I hope you’re doing ok amidst all of this craziness and that you’re managing to get some planning done.
This blog is aimed at those couples who are currently planning their wedding and are considering a wedding videographer.
Now, I need to preface this by saying that I know that I’m potentially a little biased and that I recognize that a blog entitled “Should I book a wedding videographer” written by a wedding videographer, is probably going to seem a little salesy or disingenuous!
Obviously I’m going to say that, yes, you absolutely should book a wedding videographer, but at the end of the day, it’s totally up to you, and if you do book one, then you should book the right person for you and your wedding.
However, I will share with you that, when my wife and I got married…we didn't book a videographer.
Why? well, videography came onto our radar quite late into the planning (I wasn't making wedding films at that point) and we hadn't budgeted for it.I can tell you this though…There’s not a SINGLE day that we don't regret it.
Whenever we reminisce about our wedding, we inevitably get to the point in the conversation where we say that we regret not having a wedding film to watch, which is always followed by a little moment of quiet sadness.
There was so much that happened that is now just lost forever.
In particular, we wish that we could watch our speeches over and over again. They ended up being super emotional and incredibly funny…more so than we expected.
To have them to watch over and over again would mean the world to us right now.
Now that I've made my confession, I'm going to dive into 5 reasons why you should hire a Videographer for your wedding.
KATIE & CHARLES | TEASER
1: Not booking a wedding videographer is a widely documented regret for many couples.
You may or may not have been reading a few blogs during your wedding planning. If you have, then you will have probably noticed that not booking a wedding videographer is listed as one of the top 5 regrets by many, many brides.
This blog on in wedding ideas mag illustrates this perfectly:
As they point out over in wedding ideas mag,
"wedding photographs are essential, of course, but actually being able to hear the speeches, laughter and the emotion in your guest’s voices is truly priceless. The majority of camcorders and mobile phones are unable to capture the same quality that professional video cameras can and because this is a film that you’ll want to treasure for the rest of your life, it’s worth allocating some of your budgets to make sure you get the best possible footage".
2: COVID 19 is changing the landscape of weddings.
I hate to bring up the 'c-word' but, sadly, it's fast become part of everyday life now, and it's possible that it could stay that way for a while.
At the moment, regulations for weddings across the United Kingdom are pretty strict, with the main restriction being around the number of wedding guests.
fingers crossed that this all changes very soon, but as it stands, weddings can only go ahead with 30 people present.
This means that having a videographer is more important than ever.
It's all well and good having photographs to be able to share with your guests would count be there, but sharing the film, where they can watch the ceremony in full (and speeches should they happen) is going to be essential.
Especially if you have friends or family from overseas who haven't been able to make it due to restrictions.
Many videographers are also adapting by adding live streaming onto their packages, enabling your loved ones to share the moments with you as they happen.
To put it simply, Wedding Videography has never been so important as it is now.
GINA & TIM | A WOODLAND WEDDING
3: The value of a wedding film changes over time.
A Wedding film will last forever. In fact, it will even outlive you!
It will go on to be a huge part of your family history for generations to come, and its importance and value will change and grow as your life changes and your family grows.
In the weeks and months following the wedding, it will be an exciting way to look back and reminisce about the day whilst you still carry that 'just married' glow and buzz around with you!
Then, as friendship groups change and family members leave us, it will become an important time capsule and way to look back with fondness and nostalgia, with all of those important people being immortalized on film forever.
Being able to look back and see your family and friends speak at your wedding day will become incredibly valuable.
Many of my clients have also told me how special it is to be able to show their wedding films to their children too.
Although a wedding film can be a big investment, I can sure you, that investment will repay dividends across the rest of your life.
4: Photography freezes moments forever, whereas videography lets your play them out over and over again.
The ceremony and the speeches are some of the most emotional parts of the entire day and I guarantee you will be grateful to have the full impact of that emotion captured forever. There’s nothing like getting to hear your spouse read their vows to you in that exact moment, but getting to see and hear that moment, again and again, is a very close second. A videographer can freeze that exact moment in time, in a way that photographs would never be able to capture. The same can be said of the toasts at the reception. Your photographer will capture great stills of your and your guests’ reactions, but you’ll never get another chance to see and hear your loved ones deliver those carefully crafted jokes unless you have it captured on film. As for the music: that’s the glue that ties the entire day together. How many days of your life will have a literal soundtrack? In our opinion, that’s an opportunity too rare and too sweet not to document!
As I mentioned above, not being able to watch our ceremony or speeches over and over again is a source of deep regret for my wife and I.
5: You'll be so busy on the day and there will be moments that you miss.
It’s no secret that you’re going to be busy on your wedding day and so many things will be happening at any one given time. There will be things you and your spouse will miss on your actual wedding day. But the beauty of having a wedding videographer present is that they won’t miss a thing! On your wedding day, you’ll get to focus all your attention on your spouse and soak up all the love your heart can handle. Then, when it’s all said and done, you can watch your wedding film and get to see the entire day through your guests’ eyes. You’ll get to see the moments of anticipation just before you walked down the aisle. You’ll get to see what your parents saw as they watched you promise your lives to each other. A wedding videographer is essentially another set of eyes and ears on your wedding day that will be able to capture so many more moments than you will be able to see and hear on your own.
Ok, I might get a little salesy now, but I'm sure you'll forgive me...
If your considering a wedding videographer and want to find a little more, then why not get in touch for a chat?
I'm happy to schedule video calls and answer any questions that you might have, and I absolutely love to talk about all things weddings.
If you think that would be helpful, then get in touch here, and I'll get back you ASAP.
Thank you so much for reading, and keep safe!
Eric | BBF
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