Sure photos are beautiful, and of course they are a massive part of your wedding, but a wedding video truly captures the spirit and magic of your big day in all its 3d glory!
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a video can create a fairy tale that you are your partner can watch whenever you want to relive the most incredible day of your life.
So where do you get started?
From whether you should DIY or go pro, to knowing exactly what to ask during the interview process, we've got everything you need to make sure you end up with a video worthy of it's very own IMDB page right here:
DIY or Going Pro?
The first question on your mind is most likely...
"should I hire a professional or DIY?"
Every couple has a friend or uncle with a passion for film making and an overly enthusiastic urge to put it to good use at any (or every) opportunity.
Does that mean it's a good idea? The short answer is no. Yes they are well meaning, and of course it is tempting to take them up on the offer, especially if your budget is already stretched. However, there are no second chances when it comes to making a video of this once in a lifetime experience, and the reality is that whoever this friend or relative may be they probably aren't qualified or experienced enough to guarantee a satisfactory result.
Which leads us to one clear choice - hire a professional!
Should You Shoot Documentary Style?
More and more couples are choosing to forego the traditional wedding video style, in favor of something that plays more like a stylish HBO documentary or independent film. If this sounds like something you might be interested in then read on...
These days there are hoards of talented videographers out there with degrees in filmmaking or broadcast journalism who will strive to shoot your wedding as if they were a fly on the wall. They'll thoughtfully record the event with a storyteller's twist, understanding the most important and dramatic moments, as well as bringing to the table a cinematographer's eye for beautiful imagery.
If that's not enough to sell you on the idea, these videojournalists will use state of the art software to create gorgeous effects in post. To go this route may be a little pricey, but it will be worth the extra cash as you'll end up with not just a wedding video but a comprehensive, artfully arranged, fun to watch film.
10 Must Ask Questions --
Once you have made the decision to go pro it'll be time to start shopping for potential videographers to find out who's right for your wedding.
Most couples don't have much experience in this field which is why we've put together a list of 10 absolutely must ask questions (for both you and them) before making a final decision:
1. What is the videographer's style?
Do they like to shoot cinematic or documentary style, or a mix of both? Does their style jibe with your own? Ask to see some samples of their work to get a feel for how they do things, and when watching see if it really moves you. If you're happy with what you see then you'll be off to a good start.
2. What is their reputation?
This is one of the most important questions that you need to ask as reputation is everything. You'll want to know if they are always on time, if they get in the way of the photographer, if they are rude to guests, if they return calls or emails in a timely manner? To answer your questions ask for references, and ask around to see if your friends, family, coworkers or other vendors have any opinions about them. Another place to scope them out and see what people are saying is over at the comments section of their blog and their Facebook page.
3. Have they shot many weddings before?
Ask what experience they have shooting other weddings, and in particular ask if they have ever shot a wedding at your ceremony or reception site. Make sure you view examples of their work so you can measure their true ability and get comfortable with their performance.
4. How do they coordinate with the wedding photographer?
Your wedding videographer and photographer need to be able to work well together if they are both going to get the best possible results. Ask your videographer how they normally handle working with a photographer, if they have any requirements or recommendations, and if necessary then put the two in touch so they can discuss any important details.
5. How will they be unobtrusive during your big day?
You should always ask your videographer where they plan to be during the ceremony, speeches, first dance, and all those other big moments. The last thing you want is them hanging over your shoulder when you're trying to say your "I do's". Make it clear what you want from them.
6. Are they shooting any other wedding's that day or weekend?
Ask them what their schedule is looking like leading up to the day of your wedding. Are they are shooting any other weddings that day or weekend, and if so how many? The point is to try and get an idea if they have any time constraints so you can organize exactly how the day will unfold.
7. What equipment do they use?
What type of camera, card, and microphone will the videographer be using? How new is the equipment? Will it be shot in high definition? Ask them to try and give a brief explanation to you in layman's terms. Sure you might not understand the lingo but it will give you a sense of what's what. Don't forget to also find out what kind of camera lighting they use. Most new video cameras have dimmers to control the intensity of the light so they are less intrusive.
8. What editing do they do?
Ask about editing equipment and a brief explanation of the process. Ask if you will have a say in how the finished product looks and what editing options they offer.
9. Will they have a backup camera?
Knowing that they have a backup camera on hand in case of emergency will help keep your mind at rest as you'll be able to have confidence that whatever may go wrong you'll still end up with the beautiful video that you had your heart set on. If you've discussed specific details then be sure to ask whether their emergency camera can still perform all the same functions.
10. What prices and packages do they offer?
How does the videographer charge for their services? Do they offer package deals? Have they got a price list that you can view? To get a rough idea of what the going rate is do a little research of your own by checking out the average rates of videographers in your area. You don't want to be overcharged, which is why being clear on the industry average will help you get a fair deal.
Are you planning a wedding video to record your big day? Have you got any tips to share with our other readers?
If so let us know in the comments below...