Videography in the wedding world is by no means a new thing, but it is becoming more on trend to add it to the priority list of vendors- a trend I love! Like photos, your wedding film is what you have to remember and relive the most important day of your life. It's an investment worth prioritizing and budgeting for.
Having a film brings your wedding back to life and lets you re-experience it in motion. Capturing what is between the photos, it gives you an elevated level of emotion. Hearing your vows, seeing the smiles and tears and the movement of your guests will be so impactful, especially 25 or 50 years down the road.
Whether you've never considered having a videographer at your wedding, or know without a doubt that you are getting your big day documented on film, here is some information to help you out before you start checking out portfolios and setting meetings.
Each videographer, like every photographer will have their own artistic style that they add to their work creating their own personal touch. However, there are a few key styles most videographers can be categorized in. These are the most common:
Cinematic- of all the styles, cinematic is the most popular. Resembling a movie, these films are edited and stylized as a piece of art. This style is captured and edited for the dramatic effect and mood, meant to "wow" the viewer.
Storytelling- as you might have guessed, this style tells the story of your day using sound bites from before, during, and after the wedding day.
Video Journalistic- video journalistic is meant to capture the day as it occurs, just like documentary photography. This style of editing will produce a polished documentation of the day as it unfolds.
I would highly suggest if you are even considering hiring a videographer for your wedding, incorporate it in your initial budget don't wait and try to add it in later. For a good videographer I recommend budgeting just as much or more for their services as you would for a photographer. Having a videographer and a photographer capture your wedding isn't going to be cheap, and depending on your budget you may have to make some cuts and sacrifices in other areas to be able to afford having the film of your dreams. One thing to consider when budgeting is how many hours are you going to want or NEED covered. Are you wanting you and your girls getting ready on film as well as your grand sparkler exit? Or are you happy with less hours allowing you to keep the cost lower focusing on the big moments throughout the day?
Most videographers offer a variety of packages to accommodate multiple budgets, and different services helping you to receive exactly what you want. Here are the most popular packages offered:
Highlight Film (3-10 mins)
Short Film (10-20 mins)
- Full Length Documentary (30-90 min)
You may also be able to add on À LA CARTE items such as:
- Love Story
- Rehearsal Dinner Coverage
- Raw Footage
- Greetings from Guests
- Drone Aerial Coverage
- Wedding Trailer
You should take into consideration how the film will be delivered when choosing a videographer. In addition to receiving your footage via USB stick, CD-ROM, external hard drive, or online file drop, your videographer may make your video available online for viewing and sharing (typically Vimeo). Lastly, you may want to ask about the option to get the raw footage in addition to the edited masterpiece. I'm going to go ahead and say that most videographers do not provide the raw images, but some may. If it is important to you to be able to see your vows, toasts, or dances in full you will want to search out videographers that include this in their contract or have an option to add it on as an à la carte option.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how valuable would a film of your wedding be?