WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY 101
(as provided to the Dillard's Wedding 101 participates)
Why wait until the last minute to plan the most important part of your wedding day?
The ring, the dress, the church, the cake. All important parts or your wedding planning. Right? What about the video?
Let's start with that perfect wedding dress. A great wedding video can make it seem like you are gliding down the aisle, or across the dance floor, in that dress. And let's talk about the cake. A photograph will never show how your friends are egging you on to smash the cake into his face, or him into yours. Or the hoopla if it actually happens.
Let's get back to the wedding ceremony. Will you remember the tremble in his voice as he says his wedding vows? A great wedding video will capture yours and his every word with a wireless microphone hidden underneath his tux. Not to mention the tear running down your cheek. What about that processional you rehearsed for an hour or two, the day before? The Bride is the last to arrive to the Sanctuary, so you never get to see the processional, do you? Did they get it right? You can't hear the bells, the music or the readings on your photographs.
What's the point of arriving in a limousine if no one gets to see it, or running through the bubbles, sparklers or rose petals when you leave? Will you really remember the toast given by the Best Man?
Oh, and if you were thinking about getting Uncle Bob to get out his little camera and video your wedding, think again. Will he be more interested in getting shots of the Bride and Groom, or shots of his daughter, your Cousin Sue, or maybe your Aunt Maple. Will he bring enough tapes? How long will his battery last? Remember, a professional videographer's objective is to make you the star of your wedding video, and with professional digital cameras and tripods, the video pro will capture all of your important moments and special memories, even in low light situations. The pro will have plenty of tapes and extra batteries. There will be no shaky camera syndrome. Seamless transitions from scene to scene, titles, credits and music are created using nonlinear digital editing so your video will look like your favorite movie, except you're not marrying Brad Pitt (or maybe your are?).
The most frequently asked questions:
Why do I need a wedding video? Aren't my photographs enough?
Wedding photographs are great, but they can't capture sound and movement. Imagine hearing your wedding vows or wedding day toast again. Seeing your grandparents dance. Imagine a bride receiving a surprise phone call in the middle of her wedding from her brother in Iraq. No photographer can capture that moment.
My Uncle Bob and Cousin Sue, both have video cameras, can't they do it?
Sure, if you want the most important day of your life to look like a home video. Most professional videographers use digital camcorders that are light sensitive, have very effective stabilizers, and tripods. 3-CCD Digital or High Definition cameras deliver crisp, clear images. They have the experience to know how and when to capture your most special moments. 16-20x zoom lenses capture very tight close-ups from a considerable distance.
How much will a wedding video cost me?
Depending on the amount of time, the number of cameras you desire, and any other options you may choose, your wedding video may cost anywhere between $1000.00 to $4000.00 or more.
Why would I need more than one camera?
You don't need more than one camera. The more cameras you have, the more options you have. Picture in picture, split-screens, reverse angles are just some of the special effects you can get with two or more cameras. Imagine your favorite movie or television show. Almost every scene has more than one viewing angle. So can your wedding video. Imaging one camera aimed at the Bride's face saying her vows, one aimed at the Groom, and another getting a wide angle of the wedding party, for example.
How long does it take to receive my finished video?
It can take anywhere from one week to a month or two, depending on amount of video recorded, number of cameras, etc. It should never take three to five months before you get to see your wedding video.
I heard that if I wait until the last minute I'll get a better deal. Is this true?
No. This is so far from the truth. If you wait until the last minute you may be left out. Some brides book their professional videographer a year or more in advance. You are more likely to get a discount if you book early, than if you book late. You will also get your first choice of professional videographer, instead of getting what's leftover.
Will my video be on DVD?
Yes. Almost all professional videographers offer your wedding video on DVD.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes. All professional videographers and wedding vendors require a deposit. Usually 50%, but this can vary from company to company.
Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes. Almost all professional videographers accept all major credit cards.
Call if you have more questions or comments.
Provided to Dillard's Wedding 101.
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