Do we need to video the day?
The majority of couples don’t have a video, and yet all those who do, say afterwards “we are so glad we did” when they see the results that can be achieved these days. Most couples feel that the day went too quickly and all in a blur, so imagine being able to snuggle together on the sofa for an evening alone to re-live the day. Imagine having your friends round to view the highlights chapter, reminiscing over what happened. Imagine watching while your family point out all the guests you didn’t have a chance to meet properly. Imagine listening to your vows again, which will have gone by on the day without registering!
Most importantly, for those with close family or friends who for any reason are unable to attend, modern videography enables you to send them a high definition wedding video so that they can get a real feel of the day.
Here are the is what to look for in a professional wedding video:
- Correct pace. You shouldn’t be bored after watching the first few seconds, because nothing much is happening.
- Is the picture steady, so you can watch without feeling seasick? Or is it wobbling and crooked, because they don't keep the camera still?
- Can you hear the voices properly, especially during the ceremony and the speeches?
- Can your videographer produce not only DVDs, but also widescreen pictures. Your wedding should fill that new expensive television screen properly, not be stretched to fit.
- Your DVD should have chapter markers and menus, so you can re-live the parts you want. It should have a short highlights section, when you want a quick fix(!) and maybe a brief trailer, to show friends who don’t want to watch the entire video.
YouTube and Social Media videos
In the fast moving world of social media you may find that there are wedding clips from your special day on YouTube before you have even danced your last dance, and pity the bride that faints at the altar, or the bridesmaid that knocks over the wedding cake; there is a good chance that someone has caught it on video and it will be added to all the other wedding disaster videos online before the day is over. With video cameras on most mobile phones there is little you can do to control or prevent this although most ministers and wedding celebrants will request that only the official videographer should shoot footage of the actual ceremony.