Did you know that 98% of couples regret not hiring a videographer for their wedding?
That is a large percentage of weddings! So to make sure you are not in that regretful group we have put together some pros and cons surrounding videography. We also asked Axel Tuohy, our head videographer, for some input to get the most out of your wedding video!
Pro: Unlike our memory, a video lasts forever
Picture this, it’s one year on from your wedding day! You pull your wedding cake from the freezer, pop open some bubbly, and are getting ready to cuddle up with your new husband/bride and reminisce about the best day of your life! You both start to realise you can’t actually remember a lot of what happened. The day went by so fast! What did dad say as he handed you to your soon to be husband? How did our celebrants’ speech go again?
With a wedding video every single moment is captured, with audio! You can enjoy your whole ceremony again. Hear the emotion in your partner’s voice, relive some great highlights of the day, even listen to your speeches again! And the best part is it’s all yours to share with family and friends on social media. Or keep it to yourselves to watch over and over again.
” I think it’s truly sad that Videography (to some couples) is looked at as an extra. When it comes down to it, it’s another fantastic way to capture your day, to experience and enjoy it for years to come. Photography can’t capture the sound of laughter during your Bridal Parties’ speeches, the way your Dad’s voice quivers when he sees you in your dress for the first time, the energy as everyone belts out songs on the dancefloor. If you want one of the best ways to relive your wedding day, get a videographer, its just that simple.” – Axel
Con: The cost
It is no secret that wedding videos can cost you a pretty penny. For most couples the splurge may seem unrealistic for their wedding budget! According to the Easy Weddings 2020 annual report, the average cost for a wedding videographer in Australia is $2,722. While that may seem like a lot, this will be a lasting momento you have for years to come. Why not try to trim some fat off the other areas of your day (who really eats the candy buffet?) to fit a wedding videographer into your budget!
Often you will see some ‘deals’ floating around on social media, touting full day coverage for $1,500 etc. Just make sure you do your research. Ask to see other samples of work – especially videos provided to the couple at that price!
“A cheap Lemon will get you from A to B. It might break down a couple times or leak some oil, but It’ll do the job. A Mercedes will get you there in style with all the bells and whistles. You do, to a degree, get what you’ve paid for. The thing is, I dig the vintage, despite the flaws. They have character. The moral of this story is that as much as prices range in this industry, all that matters at the end of the day is that you dig the style, truly love their work and get along with your videographer. Your Uncle Bob can take photos for you for free all day, but that doesn’t mean you’ve gotten a bargain on Photography. Do yourself a favour and have a look at your options. All of them. Find the style and Videographer that works for you. If you’re taking our advice, video will be a necessity for your wedding, so you can budget accordingly and avoid your film being taken into the shop.“ – Axel
Pro: They capture things you may not have seen and get the real candid moments
During your ceremony your focus is always going to be on the celebrant, and your very soon to be husband/wife! However there are beautiful moments and reactions happening all around you that you won’t see. Grandad and Grandma looking at you both lovingly. The flower girl making it halfway down the aisle before running to her mum in tears (much to the amusement of the crowd). Your mum wiping away a tear clutching onto dad’s hand as he watches on proudly… we could go on forever!
A skilled videographer will typically have two (or more) cameras rolling. One camera filming the ceremony, and another capturing the love happening all around you. So when your attention is held up elsewhere, your videographer is making sure you have these moments to hold on to for a lifetime!
Con: You may not like the end result
Editing can be the hardest part of a wedding video. Every videographer will have a different editing approach and style they prefer. Revisions are always possible, however, some videographers may charge for additional editing time. But do not dismay, there are ways to ensure you will enjoy the final products, and be proud to share these videos!
Here are some tips from Axel about how to get the most out of your wedding video:
- Always review the companies work before booking, make sure the style matches your vision!
- Set aside examples of work you love and send it to your videographer (before your wedding)
- Be as clear as you can with your vision, and meet with your videographer in person to discuss!
- Share any special details you want captured, any special guests you want featured, and any wedding details you want to remember forever.
“This is always a fear couples have. Don’t get me wrong, having an idea of how you want your Wedding Video to look is very important, but that’s exactly why it’s so worth it to find the Videographer that’s right for you. If you’re in love with your videographer and their work, chances are, when you get your Video back, it will be exactly what you envisioned. Because you gave your full faith and trust to your Videographer to begin with. Wedding Videography is an art, and if you’ve hired your videographer because you trust their style, then worrying about how your video will turn out becomes much less of an issue.” – Axel
Pro: For those who missed it
A wedding is always a highlight in your loved ones calendar. It’s the perfect chance to relax, enjoy some great food and drink, and be surrounded by love – who doesn’t want that these days! Unfortunately circumstances may arise and some guests are not able to make it. They may be sick or injured, too elderly to travel, or not able to afford the travel and accommodation.
Instead of leaving these loved ones out of your big day, you can personally send them the wedding videos with a sweet message from you both. They will be able to enjoy the ceremony as if they were there, listen to the speeches, and even spot their family and friends in the video too. It may seem like a small token to you, but it will mean the world to them. It’s a great way to show them you were thinking of them, even while in the midst of wedding planning.
Con: They may get in the way
A common argument against a videographer is the fear that they will get in the way during the filming process. Couples are often worried they may ruin the perfect photo, or get in the way of a special moment, blocking it from view of your guests.
Like photographers, videographers are used to being invisible and fading into the background. They understand that while capturing the event is super important, it is also important to let you and your guests enjoy the day too. The best parts of any wedding video are the stolen moments you thought no one was capturing. A stolen kiss in between photos. You and your mum having a dance together. Even just a smile to each other after you walk back down the aisle as newlyweds! These beautiful moments work best when they are natural and not posed, captured by your videographer who is tucked away.
Pro: You have another great person on your team, supporting you both on the most important day of your lives!
The journey to the altar is a long one, with most weddings having a lead up time of about 6-24 months long. During that journey you will pick up some crucial suppliers who will make your day the best ever – one of them being your videographer. They will be with you for the whole lead up with helpful advice. And they are always down to catch up over a coffee or a beer, whether you want to discuss your wedding, or maybe you both just need a break from the wedding talk!
From getting ready, till the dance floor kicks off your videographer is there with you both, making sure you are having a great time, holding your bouquet during that crucial photograph, and filming the moments you will love for years to come.
“As much as I’m there on your Big Day to make the best Wedding Video I can, that almost comes second to something I think is more important. I want you to enjoy your day to the utmost extent you can. Plain and simple. I am there to be your best friend for the day, because I’m going to get the best footage when you are vibing, and having a ball. So anything I can do to make your life as stress free as it can be, is my absolute pleasure. At the end of the day, if I deliver a kickass video, but we didn’t end up having a good laugh and boogie on the dance floor come the end of the night, I didn’t do my job.” – Axel
For more information on our videography packages follow this link! To watch more of our wedding videos head to our youtube channel.
Nudo is a wedding planning service based in Melbourne that looks at weddings a little differently. With a complete collection of the best vendors in Melbourne under their roof, they offer thoughtfully crafted, complete wedding packages for couples who love the creative, but hate the logistics. From a wedding planner, to design team, florist, photographer, celebrant, cake, DJ and even transport – Nudo offers everything you need for an incredible wedding, without the stress. Completely customisable, couples can add or remove as many of the vendors as they need.