Videography, in comparison to other wedding services, is fairly new. Wedding Photos have been around for hundreds of years, but the popularity of videotaping your wedding only has caught on in the past 30 or so. And Videos of very good quality, and with some artistic merit have really emerged in the past 5-10 years.
So why is Wedding Video thought of as a "luxury" instead of a "necessity" like Wedding Photos are? It's not your fault, but the truth is that many brides just don't know enough about what can be done, and many "traditional" wedding magazines and websites don't pitch Wedding Video as a "must have" since they are fairly new to the scene. But no other service can capture the sights and sounds like your Video. Here are the top 5 concerns that I hear from brides:
5. "I'm Just Going to Have a Friend Videotape It." Would you have "a friend" with no experience, design your cake? Decorate your wedding? Take your photos? As with all of your other services for your wedding, you should value your Video enough to have a professional do it.
4. "I Don't Like Being on Camera, or Putting My Guests on the Spot." Many pro Videographers are very tentative to not turning your wedding day into a movie set! They will have a very laid-back, "behind-the-scenes" shooting style, you probably won't even realize they are there! And nowadays, with digital cameras and equipment being so small, it hardly has the look or feel of a video "production."
3. "I'll Never Watch It." I challenge every bride to consider this: How many things in life (and in your wedding) actually gain value as time goes on? Years into the future, won't your kids find the Video PRICELESS, that they have this family history to experience? To listen to relatives who are gone, to here there mom & dad exchange vows? There are Brides who say there children pick their wedding Video to watch over their Disney movies!! No Videographer will promise you that you will watch it every day for a year after your wedding! But don't think short-sightedly...with Video you are making an investment into your future, and preserving pieces of you family and history for future generations to know and enjoy.
2. "We Already Have a Photographer, We Don't Need a Videographer." Although photos have their importance, they cannot possibly compete with a Video when it comes to capturing actual events. Everybody knows the old saying, "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words." If thats true, then what is a Video worth? Choose both based on their merits...Photos can definitely capture moments, and feelings. But a quivering lip, a teardrop, or a voice...only a Video will do.
1. "Video is too Expensive." Everybody works within a budget. And everybody wants to get the best bang for their buck...but the problem is not budget, it is that Video is not a priority...it is way down the list of things to do while planning a wedding. Some people spend upwards of $5000 on a Photographer before even looking at a Videographer, and when they do are surprised that Video is more than $1000!!! Not many people understand or realize how many hours are spent on the Video...If you compare a Videographer to a DJ for example, a DJ may spend 6 hours at your event, whereas the Videographer may spend 8-10 hours at your wedding, and an additional 15-30 hours editing! Per hour, when compared to other services, your Videographer may actually be the cheapest vendor you are hiring, he/she just ends up putting in the most time!
It is up to you to see the value of having a Professional Video, and a good Videographer will help to educate you in these areas.
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Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 5 consecutive years, 2010-2014, and was currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached