Yes. Yes and YES!! Hiring a videographer is definitely recommended. So much time and money is spent on this one special day, and then it’s over in a flash. It almost seems like a waste. But when the entire day is captured including those special moments you don’t get to see, it’s all worth it.
There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes: You get to see your spouse’s jitters as they get ready hours before the ceremony; your wedding party strolling down the aisle; bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girl/boy, your guest’s reactions as you say your vows and “I do’s”; your grand entrance from your audience's perspective, the full scope of the dance party during the reception. I can go on and on. Not only do you get to relive your memories but you get to create new ones over and over. This can be a day in your life that can live on for generations to come.
With that said let’s face it, video packages can be pricey, so here are a few tips that may help keep cost down:
Consider a package deal
Try to find a photographer with an in-house videographer or vice versa. You may find two-in-one can be less expensive and you don’t have to worry about them not getting along or working well together. If you’ve already made a choice on separate vendors, make sure they communicate prior to the wedding date. It’s important they understand each other’s needs and style before the big day.
Save money by cutting down the length of the video time or being specific about what you want. For example, you may want to exclude photo montages of the two of you growing up or during your dating phase. Instead keep it simple and focus on the actual wedding. Something else you can do without: guest interviews. The more specific you are about your wants, the less time will be spent shooting which in turn means less footage to edit equaling savings.
Watch the clock
Some videographers charge an hourly rate. If you don’t have a wedding planner, designate someone to keep tabs on start and end times. Vendors tend to round off.
This is definitely the least preferred option. You may be able to request the raw footage and edit the video yourself. This may be a fun project if you have the time and skills required to make it an enjoyable video to remember your special day. However, if you don't have the time or skills to edit the video, it's best to leave this to the professionals! Know who and what you’re dealing with. The last thing you want is to hand over your footage to someone who will sit on it for two years.
All in all, a video is the a great way to capture your wedding and relive your wedding day over and over for years to come.