There are generally two answers couples give when asked about wedding videographers: “We love them and our wedding video” or “We wish we’d gotten one.” This begs the question, since they’re so popular, why should you get a wedding videographer?
Of course, it’s completely up to you whether or not you get one, but you wouldn’t be here if you were already sold one way or the other. So to help with that decision, we’ve compiled a list of all the best reasons to get a videographer for your wedding.
In case you’re not aware, what a wedding videographer actually is: they are the person walking around with a big camera capture all the big (and little) moments of your wedding in real-time. Think home movie with an upgrade.
Maybe you’re considering not getting videography done for your wedding for cost reasons, or you don’t think you’ll ever watch it, or any of a number of reasons. We’re here to tell you why people choose to have a videographer and why they love it. No pressure, or anything.
Photos are a great way to capture a moment in your wedding, but that’s also a downside when comparing photos to video. A great photographer can take a thousand amazing pictures, but still won’t capture every second of a moment. For example, with video, you can relive your entire ceremony or every second of your first dance and all the in-between moments.
While photos are great at capturing frozen moments in time, they can’t do sound, no matter how hard you try. With video, you can hear your vows, special songs, the maid of honor’s sweet toast and other moments that would only live in your memory—which may or may not be corrupted from exhaustion.
Now we’re not saying that photos can’t show emotion (we are big proponents of amazing photos), but there’s just something about video. A particularly emotional photo shows just one millisecond of that emotion. A video can show the progression.
There is so much going on during your wedding; it comes as no surprise that you will miss a few things. Video is a great way for you to relive your big day and see things that you may not have noticed before. Like, for instance, the reactions of your wedding party, family members, and guests during your ceremony or when you enter the reception.
Maybe you have a friend or relative who, for whatever reason, couldn’t make it to your big day. They’re still important to you and wish they could be there. Maybe health or the laws of physics prevent them from teleporting to the wedding, but that doesn’t mean they should have to miss it entirely. The least you can do is have video evidence to show them after the fact.
Plus, videographers often give you two different kinds of videos. One is the kind you usually see floating around social media: the whole wedding in four to seven minutes. This one is stylized and edited to be short and touching. The other kind is more of a documentary style that captures entire moments—like your vows and sentimental toasts. This type is perfect to show Aunt Sally.
Consensus says that if you get a videographer, you won’t regret it. But, as always, that decision is completely up to you. Just know, if you’re worried about a videographer being in the way or in your face, or not working alongside your photographer, that is, for the most part, a fallacy. Ask your photographer for recommendations and view some samples before making a final decision.
Featured image by Breanna Marie Photography.
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