Some people have very fixed, and negative, views about wedding videos. This means they end up being shunted way down the list when it comes to wedding planning. However, a well-made, cinematographic wedding film adds a whole other dimension to a wedding, enabling you to relive your memories.
I’m Paul, a professional wedding videographer based in Manchester and I craft quality wedding films. Here are some of the common myths about wedding videos, and why you need to look beyond them to decide how best to capture the memories of your wedding day.
Too Much Cheesiness
Are wedding videos too cheesy? This myth probably comes from too many You’ve Been Framed style clips of disastrous receptions, slapstick moments and wedding cake disasters. Modern wedding videos can be mini-masterpieces of narrative. A good wedding film evokes the mood of the day, while capturing the real essence of the wedding.
Check out these examples to see how a great wedding film works.
And yes, some wedding films probably are cheesy, if that’s what people choose to have. But you don’t have to settle for this. Choose quality, choose storytelling and high quality visuals, and get something unique that’s yours forever.
We’ll Only Watch It Once
There’s a school of thought about wedding videos that says people only ever watch them once, implying that they’re therefore not worth spending time and effort on.
My experience is that the better the wedding film, the greater its emotional connection, the more you, and others, will want to keep watching it.
People can discover something new in what they see every time they watch a great wedding film. There’s a mixture of drama, beauty and humour. And as friends move or loved ones pass away, the film stands as a reminder of a time when you were all gathered together.
Plus, wedding videos are so shareable via social media, which extends their repeatability, and lifespan, infinitely.
We’ve Already Got a Wedding Photographer
Booking a wedding photographer, however talented and suited to your tastes, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a wedding film.
Photography and film are very different disciplines, and the wedding film is a very different interpretation, and record, of a wedding, from photographs.
Weddings are moving occasions and they involve movement. They are about action and emotion, and the story of your day.
A wedding film will capture this sense of a story unfolding better than any other medium.
The best solution: you need both, a photographer, and a videographer. Don’t gamble with your memories.
Video Will Intrude Too Much
Some people fear that hiring a videographer will be too intrusive at a wedding, like having a documentary film crew following you everywhere.
This is where a wedding videographer’s experience counts. A wedding film specialist will know how to capture the essence of your day while remaining an unobtrusive presence throughout. Wedding videography is a skill because it’s about putting together technical expertise with aesthetic appreciation, while also being able to blend in and not get in the way.
I work with my clients every step, ensuring that I’m in the right places at the right time, without intruding on the supreme sense of personal, emotional celebration that is part of a wedding.
A Wedding Video Should be Cheaper than Photography
I think this goes back to the status of wedding videos and people associating them with cheap and cheerful cheesiness. Video isn’t easy. It’s not just about pointing a camera and pressing record.
I want to be clear here: you can have cinematic excellence and striking visuals for your wedding film that far exceed what you might expect.
No, this isn’t cheaper than wedding photography, but yes, it does represent fantastic value for money when you see the results.
Obviously, there’s a lot of equipment involved, and often a second camera person, but this is all about working towards a finished product. And the finished product is something unique to you. It’s your own feature, and a cinematic centrepiece celebrating your wedding.
Video is Just Not for Us
Now I know not everyone will want a wedding film, but can I ask that you put your assumptions to one side?
A high-quality wedding film will capture the essence of you, and of your wedding. It will reflect your taste and style. I won’t impose on you anything alien to your wedding.
Yes, the art of the film is mine and yes, I retain creative control. But the story is always yours, and the uniqueness of it will always be central to the film’s narrative.
Don’t dismiss a wedding video until you’ve had a chance to look at the possibilities, and the potential. You might just surprise yourself.
And that one truth…
We Regret Not Having a Wedding Film
I think you will, because there’s just something about your own wedding film that resonates, and continues to do so long after the event itself.
My name’s Paul and I’m a Manchester-based wedding filmmaker. I specialise in wedding videography and I film weddings in Manchester, Lancashire and across the North West. Contact me about your wedding plans, and let me create something unique for you, so you can relive your wedding day.