Venues, check. Catering, check. DJ and entertainment, check. Wrapping up your wedding checklist for vendors, and there's still room left in the budget? Questioning if video should be a priority for your wedding?
Some couples toy with the idea of adding video to their list presuming it's an unnecessary cost, but let me tell you - it is worth it! Many previous brides say that not hiring a videographer on their big day is one of their biggest regrets.
Let me start by saying, I totally get it, videographers are expensive, but as a bride-to-be myself, I knew it was a must have! Here are three of the biggest reasons why you should add them to your checklist.
1. You can re-watch and relive the memories over and over.
While your special day is only a once-in-a-lifetime event, your wedding film and photographs will live on forever. Anniversaries can become more special when you celebrate and re-watch the special moments.
P.S. I offer a special premium package for video that includes a unique one-of-a-kind outlook of your
relationship and wedding. The package includes all day coverage and your love story in your own
words. Sit down before the wedding for an interview session with the videographer. Ask your parents,
best man and maid of honor to get involved!
While some memories are bound to fade over the years, having every moment on film is a truly priceless benefit of hiring a wedding videographer. No joke, this is one movie you'll never get tired of re-watching!
2. You can easily share the video with guests who couldn't make it.
This is a huge benefit for me specifically; a lot of my family lives on the East Coast, and several of my close family friends may not be able to afford the trip out to Spearfish. Having a video to give to loved ones who couldn't come or share on social media is a great way to make them feel like they were there and experienced the emotion of the whole day. It's super easy to share too! Most videographers will share the video(s) on their YouTube or Vimeo, so instead of worrying about sharing the original and dealing with slow upload and download speeds of the internet, you can just send them the link from the photographer.
3. Often times, vows, music and toasts cannot be photographed, or at least not entirely.
Let's face it, the vows and toasts are some of the most emotional and significant parts of the day. While an image is said to express more than a thousand words, you can't actually hear the words. You don't get to listen to the commitments and promises you make to each other in an image.
There's nothing like hearing your spouse read these to you in that exact moment, but getting to not only see the moment, but hear the words again and again, is follows as a close second. Also, consider your best man and maid of honor speeches (and any additional speeches by parents, siblings, etc.). Your photographer will capture great stills but without a videographer you'll never get another chance to see and hear your loved ones deliver those carefully crafted jokes unless it's captured on film.
Not hooked on the idea yet? Just remember that video captures all of the in-between moments.You don't have to be worried about looking stiff or awkward in the film, all you have to do is enjoy the party.
Questions to Keep in Mind:
Do they have my date available? Obvious question yes, but many videographers and professionals book early, sometimes up to at least a year or more in advance.
How will you coordinate the filming of my wedding with the photographer or other vendors?
What parts of the wedding do you capture?
How many cameras and operators will you be filming with during the ceremony and reception?
Are you a full time professional or part time weekend warrior?
Will the videographer I'm speaking to be the one who will be filming the wedding? If not, it is a great idea to speak to the person that will actually be doing your video. If they are unavailable at that exact moment, leave a message or try to schedule an in-person consultation.
How do you deliver the final product?
Do you use additional lights during the reception? Can you confirm the lighting will be unobtrusive?
How many videos will I receive?
Do I get to take home the raw footage? Just the ceremony or all of it?
How long does it take to edit the video? You don't want to wait for three months waiting to view your special day!
How long have you been in the business?
How would you describe your style?
How does your pricing work?
Have you ever worked with my photographer?
Have you covered an event at my ceremony or reception venue?
Will you be shooting any other weddings or events on the same day or weekend? You want to make sure they will have their head in the game 120%. If they are coming from a previous event or they have another event the next day, they might be a little distracted or not as focused.
Can I select music for the film?
Do you have backup equipment in case of gear failure?
Can you use commercial//popular music in your wedding video?