You can get what you deserve. Really. But to get a wedding film that absolutely captures the essence of your wedding day, one which will allow you to always revisit the spirit of the occasion when you watch it, you need to be prepared to pay for it.
Paying for Your Wedding Film
Weddings are about things coming together: couples, families, friends, guests, and plans – it all should fit together perfectly, setting a unique tone that gets carried right through. So all the pieces need to complement one another, which includes your wedding film.
If you’ve laboured over your wedding plans, getting all the details just right, then surely the film of your wedding day requires the same degree of consideration?
When choosing a wedding filmmaker or videographer you get what you pay for. If you’ve planned your wedding as a once in a lifetime event, then by treating your wedding film as a mere add-on, finding the cheapest way to film it, you’re doing yourself a massive disservice.
Think in terms of quality. If you don’t hire a professional to film your wedding how confident will you be of the results? Or put it this way: do you really want your wedding film to resemble a long-form version of You’ve Been Framed?
Cinematography and Videography
Who will film your wedding is a critical choice you have to make. Now you can look up names online, but before you do, consider exactly what it is you should be looking for.
Most wedding filmmakers still use the term ‘videography’ or ‘videographer’ on their websites, which is due to Google searches having this as the search term people use when looking. We still use these as our main terms for Google. However, the higher end companies who look to be a lot more creative with your day will often use the terms film, filmmaker and cinematographer as well.
You can see the difference between a home video and a commercial film. There is a similar difference between what you get with a wedding video and a wedding film.
When you want to capture your big day, it ought not to be a case of point and shoot, because you’re not gathering evidence, or simply making a chronological record of the day: you’re telling your story.
Storytelling is the key thing here, and what makes cinematography really distinct from videography. You want your wedding film to be about the essence of your wedding day, to refine the event into a narrative that will always have the power to move you.
We’re talking about the art of filmmaking, about crafting something special. Videography is not bad in itself; but it’s not appropriate for the sort of quality your wedding film deserves.
So when you choose the professional to film your wedding, choose someone well versed in cinematographic values, who understands storytelling and how to apply a real cinematic style to your wedding film.
The Right Rate for You
Wedding filmmakers usually offer a range of packages, which means paying for your wedding film doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank; but it does mean you should always look for quality.
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is; and if you make the wrong decision, based on the cheapest price you can get, you won’t find out until you see the results. Then it will be too late.
A good wedding filmmaker will be charging the same as a good photographer and as of 2016/2017 this is at least £1500.
My name’s Paul and I’m a wedding filmmaker. I cover Manchester and the North West, but I’ll work further afield if the work requires it; because I’m dedicated to wedding storytelling on film. Get in touch and let’s see what I can do to tell your story.