Wedding videography. It’s one of those decisions many couples struggle with. Do you hire a videographer or do you not? It really is a love/hate relationship with many couples and is one of those elements that couples question until the very last minute. If you’re like me, you’re probably asking all your friends if they hired a videographer if they watch the video, how much did they spend on it, etc. In fact, tell me if any of these thoughts crossed your mind at some point in the wedding process…
Thought #1 – “We’ve already booked a great photographer, so we know we’re going to get amazing photos. A video is nice, but not necessary.”
Thought #2 – “We’ve already ‘spent’ a lot of money not only on our photographer but our venue and everything else to make our wedding special. We don’t want to spend more money on a video.”
Thought #3 – “We don’t need a video. We hate being on camera and we’ll never watch it. It’ll just sit on a shelf or in a box collecting dust. It’s a waste of money.”
If any, or all those thoughts have played out in your head, you’re not alone. “Many sources show that the top regret of brides after their weddings was not getting videography”, says Bryndon Romero, Owner of Pioneer Media. “If you Google “biggest regret in weddings” the first three search results point to “not hiring a professional videographer” as the number one regret of real brides.” Google search it yourself, you’ll see.
Who wants to live life with regrets, especially on the biggest day of your life?
Unfortunately, I fall into that regret category. While we have video taken by family members, it’s still not the same as having a beautiful quality edited video.
Why is videography such a back-and-forth decision?
Well, first off, videography can add an additional $500-$1000 (or more) onto your budget. “Weddings are not cheap,” says Romero. “Most often it’s one of those ‘If -there’s-room-in-the-budget-at-the-end’ type of decisions. For some, a video is not considered a must-have, like your DJ or photographer. Many consider it a luxury, not a necessity.”
Emma Cleary, owner of Emma Cleary Photo & Video agrees. She says that it’s not always a last-minute decision but certainly comes after booking your photographer. “Sometimes the couple will wait until they know how much they have left in their budget before booking videography,” she says. “Couples often like to secure their photographer first and have the option to add video to their package at a later date.”
Why is videography so important?
Cleary says that, while it sounds cliché, a wedding day goes by VERY fast! There are so many moments happening throughout the day that you might miss, and while you think you may not watch a video, at some point, and in some way, you’ll want to relive the day over and over for some time to come.
She says that while photos are great and are certainly a very important investment, there is one thing video can provide that photos can’t. That’s sound and voices. It’s one thing to see photos of people dancing, it’s another to actually hear the music, hear the cheers or clapping, see people in active motion. It’s great to have your grandparents in your photos, it’s another to actually hear their voices and hear what they have the say to you on your wedding day. In years to come, your kids will want to see you as a young couple. They’re going to want to hear all about your wedding day, and how special will it be for them to actually hear you recite your vows to each other instead of just seeing photos of it, without really knowing what you said?
What type of videography is right for you?
Ok, so you’ve decided that you want to invest in video, but have horrible flashbacks of when you saw your parent’s weddings video. Videos, where the cameraman goes from table to table with a microphone and has each guest, say a little congratulatory message to the new couple. Well, if you’ve been on social media at any time, you’ll know video has come a long way. They’re more like mini motion pictures.
“In weddings, there are basically two types of videography,” says Romero. “Documentary style has traditionally been the most common form of videography. Its purpose is to provide information through visuals; it tells the viewer what is happening. Typically longer clips are used that show the beginning of an action until its completion.”
“Then there is cinematography,” he says. “The goal is to entertain by structuring the story like a movie. Shorter clips are used, not necessarily in chronological order. A combination of shorter clips, music, high-quality audio, and camera movements are artistically used to engage the viewer and to entertain.”
What is a highlight reel?
“A highlight reel simply is a short video of the best parts of the day,” says Romero. “Often times, the key traditional moments of the day are put in the highlight reel: walk down the aisle, the kiss, the vows. Personally, we like to take whichever clips are most epic, cinematic, whatever footage looks the best, and combine that with the best audio we captured. For those three to five minutes that we have your attention, we want to blow your mind. The best way for us to do that is to combine the best shots of the day with the highest quality, personal audio.”
Have you decided on investing in video for your wedding day? What made you decide to do so? On the flip side, are you not investing in video? What made you decide not to?
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