Why Is a Wedding Film Just as Important If Not More Important Than Wedding Photos?
So like many other engaged couples planning out their weddings, I'm guessing you are looking to book or just booked a wedding photographer for between $2,500 and $5,000 (unless it is a family friend giving you a discount) and now you are looking at booking a wedding videographer. Photography is always looked at as more important and essential but let me make the case on why I think wedding films may be even more important and essential.
Weddings can no doubt be very expensive and we all know that every cost, no matter how small, adds up in the end. This leads many brides, especially those on a budget, to ask whether they really need a wedding video. "Is it really that important?" While the cost is a factor for some, the real importance of wedding videos come from their ability to let you relive your big day. Unlike photographs, videos give you the voices, the noises, the sounds, and the action of one of the most memorable days of your life and keeps it saved forever.
While there may be quite a few reasons a bride looks back on her wedding day with regret, not having a wedding video is probably at the very top of that list. Just think. Your wedding day is incredibly busy. You are dealing with caterers, venues, decorations, party buses, make-up artists, hair stylists, etc. You just can't be in two or more places at once. This is just one example of why it is a great idea to have a wedding video taken of your ceremony (and details shots, and the bridesmaids, and groomsmen, and the reception and toasts, and, and...). While you may not have been at a certain place at a certain time, the videographer probably could've been, and captured all the cuteness for you and your family to all enjoy and relive for years to come. Together.
98% of Brides Recommend Getting a Wedding Video
A survey from 2006 showed that 98% of all the newly wedded brides that were asked, recommended that others should get a wedding video. Everyone thinks they need a wedding photographer, but the same urgency isn't there for a wedding videographer. Videos have a way of capturing those moments and can transport us back to that day like magic, unlike photographs. And for all of those friends and family members that may have not been able to attend the day due to illness, expense of traveling, unplanned emergency conflict, etc.? Have a wedding video to share with everyone on Facebook and/or YouTube, allows them to experience the day and is a gift that keeps on giving.
There's nothing like capturing a Groom's first look with his Bride.
Another extremely important reason to get a wedding video is to show your kids. Think about all the times you have gone through your grandparents' things or parents' things. Their old pictures and videos. You think "Wow! Look at how young Mom and Dad look!" "This is so cool to look at!" "This is priceless. I'm so grateful we have these keepsakes." Having a wedding video is a fun and easy way for you to be able to pass on your personalities, voices and love story onto your children and their children and maybe even their children's children.
Watch Your Wedding Film Every Anniversary
Finally, think about your wedding anniversary 2 years from now. 5 years from now. 10 years. 50 years. How many things will you still remember about your wedding day after all of those years? (For example, how much do you remember about your graduation day?) How many small things that happened that day will you still be able to tell your kids and grandkids about when they ask? Unfortunately, a very real negative impact of time is that we lose our memory of even the most beautiful or perfect events, and a wedding day is one of those amazing days in our lives that will simply go by too fast (don't blink). Some brides even say they start seeing new things they didn't notice before when they watch their wedding video or realize some things they've already forgotten, even after just a few years. Sure, we still remember the big things, like the vows and the dance, but those smaller, intricate moments, like the poignant toast from your best man or the sweet moment between your grandparents, can easily get lost. Luckily, with your own wedding on video, you don't have to forget any of it because it will have been captured all in real time, in color, and in stereo. You can show the video to your family and friends, and relive the big day or just sit down on your anniversary with your spouse to watch it and fall in love all over again. Photographs just can't do all of that.
So, with so many brides that have already regretted their decisions to not hire that wedding videographer, why would you make the same mistake they did?
In the end, these videos are so much more than just a snapshot for you and your loved ones. The importance of wedding videos is the ability to time travel and relive one of the best days of your lives with friends and family that may never get together the same way again. Memories fade as people grow older and having those memories close at hand in full motion with sounds and voices like it was "yesterday" is a special experience that you never have to lose and will be able to share for years and years. It helps create a family history for future generations and loving memories for you and your spouse. So if you are wavering on whether or not to get a wedding video for your big day, our advice is go for it! Save yourself those painful regrets and just get the video!
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