Still On the Fence About A Wedding Videographer? (Brides, Don't Make This Mistake)
A quick glance through my hoard of reviews on wedding wire reveals an obvious common phrase "we were on the fence about videography." This is usually explained by the budget impact of videography and quickly concluded by the reassurance that not only was it a good decision, it would have been a huge regret had they not chosen to get the video!
On the other hand, pretty much every bride I've talked to who
didn't have a wedding videographer says it's the number one regret from their wedding.
Now I get it. I'm a dad, and my family depends on virtually every dollar I earn to keep us going! I have a baby that needs diapers, people!
Still, I have to presume that if you're on the fence in the first place, that there's a chance you can afford this invaluable service. You're just trying to decide if it's 100% worth it.
Well allow me to be Mr. Persuasive: IT IS.
I am continually astounded by the reaction I get from brides, not only when they first receive their video, but also long after they've watched it over and over! After the day is well past, but they want to be able to relive the experience in some small way! The wedding video can be a beautiful cinematic love story, but it's so much more! It's a documentary of one of the most amazing days of your life! That time that everyone you know and love gets together to have glorious fun, and you're not going to have a film of that?
Also take a minute to read my last blog because one bride's wedding footage was able to be turned into a beautiful memorial to her father. There is no price on that.
So take a quick poll of your friends and acquaintances, and I think you'll quickly find that those who have a wedding video, swear by it's worth. And those who didn't, often find it's a regret. But for heaven's sake, don't make this mistake!
Don't wait to get off of the fence!
Seems obvious, doesn't it? Well apparently it's not. We get last minute requests all the time, and more often than not, we give the bad news that we're already booked. I've known couples who had bad experiences with a fly by night video hobbyist who ended up giving them less than the quality work they deserve and paid for. Also you might get a videographer who accepts your business and hires out somebody else to shoot the wedding. No joke, that's a thing that people do sometimes. It's one thing if the couple understands that the company is sending them a lead videographer who is not the same as the owner who is talking to them. But sometimes you expect one thing, and you get this:
Photo: Britt Crowe Photography
Don't panic. You have time to contact, meet, and get to know your videographer. You can make sure that the person you're going to have on your wedding day will be the person you meet, or if they're not, they'll be professional enough to not stand in front of guests during the whole ceremony. For my business, I do not currently utilize a lead videographer unless I'm shooting photography with the lead. In which case, I'm still going to be there, directing the video as well! I want to be there, and I want you to know that you're in experienced and capable hands!
So here's the deal: don't put this decision off. Get off that fence.
In fact, if you even think you might want a wedding videographer, now is the time to start looking and booking.
Because if there's even a chance that you might be able to have a wedding video, we want you to have the best one possible, made with the lowest possible impact to your wedding day and the experience of your guests. I don't know if there's anybody more passionate about the genuine value of a wedding video than those of us who do this as our primary living...
Except maybe for those brides who were on the fence and decided to go for it.