Do I or Don't I: Week Four

Technically, we should be starting a new blog series with the new month, but a busy schedule last week interfered with our regular blogging plans. So, with that, we are looking at one more week of all things wedding videography. In this series we’ve discussed the potential need for multiple camera operators, the pros and cons of the full wedding video, and the option for raw, unedited wedding footage. We think breaking down some of these services and terms in the wedding videography world are important and (hopefully) helpful for anyone seeking out videography services for their special day.

So, this week we are tackling the option for footage from your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. This means that the videographer(s) arrive a day early to document all the events of the rehearsal from the actual practice of the ceremony to any awkward toasts. This is not necessarily offered in standard packages, but a lot of videographers will give the option for an additional fee.

The Pros:

More Special Moments Captured

The number one reason to consider this service is if your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner is going to be a huge affair. I know I have attended or worked several weddings where the majority of the guests were traveling for the wedding. Consequently, they invited all of the traveling guests to the rehearsal dinner, and on more than one occasion, these rehearsals have turned into tearful toasts and more than a few laugh out loud moments. Plus, I think we can all share a time where the toasts were particularly entertaining and memorable. So much of the wedding day itself can be formal and traditional, so the rehearsal dinner is usually a little more laid back and where the best stories are shared. If your videographer is present for this, then he or she can capture all of these special moments and include them in a special video or disperse the footage throughout your highlight reel.

More Footage to Work With

While this might not be your number one priority as the bride or groom, the rehearsal and the subsequent dinner gives a lot more footage for your videographer to use. If they tend to take a more documentary and story based approach to your video, then these kind of moments can be pretty invaluable. It’s easy to make parallel shots between the rehearsal and the actual ceremony, and while that might not always fit the couple, this additional footage is usually an asset in the videographer’s toolbox.

The Cons:

Could Be Unnecessary

Let’s face it: you might not be interested in rehearsal or rehearsal dinner footage because it’s unnecessary. You might have a small wedding party where half of them still won’t make it to the rehearsal on time. You might be throwing a really small affair, or you might only have about a dozen people at your rehearsal dinner between your family and the wedding party. Not every rehearsal needs to be videoed. Sometimes these affairs are accomplished quickly because there is still so much to be prepared for the big day. It happens, and whenever the circumstances are like that, rehearsal footage is not a necessity.

An Additional Cost

Are you trying to cut costs? Most couples are. At the end of the day, you will end up paying more for a bigger package that automatically includes rehearsal footage, or you’ll have to pay extra for the service. If you’re counting pennies, then you might want to skip out on this one, and that’s ok.

The Verdict:

So, is having your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner documented a “Do I” or “Don’t I”?

To be honest, having your rehearsal or rehearsal dinner captured on video is totally dependent on the type of wedding you are having. If you are hosting a big occasion with a lot of people traveling to your wedding, then your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner might naturally include a lot of special moments. It’s not unusual for rehearsal dinners to include big toasts and funny stories when a lot of traveling guests are invited. However, for smaller occasions, this might just come across as an unnecessary expense.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what fits best for you and your wedding plans.

Next week we’ll begin a whole new blog series, but if you have any questions about wedding videography, feel free to check out our website or email us at

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