As being newly engaged, and thoroughly into the wedding planning process, I totally get how overwhelming this whole thing can be. If I'm completely honest if I didn't have Erika and our bomb.com wedding planner Caroline Birgmann driving this ship, my brain might implode from the sheer amount of choices as far as vendors are concerned. Between cakes, flowers, bands, the venue, caterers, video, photography, and even the officiant, it's enough for a sensory overload for sure. Through my time helping plan this wedding as well as taking part of many other brides through the years I've spent as a wedding cinematographer, I noticed something. There is very little to no info about wedding video/film and what it all entails. I could honestly write an entire book about this subject so I will obviously have to break this into subtopics/blogs. Perhaps the most important of all information on this subject is WHY you should book a videographer/cinematographer to begin with, and why you will regret it if you don't! So without further ado, here are 3 reasons you'll regret not hiring a videographer.
#1. The Blur Effect
I like to do things like make up phrases and words because I'm weird like that. However, this phrase pretty much perfectly explains the phenomena that happens every wedding day. I remember when I proposed to Erika, just how excited I was to ask her. Every emotion lit up in my brain all at once when I saw her, and I even read her a sappy letter before I got down on one knee. Now, If you asked me after it happened what I just said to her, I wouldn't have been able to tell you. Erika told me right after that she barely knew what I was saying because she was so in awe. Luckily our friends at Handspun Cinema hooked us up with a video and we now have that to look back on forever. While your case might not be as extreme as our teary eyed, blubbering faces, the day will blur together and be over before you know it, I promise. Almost every single bride that I have talked to after their big day has told me something along these lines. "Oh my gosh, I seriously don't know what I would have done if we didn't do a video, everything happened so fast." Between the emotions of getting in the dress for the first time, the first look, walking down the isle, and the fun of the reception, weddings come to an end quicker than you would think. The old saying "time flies when you're having fun" definitely hold true to your big day! So just keep that in mind during the planning process.
#2. Reliving the Day
This one might seem like a no brainer at first, but it's so true. With my fiancé being a wedding photographer, I totally understand the importance of having your day captured in such a timeless art form. I feel like most brides also get the importance of photography because it has come to be such a standard for the wedding day with it's much needed presence. Wedding filmmaking on the other hand is becoming a new trend in the wedding world. Sure, wedding videos of one standing shot on a tripod of the entire ceremony have been around since your parents got hitched, but that's not what we are talking about. This new age of wedding videography/cinematography aims at a new goal. Not just simply capture that day, but capture the feelings, the atmosphere, the immense love that is unfolding on that beautiful day. Almost like your very own movie, starring you! When you watch a wedding film, the goal is to immerse you in the experience of that day, the musical score should transport you back in time after every viewing, whether that is 2 months after the wedding or 20 years. So much time and money go into orchestrating your big day, and when you capture it with the magic of cinema you can relive it for a lifetime rather than just letting pass by so quickly as I mentioned in my first reason.
#3. Your story told in another way
Capturing your wedding day with a professional wedding videographer/cinematographer is a completely different experience than any other vendor that is there on the day. This is not to say any vendor is more or less important than the other. However, there are certain things that a videographer can provide that others simply can't. Cinematographers carefully capture small details from the day that you might not even notice. The way the river flows just a few hundred feet from the venue. Your brother and sister crying as you walk down the aisle. You can hear the slight tremble in your voice as your say your vows and watch the tears run down your face. You can feel the excitement as you are pronounced husband and wife for the first time and loved ones cheer! Speeches from Mom and Dad, or maybe even Grandma or Grandpa can be watched again long after their time here on earth is done. One thing I think that a lot of couples underestimate is the power of audio on their wedding day. It's such an essential part of filmmaking and it adds so much depth to your story. Being able to hear the voices of loved ones over again is so priceless. I have had brides in the past have dear friends pass away, and some of their last memories with them, some of the last times they heard their voice, are captured in their wedding film.
Filmmaking is truly an extraordinary medium for telling stories and that is why I fell in love with it at such an early age. The way your story/day can be told with cinema is truly amazing. Family and friends that are halfway around the world that where unable to make it, can experience the day with your wedding film. Your wedding film truly is a time capsule that documents the start of your legacy as a couple together. It records and savors the merging of two families, two hearts, and the beginning of a new life together. At the end of the day it truly is your decision as to if you want to hire a videographer or not. They come in all shapes in sizes, and some may not be your style or in your price range. However, I can't stress enough the importance of at least looking for one, because you might be surprised on what you will find. If you do your research and find a filmmaker that truly cares about you and your love story, I promise you won't regret hiring one.
- Joshua Bryan Medlin
Here are some samples of wedding films we have done! Feel free to watch :)