5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Wedding Video
Not all couples start their wedding planning knowing that they’ll include video in their day.
As a matter of fact, video is often a last minute planning decision tacked on at the end as something a couple has decided they can’t do without.
Unfortunately, when it comes to popular wedding dates, most videographers are already booked which can make getting your ideal videographer impossible and a more stressful search that it needs to be.
These 5 questions will help you figure out if it makes sense for you to get video for your wedding day.
1. Are we really going to watch our wedding video?
How do you figure out if YOU are actually going to watch your own wedding video? Not the other people in wedding forums who loved or hated their wedding videos. Someone's going to tell you that you have to get it. Someone else is going to tell you that it's FOMO and a waste of money. But in the end, you're the only one who matters and the only person who knows you and your fiancé is you.
Consider your personalities. Are you introverted, extroverted, or an ambivert (a combination of the two). Do you watch wedding videos online of perfect strangers, get addicted, and cry? If so, then a cinematic wedding video is going to be up your alley.
This fact is still true: 98% of couples who decided against getting video regretted the decision immediately after their wedding because they didn’t realize they would miss so much of the day that they took over a year to plan.
An off the cuff “no” might be jumping the gun. It’s important to think long term and of your family and friends, too. Do you have close relatives that would love to watch this? Are you planning to have a family of your own? Would you want to have your film for them to watch as they grow up?
2. Do we want to add a wedding videographer to our growing vendor list?
Planning a wedding is both exhilarating and exhausting.
The average wedding uses 13 different vendors to pull their big day together and the thought of adding one more vendor can seem like it’s just too much to handle.
That said, video is a special kind of time capsule that even photographs can’t compete with.
Unlike photos which snap moments, video captures your entire day and all its nuances and then edited together in a way that sweeps you back up in that moment like it was just yesterday.
The extra effort you’ll put into finding the right videographer for you will be worth it. The earlier you start with your search for the perfect videographer the easier it’s going to be on your planning process.
3. Can we afford to get a quality wedding video?
Price alone should not dictate your wedding videography choice when you have room for videography in your wedding budget. So many times I see brides contemplating what to do with the extra money in their budget.
Zola's wedding planning survey actually found that couples #1 regret was not spending more on a wedding videographer. Not. Spending. More?! I know... hear me out.
Most of the time people hate their wedding video and find it worthy of only one or two watches is not because they're not wedding video people or unsentimental but because it's not a quality video. It doesn't represent them. The video doesn't tell a story. It doesn't have the intimacy that it should and therefore no connection. Of course you'd hate that! I'd hate it and think it was a waste of money, too, if that happened.
Budget wedding studios tend to hire inexperienced freelancers who don't know the shots to get that will make a good story. The edit the videos indiscriminately, just kind of chopping and sticking it all together without feeling.
High quality wedding video is something you’ll have forever and that brings a lot of worth to the table.
Your wedding video has some of the highest return on investment of any wedding purchase you'll make because the wedding video watching experience is unlike any other. It's such an interactive experience and it's one you get to enjoy as often as you like. The feeling that returns when you watch your wedding video is incomparable to any other product because it takes you back in time.
Plus, many videographers (like us!) will be happy to work out payment plans with you but be wary of negotiating for low prices. Videographers know what they’re worth and they won’t offer a lower price without taking something away, usually time and effort, and a rushed product is hardly worth the savings you're trying to squeak out.
4. Will it be awkward to have a video camera on us all day?
Rarely do you find someone who jumps up and down to have a camera pointed at them all day. To some degree we all kind of feel odd when we have a camera pointed at us. But when we think this way it's not in the right frame of mind. First, videographers are nearly indistinguishable from photographers so you can't tell you're being filmed vs having a picture taken. Second, when you're in the thick of your wedding you are not going to be thinking of performing for a camera. No one will be.
When you hire videographers like us who have stand-back approach, no one gets in your face, we don't direct, we don't orchestrate scenes, you aren't asked to perform. Everything comes out entirely natural. That's not to say there aren't videographers out there who don't direct... but ask each videographer how they work with their clients. Be point blank. Ask them the exact thing you don't want to have happen. Get your answer up front, there's no need for you to be guessing and hoping.
5. What if I end up with a bad videographer and I get a wedding video I hate?
There’s plenty of proof throughout the internet that bad videographers exist but the best way to avoid a wedding video that you won't watch is to make sure you hire someone with a solid reputation that understands your vision.
What do I mean by someone who understands your vision? I mean make sure this is a cinematographer who's style fits yours. If you love vintage film, a modern videographer isn't gonna cut it for you.
Love the idea of feeling like your life is a movie? Make sure you hire someone who films and edits with a cinematic technique in mind because the sequential timeline of a documentary style wedding video isn't going to blow you away.
When you have something you love, you cherish it.
This goes for clothing, furniture, the same dish you order at your favorite restaurant. You know the quality you love.
Your wedding video is not the place to go with a studio that's OK enough. OK enough is watched once or twice and tossed in a drawer until your 10 year old kid finds it and watches it out of novelty for the weird clothes everyone was wearing and they make fun of your hair (I *never* did this to my mother, ever... ahem).
Use your best judgement when picking a wedding videographer
Seasoned professionals will be a higher investment. But it's worth it. You only buy one wedding video in your lifetime. You want to make sure you get exactly what you want because there are no retakes with this. You can't shoot a wedding video like you can reshoot wedding photos if you really need to.
Invest in a true professional. Their value is in their years of experience, eye for artistic composition, and stringent professionalism when it comes to working with you and other vendors (your photographer will thank you for this).
It’s the video chop shops and inexperienced weekend warrior video companies that are going to have a much different experience. Your gut can usually tell whether or not you’re dealing with a good person. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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