Don’t trust the video taping of your wedding to just anybody who has a movie camera. Have you actually seen videos that
they have taken? If not, forget about it. You don’t want to get dizzy watching a video shot by someone who is dancing or
walking around while shooting your wedding footage. You don’t want extreme close ups or body shots with no heads. A
wedding video is not worth anything if it proves unwatchable!
Family members and friends are often unaware of all of the important events that should be captured. You don’t want to miss
the cutting of the cake or the bouquet toss because your cousin is hitting on a bridesmaid or your uncle is in the bathroom.
Moreover, people tend to highlight the things that most interest themselves. If your sister shoots your video, be prepared to
see a lot of her husband and kids, some of your parents, and comparatively little of your husband’s family and friends. I once
watched a wedding video that had extended interviews with each of the “videographer’s” grandkids almost at the expense of
the bride and groom!
Would it be important to you to have a video that you could actually enjoy and look forward to watching on your anniversary
every year? How much is that worth to you? Allocate an appropriate amount in your budget.
How do I find a good videographer?
Ask around. See who other brides have used and ask them if they were happy with their video. Ask to see their video.
Bridal fairs are also an excellent resource for acquiring a LOT of wedding videos. Watch them all to narrow down your
When selecting a videographer, don’t just watch a videographer’s “highlight” video (that will be totally edited and only
contains his very best shots.) You want to see how your video is going to look. The only way to do that is to view
someone else’s whole wedding video. Once you have narrowed your search to a select few videographers that you like,
request a sample of an actual wedding video in its entirety. If you like what you see, you’ve found your videographer.
Do I Need to Tell Him Anything?
Like your photographer, the videographer should be informed of your expectations. What shots do you want? Will
there be any special entertainment he should be aware of (is the bridal party going to do a lip sync, etc.) Which people
are important to you? Do you want individual interviews with your guests’ offering well-wishes, or do you want the
focus to be on the party? Do you want the videographer to focus on the details (like the flowers, food, and centerpieces)
or do you want the focus to be on YOU?
Especially if you live outside of Utah, explain the importance of the temple ceremony. You will not want a Metallica
soundtrack as your video footage shows you exiting the temple.
You might ask your videographer to use the time while you are taking your family photos to go around and videotape
the guests at the reception before all the action starts. Not everyone at the reception ends up on the dance floor so
you never get to see everyone who attends your wedding.
It’s fun to watch what everyone was doing while you weren’t around and you get to see some of the old folks you’d
miss seeing if the videographer just waited for all the key moments. These casual shots will become more meaningful
to you over the years as people move away, pass away, etc.
Music for your video
Be sure to select the music you want to accompany your video. Don’t trust that to the videographer (unless you really
don’t care). Start out by asking what he usually uses and then you can decide which pieces to keep and which to replace.
You and your fiancé should sit down and select some music that you both love. What kind of music would you like
while you are outside the temple? What would you like during highlights of the ring ceremony? Ask him how many
selections he’d like.
If you are having a ring ceremony, you may want two video cameras going at that time. See if that is possible. For
everything else, one is usually sufficient.
If price is an issue, here’s a helpful hint: typically the biggest difference between videographers is the quality of the
editing. The titles, transitions, menu, and special technological features can drive up the cost. Consider hiring a
more moderately priced videographer to shoot your wedding video, and waiting a few years to splurge on a more
professional looking edit. In the mean time, you will have the raw footage to enjoy, and by the time you are ready
to finish your video, there may be new technology available that will make your video even better than if you had
completed it right away! Completing your wedding video would make an excellent 5th anniversary gift.
What if I can’t afford to hire a professional?
If hiring a videographer is impossible for your budget, you may choose to ask several family members to bring
their cameras and take photos for you. On your five year anniversary, you can have a professional assemble the
footage into a highlight video. It will not have all of the artistic shots and effects as part of the stock footage, but
a good company can still create a video you will be proud to show off.