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6 Reasons Why You Should Live Stream Your Des Moines Wedding

Why Live stream You Des Moines Wedding? When it comes to weddings, couples may be looking at ways for international relatives to still feel connected during the ceremony, or the wedding budget requires cutting back the guest list count. When you still want everyone to be able to tune in, even if it’s just virtually, live streaming your Des Moines event is the best option. Let’s dive right into the benefits of live streaming your wedding ceremony.

6 Reasons Why You Should Live Stream Your Des Moines Wedding

Endless Rewatching

The most fun reason to live stream is so you can rewatch the ceremony all over again – and so can family and friends! It’s hard to comprehend how special it is to watch this exciting, important, whirlwind moment in your life! It may be a blur when it happens, but it’s an awesome experience to be able to listen to the vows again and relive the emotions of the momentous ceremony.

Larger Reach

With live streaming, you have endless invites to the viewing party! While you may leave some extended family or long-lost high school friends out of the invite to your actual wedding, you don’t have to leave anyone out on the livestream invite! 

Keep Guest Count (and Prices!) Down

You won’t have to feel bad about leaving your mother’s coworkers, your Pilates instructor, or any guests you’re on the fence about out of the invite, since you’re still able to invite them to tune into the day! With another option to view your wedding, you can keep your guest count down which keeps the cost of catering and rentals down as well. By just inviting roughly three less tables of people (around 24 less guests), you can save over $1000 in appetizer, dinner, beverage, table decor and linen rental costs. 

No Additional Duties

Your friends and your family can simply enjoy the ceremony, whether they’re in person or watching from afar, while Complete Weddings + Events handles the live stream. Having no additional tasks for you and your guests makes choosing to do a live stream that much easier!

Affordable Video Option

In modern times, video is everywhere, because it’s truly the best method we have to capture it all! We hear the most common regret couples have after a wedding was not hiring a videographer, and we definitely understand a professional videographer does not fit in everyone’s budget. But livestreaming is a happy medium for those who are budget-conscious, but still want this special time captured. 

Live streaming is the perfect affordable video option, especially if you simply cannot afford a wedding videographer. You may already find extra room in the budget when limiting your total guest count, and this affordable option is a great way for those you didn’t make the final cut to still be involved in your big day!

An Option For All To Be Connected

The clear decision to choose live streaming is to be able give the opportunity for so many dear friends and family to still be connected and engaged on your wedding day. It’s still awesome to be able to watch the ceremony after the fact, but it’s quite exciting and unifying to be watching it live, as it happens! Offering a live stream of your wedding helps for all to feel as though they are not missing out on this special day. 

Des Moines Live Stream Services

Complete Weddings + Events makes it simple for your friends and family, near or far, to tune into your big day. With a lavalier microphone for the officiant or the bride or groom, all tuning in will be able to clearly hear the ceremony and wedding vows. You can choose who can view the ceremony live, and then all can watch it back after the day is done. Contact us to learn more about our live stream services in Des Moines, so no guest needs to miss a beat!

Bonus! Save on other services when you bundle with Complete Weddings + Events! We also offer photography, DJ, lighting, photo booth and videography services for your special event. 

Contact Complete Weddings + Events to begin creating your custom package today!

 

Micro Weddings in Des Moines Ideas – How to Plan & Where to Start

Considering having micro weddings in Des Moines? These smaller events are not only a cost-saving alternative to a traditional wedding with 150+ guests, but they’re an intimate affair that can be as unique as you and your partner. Since they are on a smaller scale, there are more options for locations, catering, seating, and activities that can’t easily be recreated at a large Des Moines event.

Micro Weddings in Des Moines Ideas

Photo Credit: OffBeat Bride (Dan and Beth Photography)

Photo Credit: Offbeat Bride (Dan and Beth Photography)


What are Micro Weddings in Des Moines?

Imagine a normal Des Moines wedding celebration, just on a way smaller scale. Micro weddings most still have a ceremony and reception with dinner, decor, cake, and entertainment. The event is typically 40 people or less, with the majority of micro weddings in the range of 15 to 25 guests. A smaller guest list means less seating, centerpieces, linens, food, and the list goes on. According to The Knot’s 2019 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding last year cost over $33,000, when a micro wedding can be achieved under $10,000. Talk about major savings!

 

But a smaller wedding doesn’t mean a micro wedding can’t be lavish. While the guest list for micro weddings is limited, this doesn’t necessarily mean the couple is throwing a frugal, thrifty wedding. Micro weddings allow a couple to bring their true wedding day vision to life with more budget for anything they can dream up! If you’re looking to splurge on a unique venue, a customized catered meal, or lavish decor, you can still save money in the end when the guest list is limited. Micro weddings give your budget more freedom to splurge on something you simply could not fathom providing for 300 people.



First Steps in Micro Wedding Planning

Similar to planning a standard wedding, the first steps in microwedding planning is to think about your ideal timeframe and solidify a venue. The biggest difference here is that micro weddings allow for many more event location options, inside or outside. From the stage of theatre to a shady spot in your best friend’s backyard, micro weddings don’t have to be confined to a standard wedding venue. Understanding the estimated number of guests and your vision for the day (urban, bohemian, formal, garden, ethereal, modern tropical, rustic, etc.) will help guide you on what type of location to be looking for.

The Edited Guest List

No more agonizing or arguing over whether to invite every single cousin or the fallback of implementing a no-kids policy. Simply invite your parents (or not!) and besties, and be done with it. When the guest list is cut by 90 percent, most people understand if they didn’t make the cut, especially with everything going on in the world right now! Will Great Aunt Gloria lose it over being left out? Weigh that against being able to recognize—and be truly happy to see—every face in your crowd.

The Doable Decor

Lusting after that limited edition French china on Etsy? Go ahead. Buy a set or three. Dreaming of that florist you found on Instagram to make a table arrangement? Go ahead. DM her. When you’re just decorating one table (think: a super-chic dinner party) or one small room (hey, dancing is mandatory for you), the pressure’s off—especially when it comes to your wallet.

The “Anything Goes” Attire

Walking down the “aisle” of a courthouse, a garden, a restaurant or your own backyard doesn’t call for a 25-foot couture train—or the months of fittings that go with it. Want to wear a badass jumpsuit à la Solange? Do your thing. And if you do want the big gown, that’s your decision to make as well. The point is, you’re controlling things, not the dress code or other people’s expectations. (P.S. That also means no need to force your BFFS into matching bridesmaids dresses either. Just sayin’.)

 

You Still Get To Have Your DREAM Wedding

An incredible cake, dreamy flowers, a photo booth, the playlist you’ve been curating since you were nine? None of these things need to be nixed just because you’re celebrating on a smaller scale. In fact, because there are fewer guests, you can splurge on the things you care about without going bankrupt, whether that’s a chef-made meal or your flower crown. Space is limited, but when it comes to your wedding fantasies, the sky’s still the limit.



Micro Weddings in Des Moines Services

Photography

When throwing a micro wedding, we still suggest hiring a photographer to capture your unique day. Quality photos of you and your spouse are a must! Time and effort were put into every detail of the day, plus your favorite people in the entire world will all be together! You’ll want all this captured to look back on for years to come!

Music

Whether you want a dance off to emerge or an evening of sing-a-long tunes around the fire pit, music helps bring your space to life! Set the atmosphere with music from when guests arrive to the final slow dance of the evening. Hire a DJ to make announcements, provide microphones for any speeches, and to create the soundtrack to the day of your dreams. 

Videography

With a small guest list, many individuals you enjoy simply won’t be able to make the slim list. Choosing videography for a micro wedding is a great option to be able to share the day with extended family members, coworkers, high school friends, your gym buddy, your mom’s hair stylist, and all those who wish they could have made the tiny invite list.

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Complete Weddings + Events in Des Moines, IA

Take the stress out of hiring multiple vendors by choosing a vendor who can cater multiple services for your day. Complete Weddings + Events offers budget-friendly packages on photography, DJ and videography perfect for a micro wedding! Having a photographer, DJ, and videographer who work well together is something you won’t take for granted! Complete Weddings + Events, Des Moines’ leading provider of event and wedding photographyvideographylightingDJ services & photo booth rental.

Wedding Spotlight: Elli + Nathan I Des Moines, Iowa I 12.21.2019

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We are total suckers for personalized details, and really making your wedding yours. Elli and Nathan nailed it! For a couple getting married in December the lucked out with some amazing weather and were able to really capture some great outdoor shots! Elli and Nathan managed to get to the Capital building in downtown Des Moines to capture the amazing views as their backdrop as well as incorporating some of the beautiful sculptures that are  showcased on the property.

 

 

After  their intimate and meaningful ceremony, they loaded up their entire bridal party and were able to start the night off right on the party bus! These types of candid photos are the ones that we believe the couple truly values the most. These are the photos that capture all the moments that you may have missed because it’s one of the biggest days of your life, and let’s be honest….you’re busy!

 

 

Once the group arrived at the The Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny, the party had already started, but was going to continue! The reception space was beautiful, and definitely a nod to the couples great taste and minimalist style, but that didn’t mean we weren’t able to capture some amazing details like the couple getting “ICED” and a tender moment between the bride and her new sister-in-law.

 

 

It’s all in the details.

Elli and Nathan knew exactly what they want to accomplish with their wedding, they wanted to make sure they included everyone that mattered to them, even if they were no longer with them. Both of them also really wanted the other to know how much they loved one another, as you can see from the sweet little notes, and details on the shoes! From the moment the day started we knew that it was going to be one for the books, not only did Elli’s dress have the ability to take the grooms breath away, but they also took the breath away from their guests with how much they made they day about all of them.

Des Moines DJs First Dance Songs

We have a mix of popular first dance songs and newly released songs that are soon to be heard at a wedding near you! We have compiled Des Moines DJs First Dance Songs to help you with your perfect song search! 

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Classic Des Moines DJs First Dance Songs

These songs are staples for a couple’s first dance. You can’t go wrong with classics from everlasting artists like Stevie Wonder and Etta James. We’ve also included staple romantic songs from the soulful John Legend and Adele. Beware as these songs may cause you to tear up or want to be embraced by a loved one. You’ve most likely heard them at weddings before, and you’ll probably hear them again. And it’s a touching moment every time!

Wedding First Dance at the Tea Room, Des Moines, Iowa

First Dance Songs of 2020

We think these will be popular, or still be popular in 2020 as choices for a first dance. Released in 2019 or 2020, these are great options if you’re looking for a song you haven’t heard others dance to. Create a unique moment with a recently released song!

Find all these songs and more great first dance song choices on our Wedding First Dance Songs playlist on Spotify!

Complete Weddings and Event Des Moines, IA

If you’re looking to tie the knot or throw an epic event, you have come to the right place. Complete Weddings + Events in Des Moines, IA, will help you find the right event or wedding photographer, videographer and DJ to throw a phenomenal party, plus we have a fun photo booth and lighting rentals to elevate your event and give you the type of unforgettable experience you’re looking for.

Wedding Event Services Des Moines, IA

If you’re planning a wedding in Des Moines, IA, then you’ve landed at the right place! Now that you’ve said YES! to spending your life together, you have some exciting decisions ahead. At Complete Weddings + Events planning, wedding events are what we do best.

Complete Weddings + Events, Des Moines’ leading provider of event and wedding photographyvideographylightingDJ services & photo booth rental.

Best of 2019 Des Moines Wedding Photography Edition

We’ve had a tremendous year, and we hope 2019 is marked as a remarkable year for you too! Whether you were engaged, married, or helped immensely in event or wedding planning, let’s not leave 2019 in the dust just yet. Our collection of stand-out Des Moines wedding photography from 2019 is a great way to look back on the year fondly. 

We found photos outside the typical romantic vibes to highlight unique moments at weddings we’ve captured. These photos feature aspects of the wedding beyond just the bride and groom, but you know they always steal the spotlight in the end!des moines wedding

Best Of 2019 Des Moines Wedding Photography- Unique Edition

Whether you have guests dressed up as Loyd and Harry from the classic film Dumb and Dumber or you appoint someone as “Ring Security”, you always want to make your special day one-of-a-kind. For us, 2019 proved to be one of the best years to capture just that. Here at COMPLETE Weddings + Events we always make sure to capture those moments that you may not think about the day of your wedding, but will always want to see for years to come.

All About The Couple

Those personal touches are what make your photos truly special. Whether it’s your engagement photos, or wedding photos, if you and your partner want to include something in your photos…do it, because like we always say: “Party Like….You.”

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Get Your Groove On

Dance like no one is watching….but we always are!

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All The Important People

Your friends and family are always there for you, and you want to make sure to capture those moments. Yes, even the silliest of moments.

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It’s all in the Details

The smallest details really make all the difference, especially when it’s your wedding and you may not be able to fully enjoy those small things the day of, so you want to make sure you capture everything.

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Complete Weddings and Event Des Moines, IA

If you’re looking to tie the knot or throw an epic event, you have come to the right place. Complete Weddings + Events in Des Moines, IA, will help you find the right event or wedding photographer, videographer and DJ to throw a phenomenal party, plus we have a fun photo booth and lighting rentals to elevate your event and give you the type of unforgettable experience you’re looking for.

Wedding Event Services Des Moines, IA

If you’re planning a wedding in Des Moines, IA, then you’ve landed at the right place! Now that you’ve said YES! to spending your life together, you have some exciting decisions ahead. At Complete Weddings + Events planning, wedding events are what we do best.

Complete Weddings + Events, Des Moines’ leading provider of event and wedding photographyvideographylightingDJ services & photo booth rental.

Get the Wedding Video of Your Dreams

Wedding days are truly once-in-a-lifetime events. You’ve most likely seen many of these special days captured on video, but there’s nothing like watching back your own wedding day. You can imagine seeing your partner’s emotions when you aren’t around, your parents or grandparents filled with joy, and your wedding party tearing up the dance floor. But having it all captured to actually rewatch is something you will not regret.

As a wedding video in Des Moines has become a more polished production, it has also become more easily accessible for all to have. There may not be as many videographers in Des Moines as there are photographers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a professional videography team to work with at a great price. Whether you dream of a music video-style compilation to highlight the day, or if you’re happy with a simple recording of your ceremony, there’s a spectrum of possibilities to choose from that Complete Weddings + Events can help you with!

Wedding Video of Your Dreams

Work With Professionals

To create a wedding video that you are actually proud to show your family and friends, hiring a professional videographer is the way to go. While professionally shot video footage may seem overrated in the smartphone era, amateur video phones can’t capture your wedding, in the same way, a professional can. While it’s tempting to cut wedding costs, hiring an experienced professional on the aspects of your day you get to keep forever is the way to go! Learn more about our professional videographers to help capture the sounds and sights of your day.

Real Wedding Videos in Des Moines

See wedding videos from couples right here in Iowa shot by the team at Complete Weddings + Events. 

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