by Curtis Zondag
When planning a wedding there are many details and vendors to hire. The usual list includes: Venue, caterer, flowers, dresses, and photographer. Every bride has a different budget and taste. No two weddings are the same. One thing that often gets left out is hiring a proper wedding videography team. Here is a list why you should hire one:
1. They know what they are doing
A video crew takes the time to plan different shots., knows where to stand without blocking the view of guests. They've been to a lot of weddings and can help keep your day on track.
2. Your friends and family should relax and enjoy your wedding
Everyone has a friend or family member (usually an uncle) that has a decent camera and offers to shoot video. Most people end up with shaky footage, heads or phones in the way. Many times this person will stand directly in the way of photographers. By hiring professionals you can relax knowing that your guests can have a good time, and there will be less drama.
3. You're busy
You have a million things on your mind. There's no time for holding the hand of your friend with a camera. With a professional video team you can have that piece of mind that it will get done right.
4. They see things that you and your guests don't
A wedding day is crazy with people everywhere and excitement in the air. Prior to the wedding you spent 4 hours cramming little candies into boxes, folding bows, choosing sign fonts, selecting the menu and teaching your tiny nephew to walk slow and in a straight line. All of these things took a lot of time and effort. A video team will capture all of those little details for you to bask in your wedding prep glory.
Think you're pretty good with windows movie maker? That's the first problem. There are complicated steps involved with the editing process. A professional team "shoots-to-edit" meaning they know what they need before they arrive, which angles to use, and the order to use them. In the post-production process there are a lot of adjustments, exposure, colour grading, timing the music. For the average person this process is both expensive and intimidating.
6. Clean Audio
We've all seen them before. Wedding videos where you can't understand a word people are saying. The music in the room is too loud. The speeches are muffled or clipping. A Videographer will take multiple sources of audio to capture different sources: the podium microphone, the DJ, and the minister. With the proper tools excessive noise and hiss can be removed during the editing process. Having clean and clear audio is crucial to the experience.
7. Capturing your moment in time
Your wedding day is usually when you look your best. You trained hard to fit that dress and you are going to show it off in all it's glory. Your husband is young and has a full head of hair. Savour the moment! Every family has cute little kids at a wedding. It's always nice to see them that way twenty years into the future. Life is short. The speeches from your parents and grandparents are priceless.
8. The right equipment
Video equipment costs a fortune. If you rent it yourself it still costs a fortune and there is the learning curve that comes with each piece of gear. A professional videographer will have multiple cameras, lens, tripods, microphones, audio recorders, and more.
9. They can be two places at once
Many couples send each other little cards and gifts when getting ready for the ceremony. A video team can split up and shoot the bride and groom in two separate locations. The bouquet and garter only get tossed once. Multiple angles really highlight the moment.
10. No Regrets
After a wedding every couple reflects on their day and talks about what they would have done differently. Things they wish that they had and didn't have. One thing that often comes up is "I wish that I could have heard Dad's speech again." A Wedding Film is also a piece of your family history. It shows who you are, the era you live in, and the love you share.