Photo by Amber Rae Photography
When my fiancé Sam and I first created our wedding budget, I was convinced we didn’t need videography. To save some money, Sam suggested that we simply set up a video camera on a tripod to capture all the important moments, like the ceremony, speeches, first dances, etc. I was 100 percent onboard with this plan—until I started working on a story for Mpls.St.Paul Weddings magazine.
As I interviewed a handful of videographers around the Twin Cities, one piece of advice really stuck with me: “If you’re going to spend all this money on your wedding for your dress, flowers, food, entertainment, why would you not invest a little more to have a professional help you preserve the day forever?”
That one sentiment completely altered my perspective. In the grand scheme of things, 15-20 years down the road, wouldn’t we be happy that we spent the extra money to have a keepsake we can watch every year on our anniversary? Sam needed a little convincing, but when he realized how important it was to me, we found a way to make it work in our budget. And so began the search for our wedding videographer.
Jason Lorge of Capture the Moments was the third videographer I met with, and I knew we were going to book him before the meeting was over. Besides his amazing, high-quality “highlight” videos—essentially a three- to five-minute recap of your big day set to music—I felt like he would be super fun to have around on our wedding day, from getting ready in the morning through the first dances. Jason seems very enthusiastic about what he does, and he has the experience (100 weddings and counting) to boot.
Cutting back in other areas of the budget in order to hire Jason was completely worth it, and I’m so excited to see what he puts together for our wedding video!
- Ask other videographers for advice. I loved A.B. Rich Films, but they were slightly out of our price range, and even though we weren’t able to book with them, they sent me a list of their recommended videographers we could afford. I'm so glad they pointed me in the direction of Jason.
- Do some research on different styles of videography. I don’t know why, but one aspect I wanted in my wedding video was drone coverage. I think it looks so cinematic and really helps set the scene! The fact that Jason has the equipment and is able to execute that vision (weather permitting) is one of the many reasons we hired him. I also love that he incorporates the vows and speeches into his videos.
- Trust your videographer! I'll be the first to admit that I can be a little bit of a control freak, so when all three of the videographers I met with said they appreciate the creative control to choose the clips, audio, and songs for the highlight reel, I was a little anxious that it wouldn't turn out as pictured (I told Jason I want it to make me cry!). But, as with any vendor, you need to trust your videographer! They are professionals and know what they are doing. Give them some guidelines, then sit back and let them do what they do best.