Woman filming a wedding

Most engaged couples at the beginning of their wedding journey choose a venue, planner, and photographer. The decision to hire a wedding videographer often gets pushed down the priority list and is not considered a must-have. If you’re asking yourself, should I get a wedding videographer, I’ll provide some arguments for and against.

MISCONCEPTIONS

One of the main reasons people don’t place wedding videography in high regard is because they associate wedding video with low quality. Many a couple have had their Uncle Bob film their wedding with an old camcorder. The finished product was a shaky grainy video with cheesy effects laid over top and set to smooth jazz. If you have a friend who has a video like that, then it’s understandable you wouldn’t want it for yourself.

REASONS TO GET A VIDEOGRAPHER

A good wedding film gives you a replay of the day, but a great one tells the story of you two, your family, and friends, in a hyper real perspective. It won’t necessarily be in sequential order. Instead, it builds emotion with creative pacing.

Many couples think they need either photo or video, but not both. Although the two are related, they’re quite different. Video not only puts the images to motion, it also incorporates sound. Video allows you to hear your vows at the ceremony, the speeches at your reception, and the voices of friends and family throughout the day. You also get to see how your dress moves, the facial reactions of guests in real time, and epic drone shots of your venue(s).

PHOTO VS VIDEO

One of the reasons people don’t view video with the same respect as photo is because in general there are far more low quality videographers than photographers. The barrier to entry is much higher doing videography. It requires far more equipment. Photographers generally handhold every shot and use either on camera flashes or flash stands. Videographers, on the other hand, bring a lot of wedding video equipment. This includes tripods, monopods, a slider, a gimbal, various lights, and a collection of microphones and audio recorders. Juggling all this equipment on a hectic schedule puts a burden on the videographer and increases the difficulty of making a great film.

REASONS NOT TO GET A VIDEOGRAPHER

Seeing as I’m biased on the subject, I don’t have any really good reasons to cut videography from your vendor list. If you’re on a budget, you’ll have to decide if having a 5 course meal instead of 3, for example, is worth losing a lifetime of memories. If budget is a concern, you could always get a cheaper less experienced videographer or even a friend, but wedding filmmaking isn’t something you want to cut corners on. Unlike say, a bad DJ that plays a few songs you don’t care for, the video lives on in perpetuity.

IN CLOSING

If you’re still wondering, should I get a wedding videographer, then read what the creator of LoveStoriesTV had to say:

“At my wedding my family and friends surprised us with the most insane dance flashmob to the tune of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September.” It was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I was totally amazed and overjoyed. That moment, and the rest of the wedding, were totally perfect and unforgettable. At least, that’s what I initially thought.

Immediately after, I began to regret not having hired a videographer. Not only because of the flash mob, but because I couldn’t remember the speeches, or our vows, or what the officiant said, or how Justin and I looked when we walked down the aisle. Photos can’t capture these things, only video can.”

Rachel Jo Silver

Take a look at my best wedding videos and see if you’re still asking should I get a wedding videographer.

~Patrick

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