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 hire wedding videographer, too?
It’s a really good question—so let’s walk through it together.
So let’s talk about that first—because if we don’t… nothing else we talk about matters.
Maybe your fiancé isn’t on board. Or your parents who are graciously paying for your wedding are feeling like spending is getting out of hand and OMG, you already have a photographer.
If you’re paying for it, you might be thinking that money might be better spent on furniture for your new house or toward a new car you’ve been eying.
Or maybe you feel like it might be overwhelming for you, your guests, (or both) adding a few more cameras.
Why spend the money when you already have a photographer? Not to mention ALL your guests who have mobile phones. Someone’s gonna get all the stuff.
I get it. And it might surprise you to know that we ask these same kinds of questions in our own lives.
Just ask Sean how many times he’s had to stop me from doing our own plumbing because HGTV makes it look so easy. All I need is 30 minutes, a drill, and some of that goopy stuff and—boom, it’s all done! I don’t need a pro, right? (Tell me I’m not alone here.)
Except you have to stop and think about what kind of results you want, not just right now, but 10 years from now.
Will you wish you had professional audio that doesn’t primarily have the sound of someone else sniffling over your vows?
And an image that wasn’t constantly moving or shaking? Something that was a little less grainy?
Or maybe closer with different angles?
Something that told a romantic story rather than clips of events?
It’s not only a fun way to remember your wedding but it’s an essential heirloom to remember loved ones by. Life doesn’t stay the same. Sometimes it changes just little bits over time. And other times it changes in great big flashes.
Either way, it’s an incredible way to preserve your family legacy. It’s there for you forever.
And because you’re here reading this article, I know you’re looking for something to save those special moments in your life (but just need help seeing the value so you can allow yourself the splurge).
If you’re thinking that you could have just not had a wedding and used that whole budget to buy an Audi outright.
But you want the wedding and it’s vitally important to you. But for something so vitally important, wouldn’t you want to be able to experience it over and over and over?
Video is wedding day insurance. The single day you’ve been planning for a year or more is finally here. Don’t you want to relive that in as much detail as possible?
Maybe you think you won’t watch it enough to be valuable and you rationalized the super expensive photographer because your wedding photos will be put up all around your house as decor that makes them more practical and valuable because they’re decorative.
But just because you’re not watching your wedding film every day doesn’t make it less valuable. Just think about all the things that are more special because you don’t see or do them all the time.
Christmas would be horrible if you celebrated it every day—it would totally lose its meaning. Birthdays—you’d get so sick of cake. Sunday donuts—you’d hate donuts if you ate them every day.
OK, now let’s do the reverse. Out of all the things you walk by every day how much of it do you really SEE? Or do you walk by it and not appreciate it because you’re walking around doing life? (Yes, I just made life a verb.)
We use the exact same cameras your photographers do. It might be overwhelming because you’ve doubled your camera count but the method itself isn’t overwhelming unless you had a friend or family member who had experienced a bad videographer.
And you can avoid a bad experience by asking the right questions (which is where I plug my guidebook that you probably clicked off of … you can sign up for it on my home page).
A good videographer knows how important your experience is. It’s not just about the final film and getting their shots but making sure you enjoy the day and working with them.
They’ll work with you to overcome all of your fears about being overwhelmed. It’s not important to everyone. So make sure you’re actively looking for a good experience.
OK, we covered the usual roadblocks, so let’s move on.
Not hiring a wedding videographer is the single biggest regret we hear from newlyweds.
(I’m sure you’ve heard that, too.)
Immediately after their day is over, most couples wish they had their wedding day on video because they don’t remember any of it (even couples who had small or micro weddings).
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.
It’s tightly scheduled, you’re the center of attention, and you’re floating on air. It’s all pretty surreal.
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.
Photos can’t do that for you. They’re beautiful, they really are. But they’re limited to fractions of a second in time.
With a wedding film you’ll relive every dance move with your dad, every laugh with your new spouse and every tearful word of your MOH’s speech. All the things in your wedding day that you didn’t get to see just because you were in a different place.
You get to experience completely new things that you didn’t see on your wedding day, experiencing your wedding in a brand new way.
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).
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.
A friend filming your wedding sounds like the perfect solution. But there are some things you want to consider first.
Yes! If you can afford a professional videographer—do it! Allocate as much as your budget will allow. You know the adage “you get what you pay for” and that applies here as well.
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.
So—should you hire a wedding videographer for your wedding? Absolutely. And if you want to check our calendar to see if we’re available, fill out the short form below!
Hi there! We're the Caugheys—husband & wife video team, narrative storytellers, vendor confidants, and some of the worst dancers in human history. We have a sixth-sense for perfect moments and love, Love, LOVE being our couples biggest cheerleaders.
When we're not filming weddings on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Boston, or heck, anywhere in New England—we're snuggling up with our rescue animals. And it's possible that Cindy's currently asleep on the couch "watching" one of our favorite shows on Netflix right now.
If you're considering getting a wedding film—we'd love to have a chat and talk about what that looks like to you and how we can best be of service!
Husband and Wife Video Team of Harborview Studios, Sean & Cindy
Located in Barnstable, MA
on Cape Cod
filming weddings all across New England
Wedding videographers serving fun-loving couples with a special connection to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston, Newport, Providence, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, and all of New England.