The Great Videographer Debate

I’ve noticed very few videographers at the weddings I’ve attended in the past year. In these uncertain times, I’m sure every couple wants to save a little money, but I have to say this trend still surprises me.

Videographers capture so many special moments that a photographer just can’t get. Without a wedding film, you can’t hear the song you danced to for your first dance or the speech your maid of honor gave when she toasted you. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I think those words are worth hearing too.

Blue Moon ProductionsAt my brother’s wedding, my grandfather gave the blessing at dinner, like he does for every family event. His blessing was so touching and funny that the entire reception hall erupted in laughter and even a few tears. During the first dance (“At Last” by Etta James), my brother’s new wife sang every word to him as he spun her around the dance floor. It was such a great moment because it really showed their connection. Thankfully, those special scenes were captured by their videographer, Video Madness, and can be replayed whenever they want. 

I am in no way saying that you should hire a videographer instead of a wedding photographer. But I am saying that before you toss out the idea of having a wedding movie of your very own, take a close look at your wedding budget and think of what is most important to you now and in the future. Like your wedding photos, a wedding film appreciates in value as the years go by. The ability to revisit those moments again on your first, 5th, or even 50th wedding anniversary may be more valuable than you think.

P.S.: Jan Brenner and Jennifer Ahearn did an interesting article on how hiring wedding professionals might actually save you money by finding creative ways to get more bang for your buck. Before you finalize your wedding budget, this article is a must-read!