7 Tips to Guarantee You’ll Watch Your Wedding Video (All The Time)

Wedding Video Advice

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Cindy Caughey

Should you spend money a wedding video to only watch it once? These 7 sure fire things will make sure you watch your wedding video ALL the time.

Worried that you’ll never watch your wedding video? We have 7 things that will make sure you do.

Some couples struggle with justifying the cost of investing in wedding videography. Oftentimes I see the question posed like this:  “Should we spend money on a wedding video if we only watch it once?” 

They’re already assuming that they couldn’t possibly want to watch a video more than once. 

Maybe they don’t consider themselves the type of people who rewatch Hollywood films, so why would they want to rewatch a wedding film? Who wants to pay thousands of dollars only to experience something one time and never look at it ever again?

Realistically, how often will I watch my wedding video?

That question is usually followed by a couple of other questions that focus on practicality. “Should I spend the money on on a wedding video if we only watch it once or twice?” “Do I really want to hire a wedding videographer, or is it FOMO?” “Would it be better to allocate this money toward something more practical, like paying off our car or upgrading our honeymoon?”

No one worries about investing in a wedding band because they’ll only play at their wedding once. (Yet they won’t consider that getting a wedding film could help them relive THAT investment over and over again.)

You’re not looking at your wedding film the right way. You’re looking at it as an end product instead of an heirloom that showcases the beginning of your legacy. 

Happy couple laughing as they watch their wedding video

The value of your wedding video comes directly from you.

Your wedding film can impact your life in so many positive ways, but it only has the power you allow it to have. Tell your video that it’s only worth watching it once and relegate it to a junk drawer—that’s all it’ll ever be. But empower your video to use all of its influence, and it will positively impact your life exponentially. 

Because your wedding video is made up of 100% All Natural You (not from concentrate), it’s made of your best self. And your best self is some major league stuff to have in your corner.

Let’s dig in and discover all the ways your wedding video will help create amazing spaces in your life.

1. A wedding film builds traditions.

This is the one that’s on top of everyone’s list—watching your wedding video on your wedding anniversary. 

It’s great, and that’s why it’s on top of everyone’s list. But why are traditions so important?

Shared experiences build strong and enduring relationships that are not just limited to major holidays. It applies to any tradition you create between the two of you. 

So it can be an anniversary tradition that you create that’s as simple as grabbing some of your favorite take-out and cuddling up on the couch with each other as you reminisce. Or it can be as grand as getting an anniversary cake from the same baker, drinking the same champagne, and celebrating with your entire wedding party. 

Whatever you go with, hold onto that tradition and don’t let go. You’re going to find out that marriage and romance takes effort and planning. It doesn’t just happen. Life has big changes ahead, and as each year passes, it’s more important to keep your wedding video viewing tradition alive.

2. A wedding film helps to track your life-changes over time.

One of the best and most fun reasons to watch a wedding video year after year is to see how everyone has progressed over time. What’s changed, what’s stayed constant. 

People change physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Having a film that documents them at a certain point in time preserves who they were at that moment. 

As time passes, you’ll have so much fun watching who changed and how much.

3. Instant Marriage Counselor.

At some point (probably many points) in your life, you’re going to want to kill this person you can’t imagine being without for doing stupid things

Things like dirty rolled-up socks that are still balled up in the dryer will become a big deal. Things you used to find adorable become grating. You’re going to have fights, big ones and little ones. You are human; you live with another human; therefore, you shall fight. It’s normal.

But what’s important is to remember (as soon as humanly possible) that you don’t hate each other because someone is incapable of unrolling their socks before they hit the washing machine.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t feel like you hate them at that moment. And on occasion, it can feel like that feeling is pretty accurate and permanent. (It’s not… they’re just funky socks.)

This is the perfect time to sit down with your wedding videos and reflect on why you love each other and even liked each other in the first place.

Your wedding video shows you the intense amount of love in each others’ eyes and how much fun you have with each other. It lets you relive all those shared moments you had with family and friends.

Shared experiences are a cornerstone to a successful and healthy marriage.

Experiencing these kinds of memories when you need them most—randomly, in the middle of the year—is key. It is one of the best things you can do for your marriage.

4. Your wedding film is a happiness generator.

We all could use one of these. Maybe it’s a bad day at work that triggers previously untapped anger. Sometimes you can find yourself in an incredibly foul mood for no real good reason at all. It doesn’t matter, really; they just happen.

Foul moods’ favorite thing to do is convince you that life hates you. It can take some real effort to release yourself from the grasp of the foulness that has taken over.

Wedding trailers are especially adept at being a happiness generator, and they can be your secret weapon against these bad moods. All your very best wedding moments all rolled into a 3-minute video that makes your heart soar every time you watch it.

The best part is that you can do this anywhere. In the subway, in the bathroom at work, while you’re making dinner, while you’re out to dinner—you get the point. Happiness generator out, headphones in, and (figuratively) punch that crap day in the face with it. BAM! Take that stupid day!

Instantly, you’re reminded of the loads of people who came out to celebrate you. All the people who love and support you. This is YOUR life?? Yes! Yes, it is—what a great reminder right when you need it most.

5. Your wedding film helps you bond with friends and family who couldn’t make it to your wedding.

Sometimes, no matter how badly they want to be there, someone can’t attend your wedding

(Say, maybe, there’s a worldwide pandemic going on). But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to participate in some way.

Your wedding video gives them a chance to feel like they were at your wedding with you. A chance to bond over the moments like they had a front-row seat. Now they can feel like they were a part of it, and you can have a shared memory and experience that continues to strengthen your relationship with them. 

6. Your future kids are going to love it.

Your future kids are going to love watching your wedding.

Not only is it hilarious to see what everyone was wearing 25 or 30 years ago but it gives them a chance to see you as entirely different people. 

Back then, you weren’t the people who made tiny humans eat their vegetables and go to bed by 7 pm. You were young, energetic people without a care in the world.

Consequently, it reminds you what you were like before you stepped on LEGOS in the middle of the night and ate something other than chicken fingers.

7. Remember the people you’ve loved and lost.

Both of our moms died of cancer within the last few years. It sucks—a lot. Because we miss them like nothing, you could ever believe. Do you know what I’d do for even just a little video footage of my mom? Let alone footage of her before she had cancer, when she was happy, healthy, and could do that weird little mom-dance she would do?

Regardless of whether mom was overweight or if she was thin. Or if she did her hair up, or if it was patchy and white from chemo treatments. It would mean the world to me to have video of my mom.

I have pictures of us together, for sure. Those pictures show me that we had some pretty good laughs.

But I can’t hear us laughing or know what we were laughing about.

Those are just wisps of a memory now. Just a little too far out of reach to be precise.

I know it happened, but I don’t know what on earth made us laugh so hard, other than a general knowledge that we always laughed until we cried because that’s how we rolled.

The memories you have of the friends and family you love are precious, and as you get older, they become flat-out invaluable. 

Video preserves these moments, so you’re able to steal these people back into your life, if even for just a moment.

It’s difficult to assess the future value of memories.

The warmth of laughter coming through the speakers and the joy emanating from your screen is hard to explain in the present when so much of video’s immense value comes from the future use of it.

Your video won’t give you the instant satisfaction of decorating your house as photography can.

Wedding videography’s value comes from viewing it at special times.

Visiting those memories and purposely making them special is what makes it so damn powerful.

You don’t have to see it every single day for it to be of immense worth. And after a while, after you’ve passed by those canvases day after day, they become invisible. You’ve seen them so often they’re part of the landscape.

Ask yourself what your wedding video can bring to your life. What can you see happening that it can help you with? Because everyone deserves a little magic in their life.

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Hello, I'm CINDY CAUGHEY.

Drawing from our experience as a graphic designer (Cindy) and journalist (Sean), we see stories differently. Our films reflect honesty, strength of character, and real moments, all in a way that's natural and comfortable. 

Whether our films help you to find the light within or provide a story of your day, we feel this is our opportunity to help your legacy live on throughout time. 

My husband and business partner, Sean, and I have spent past 16 years living out our dream on Cape Cod as wedding cinematographers. We believe that every story is unique, and we help even the most camera-shy couples feel free to be themselves in front of the cameras.