Since video evolved, we have been using video for everything! From capturing funny snippets of our daily lives, to recording special occasions like a baby’s first steps & every other major milestone in our lives. Capturing those moments allows us to relive each memory exactly as they happened and share them for years to come. So when it comes to your wedding day, what better way to capture the day than having it recorded by a wedding videographer.
Only video can capture the cracks in your voices as you say your vows to one another, or show the way his eyes lit up the moment he saw you in your dress and of course you don’t want to miss the funny and heart warming moments like the best man’s toast or a grandparent getting on the dance floor to dance the night away. Yes, photography can capture those moments but nothing combines the sights and sounds quite like a professionally captured wedding video.
Before you break out your camera and tripod, please allow me to offer a bit of advice about your wedding video. I also asked our resident professional videographers, Ella Szczupak and Robin Vogt of Blue Orchid Productions to also give their advice to brides and grooms on what they should look for.
1) Hire a professional! Trusting your wedding video to a less than professional videographer means you are leaving the quality of the video to chance. Videographers take into consideration proper lighting, sound and logistics of the event. They are prepared in advance for the day of shooting and are quicker to adapt to changes in the schedule.
2) Make sure your videographer is familiar with your venue, both the ceremony and reception locations and any restrictions that may limit them accessibility to certain areas. Example: Some churches/synagogues do not allow photographers or videographers past a certain point but may allow for stand alone camera to be placed in strategic areas. Your videographer will be able to set up a camera in front while manning another in the allotted areas.
3) Make sure you see full videos of your videographers’ works. Many people can capture a few great snippets of video but you want to know that they can cover the entire event professionally. Is the sound and lighting good quality? Was it edited well? Did they take out the “bloopers” or most importantly, did they capture the emotion of the day? The one regret we hear from former brides the most is they wished they had a video to look back upon to relive those amazing memories.
Blue Orchid Production has a motto, ”Your wedding is a marriage of lives, memories, of childhood grown up, of dreams for the future. It’s about the relationships that are important to you and the family and friends who love and support you. It’s about coming together and building a new family, new tradition and telling new stories. Your wedding is the story of your beginning.” We couldn’t have said it better.