There’s no doubt that hiring a professional wedding videographer will take up large chunk of your wedding budget, but from personal experience, it is truly worth every penny. Most couples who don’t hire a videographer say they wish they had, and so far we’ve never come across a couple who said they wish they hadn’t.
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After months, sometimes even years of planning, your wedding day is over in a matter of hours. The curls will fall out of your hair, your dress will go to the cleaners and then be put away in your closet, maybe to be worn again someday by some lucky lady. All your precious, time-consuming DIY projects will be thrown out or stashed away in boxes. Your flowers will wilt and die, your cake will be eaten, and what you are left with at the end of the day is simply a memory, and well, of course, a new husband or wife to share the rest of your life with.
You’ll have bits and pieces of memories of that day that stand out in your mind, and you’ll have photographs of still images that will bring those memories to life. But there truly is no substitute to sitting back and watching how that incredible day unfold.
Last night our full length wedding video arrived. As we watched it, we sat there in awe of how amazing it was to have so many incredible moments captured on film. It was a tear-filled few hours, to say the least, and left us so grateful to have so many wonderful people in our lives. It is such a surreal experience to see your wedding day as a guest. On the day, you’re so in the moment that you are unable to take in all the details and sensations but they come back so quickly when you see it on film. For us, seeing our wedding video made all the stress of planning our wedding, every tear, every hour of searching for lace, every argument, every coat of paint, every squirt of glue, and every last penny completely worth it.
We had family and friends from Iceland, groomsmen from England and Australia, guests from Germany, Mexico and across Canada all there to celebrate with us, and we realised that our wedding day would be the only time in our lives that we will have all those people together in the same place at the same time. For us, wedding videography was the very first item on our to-do list.
To see how you looked at each other for the first time, to watch how great your wedding kiss really was, to see your beautiful bridal party walk down the aisle with such grace before you and to watch your little ring bearer run into the crowd. To see how not-so-professional your choreographed dance actually was, but still loving seeing how much fun the two of you were having, to hear the laughter and heartfelt words spoken by you and your family and friends, to see the tears and hear the pauses – that is what makes having a professional wedding videographer so incredible.
Your dad wrote countless drafts of his speech, perfecting every little detail after years of thinking about what he would say on the day he would give his little girl away. Your maid of honour googled every bridesmaid speech ever written before finishing her final draft, and your best man wrote down every memory he could use to embarrass you a little while still keeping it heartfelt. And you, well you stayed up till the wee hours of the morning the night before your big day to perfect those wedding vows that deserve to be preserved – all these moments are so special and cannot be relived without being captured on film.
Your wedding just might be the last time you dance with your grandfather. That little nephew of yours is going to grow up extremely fast, and you just might need to hear those wedding vows every once in a while to remind you why you fell in love with each other and maybe to show your own children and grandchildren one day before their wedding.
So think twice before you say you can’t afford a videographer, or you just don’t think it’s worth it. Because you can always cut back on other parts of your day that will later seem trivial. Your wedding is your own personal piece of artwork – designed and created by you, to celebrate your love for each other, with the people you love.
Here are two perfect examples of how incredible a wedding video can be… Courtesy of Hello Tomorrow Wedding Films:
Is professional wedding videography going to be a priority for you? Is it an added extra? Or is it simply not part of your wedding plans and budget? We’d love to hear what you think.