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Do you know a June bride – or are you the June bride yourself? June has always been the most popular month for weddings, going back to ancient Rome, which held festivals honoring the goddess of marriage (Juno) at this time of year. It going without saying that you’ll want to make a top-class video of the wedding itself, but don’t forget the importance of an equally compelling wedding rehearsal video. These videos have become an integral part of the “ceremony before the ceremony,” and your backyard theater system will let you share this important moment on a suitably large scale.

If you’re anticipating nice weather for your June wedding, you can stage both the wedding and the rehearsal dinner preceding it in an outdoor garden or yard – the very setting that our backyard theater systems are intended for. If you’re showing the video outdoors, however, keep the longer June days in mind when you schedule this part of the event, because even the most powerful LCD projector requires low ambient light to produce an easily-viewable image on the screen. (This calculator can give you an idea of when to expect the sun to set on the date in question.)

If you’ve seen your share of wedding rehearsal videos, then you can probably tell a good one from a bad one (or at least a dull one). You want to create a touching piece that tells the story of how these two people came together, and that means collecting images from all stages of their lives, from childhood to the present moment. You can edit together your own mix of still images and video, all set to music, or you can hand this task over to a videographer. The results will make a magnificent impression on one of our outdoor theater systems!

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Springtime means graduation, and graduation means graduation parties. You can give your graduate a celebration he or she will never forget – because the memories are preserved forever through the magic of video and presented for the entire party to relive on your backyard theater system! Here are some tips for bringing this magic moment to the silver screen as effectively as possible.

Use a decent camera. It’s wonderfully convenient to have a camera built into your smartphone, but don’t trust this handy device to produce video or audio that you’d actually want to experience on your outdoor theater. Mobile device cameras can have substandard resolution. Borrow or rent a dedicated HD video camera, ideally with a tripod so you can avoid the “shaky cam” effect (not to mention tired arms).

Think beyond the podium. The handing out of diplomas is just one aspect of graduation day. Cover the entire event by getting shots of students making preparations, talking to parents and teachers, and grabbing shots of post-graduation merriment. Even when you’re shooting the diploma ceremony, try to get multiple angles if possible.

Incorporate music and still images. Don’t forget that your outdoor theater system is equipped not only with a massive screen but also with powerful speakers. Make full use of audio by adding appropriate music cues to your final edited video. Still images will add variety while providing nice transitions between shots. You can edit your video in a basic editing program such as Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie, or you can let a professional do the work.

Once you’ve captured the historic occasion in the form of a terrific video presentation, all you need is a screen big enough to hold all those emotions. Order your complete setup from Backyard Theater Systems in time for that perfect graduation party!