I have read reports that suggest that about 70 percent of brides-to-be have decided to not have a video produced for their weddings. My advice: you will regret it! In my March 27 post, I cited several reasons why brides (and grooms)-to-be should use a professional videographer rather than a friend or relative. But what I want to say today to the fairly large numbers of you out there who may think it’s OK not to have your wedding videotaped at all, there are so many things that you are about to miss…
- tears streaming down the faces of loved ones in the audience
- the walk down the aisle
- the exchange of rings
- a sudden eruption of laughter during the ceremony
- actions of the flower girl/ring bearer that are often funny (we edit out things that aren’t amusing or may be inappropriate)
- expressions are not static! You want to see that emerging smile on your (and the groom’s) face
- toasts, dances, cake cutting, bouquet and garter tosses
- and lots of other actions!
- sounds and music
- the ability to share the event with people that weren’t able to attend
My wife, a writer, occasionally edits my blog posts for me and when we discussed the value of having a video of the wedding, she put it succinctly, “That whole day was a blur! With so much going on, I remembered very little of what was said, who was there, what we did (other than get married!), and without a video, I wouldn’t have remembered half of what took place that day!”
Now, let’s address the “gorilla in the room,” the price. My “deliverables” can be tailored to meet virtually any budget, so don’t let your wedding video get away for the wrong reason! Hint: this is why I avoid “package” rates…I’d much rather build a rate around exactly what you need. And as for that 70% I mentioned at the beginning of this post: most of them said—afterwards—that it was a bad decision not to include a video!
Don’t let that be you. 98% of newlyweds recommend that couples have their weddings videotaped, which means there are a lot people who wished they’d decided otherwise. Give a call and let’s see how we can make it happen for you—and add to the memories of this special day!
Sources: The Knot, WEVA International, MSN