We were talking weddings the other night as a family over dinner and my sister-in-law said she has one regret about her wedding day: She didn't hire a videographer.
"I guess I just figured someone would record it on their phones or something," she said. "But I don't have anything. Not the ceremony, the speeches, the cake, the dance - none of it. No one recorded a thing."
It was true, there weren't a lot of cell phones out that night at The Log Cabin - we were all having too good a time to document it.
Whenever I hear about wedding day regrets, it's almost always not hiring a videographer. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life: the party, the family and friends, the commitment - you're going to want to remember it vividly for years.
Photos do a great job capturing the sentiment, beauty and emotion of the day, but they can't do things like recite the best man's speech or recreate the bride's dance with her father. Video lets you hear their voices again and brings you back to the moment in a way photos can't deliver on. As the years slip by your video will become more and more treasured.
Videography has become a wedding standard with over 60% of local couples choosing video. It's joining services like caterers, florists and music as a wedding essential.
Finding the right videographer for you is easy. (There's me, for one!) Check out the websites of videographers in your area and watch a few of their short wedding films to see if you like their style and quality of their equipment. You want to make sure that the videographer has the tools to make you a cinematic film worthy of your wedding day - outdated camcorders are going to make you an outdated video. For a very posh look, get someone who uses an assortment of lenses ...and it's a bonus if the offer drone shots.
Once you find someone's work that you like, call or send an email for a chat or to set up a time to meet to discuss your wedding and vision for the film. For the best selection, try to hire your videographer early on in your planning process before too many of them get booked up for the season.
Hi and welcome! I'm the lead videographer and owner of Western Massachusetts-based HaleChannel. I have two studios, a cinematic film production company that focuses on weddings and events as well as custom promotions and videos; and a wedding and real estate photography business. HaleChannel launched in 2011.