Your wedding day, you’ve dreamed of this day your entire life, whether it’s a sparkling, intimate gathering or a dazzling grand celebration. You’ve seen pictures, movies, and visions in your head. The only way to relive those memories is in color, on video…so the dreams you’ve created in your mind are those that you will see in reality forever.
That sounds nice, right, but what does it really mean? After filming hundreds upon hundreds of weddings, I think I am more than qualified to answer this question and perhaps offer some important insight into the world of professional wedding video videography. Many brides and grooms are overwhelmed with the amount of planning that it takes to create a wedding day worthy of their expectations. Of course the economics of the event are usually a big consideration whether you are planning a smaller wedding or the next big Trump-like affair. There are many expenses associated with planning any wedding, but it is so important to remember to prioritize. What will you have left after the actual wedding day is over, when all the cake is eaten and all the champagne has been toasted away? After months, sometimes years of planning your wedding, wouldn’t you want a fabulous wedding video of this incredible day? It never ceases to amaze me when a bride will actually pay more for seat covers at a reception than she is willing to spend on a wedding video. The seat covers, though lovely, will be sat upon, and hardly seen (they will be under people most of the time). But of course a well filmed and edited professional wedding video will be a tangible piece of priceless memories that can be shared for generations to come. I think if more couples really considered this reality, the chair covers may take a back seat!
Most of today’s brides and grooms are well educated and savvy, yet I think many of them have an outdated impression of “wedding video” as a whole. Unfortunately, television shows that exploit “funny” wedding videos, complete with every mishap in the book, have given false ideas to some people. They may be afraid they will be made to look bad or that the video itself will be boring. I am here to scream, shout, yell from the highest rooftops that if you choose a great videographer you will have a priceless memory that you will want to watch over and over again for the rest of your lives. Anyone who has seen what the current wave of top professional wedding video videographers are producing will know how breathtaking, beautiful, and emotional a wedding video can be. The wedding video industry has evolved so much in the last twenty years. It’s a whole new ball game out there, where top videographers are producing “knock your socks off” cinematic mini movies starring YOU!
Let’s not even get into the “we’re having a good friend film our wedding with their new mini DV camera from Circuit City” syndrome. BIG MISTAKE, HUGH! You will be so disappointed when after the first 15 seconds of the bride walking down the aisle with her beaming father, clutching her trembling arm, the camera suddenly drops to the church floor and all you hear is your “good friend” cursing the equipment. Even if you have friends or family kindly offering to help, do you really want to trust some of THE MOST important moments of your life to an amateur?
Okay, so you’re a smart bride and groom and you have decided to hire a professional wedding videographer for your wedding, you won’t be sorry (if you choose the right company). Here are some tips on what to look for and what to ask.
Always look for professionalism combined with a high quality of service. Find out how long the videographer has been in business and make sure that videography is their profession. “Weekend” videographers can give the industry a bad name. They may be cheaper, but be prepared for the results. But by the same token, you don’t have to spend $4,000, $7,000, $10,000 or more, to have a fabulous wedding video. There are some really great videographers who can produce a wedding video (that you will love) for under $2,000. It just depends on your budget and how much you want to spend. There are three main things to consider when choosing your wedding videographer. First, the videographer themselves. Personality and professionalism are so important in your choice. Don’t be afraid to call a videographer and ask questions. Ask about the video packages they may offer, ask about pricing, ask as many questions as you like, this is an important choice for your very important day! Second, view actual demos of the work so you can see the artistic level and quality. Does the demo move you, do you feel the emotion? With great state of the art editing, a really good videographer can turn wedding day imagery into a masterpiece. Most top videographers have video samples right on their web sites that you can view anytime, anywhere. And third, is price. As I have already said, there is a difference in price ranges. And here’s a really important tip, start looking for your videographer as soon as you begin planning your wedding. Unlike a florist or bakery who can handle many, many weddings per day, a video company will have a limit to how many weddings they can film per day. You don’t want to miss out, the really top videographers with great prices will book up very fast and far in advance. And remember, your videographer is not just a “vendor”, but rather a hired professional “artist” who will be with you, and your family, capturing some of the most intimate and special moments of your life.
I believe in professional wedding video videography. It preserves images, sounds, and feelings from those people you love and from those times of your life, that otherwise would simply fade away. Just imagine being able to see your grandmother’s wedding, well fast forward fifty years and maybe that is a gift you can give to your grandchildren. Videos mastered on DVD are archival and will last for generations to come. A great wedding video can help us piece together the fabric of remembrance. It can make you laugh, cry and hopefully make you grateful you skipped the pricey seat covers!
About the Author: Harlene Conlin; along with husband and business partner Gary, created YOU’RE THE STAR VIDEO PRODUCTIONS in Santa Barbara, California. This year marks the companies twenty year anniversary in business. In that time they have proudly filmed over 3000 weddings and events all over California and coast to coast. Harlene and Gary are also the founding members of the prestigious “Santa Barbara Event Professionals” and members of “WEVA International”. YOU’RE THE STAR VIDEO PRODUCTIONS has a client base which includes many celebrities, along with sports and political figures who appreciate their unobtrusive style combined with a high level of quality and confidentiality. Harlene and Gary have an artistic, creative, and cinematic approach to wedding videography. For more about YOU’RE THE STAR VIDEO PRODUCTIONS please visit http://www.see-your-memories.com