Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions, but they can be stressful for all sorts of reasons. A recent survey by Sony has revealed that one in five people getting married are most worried about how they’ll look in their wedding film.
Certainly, having a wedding film can add another set of worries to what is already a busy day requiring a great deal of organisation, but many of the biggest fears surrounding the filming of your wedding can be set aside providing you get the right wedding filmmaker.
Who Do You Trust with Your Image?
Trust is a massive issue when planning a wedding – it’s an event that’s so personal and so public at the same time. Many people end up regretting their wedding video because of how they appear in it, and here is where there is a big contradiction.
In the Sony survey, a third of couples asked a friend to video their wedding, and 11 per cent went with a relative. However, this risks putting trust before ability, and the results can be just as disappointing or even embarrassing.
A wedding film is not a case of pointing and shooting, it’s about finding moments in the context of the day, and capturing their meaning, their mood and their feeling. This is the reason to hire a professional filmmaker, because while you might not know them, or be related to them, you will be able to trust them to make the very best film of your wedding.
Getting in the Way?
Does having a filmmaker at your wedding contribute to the general air of bustle, resulting in yet more pressure?
Well no, it’s not like being tracked by a documentary film crew. Modern cameras are portable and lightweight, and your professional wedding videographer will be sensitive to the occasion and skilled in being both discreet and perceptive.
Ultimately, professional wedding filmmaking should be unobtrusive but able to capture the key events and the smaller moments of the day, using them to construct a memorable narrative.
Another point: your wedding film is not just an animated set of wedding photographs. The filmmaker has a different specialisation from the wedding photographer, and while, in the end, the two may complement one another, they don’t overlap.
Is it Worth It?
People worry about the cost of hiring a professional to film a wedding, but it’s often the case that making savings by doing it yourself will result in a wedding film you won’t actually want to look at again, or share with people.
The right filmmaker brings a level of professional expertise to bear on your wedding film while retaining a sense of emotion about your wedding day. We’re talking about a very personal service here, and while that can come at a cost, you are getting something truly unique.
Wedding filmmakers will typically offer a range of packages, depending on how much of your wedding you want to film.
I’m Paul Cryer of In Love Wedding Films, Manchester-based wedding videographer. Each wedding is different and I look to tell each individual story differently, using time-honoured skills and state-of-the-art techniques. Contact me and I’ll show you how I can capture the story of your wedding day on film.