Is a wedding videographer worth it? A few weeks ago, I saw a post by a bride-to-be in a popular wedding planning group on Facebook. Her post was all about videographers and why she thought a videographer was an essential purchase for any couple planning their big day, despite the sometimes hefty price tag. The post received hundreds of comments and likes from videographers and brides who agreed with what she was saying. But there were also quite a lot of comments from people who disagreed and thought that videographers charge way too much for the services they offer. Her post inspired me to write this blog post: here are 5 reasons why every couple should invest in a videographer to capture their day…
1) A Wedding Film is an Investment
A lot of people think of their videographer and their photographer as necessary evils – expenses that must be paid in order to have something to look back on after their day. Personally, I don’t think this is the right perspective; try not to think of your videographer and your photographer as paying for a service, but rather as investing in preserving your memories.
After all, what price can you put on your memories?
2) If your videographer doesn’t value their own work, how can you trust them?
‘Videographers cost so much! Why would I pay over £1000 for a 6 minute film?!’
Thousands of pounds on cameras, thousands of pounds on lenses, hundreds of pounds on tripods and stabilisers, a thousand pounds on a drone, insurance costs, travel costs, drone license costs, 12 hours filming, lugging cameras and lenses and tripods around, making sure there’s backup equipment, making sure we don’t miss anything, getting home at 11pm/12am/1am, backing up footage until the early hours to make sure your memories are safe, 30 hours editing, a USB drive for your film, delivery costs to send it to you. Oh, and then there’s tax, too. At the end of the day, we work hard. We pour our heart and soul into making a bespoke Wedding Film that will stand the test of time and let you always relive your big day. If we didn’t value our time and our skills accordingly, then how could you possibly be sure that we’d put in the effort and time it takes to make your film perfect?
3) See the parts you missed
Weddings are an absolute blur. I realise you’ve probably never done this before, so you’re having to trust what I say, but I have it on pretty good authority: at the end of the wedding day, when I talk to the bride and groom whilst taking some night-time shots, they usually express amazement at how quickly their day has gone. Months, sometimes years, of planning has flown by in a heartbeat. Having a videographer there to capture your day will make sure you don’t miss anything; whether it’s your uncle’s shocked expression as he’s wowed by your magician, or your dad blubbering into his pocket square as you say your vows, we will endeavour to get it on film… can you really afford to miss that?
4) Your only souvenirs
At the end of the day, when the cake is gone, the favours have been taken, the DJ has gone home and your Love Letters have been packed up, all you’re left with are photos and videos. Otherwise, how will you prove to your grandkids that you weren’t always so wrinkled? If you and your partner are going through a rough patch, how else will you be reminded of how happy you make each other? How will you answer your children when they ask you what your wedding was like? Sure, you may have your dress stashed away in the loft, but you’re not really going to go and slip that on when you’re seventy years old, are you?! Isn’t that enough to make investing in a wedding videographer worth it?
5) But we already have a photographer… surely we don’t need both?!
Throughout this post, I’ve referred to both photos and video as being an essential part of anybody’s wedding, and I truly believe that: both are essential, and you should have both. That being said, there seems to be some feeling by a few people in wedding planning groups on Facebook that videographers shouldn’t charge as much as photographers, and to be quite honest I’m perplexed as to why they feel this way. Videographers are there just as long as, if not longer than, photographers, and we have a lot more editing to do after the fact to make your perfect Wedding Film (so maybe we should even charge MORE than your photographer). What’s more, it could be argued that a Wedding Film is even more important than wedding photos. This is, of course, a highly controversial topic, and I wouldn’t like to offend any photographers, but I do genuinely feel that, while photos will freeze your happy moments in time, a film will allow you to relive them. That’s all I’ll say on the matter.
So what do you think: is a wedding videographer worth it?. Maybe I’ve helped you be sure that you do want one, or maybe I’ve completely put you off. Whatever you decide, make sure you aren’t disappointed with the only souvenirs you have from the happiest day of your life.