Should I hire a wedding videographer?
Often videography is not the first thing couples think of when looking for wedding vendors. Other things like photography and flowers usually take priority, but should it?
One of the toughest parts of planning a wedding is budgeting. It's important to figure out what you can afford and what your priorities are. Most of the time the priorities are towards everything on that day. What color will the flowers be. Who will be in the bridal party. Should I do a surprise dance for my significant other? All very important questions and the details of the day are critical, but what happens when the day is all over?
Most people invest in a photographer early on. Everyone wants photos of their wedding to look back on. The first vendor I booked for my wedding was my photographer. However one thing I learned and I hear from married couples quite often is videography should also be up there as one of the most important vendors to book!
Photos are great to look back at but there is one flaw with photos.
"Photos capture a moment. Videos capture an experience."
- Hoang Pham
One thing I realized while looking back at my wedding photos is that seeing photos of my wedding party smiling and laughing is completely different than hearing that laughter and experiencing the emotions happening at the time. Video gives you something unique. It allows you to relive moments and bring back emotions in new ways that photos can't alone. It allows friends and family, some of whom may not have been able to attend the wedding, to experience it and feel the emotion and joy that you felt on your wedding day.
Your wedding day is full of some of the most special moments of your life and for a lot of people, being able to watch that back is well worth the price. You'll get to see so much more of the day that you didn't get to during the day, like your bridal party hilariously dancing into the venue or hearing your vows and your friends and family cheering during your first kiss! Seeing how your wife smiled so hard as she shoved cake into your face is something you won't want to forget.
Now that being said videography is not for everyone. It can be expensive. Some people don't enjoy watching videos and that's ok.
The best way to know if videography is right for you is to check out other people's wedding videos and see if you can envision that for your wedding.
Ultimately the decision is up to you. You know your needs best. My goal in writing this is to make sure you don't regret your decision by making yourself aware of the potential of video and seeing if it is right for you.
If you have any questions about either my wedding videography services or wedding videography in general, reach out to me! I would love to help you figure out if videography is right for you! Send me an email at email@example.com.