The process of planning your wedding is long and arduous, and then the day comes and goes in a moment. It’s kind of a sad reality, but it is reality. When you’re picking seating plans, and the menu, it seems like you have all the time in world. Often it feels like you have too much time. You not only have time to consider every possibility, but time to second guess every decision.
The day of your wedding comes, and the culmination of months (sometimes years) of planning goes off in less than a day. One minute you’re waking up having mimosas and getting ready, the next moment you’re having the final dance of the evening and people are starting to take off. You know you had fun, but remembering specific moments, remembering much of anything specifically seems impossible.
You’re going to get photographs taken, both professionally and by half of your guests. Some family member or friend may take a video on their phone. Before the wedding, these seem like they’ll be the perfect reminder. You don’t know ahead of time exactly what the time vortex that is a wedding day, is going to feel like, and so you think these will suffice.
Photographs are great, and you’ll be able to hang them up, show them to friends, share them on social media, but they don’t tell the whole story. Photographs may show you crying through your vows, or laughing at a toast, but those vows and that toast are lost in time without video. It’s not just those obvious moments either, but video can capture the little things from the way you get choked up during your vows, or your hands trembling holding your bride’s or groom’s.
A professionally done video, can take all of that important aesthetic and ambiance that cannot be portrayed in a still, and capture it, in a crystal clear stream from one wonderful moment to the next. Whether it’s your first anniversary, or your 50th, rewatching that day can bring the butterflies back into your stomach, and the twinkle back into your eyes.
Video is often overlooked in the planning process, it seems like an extra expense. You’re spending a lot of money, and adding high cost items probably doesn’t feel necessary. It’s totally understandable, but the truth is, a well made video can last forever. You want to be able to hear every word without wind or crickets, or murmuring covering them. You want to be able to see it all without the sun glaring, or someone in a front row blocking the camera’s view. Most importantly, you want it it edited together in a way that makes it look as special as it felt to you. It’s one of the most special days of your life, and the video should be as special.
What I’m hoping that you think about when you read this, and when you’re planning your wedding is, “what is going to last?” and “what will we get to keep?” If you consider those two questions, it will help you to have a better wedding experience.