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Top 5 Reasons to get a Wedding Videographer

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. 

Why Get a Wedding Videographer

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.

Bride crying on groom in blue suit after reading letter

Photos don’t get everything

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.

Video includes sound

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. 

Video shows emotion

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.

Video captures missed moments

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.

You have something to show people who can’t be there

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.

Bride and groom in blue suit sharing first dance

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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