Should I have a wedding videographer and wedding video or get my friend/uncle/brother/friend of a friend do it…?

It’s a hugely common question I hear online and it’s even a question we asked ourselves during our own wedding planning!

Being a wedding videographer and all that, kinda biased now huh? But I totally get the attraction of considering ‘cheaper’ options or even easier ones if you’re unsure on having one in the first place!

If you’ve read my ‘About Me’ page you’ll see that we nearly didn’t have a wedding video for our Wirral wedding back in 2009 as my husband really didn’t see the point either!

With that in mind I thought I’d go back to when I started and I thought I’d share with you some more details on why we eventually chose to have our wedding ‘videoed’…

I remember SO much from my wedding now. I personally think that is all thanks to the video and being able to relive so many moments from the day.

We may not have the wedding album that we dreamed of (due to a photographers lack of customer service, that’s another blog for another day) but we have an amazing wedding video we truly treasure all these years on.

The one thing that I would put high up there in my ‘best decision ever made’ list (after marrying my wonderful Husband) would be our wedding DVD.

Like so many couples it wasn’t on our list of priorities and it was only during the whirlwind of last minute preparations that I began to look in to the idea.

I have been a huge fan of films and video since back in the day when I got a taste for Hollywood classics like Singin’ in the Rain at my Nana’s but more importantly it’s my love for the home movie that really gets my excited!

I’m serious!

Who doesn’t love finding old video clips of themselves, family and/ or friends? Can you imagine You’ve Been Framed being half as funny if it was just a collection of photographs?

I found a stack of VHS tapes when my Dad passed away, some of me dancing, singing (I’ve now hidden those, noone needs to see that haha) and even some of my Mum horse riding, and it really ignited that passion for video once more.

A photo can be great for you to look back on but the old home movies really took me back to that moment. Even to that very moment I was giggling with my friends and dancing to the Spice Girls. Yes, I said it, I am a HUGE Spice Girls fan, don’t let that put you off! Anyway, where was I…?

*If only I could find a video of this…*

After every wedding my couples all share similar words about how much they love their wedding video. It’s never about how they looked or seeing themselves but seeing their family and friends, and their new husband!

It’s the friendships shown off on the wedding morning. The happy tears shed and the big bear hugs from your bestest friend.

It’s the nerves and excitement before you walk down the aisle.

All the genuine looks of love caught when no-one realised they were being filmed.

And people being themselves throwing the best shapes on the dancefloor.

Watching everything back, even now, makes me smile. Even though at first I worried I may cringe watching myself!

I wasn’t to know we wouldn’t end up with photography we didn’t love. I feel my photographs miss the fun we had and if I’d just filmed my Sister in law walking mouth open into a cloud of perfume…well that would be the best example of her to show the Grandkids!

Because it’s the silliness and the ‘real’ moments we go on to treasure after the wedding. They’re the moments our own kids who aren’t even here yet will love watching.

And when they’re much older it’s a reminder of how cool you really were, despite what they think haha.

Although business wasn’t the plan on the day I pestered my poor Husband to be that we NEEDED a wedding video, it all sort of fell in to place as I started editing all the footage and I haven’t looked back since! I remember how proud Lee was when I showed him my final cut of our wedding highlights and I remember all the happy tears from the parents when we went round to show it off to them.

The best reaction came from our screening (yes, we went all out) when our friends huddled on our couches and watched not only our Highlights and Feature but also our Outtakes. Some of the things caught on camera were hilarious and will forever keep us all entertained!

If you look at our work now you will see how our style has evolved and how I love adding personality to each wedding video.

I hope it also shows you how good a professional wedding video can be. I know wedding budgets can easily spiral and it’s not for everyone spending thousands on their photography, never mind videography, but it’s worth looking to a pro to capture your day in a way that no one else can.

I have an Uncle Bob and although it’s lovely watching those wobbly home movies, I didn’t fancy a wedding film that contained mainly out takes or the focus being on his close family and no one else!

You’ll be surprised how much pressure is on to get every key shot and in all honesty I wouldn’t want to put one of my guests through that. I’ve seen and heard about too many fall outs over bad wedding photos and/ or video (read Rock n Roll Bride’s post here for the perfect example).

I’m hoping that writing this will help you see that it’s not always a sales pitch when you’re told that the day will pass by so quickly.

Trust me, I’ve heard them all and that’s even after being married 2 years! When it comes to the actual day becoming a blur, they’re telling the truth. Lee’s pocket watch even stopped during the day and we lost a few hours, we couldn’t believe how fast it had actually gone!

the groom wipes a tear away with his hand after seeing his bride walk down the aisle in her classic Ellis Bridal dress with her dad all caught on video by love gets sweeter the brides dad says something funny about the bride and everyone is laughing and shocked he could be so funny an Eliza Jane Howell bride carried a rustic hand tied oversized bouquet holding her grooms hand as they get showered in confetti for the wedding video at st peters in liverpool

The sad fact is that wedding videography is high up on the list of regrets for couples.

I’m so glad I was so passionate about the subject and got that across to Lee otherwise we too would have been one of those disappointed couples.

If it’s something you’ve instantly dismissed I would really reconsider. Although there are some of the more ‘traditional’ styles out there, wedding videos are now ‘cool’ again. A lot of companies, including ourselves, are all about capturing the day as it happens. In a sort of documentary style, as if we were a wedding guest silently observing your day. That’s how we create films that really bring the day back to life and have more of a personal feel.

You can even get more of a cinematic approach that proved popular in the US! I can’t imagine spending all that time planning a wedding, booking an amazing band (or dance group in our case), and really having the best day of your life and then not having something to capture all that fun!

Wedding video/ wedding film/ wedding cinema, whatever you’d like to call it, it’s a worthwhile investment as it’s something that will be there for you to enjoy after the wedding and it’s the only way to really bring back those amazing emotions you had on the day.

I’ll be honest, it’s not like I watch ours every day. I may have done when I was having the post wedding blues but for now it’s just a nice little recap whenever I feel I’d like to be taken back to my wedding day.

We may not watch it every day, or every week for that matter, but who even does that with their wedding album or home videos? It’s something that I will treasure for a lifetime, something I want to show off to the children and hopefully even my Grandchildren, to show what an amazing day we had and how wonderful it was to share it with our family and friends. We may have had to say goodbye to people along the way but they will forever by in our hearts and in our wedding film.

For me, all these years on I still get goose bumps and happy tears watching my own DVD. I’m happy to say that the films I’ve made for other couples have that same effect and that’s exactly why I started Love Gets Sweeter! You only have to read their glowing testimonials to see for yourself!

Above is just my honest and personal opinion on the whole wedding video subject. I’m sure you’ve had a lot of opinions since you announced your engagement but I hope this has been informative and will help you make the right decision for you.

I’m easily excited by the subject which explains all the detail above!! If you decide you should start looking in to videographers (yey!) then look for someone with a style you love. If you’re blubbing at a complete strangers wedding video then I’d take that as a very good sign!

Then meet up with them and see if they’re as passionate about your wedding as you are. If someone is still excited by weddings and produces films that are unique and personal every time, if they are friendly and approachable and you feel comfortable with them then they’re right for you.

But be quick, the power of wedding films is catching on so the good ones get booked up….fast!

Don’t know where to start? Try wedding shows or even Bridebook as a good starting point.

It’s not just me that feels so strongly about wedding videography being a ‘must have’. Here are a few bloggers that have already discussed the subject…

Bridal Musings – Why Hire a Wedding Videographer

Wed in London – Wedding Videography

Wedding Window – Wedding Video, Will You Watch It?

An American Videographers Opinion – Choosing a Wedding Videographer

And an interesting one that goes for both photography and videography from Rock n Roll Bride –  Should I Book A Professional Photographer Or Get A Friend To Do It For Free?

And want to see if my wedding video’s make you get a little emotional…? Head over to my Portfolio page and have a watch!