January 10, 2020
You hired an amazing wedding photographer to capture your day. Now you’re wondering is it enough to remember your big day. Should you get wedding video too?
(I’m sure you’ve heard that, too.)
Your wedding is going to be one of the most intense parties you’ll ever throw and you’ll have so much adrenaline pumping from all the fun you’re having there’s no conceivable way you can remember it all.
There’s just too much coming at you all at once. Add a little alcohol into that and it’s a recipe for total memory failure.
Which is why it’s our job to be in the places you aren’t so you don’t miss a single detail about your wedding.
Everything from, “It’s not in our budget” to “I don’t think we’ll ever watch it.” And I get it. I really do.
But I also understand and am deeply familiar with regret (I’m 40, after four decades you have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with regret and ways to avoid it).
And I can tell you from experience, foregoing video of your friends and family is something that is downright painful as you get older (yep, I went there—super morbid).
Your wedding day is a tightly orchestrated event with a strict schedule to be kept.
You are going to be pulled in 18 different directions by your photographer will need to continue your photos, family will want to give you well-wishes, the DJ needs to know when you want to do the first dance, etc.
There are going to be people at your wedding you didn’t even get to see because you were so busy participating in your own wedding.
And even though photographs are a great way to remember some of the beautiful sights, nothing will make you feel like you’re there again like a wedding film.
A well produced wedding film will bring back the sights and sounds with every viewing.
Nothing else can do that for you.
With a wedding film you’ll relive every dance move with your mom, every laugh with your new spouse and every tearful word of your maid of honor’s speech.
It’s a beautifully crafted story that’s will have you absorbed for the entire duration.
Of course you can. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
Remember that strict schedule I mentioned earlier? That schedule is no joke.
Weddings are fast-paced and scheduled down to the minute.
A professional videographer knows exactly where to be at all times. They have assistants and second shooters to make sure the day runs smoothly.
They have the basics covered. Things that make a day run smoothly, like batteries are charged and memory cards are plentiful; to having that artistic eye.
The college student with a camera and the sweet friend doing you a favor don’t have that the kind of timeline awareness that’s necessary to film a wedding.
And they can get in the way of your awesome photographer… messing up a lot of their shots (not intentionally, it’s an awareness thing).
A friend filming your wedding sounds like the perfect solution. But there are some things you want to consider first.
If your budget only allows for compilation videos shot by guests on iPod, like WedIt—go for it! But know that your wedding video may not look like their samples. Your video will depend on the skill of the people filming, what they decide to film, and how much of it they get on camera.
Crowdsourcing isn’t the way to go if you want any control over what your memories will look like, but it’s still an interesting option if you’re on a strict budget (and a lot easier than having to hunt friends and family down after your wedding).
I know how tempting it is to cut corners here because you already hired a professional wedding photographer.
And if you want to consider what might happen if you leave these memories to your friends, I encourage you to check out our article on what’s at stake when you have a friend in charge of your wedding video.
Keep in mind that a wedding video isn’t a back-up to your photography. It’s an entirely different experience. One that’s rich with live sound and movement of everyone you know and love.
The richness and experience of video is something a lot of couples disregard in the moment because most people in their early and mid-twenties don’t consider what life is going to be like in their forties.
As you get older your wedding film becomes 1000x more sentimental and meaningful as an heirloom
Watching your best man twirl your 80 year old grandmother on the dancefloor is so much more special 20 years later—when you’re showing her great grandchildren what a firecracker she was.
That just doesn’t come out through photography. It can’t, no matter how good the photographer is—it’s just the limitation of what photography can do.
Getting the best coverage you can is going to make the difference between watching it once and watching it all the time because you’re utterly in love with it.
Hi there! We're best friends and co-owners of Harborview Studios—a Cape Cod based wedding videography studio that serves fun-loving couples. We're your lead cameras for your wedding with a sixth-sense for perfect moments.
When we're not filming weddings, we're cuddling with our kittens, out walking our massive yellow lab, or taking care of our rescue pony. It's also possible that, right now, Cindy's asleep on the couch while "watching" one of their favorite shows on Netflix.
Husband and wife videographer team, Sean & Cindy Caughey
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