By, Esther Aboussou of Essiedolly Productions
Congratulations! You’ve just gotten engaged, now you’re busy planning your perfect day with your love by your side. You’re pinning away, gathering advice and swooning over flower arrangements and venues. But then a big word brings you back down to reality. BUDGET. There are many things to fit into your budget, and along the way many brides have to cut back on some things they want. One thing that you should never sacrifice on your big day in addition to a great wedding photographer is a fantastic videographer. Here are a few reasons why you won’t regret it.
“I know someone that has a nice camera”
No more relying on Cousin Jill or Uncle Bobby to capture everything on their camcorder.
It’s true, that these days many camcorders and DSLR’s are much more affordable and provide HD recording capabilities. But putting together a wedding video is much more than just using an auto setting and pressing the record button. A skilled videographer knows how to use their equipment in the best way to get flattering and beautiful shots.
No matter how much you loved your special day, the best way to re-live it is not 3 hours of unedited shaky footage. It’s not necessary to see backs of heads, random shots of the sky and people walking around. When you hire a professional, as opposed to having that “person you know with a nice camera” take your video you’ll get the best parts of your wedding day. Whether you’re asking for a highlight reel or a full video the professional that you hire will know how to “trim the fat” and provide you with a smooth and coherent video of your big day. Videography is more than just recording, it’s also about telling a story through the editing to create something special.
Reliving your vows
The day goes by in such a blur and try as you might, you will miss something. Being able to hear your vows to each other again, or listen to your father’s speech is something that you will cherish. One of the best things is having the chance to not just watch your video over and over again as you please, but also being able to share your wedding video with friends and family that were unable to make it.
Special moments with family members
Unfortunately, no one lives forever. Someday the grandparents and great aunts and uncles that you love dearly will pass on. Being able to slip the DVD in and re-watch special moments with those special people will mean a lot once they’re gone.
Fly on the wall
Your wedding day is a day that you want the people who love you most surrounding you. Because of the way technology is advancing, the gear that videographers use is no longer big and bulky. A good videographer is able to capture sweet moments and interactions with friends and family without intruding to much on the festivities. When you watch your footage later you’ll be surprised and pleased at some of the things you missed that your videographer was able to catch. Hiring a videographer in addition to a photographer is something that you will never regret. A picture says a thousand words and moving pictures say so much more.
On that last note, make sure you know exactly what your package includes when you hire a videographer for your wedding day. Do you want audio recorded? Would you like a full-length video, or a highlight reel with music overlay? How much coverage will you need? Ask your videographer these questions and more so you can make sure that they’re a right fit for you. Make sure that when you meet with them they understand your style and personalities; you don’t want a generic video that doesn’t reflect who you are.
If at the end of the day, you still aren’t able to fit a videographer into your budget for the wedding day, consider getting a Love story, Proposal or Bridals video taken. These are generally more affordable and it’s a nice time capsule to commemorate your love. One of the perks of having one of these types of videos is that you can always play it at your reception, and it’s a very sweet thing for you and your guests to watch together.
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