Why Have a Wedding Video?
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Months of planning and effort go into putting together the perfect day. After the vows are spoken, the cake is cut, the food is eaten, and the bouquet is tossed, your most indelible memory of your wedding will be your professional wedding videography. Photographs can only record moments in time,but a quality wedding video preserves all the sights, sounds, and emotions of your special day.
A wedding video preserves more than just your wedding. Your dearest family and friends will gather for your wedding. Years from now, some of those people will be gone. Your wedding video will contain memories of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents celebrating with you. In fact, your wedding video is one of those few precious heirlooms that you will be able to share with your children and grandchildren.
Why Hire a Professional?
In today’s digital age, just about everyone owns a video camera. And in today’s economy, just about every bride is on a budget. A well-meaning relative or friend may have offered to video tape your wedding for you. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t settle for anything less than a professional wedding videographer to preserve your wedding. Your relative or friend wants to be a part of your wedding, just as any of your guests. If they are trying to juggle participating in your event and video taping your event, they will likely miss the most important moments of your day. A professional videographer knows how to capture those special moments, and is there for one reason only: to capture your wedding day.
Other Professional -vs- Amateur Considerations:
- Set up for best footage
- Set up for best sound
- Experience with many weddings
- Knows what to look for
- Raw footage is edited into a true video story
- Shoots what he thinks is nice
- Shaky camera
- Camera movements are too fast
- Bad audio
- Important moments are not recorded
- Not prepared for technical problems during wedding
- Footage may be out of focus at times
- Important shots may be interrupted more
How Much Will it Cost?
The price of your professional video depends on what you need and the options you choose. Most professionals offer a wide variety of video services and options that can enhance your wedding video. Some of the more common wedding video options are described here. Once you have consulted with your professional videographer, be sure your contract clearly describes the services and options you have selected.
There are over 50 products to choose from for wedding videography. A traditional wedding video will include many of the following:
Pre Wedding day products.
- Opening Credits – A Hollywood opening with credit being given to the important stars of your own movie.
- Photo Transfer – Growing up video & pictures of the bride and groom.
- Courtship Photo Transfer – Pictures or video taken while dating.
- Genealogy Photo Transfer – Wedding photos of the Grandparent’s & Parents of the Bride & Groom.
- Bridal Video – A beautiful video of the bride in her attire.
- Love Story – A documentary style story of your relationship.
- Date Video – A fun filled video of one of your dates.
- Grooms Video – A specialized video of the groom’s hobbies or talents.
- Bridesmaids Video – An activity before the ceremony with the Bride & her Bridesmaids such as a trip to the spa.
- Groomsmen Video – An activity before the ceremony with the Groom & his Groomsmen such as golfing.
- Rehearsal – Capture the lighthearted side of your ceremony as you & your Wedding Party practice your roles for the big event.
- Rehearsal Dinner – Candidly capture these important people in a fun casual setting.
- Bridal Shower – Capture the excitement of opening presents & planning your Wedding.
- Music Video – The Bride & or Groom preforming or lip syncing to your favorite song.
Wedding day products.
- Brides Pre Wedding – The Bride & her Bridesmaids getting ready.
- Grooms Pre Wedding – The Groom & his Groomsmen getting ready.
- Wedding Ceremony – Coverage with 1 to 3 Videographers & 1 to 4 Microphones.
- Luncheon/Dinner – Candid coverage of the program & the people who are close to you.
- Big Screen Showing – Entertain your guest with any of the previous products at the wedding breakfast, luncheon or dinner.
- Imaging Session – Intimate coverage of the wedding party in their formal attire before the reception.
- Cocktail Hour – Capture your guests in a casual environment while the wedding party is at the imaging session.
- Reception – Your Reception can be covered with 1 or 2 Videographers for as long as you need.
- First Dance – The images of your first dance between the Bride & her Groom.
- Father Daughter Dance – Capture the emotion between the father of the Bride & his Daughter in this last dance.
- Mother Son Dance – The dance between the Groom & his Mother.
- Same Day Edit – Editing of the Wedding footage to be played later that day for you & your guests.
- Interviews – Special comments of the Wedding party & guests to the Bride & her Groom.
- Showings – There are several creative ways to display your video at your Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Breakfast, Luncheon, Dinner or Reception.
Post Wedding day products.
- Honeymoon Video – Photos & video of the honeymoon.
- Recap Highlights – A condensed version of everything.
- Wedding Story – A documentary style video of your wedding day & Honeymoon.
- Closing Credits – A Hollywood style closing to the video with credit being given to your Bridal Party.
- Hollywood Style DVD – A motion menu DVD with Buttons for navigation through the disc.
- Simple Burn DVD – A play only DVD disc.
- Digital Video Prints – There are 60 images being captured in every second of video any one of which can be printed as a still.
- Original Footage – An edited copy of all the original footage from selected events.
- Submasters – High quality additional DVD’s from the Artists original master.
Help your wedding videographer by creating a list of the shots you would really like. Then relax and enjoy.