was married to Marc back in Nov 2010 – she had James video their wedding in Echuca. At first, I thought, why would you get a video when you have a professional photographer but once I saw the video, in particular the highlights, I was determined to have James at my wedding.

Emily and Tranter



Below, we list out the key considerations of why a professional videographer is an invaluable investment in your day, and highlight some of the key questions you need to ask when searching for your videographer:


  • Whilst photos are forever, a video gives colour, emotion and life to the most important day in your life. For every moment that a videographer is filming, double the time is required to bring it to life in a seamless highlights video, so you not only need a skilled cameraperson but someone who has an eye for creativity and detail in the editing suite. Ask your videographer if you can see samples of their previous work.
  • Video clips captured on smartphone are fun, but the audio is often much left to be desired. A professional videographer should use microphones, and equipped cameras to ensure that each sound is recorded crisply. Ask how your videographer will capture the sound, as this is just as important as the image.
  • A videographer provides strong support for the couple, with their imaging needs. Whilst we also recommend a separate photographer for the day, the videographer provides vital back up. Why? Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go right on the day. Every bride will have a war story, of the car breaking down on the way to the church, the church burning down before the day (yes this has happened), a bridesmaid pulling out due to extenuating circumstances, and a photographer whose equipment is stolen the night before the big day. It sounds like doomsday predictions … but we have seen all of these happen (luckily one at a time; seldom all at once). With a videographer teaming up with the photographer, you are protected by having two people who are capturing your day. Turbo Productions has been honoured to provide some photos to our clients when things didn’t go so well for the photographer. So ask you videographer to see samples of their photos, just to know you’re covered.
  • If you do your research right, professional videographers often come ladened with more than one high definition camera so you can capture angles your guests haven’t even thought about. Ask how many cameras will be used on the day.
  • They are prepared with spare batteries, spare cameras, spare lights and are trained to spot potential. You don’t want to miss out on half a groomsmen’s speech, or some classy moves on the dance floor because all of your guests have had the dreaded battery drain.
  • The right videographer is unobtrusive (chances are you will forget they are even there).
  • A specialised videographer, like Turbo Productions, can also package in live streaming, to be able to stream your wedding over the internet for those family and friends who can’t make the day. This is not provided by everyone, so if you are interested in this, make sure you ask the question.


Alecia and Daniel

If you do get a videographer (and we do hope you do), some handy hints to get the most out of the day:

  • Ensure your guests know there is a videographer organised for the day, so they can put down their phones, relish in the moment, and enjoy all of those special touches you have created.  By briefing your guests, they will also be more aware of the videographer and photographer in the room, and ensure they don’t obscure the view of the most important people on the day: the couple! Never fear: a good videographer can dodge the crowd, but how nice would it be if there were no iPads in the vision, complementing your carefully thought out 1930s themed wedding?
  • Ensure you have good rapport with the videographer. They are one of your key crew for the day. Provide the videographer with a run sheet of the day in advance and ask for their advice. Having participated in 100s of weddings, a professional videographer will know what will look good.
  • Ensure the videographer is advised of locations, so they scout them out beforehand.
  • Keep them there for the reception, and get them to capture the guests, the dance floor, the speeches and the cake.
  • Videography is no longer just a movie length capture of your day: ask them what other services they provide. At Turbo Productions, we offer live stream (see our Live Internet Streaming blog) and slow motion video booths (see our Slow Motion Video Booths blog) and are always looking out for new opportunities to further enhance and layer your memories of the day. A talented videographer should also be at ease with still photography, to guarantee the married couple some high quality photos should the need arise.


Is a videographer a worthwhile investment? We think so!

Contact us today to discuss your videography needs.

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