5 Reasons to get a wedding video
As I write this article I just finished emailing a potential client who is getting married later this year and was very interested acquiring my services to film a wedding video for her special day. There was the usual back and forth of emails with the final one exclaiming how she loved my work and what I was offering, then she typed the dreaded words "I'll just confirm with my H2B."
I say dreaded as 9 times out of 10 I'll never hear from the bride to be again after she makes that statement.
For some reason I can't explain, guys don't like wedding videos - a generalisation I know, but my point being I've found if they're not into the idea of a video from the start then they're very hard to persuade later. I'm not writing this to theorise why this happens, I'm writing this to possibly give you and your partner an insight to how valuable a wedding video can be.
I should also explain that I'm a wedding cinematographer and photographer, I film and shoot a lot of weddings every year and have come up with 5 good reasons why you should get a wedding video.
1. The Wedding Day Goes By So Quick
It might seem like a long day - but it goes so quick, from getting ready with hair and makeup through to bidding farewell to your guests at the reception can be a 12-14 hour day or longer. Nervous energy and excitement can make it feel like a bit of a blur.
You'll be greeting and congratulated by numerous guests, be ordered about by a photographer waiting to shoot your bridal photos and worrying about losing light. Then you have to eat, sit through speeches, cut a cake, dance, throw a bouquet and then say goodbye to everyone. It can be exhausting and like I say a bit of a blur.
You might argue, well I've got a photographer for all that, why do I need a video? Well put simply, as I stated, I do both photo and video and if I couldn't afford both and had to choose one, hands down it would be video. There's so much more emotion and just a better vibe of how the day was. A lot of photography is posing and catching beautiful light, which I love of course but you can achieve all that with cinematography with the added bonus of motion and audio.
2. Share The Love
Depending on your budget it can be a bit hard to decide who gets invited to your wedding and who doesn't. Then there's those who you invite but can't make it. This reason is one of the biggest reasons why to get a wedding video. It can be put online, publicly or privately, and shared all around the world with all those who attended and those who didn't.
For 5 or so minutes you are the stars of the show and believe me you will be a star. You'll have proud relatives, doting parents and jealous friends all commenting on how amazing you both looked and what a wonderful day it was.
3. They Look Amazing
Modern wedding videos are now almost like making a short film. With cinematic equipment like drones and sliders and motion stabilisers, as well as HD or 4k filming, crystal clear audio and tailored music to suit - they just look amazing.
Perhaps ghosts from the past when wedding videos were just one guy with a camera on a tripod and tacky production is why a lot of people are still hesitant about getting a video.
Should you find the right cinematographer to film your wedding, and there are a lot to choose from, then the results will be well worth the expense.
It can be difficult to find the right person to work with and like photography (and just about all other vendors to do with weddings), you'll have to sift through a lot of websites, Google searches, wedding expo's to find a perfect fit - then hope they're not already booked.
Along with photography and a venue, video is one of the first things you should book.
4. It Doesn't Have To Cost A Fortune
While some cinematography businesses charge from $4000 to $8000, there are cheaper alternatives that still provide great quality and service for a fraction of what the top tier businesses charge.
So why does it cost so much? Video production isn't a cheap business to run. Good quality equipment is expensive, not to mention all the post production gear required to make it look good.
Post production usually take 4 or 5 to 1 hours longer than it did to film, that is if your wedding day was 10 hours long it could take up to 50 hours or more in post to complete the video.
It's an awful thing to read but unfortunately it's the most frequent comment from past brides.
"The biggest regret of my wedding day was not getting a video."
Over the years I've spent a lot of time reading comments from past brides on how they didn't see the point or couldn't justify the price at the time when they were getting married, then after the event kicking themselves at the opportunity lost.
So with that piece of advice, don't palm off a wedding video as a waste of money. The biggest waste of money at a wedding is a venue that charges $8 for a local beer, I say that in jest but seriously your wedding is a celebration that you only do once. It might mean compromising in other areas or going over budget but a wedding video will serve as reminder of the massive effort it took to organise your special day. It will feature loved ones who may have passed on, speeches that moved you to tears or brought the house down with laughter. And there's nothing like witnessing a groom tearing up when he see's his bride come down the aisle. That alone is priceless!
I hope this article helps persuade you to get a video for your wedding. I know it might be tempting to just get a friend or relative that has a handy cam or GoPro to film it, just bare in mind that audio is a massive part of video. Professional audio like lapel and shotgun mics are crucial to making a video, if you've got bad audio then it can make a video unwatchable.
Best of luck!