When creating your wedding budget, it probably feels like there are a MILLION lines to fill out! Some of those lines have some pretty significant dollar amounts, and it is easy to get overwhelmed quickly. Wouldn’t it be nice if that money tree Dad sarcastically mentioned while growing up was a real thing and we all could go outside and shake it to get some cash?
Mike and I talked a lot about what items were important to us. I know many people say, "Do you really need videography? I mean how many times will you actually watch your wedding video again?" Even Mike, my wonderful (and slightly sarcastic) fiancé said, "If we have videography that DVD better be in Redbox machines." The funny thing is, the people I know who did have videogeraphy say it was one of the best investments they made. And that is what it is . . . an investment. No one I have ever talked to has regretted the decision and many have said, looking back, they wish they had had video. Photography has changed to a more photojournalistic style and does capture a lot more emotion and moments during the day (not just the cheesy posed pics), however, there is something amazing about actually watching the footage of all those moments.
Maybe I want videography because I LOVE family videos. My parents bought a video camera when I was four years old and have videotaped many family events that we have watched numerous times. Mike's favorite is the video of me at age four singing . . . no performing . . . solo (and off-key) a repertoire of Christmas and Nursery School songs dramatically into a fake microphone. (I will never be able to go into politics now!) It's the fun moments that video can catch that are so easy to forget as the years go by. We just watched by sister's wedding from 10 years ago this summer and her 5-year-old son was mesmerized and watched the video from beginning to end (it was so cute)!
So the question comes if you do decide to have video, do you ask a friend or family member to do it, or do you hire out? I think it really depends on your style and wants, as the home video camera have evolved greatly. I considered asking a relative/friend but since we do not know anyone who does this on a regular basis, I was a little worried it could resemble the Blair Witch Project style of documentary videography or have some crazy Spike Lee movie angles (which could be funny)!
We did a lot of research and I found a great company, Forever Films, located in the Twin Cities. I found myself watching a ton of its wedding clips and loved them all! I really like the style of its cinematic videography that makes the video seem so personal and special and catches those little moments you may miss on such a busy day. It also started an online Forever-TV with show segments that discuss a lot of wedding advice from different local experts. The owners/signature videographers Charles and Michael do this as a full career, not just a side job on the weekend and the quality of the work keeps me coming back to watch more clips.
I am really excited that we are going to have videography that we can share with family members who won't be able to attend as well as have a keepsake well into the future since that day flies by so quickly! And yes, I will be that girl who watches her wedding video on a Saturday night sitting on the couch and crying (like I am sure I will do on our wedding day)!
A few tips when researching videography options:
1. Review the different packages and consider your needs. Do you want coverage for the whole day, just the ceremony and early reception, the rehearsal dinner?
2. Ask about their coverage. Are you able to get multiple angles (do they set up a stationary camera and have someone on another camera)?
3. Review samples of their work and ensure you like the style (there are many styles including cinematic, homespun, documentary, and even ones that replicate the old 8mm films)! Many companies have online samples, but it is also helpful to see a full video (not just the "highlight reel"). Don't be afraid to check references.
4. Meet with the videographer. Just like your photographer, you will be spending a lot of time with them that day so you want to make sure you are comfortable with their style, level of interaction, etc.
5. Review all of the rates. What is the charge for additional DVD copies? Do they have separate editing charges? Do you get raw footage and edited footage?
If you do decide to have a family or friend videotape your special day, ensure you keep extra tapes/DVDs on hand as well as extra battery packs so they are prepared for all situations!
If Mike's wishes come true, who knows . . . you may see it one day in your local Redbox machine. Ha!
Next blog I will be finally giving an update on invitations; we are making decisions right now!