Why should you have a wedding DVD?

As a wedding videographer I exhibit at a number of wedding fayre’s and I find that the majority of the couples I meet have not even thought about having their wedding recorded  and so the most of my time is spent explaining why it is a good idea to have your wedding captured on film. So I thought I would go into a little detail about what you get from film that you cannot get in any other way!

  1. The Bridal Preparations – The groom can never know what goes on whilst the bridal
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    party are getting ready (and some might say this is a good thing!) but having film of practicing the walk down the aisle in your slippers and rollers or the reactions of receiving a gift from the groom are truly priceless to keep.

  2. Guests Arriving – This can obviously be captured by the photographer but all you will get is a picture and it is very unlikely it will make your final album, so having film of guests arriving which will be in the final version of your DVD means you can see so much more of the people you invited to share your special day.
  3. The Ceremony – The only way to capture the promises that you make to each other during the ceremony is with a video, the moment that the groom first sets eyes on the bride as she walks down the aisle and the pride in the fathers face are very difficult to capture in any other way.
  4. Photoshoot and Pre-dinner drinks – This is normally the photographers domain, however a good wedding DVD can complement this perfectly. Showing off the venue in a different light or your guests enjoying the entertainment. It is probably the only time you will have film footage taken of you so enjoy it, I know you’ll love the results!
  5. The Speeches – How many wedding have you been to where the best man’s speech has been amazing, he’s told some amazing stories (embellished of course!) but when you sit down to breakfast the next morning you can’t remember any of them. At your wedding those stories will be about you so it is a great thing to have them filmed to watch again and again.
  6. The People – A wedding video is a snapshot in time, 1 day of your life where all of your friends and family are in one place. What better time to get someone to video them enjoying your wedding day. I’m sure in years to come you will sit down with others who won’t believe that Uncle James was so slim or that hair really was in fashion.

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  7. The Details –   You will have booked the most amazing venue and spent months or even years putting together your wedding day, down to the finest detail. The table decorations, the favors, the flowers and the cake. Yet on the day of your wedding you probably won’t get time to enjoy any of it. So why not sit down with a glass of wine around 6 weeks after your wedding and watch it over again from the perspective of one of your guests. And then watch it again, and again and again…..

I’ve probably missed a lot out but I hope you start to see why I get to speak to so few people at wedding fayres, it seems there is a lot to get across. I hope this has been useful and if you think of any other reasons why you had your wedding recorded I would be delighted if you would post them below.

What should you look if you’re booking a videographer

I recorded a wonderful wedding this weekend in Weeford, a small village on the outskirts of Lichfield. The reception took place at the Old School House and the ceremony took place in the church just across the road called St Mary’s. As always I arrived in plenty of time and was lucky enough to be able to watch the wedding prior to the one I was filming unfold as the couple left the church. This was a rare treat for me as the couple had also booked a videographer to capture their day. Now, being a videorapher is like any trade, you very rarely get to observe how others work, so it is nice once in a while to see what others are doing, the kit they carry for the job and the types of shots they are getting. I also got to speak to them (there were 2 of them) and discuss their issues with the location and the position they were allowed to take up within the church which really helped me later in the day.

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It also got me thinking I wonder what percentage of couples now have either a friend or professional, video their wedding. Later on in the day during the wedding breakfast I sat with the photographer and we discussed this. He thought about 50% of the weddings he did now had a videographer. I thought this was a little high but we agreed that we thought the popularity of the wedding video is definitely increasing. Video is becoming easier and easier to share, only 5-6 years ago the only way to share a video with your friends was to take a DVD round to their house and watch it on the TV, however now Vimeo, Youtube and even Facebook allow videos to be shared almost as easily as photographs and this trend will continue as ‘clouds’ allow bigger files to be shared between friends.I for one am really excited about the future of the industry and love to embrace the new technologies, I think it’s only a matter of time before we’re broadcasting weddings live onto the web for relatives to watch in far away countries.

So as demand increases for the services of a videographer and obviously new people come into the business how do you make sure the one you book is reputable, what should you be looking for and what questions should you ask? Well, I thought I’d give a few pointers however be warned I know the answers so there’s no point in using them on me!!

Obviously the best tool for finding the right person for the job is the internet, there are lots of wedding videos online from loads of videographers, find one that suits your budget and offer a style you like and get in contact. My advice for what to look for is to stay clear of anything that looks quirky as it will date very quickly (using strange transitions between clips is a good example of something that will date quickly). Always ask your videographer how they capture sound, the difference between the audio captured by a lapel microphone and a shotgun microphone is immense (the lapel mic is far superior and will give a cinematic feel). Finally I would ask how many cameras they use to capture your wedding day. If only one camera is used you will have to sit through pans and zooms made by the videographer during the service and speeches which will make the DVD seem very amateur. At least 2 cameras should be used, 1 will capture everything and the other will be operated by your videographer and will capture close ups, reactions etc.

I really hope that you do choose to go ahead with booking a wedding videographer even if it’s not me! I would say that around 50% of the 50% of couples who do have their wedding filmed say that the wedding video is the best money they spent on their wedding day and you can’t argue with stats!!

Are you having a wedding videographer? (why isn’t it me?) Do you have any questions you asked you want to share or what made you choose the company you did?

Love to hear from you… is there anybody there?