Is A Wedding Videographer *Really* Necessary For Your Big Day? (Hint: YES!)
At first glance, you may think that having both wedding photos and a video are overkill, or may not want to prioritize videography in your wedding budget, but trust me on this one—you'll definitely want to hire a professional wedding videographer!
For one, it’s no joke that your wedding day literally flies by. There are things you'll inevitably miss that your wedding videographer will capture beautifully, like seeing your dad’s reaction as you say your vows! Even more, you have to keep in mind all of the sounds that can't be captured in a photo (like your "I dos," the reception music, and meaningful toasts).
Having a wedding videographer allows you to capture all of the beautiful moments of your big day, and to relive them over and over and over again!
My Experience with Wedding Videos
When my husband and I were getting married, I asked a friend to film my wedding using my equipment. Unfortunately, user error resulted in us to not having our own wedding video at the end of the day.
Every time I film someone else’s wedding, I think about the video we could’ve had. Every one of my friends who didn’t get their own wedding videographer tells me whenever we talk about my work, that they wish they would’ve paid for wedding films. Time and time again I hear, “it’s one thing you don’t think you need until you don’t have it and the day is gone.”
That’s why, even despite it being my line of expertise, I totally think it’s necessary and forever-beneficial to hire a wedding videographer for your big day. Let’s take a closer look at the elements that hiring a wedding videographer bring to your wedding, and the rewards it leaves you with way after the day is over.
Why Hiring A Wedding Videographer Is Necessary
Wedding Videos Take Care of the “Blur” of the Day
If you ask almost any couple what they remember about their special day, they will probably tell you that it all went by so fast that most of it was just one big blur.
There are some things that you may miss on your wedding day… such as the arrival of your significant other or the bridesmaids, and everyone’s walk down the aisle.
A wedding videographer will capture all of the amazing highlights from your wedding day and record them onto a DVD or upload onto a file for you to treasure forever more.
Although it is not a necessity, a professionally-produced wedding film is the ultimate way of encapsulating the very essence of your very special day – a kaleidoscope of memories and sounds that you can share with family and friends, children, and grandchildren for years to come.
Wedding Videos Capture the True Emotion
It’s so important to hire a professional videographer who will not only capture the raw footage of your big day, but also edit it to create an emotional movie that will truly tell the love story of your wedding day from start to finish.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll reminisce—your wedding video will serve as the closest thing to reliving your wedding day over again.
Wedding Videos Give You a Sense of the Day’s Mood
Still photos provide an image of a moment in time, but wedding videos capture both movement and sound. With a wedding video, you’ll be able to hear your spouse gasp during your first look, your dad’s toast and your mom’s laughter.
You’ll be able to watch your first kiss as newlyweds, your first dance, and your cousin’s amazing dance moves. For as beautiful and artistic as still photos can be, they cannot capture motion or sound—which makes a wedding video a must-have for your big day!!
Wedding Videos Are Easily Sharable
In 2018, wedding videographers are able to upload wedding videos onto digital platforms such as Vimeo or Mediazilla. This allows you to easily share your wedding video with loved ones whether they live in town or not!
Your videographer may also be able to create short clips for you to share on social media. This makes hiring a videographer ideal (especially) for those who are having smaller or destination weddings—you can help family members and friends who were unable to attend feel like they were actually there.
What You Need To Know About Wedding Video Budgeting
Wedding videography takes three-times as long to edit as photography. Video also requires much more equipment for stabilization, audio, multiple cameras, etc... So expect to pay the same price for your videographer as your photographer (if not more).
Still, you may find it’s less expensive than you think. Just like photographers, wedding videographers have different packages to suit your needs and requirements. For example, here are the packages offered by us at Lacework Films starting at $2000:
5 hours of footage
8 hours of footage
All-day video coverage
Add Ons available are Additional hours, Love Story, Rehearsal Dinner, Sneak Peek, Raw Footage, 4K Upgrade
Working a Wedding Videographer Into Your Budget
Fitting everything around your wedding budget is the tricky part, as you may have already decided whether you want a wedding videographer or not but the problem is whether your budget will allow it!
Have no fear! There are a number of ways to save that will help let you work with quality vendors like us at Lacework Films. Some ideas include:
Buying decor on Buy Sell Trade sites
Browsing bridal resale fairs in your area
Fake (or real) florals can be purchased wholesale from vendors like Costco, Trader Joes or Sams Club
Send paper goods electronically to save on pricey stationery costs
Save on programs by having a big poster program at the front
If you’ve got your heart set on booking a wedding videographer but need to save money elsewhere on the budget, you could always rely on your guests to take your pictures for you! Because, trust us, you’re going to cherish your wedding video for years to come!