Do I or Don't I: Week One

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One of the services we offer here at The Digital Shore is wedding videography. We have a separate website dedicated to these services and packages, but we tend to receive a lot of questions about the items we include in each package. Wedding videography is one of those wedding services that a lot of people find enticing but cannot always include in their budget. For this reason, it’s important to understand the services videographers offer and whether that best suits your needs. So, this month we will be breaking down several components that you might find in a videographer’s breakdown of their packages or services. This way you can ask yourself if you do or don’t need that specific offering.

So, we are going to start with a full length wedding video. This video can take many different forms depending on the number of cameras and shooters (which we’ll talk about later), but essentially, this video is everything from the seating of the grandmothers to the exit of the wedding party. Every minute of your wedding ceremony is covered and recorded from start to finish with some (hopefully) good audio.  

The Pros:

Captures Everything

In theory, everyone loves the idea of their full ceremony on video. They want to relive every moment, which seems to fly by too quickly while it’s happening. They want to watch it every anniversary, and with the full ceremony, you can do that. You can remember what songs were played, the layout of the ceremony, and how your flower girl refused to throw the flowers from her basket.

Captures Everyone

Traditionally, these videos are shot with a wider frame, so the couple, the officiant, and the wedding party can be seen at all times. Even if a second camera is utilized, this group will be captured the entire time.

Can be More Cost-Efficient

While the number of shooters can drastically alter this, if you merely want a wide shot of the whole ceremony, that is typically a cheaper expense. Even if the footage switches between two different vantage points, this type of video is a lot easier to edit and will not take up nearly as much of your videographer’s time, which accounts for the smaller price tag.

The Cons:

Misses Details

While the possibility of capturing everyone and every aspect of the service is exciting, that does mean that wider shots are utilized throughout the process. If that is all you want, then that’s fine. However, the use of wide shots the entire time forfeits the chance to capture greater details throughout the ceremony. You can miss facial expressions of the couple, the tears of the supportive friends in the wedding party, and intimate details like the officiant whispering the next step of the ceremony to the couple. (And yes, that’s a true story, and it’s one of the cutest things we’ve ever captured on video.) I found the moments that stick out the most are tiny moments like the unity candle refusing to light, the groom mouthing “I love you” to his bride, and the face of the groom when he sees her for the first time. The wide shots that account for most full wedding videos make it hard to capture those memorable moments, which is something to keep in mind.

Lacks Excitement

Have you ever found a wedding kind of boring? Feel free to pretend like you’ve never had that experience, but the truth is that weddings can be long and kind of dull. Sometimes couples incorporate too much music. Sometimes the officiant speaks way longer than the time allotted. Sometimes the unity candle won’t light or the unity painting takes twenty minutes instead of ten. Long form wedding videos only highlight how long it can be, especially if the sound quality is poor. Highlight reels or more shooters can break up longer segments of the ceremony to keep you remembering the good moments and keeps the most exciting and memorable moments in the forefront.

The Verdict:

So, is a long wedding video a “Do I” or “Don’t I”?

As with all things, the ultimate verdict depends on your unique preferences. However, I would suggest that long wedding videos are only really worth it if multiple shooters and angles are used. This allows for the long wide shot to not be the only view and can still provide footage of the details you most want to remember from that special day.

Next week we’ll tackle another common offer from wedding videographers, but if you have any questions about wedding videography, feel free to check out our website or email us at questions@thedigitalshore.com.

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