Monday, December 27, 2010

Random Thoughts...

...while watching the wedding video:

1. You were there, and very much aware of everything that was happening. But there is still so much you either missed or can't remember.

2. Taking pictures is tedious and boring. But later, you'll be so happy you did it.

3. Like everything else in life, the night passes too quickly.

4. Watching yourself on video is not fun. It's much more fun watching everyone else.

5. Every person who makes the effort to show up is appreciated. (Although sometimes you don't actually remember that they were there until you see them on video.)

6. It's easier to remember those who wished you mazel tov during the kabbalas panim than those who came during the dancing.

7. If you're feeling uncomfortable while the video camera is focusing on your table, and you pretend to be looking at your phone, you will actually look like you're feeling awkward, and not like you just got a really important text. Just wave and say mazel tov.

8. Those people who take that opportunity to give long speeches to the video camera - no one gets to hear it. We just watch your lips move while we listen to some background music. Just wave and say mazel tov.

9. If someone you love can't be there, even if there are hundreds of other people there and so much going on, you'll notice and miss them.

10. Surprisingly, there is not that much more color on the women's side than on the men's. It's mostly black and white on either side, except for an occasional splash of color, which is probably the out-of-town relative.

11. A wedding is really exciting, but it's only one night. The real fun starts afterwards.

12. There are so many single friends of the kallah, and so many single friends of the chosson. Can't we match them up?

13. None of those single friends of the chosson are good enough for the chosson's sister, apparently.

14. If you spend your night avoiding the camera, you may succeed in not being caught on video, but you miss out on all the fun.

15. It is possible to be so happy and so sad at the same time.

16. Being at your child's wedding is one of the most powerful moments you will ever experience.

17. Sometimes, during your most powerful moment, you will not shed a tear.

18. The men seem to be having a lot more fun than the women.

19. They should really give the chosson a thinner glass to break under the chuppah.

20. I am so, so blessed.


  1. I love the way you write. It always seems to hit me right in the heart.

  2. :)

    Thanks for sharing. Stay warm and safe today.

  3. This is such a funny, interesting and true list. Thanks for sharing it.

    I found myself nodding as I read most of the points you make (welll, how do you expect me to identify with number 16?). Very cute!

  4. I love this... I know the value of a video, but in fact, like you said, the fun starts afterward! I was talking to someone about videographers at the wedding and he said, "i dont want to remember the video as everyone else saw it, I want to remember it as I experienced it!" so he said he would attach a camera to his hat, and it would be HIS night to remember... the way he saw his Kallah, the brachos, the dancing, the meal and then life afterwards, through HIS eyes....
    but as a videographer myself, the video is a big part, and all those things you get and miss are huge...
    i like this post...
    thanks :)

  5. A post that speaks to the heart of those who've experienced those same emotions.

    Re #19 - We DID supply our own glass at both our children's weddings. Go buy a cheap, delicate 99 cent store goblet, instead of forcing the chosson to suffer through one of the caterer's sturdy, UNBREAKABLE ones. You'll all be glad you went to the trouble.

  6. SuperRaizy...

    Thank you! I appreciate that.

    Staying Afloat...



    But you will someday. So just file away this info.

    Rachelli Dreyfuss...

    I wanted both. I wanted to remember it as I experienced it, and I wanted to see all the parts I missed, because I couldn't possibly be everywhere.


    I wish you would have told me that before! It took 8 stamps for the chosson to break the glass! (His brother was kind enough to count and let him know.)

  7. Nice post!

    I do appreciate your comment number 17 , and can totally relate. I tend to feel teary at chupah's, yet at my own wedding I remember being stone faced. I "felt" emotional, but couldn't bring it out, and was almost angry at myself. I felt like there must be ice water in my veins.

    I guess after reading your comment, it's normal. Perhaps of the pressure, the feeling of being on display, it's harder to cry when you are the focus of attention...

  8. I like this list.
    I can empathize with almost each one.

  9. This is such a great list - so true!
    As for #8, that depends on how the video comes out at the end. Some photographers go around the table so you can see everyone who was there and there's music playing in the background. Others let you hear the real sounds at the wedding so you can listen to what people had to say when the camera was in their faces. I got to hear the voices at the wedding on my video - which was fun but awkward for some people who just waved or said mazel tov...The speeches were better to listen to. :-D

    And #18-that was always my line! I wished I could have as much fun at weddings as the men...!!

  10. Bernie...

    I don't think I was even feeling it as much as I felt it in the days leading up to it. And the video cameras in your face doesn't help matters.

    Soul Comfort...

    Thank you.


    I realized that as I was typing it. And, until I saw this video, I always assumed you do get to hear what people are saying.

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