I can only imagine how much goes into planning a wedding; booking venue(s), finding a dress, picking a cake, finding people to do hair & makeup, maybe a hotel to stay in, finding a florist, getting a caterer, picking a DJ, a photographer, and much more. But you forgot one thing, a video!
Sure you have a photographer and those pictures will be awesome and you'll laugh and cry looking at them in 10 years, but remember how hard your brother or sister or best friend laughed during their speech? You MIGHT be able to remember it in your head. Or did you see how your husband or wife cried reading your card when they got ready? If you didn't have a second photographer shooting that, then you won't ever see that. Could you see how nervous they were as they got ready for the ceremony? Most likely not. There will be A LOT going on during your wedding and the day is going to fly by.
Pictures can be awesome, like I said, but a video is really something else. You can hear your vows again, hear them say I do, hear those toasts again and hear the emotion in them. You can watch your first kiss as many times as you want, you can see how he or she was tearing up while walking down the aisle, or that moment when your mom or dad first sees you dressed up. You can basically re-live your whole day; all the laughter, the smiles, the tears, the dances, the happiness, all of it. Why would you choose not to? It's one day, and you can almost re live it, so why not?
Of course, the answer often times can be the cost. Weddings are extremely expensive and I think any vendor can understand that. I sure do. It's not pocket change, that's for sure. However, don't lose hope or give up so quick! Maybe you or your spouse can work a few extra hours next week, maybe there's something else you can cut back on slightly. Also, don't be afraid to ask your videographer if they offer payment plans! I do, and I know many others do too. It can definitely help make it easier for you so it's not a big expense right up front.
One common way people avoid hiring a professional is having their Uncle John take video throughout the day. Well the problem there is that Uncle John is also busy enjoying the wedding, seeing friends and family, and at the reception he wants to have fun. It's hard to be present as a family member while trying to get nice video too. Another way is buying a GoPro or two and passing it off to people throughout the day. The problem with GoPro's is that you're only getting one field of view, the 'fisheye' look. It's far away and doesn't look great for the whole day. And maybe Uncle John passed it to Aunt Deb for the ceremony and she forgot to hit record. A true professional has multiple cameras and lenses to give you the best look they can, and they will certainly hit record, let them handle it and you will be so happy you did!
Disclaimer - Uncle John and Aunt Deb are not real people, but their stories have happened to real people. Don't let Uncle John and Aunt Deb film your wedding, let them have fun. Hire a professional and they will take care of it.
If you have any questions about what to expect from a videographer, or would like to talk to me about your wedding, please don't hesitate to reach out, I'm happy to help! Fill out a contact form or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. And check out my wedding videos HERE!
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