Videography. I think it’s important and I want to tell you why. This post is based purely on my personal opinions so keep that in mind, but here is MY food for YOUR thought.
I know I’ve mentioned this before but I do believe the WIC (wedding industry complex) coerces us into thinking we need certain things to make our wedding day magical, and videography is something that can be found on that list of “must-haves,” but in this instance, I think they are right! GASP.
I do feel strongly that this day in age, with all the media and technology advances in recent years, it doesn’t make sense NOT to have your special day recorded on film. It’s there to be watched over and over again for future generations, for when you have a big fight and need a loving reminder, for your anniversary celebrations, for when your memory begins to fail you, for when you need a nice gift for your parents, and for yourself because it was your wedding day after all!
A few years ago my siblings and I made a special video for Auntie B to commemorate a special birthday year of hers (of which the year shall go unmentioned). This video is a compilation of all of our families’ inside jokes, but I can’t tell you how many times Auntie B says to us, “I just watched my birthday video again and laughed all the way through it, it’s SO funny!” Hearing this makes my heart so happy, it’s been years and she still watches it often!
People videotape everything from their first bungee jumping experience to their child’s first step; your wedding is going to be one of the best celebrations of you and your partner’s love so why not get it on film? Even if you are an introvert or an extra-shy person (like Mr. Sword) you will still want to see how happy you looked on that day, how much you laughed, how silly you danced, and how well you were loved by family and friends.
“BUT WAIT ONE MINUTE YOU CRAZY BLONDE, what if I can’t afford a videographer??”
Good point. In fact, price is probably the biggest reason people say no to a videographer. Did you know some people charge anywhere from 5-8 thousand dollars?? NO THANK YOU.
You can do what Mr. Sword and I did and just scratch out money from your photography fund. We were lucky enough to be able to fit both in without going over our set photo/video budget (which to be fair, was on the mid to high side to begin with). Remember how important photography is to me?
Another option is to find a person or a company that is just starting out. Perhaps a student or someone looking to earn extra cash from a side business? They might only have a few weddings under the belt, but as long as they can get the important things on film, who cares about the editing. You don’t need the editing.
In that vein, the third option is to designate a family friend to bring their flip camera and tape certain sections of the ceremony and reception for you. Now, most people just want to enjoy themselves (which translated means they don’t want to hold a camera to their face all night), but you never know who would be willing to help until you ask them. My advice is to pay them even if it’s just a little stipend, because it’s the thought that counts and it’s way cheaper than hiring a professional.
Think about it this way, flowers and alcohol only last for that night, but your video will live on and on. To me, it’s worth the big bucks! And just like photographers, videographers do a great deal of post-wedding work as well and they deserved to be compensated.
So who did we hire?
A2f Pictures. We immediately clicked with them at our meeting in Minnesota. They were young, fun, professional, and agreed that every wedding has a unique story to tell. A bonus is their easy to use application form online that helps you figure out exactly what is important to you and what the “extras” will cost. The company is owned by three filmmakers who are looking to fund their own feature film someday but are currently work hard making both commercial and wedding videos. I hope it’s not going to be weird when I ask to audition for their film after my wedding. I’m only kidding!! Kind of. While I was overjoyed that our photographer is a woman (yay), I’m just as happy to give our videography money to aspiring artists!
Our video package includes two cinematographers, a cinematic trailer, a 10-20 minute edited cut of the day, and wedding interviews/stories from family and friends. AMAZING. We are so pumped and if you are a guest who is planning to be at our OOTG rehearsal dinner then you better start practicing your cutest “Mr. and Mrs. Sword” story.*
Finally, I hear over and over again (from lovely people like Mrs. Snow Cone and others) that the biggest regret people have is NOT getting their wedding on film. So if you can squeeze a videographer into your budget I say go for it!
Is videography a priority on your wedding budget?
*Nobody will be forced to do an interview if they don’t want to!! 🙂