Bridal Club Magazine
Do I Really Need a Wedding Video?
A wedding video is like a "time machine". It lets you relive
your wedding day as often as you like, anytime you like. As a
fellow videographer put it, "It let's you attend your own wedding
at your leisure without the stresses and distractions of the day."
It is also a significant and important "living" document for your
families, your children, and grandchildren. Some couples don't
realize just how important their wedding video will become until
they experience the loss of a loved one that attended their
I Want a Wedding Video but I Have a Friend With a
Some couples use a friend or family member to videotape their
wedding day. Would you have a friend or family member take all of
your wedding photographs? Probably not.
We have heard numerous stories of people running out of tape or
batteries, not shooting important activities, and taking shaky or
bad footage. Using a friend or relative can cause hard feelings and
ruin relationships if your video is poorly done or not done at all.
Also, that person can't enjoy themselves at your wedding while they
are videotaping it.
A wedding video is a movie of your wedding day, a lasting memory
that contains 30 pictures every second and includes the timeless
sites and sounds of every important event that took place on your
special day. A professional wedding video should tell the story of
your wedding day. Using creative camera work, a keen attention to
detail, and artistic editing using music, the right blend of
effects and transitions, the professional wedding videographer
should produce a video you will watch often and be proud to show
I'm Having a Photographer So I Don't Need a
Both your photographs and your wedding video are of equal
importance. You can't frame your wedding video or carry it with you
in your purse or wallet to show a friend.
But, you can't hear your marriage vows, see a tear as it rolls
down your cheek, or relive the sights, sounds, and emotions of your
dad walking you down the aisle or your first dance as husband and
Photography and videography are both artistic expressions and
vary from artist to artist. It is important to view the work of
each and meet one-on-one with the person(s) that will be producing
your photographs and your wedding video. Make sure that their style
and personalities match your expectations.
How Much Will It Cost?
There is a misconception that your wedding video should be less
expensive than your photographs:
- A professional videographer should attend your rehearsal to
meet the Officiant, become familiar with the order of activities,
and offer ideas and assistance to improve the video.
- A professional videographer will invest around $20,000 or more
in equipment plus training and experience.
- Typical wedding day coverage includes two cameras with
operators that shoot almost continuously for five hours or
- Your wedding video will take 20 to 30 hours or more to edit so
that the raw footage is transformed into a smoothly flowing story
of your wedding day.
- And, unlike Steven Spielberg or even your photographer, your
videographer has only one take to capture your wedding day
activities. The ceremony or special events can't be stopped and
done over if something isn't perfect.
Your wedding videographers must be the:
- lighting technician
- sound person
and they must perform all of these jobs well to produce the
wedding video that you hope for and deserve.
Pricing varies depending on experience, services offered, time
spent, etc. Choose a videographer based on how their work makes
your feel when you see it then discuss pricing based on what it
will take to produce your personal video memory.
Couples tell us that the best money they spent was on their
wedding video and are so happy they made the decision to have
When Should I Book a Videographer?
As with your first choice for your ceremony, reception, and other
vendors the best wedding videographers will be booked first. You
should meet with videographers as you would photographers, if not
earlier in your planning process. There are fewer videographers
than there are photographers. Eight months to one year prior to
your day is not too early.
Do I Really Need a Wedding Video?
It's up to you. Your wedding day will only happen once in your
lives. Don't regret not having your precious memories preserved in
a video that you can see and relive over and over.