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Ariane Fisher
Ariane Fisher is the Co-Founder of WeddingMix - the affordable way to get a go pro wedding video. Knowing the pain of not having her own wedding video to remember the big day, Ariane and her team developed the free WeddingMix app. When paired with GoPro rental cameras, it gives couples a way to get all the photos and videos from the proposal to the honeymoon - plus a free edited wedding video.

Ariane is an Apple Certified Professional Video Editor who has been featured on the ABC evening news and published in Crain’s Chicago Business, Forbes, WeddingMBA and Rangefinder Online. She holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and is a former Engine Design Engineer with Ford. Ariane is mom to 7, yes 7 kids. It's loud.

Entries by Ariane Fisher

6 Things I Wish My Best Friend Told Me When Planning My Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 3:59 PM

My best friend was the biggest asset in wedding planning. She was married the year before and knew everything I needed.

While you know they're your go-to source for all things wedding, it's hard to know even what to ask. So, I created this handy...

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13 Unexpected Wedding Trends for 2016

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 5:32 PM

1. Go GoPro

Think outside the whiskey bottle and GoPro bouquet that made the rounds last year on YouTube. A GoPro can be used to film incredible unique moments from your wedding.

The newest models feature a burst mode, so you can create a time lapse of your processional or the setup of your wedding. If you're having a destination wedding, the GoPro can be a great way to include those excursion trips. Or take one on your honeymoon and include it in your wedding video. You can rent GoPros so you don't even have to lay out all the money.
2. Dance Up the Aisle

It's been a few years since the JK Wedding entrance and couples are coming up with new ways to enter their own ceremony. I love the entrance from our couple at :12 in the video because they entered their own wedding together as a unique first dance!

3. Dance Down the Aisle

Or celebrate your first dance as a couple just moments after that first kiss. Here is possibly my favorite post-kiss moment caught on video... check out the high five and boogie in my buddy Damany's recessional at the :30 mark of this video...

4. Get a Non-Traditional Wedding Officiant

Your vows are unique, so why not your officiant? A great officiant will roll with the punches in case you have a little trouble with your lines.

5. Grandma Flower Girls

Without grandma as your matriarch you wouldn't be there for the big day. And it's hard to get cuter than a grandma tossing petals.

6. Sing the Vows

Stephen serenaded Tatiana in front of their guests with what could possibly be the most creative vows I've ever seen.

6. Sing the Toasts

Get your guests in on the action. In the top video above, the guests at Carolyn and Mike's wedding serenaded the couple with "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You."

Want to hear their amazing song?

7. Parade Your Love Have fun while taking your portrait shots between the ceremony and reception. Take a parade down the main street with your wedding party.

Take a walk down State St. while posing for wedding photos Photo by Rick Aguilar Studios


Take a wedding parade while posing for your portrait shots Photo by Ryan Moore Photography

Bride Annie stopped traffic in the photo above and says, "Friends from Columbia College and Burning Man serenaded us with love songs to begin the parade."

8. Get Song Requests Ahead of Time

Ask your friends their favorite dance songs before the the wedding. You can print a blank request list on the back of your RSVP cards to ensure a packed dance floor all night. Honoring special requests by family will guarantee that everyone gets to dance.

Sergio Orozco, at WeddingStarters, suggests, "Turn in the music a week before your wedding when you finalize the timeline with your DJ so that you can focus on other details like beauty sleep days before your big day."

Tony Fynan, DJ at Arizona Mobile DJ, adds "just in case, with last minute scenarios I am connected via wifi to music services and can still get most songs purchased on demand."

And make sure to look at the :37 mark in the top video. That's our very own editor Tim breakdancing at his brother's wedding!

9. Portable Video booth

We've all seen the props in the photobooth; it's time to take it outside the booth. Annie and Ryan's guests attached a selfie stick with monocle and mustache to their rental camera at their wedding extravaganza. They called it their Brit Cam.

Annie continues, "we were lucky to have four englishfolk at our wedding, all musicians I met at Burning Man and have been close with for years. They were once in a band called The Cutaway which I dearly loved. Ryan had them play our first dance as a surprise. We asked Sam Bailey, a filmmaker, to man a camera and called it Brit Cam. The Mustache and Monocle were all his idea."

Get beyond the boring well wishes and give your guests creative wedding interview questions like:

  • How can they get out of the doghouse?
  • Share your favorite memory
  • What should they exchange for their first anniversary?

Here are some more interview questions.

10. Make a Grand Exit

Anthony Navarro of Liven It Up Events suggests "Grand exits are not just for church ceremonies anymore. With the rise of social media sites portraying grand exits at a wedding reception we are seeing an abundance of sparkler send offs to jetting off in a vintage car to even a speedy get away on a Vespa.

The trend of the grand exit is in part wanting to keep guests engaged in the later part of the wedding, with the hope of keeping them there as long as they can. I have even had late night food trucks arrive as a special send off after the wedding concludes to entice the guests to stay and keep the party going!"

Paul Christopher Greene adds, "After Anthony's food trucks,we ferried the couple off for a night time helicopter flight over the city where Red Weddings shot more video and stills!"

Chicago wedding photographer Rick Aguilar captured this gorgeous photo during a New Year's Eve wedding. The couple released a beautiful confetti send off at midnight.

wedding-send-off-confetti-new-years Photo by Rick Aguilar Studios

11. Showcase Signing Your Marriage License
It sounds so boring, and yet is so incredibly momentous. Make sure to film this once-in-a-lifetime event so you can watch it in the years to come. Some countries include the signing as part of the wedding ceremony.

12. Reverse Your Roles

Try carrying him over the threshold instead! Kait surprised Will with her fireman hold during the first dance.

13. Share a Highlight Video

As Bridal Guide mentioned, getting a highlight video is the best way to share your wedding with those who were there and those who couldn't make the big day. Rather than hauling out the wedding album, or having people watch a long DVD, you can share a quick highlight with friends and family from all over the world.

Brandon Rice, of Brandon Rice Films, delivers a 5 minute video which can be easily shared within about 6 weeks of the wedding. Max Yuryev, of Your Story by Max, says, "most of our packages include a teaser trailer that is posted within 24 hours of the wedding. The rest of the package is delivered about 12 weeks after the couple's big day."

Moments filmed on your guests phones from the whole wedding week, and even the your honeymoon clips, can also be edited into a highlight video. It's a fantastic way to relive your day in the months and years after the wedding.

With 25% of all weddings now destination weddings, the guest list at the ceremony is shrinking, while later reception parties are on the rise. Showing a highlight video at your local reception, means your family and friends won't miss a moment of your wedding excursion.

Ariane Fisher writes at the WeddingMix blog about wedding photo and video ideas. To get useful tips for turning those photos and videos from your wedding planning, big day and honeymoon into a fun memento, follow...

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3 Ways to Have an Unplugged Wedding Without Being a Bridezilla

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 1:23 PM

Is anyone else tired of seeing guests lined up along the wall at wedding receptions, glued to their phones, instead of living the moment? Or, blocking the main aisle at the ceremony, trying to get "the shot"?

You spend months planning this wedding, so that your guests can have a...

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4 Foolproof Ways to Protect Your Wedding Photography Investment

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Photo provided by 2SwansPhotography

I'm pretty good at pissing off both photographers and videographers with what we do. But, I've seen enough behind-the-scenes video footage of weddings to know how to help you get the perfect wedding video,...

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13 Modern Wedding Photo Ideas That'll Look Timeless Forever

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 2:14 PM

You hired a wedding photographer to beautifully capture you on the most beautiful day of your life. While a professional has years of experience on how to personally flatter you with the right lighting, angles and timing, your extra team of photographers (your family and friends!) are the perfect people...

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5 Totally Clever Ideas for Unique Wedding Photos

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Have you noticed all the wedding photo checklists floating around on Pinterest? They seem a little silly. I mean, you've spent months planning your one-of-a-kind day to reflect your love story, so why take wedding pictures based on a generic list? Especially when it's so easy to personalize your unique...

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4 Tips to Film Your Picture-Perfect Proposal

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:08 PM

This post is republished with permission from the Man Registry - your go-to resource for wedding planning and registry ideas from the man's point of view.

The pressure's on. Your girlfriend has been pinning this wedding and the proposal hasn't even happened yet. Then there are all those YouTube

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8 Ideas to Make Your Wedding Ridiculously Fun

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:48 PM

From firedancers to choreographed dances, we saw many fun wedding ideas in our 2014 wedding videos. Here are the Top 8 suggestions to have fun at your wedding.

Turn Up the Heat

In 2015, why not combine firedancer instructors with your inebriated guests? What could go wrong?

Go on a Wild Ride!

Between camel and ostrich rides and the mechanical bull at the post-wedding party, ridden entertainment is definitely becoming a trend.

Parade Your Love

Why just have a recessional when you can have beach balls or a jazz band serenade at Mardi Gras?

Go All In

Late reception pool dips are a blast!

But Don't Back Out


Show Off a New Skill

Sandsurfing... after-party bowling in your wedding dress?

Like Your Rap Career

I've seen plenty of serenades at receptions, but this was the first rap from flower girls.

Choreograph an Epic Flash Mob

This is a great opportunity to have non-stressful fun practicing with the bridal party.

Most of all... have a lot of fun and get video of the whole thing!

Ariane Fisher writes at the WeddingMix blog about all things DIY wedding video. To get useful tips for turning those photos and videos from your wedding planning, big day and honeymoon into a fun memento, follow her...

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Eggnog Spiked With Wedding Advice: How to Preserve Words of Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:20 AM

I can smell it already. The good food and drinks are coming. And so is the marriage advice from Grandma and all your aunties. The holidays are the time when extended family gets together to share good food and unsolicited advice. Now's the time to break out your phone and...

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The Real Story Behind the Duggar Wedding

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:21 PM

I admit it. Jill Duggar's wedding video made me cry. But it wasn't the wedding itself. Did you notice how much of the two-hour special was actually devoted to the wedding? Thirty minutes!

If you think about your wedding day itself, it's really the culmination of months of effort --...

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The Top 11 Hilarious Wedding Moments Caught on Film

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Your wedding day is real. Warts and all. In this era of glamorized music video style wedding videos, there's a lot of reality TV going on in the background at your wedding. Think about all those wedding reality shows. The entertaining part is not the ceremony itself. It's the wedding...

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Here's What Happens When You Leave Your Wedding Guests Unattended

(8) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Ever wonder what your guests are doing while you're getting your portraits taken with the photographer?

We see lots of crazy scenes caught by guests on the WeddingMix cameras or uploaded with the app. Here's a video montage of some of our recent favorite scenes of wedding guests at...

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Heartwarming Wedding Video Filmed by Deceased Bride

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 4:42 PM

While we are involved with thousands of weddings per year at WeddingMix, it's still not unusual for me to make a personal connection with the brides. Kellie touched a special place in my heart as we were both unsure whether we would be able to walk down the aisle for...

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20 Classy Ideas for Fall Wedding Decorations + Details [Infographic]

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Just because you're getting married in the autumn months doesn't mean that you have to use pumpkins as table numbers or put orange foliage in your bouquet! On the contrary, your fall wedding decorations should be a fun representation of your personal style.  All the natural beauty of autumn should...

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7 Fun Wedding Entertainment Ideas You Haven't Heard Before (Infographic)

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 11:29 AM

No one wants to throw a total snooze-fest wedding or bore their guests to tears. No worries though; there are a ton of super offbeat and inexpensive wedding entertainment ideas that'll make your guests remember your wedding for years!

From bounce houses and circus performers to mechanical bull rides and...

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3 Reasons First Look Wedding Photos are Stupid

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Everybody loves first look photos. It's that moment of anticipation you've both dreamed of for months. It's that dreamy instant when your groom first sets his eyes on his beloved bride and emotions come rushing out. Only, not so much.

That's what a real first look entails. Yes, I agree...

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8 Simple Ways to Create Your Own Rustic Wedding Details (Infographic)

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:12 AM

rustic wedding infographic

You don't have to be addicted to Pinterest (points finger at self) to notice that "rustic wedding details" have taken the online wedding world by storm. Yet, doesn't it seem a little odd that wheelbarrows and haystacks are trending...

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15 DIY Wedding Hacks

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 10:52 AM

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10 Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Smartphone Etiquette

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Photo courtesy of Johnny Michelle wedding photos

Taking photos and videos with your smartphones at a wedding can be both a blessing and a curse. Smartphones are a truly awesome and convenient way to instantly capture all those special...

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5 Wedding Moments You'll Kick Yourself for Not Getting On Video

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Photo courtesy of Ariane Fisher

Unlike many women, I hadn't been dreaming of my wedding day since the age of five. I had no grand vision. Backyard barbeque would have been fine by me. Luckily, my man declared, "We will have a huge...

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