As you scroll through the websites or Facebook pages of many wedding videography portfolios, and after viewing a huge variety of videos, you may start to feel clouded, or unsure about which type of video is the right one for you. If you are currently feeling this way, here is a quick article to help you realise which video you would like.
As the popularity of wedding videography continues to rise in the UK, so does the creative opportunity with wedding videos. Gone are the days where the only type was a chronological unfolding of the days events from beginning to end, but couples now have the option to have their own, crafted love story, or additional perks such as Guest Messages and Pre-Wedding Shoots.
But when it comes to choosing the right videographer, which type of video is right for you?
For any couples that enquire about having a wedding video made, I simply ask them a few questions, which helps paint a picture of what they'd like. They are the following:
Who are you wanting to view your wedding video?
This is one of the most important decisions, as this can vary. Some couples may want to sit down together, potentially with a few close friends and relatives in their living room, whilst others will want to share their big day with anyone who may not have been able to attend, or are simply eager to re-live the day themselves!
Who is this video really about?
At first glance, this sounds like a bit of a silly question. Of course, a wedding video will primarily focus on you - the couple. However, couples in the past have sometimes wanted to make sure that certain guests appear in their video, for memories' sake. Therefore, it's important to consider whether you want your video to be about you - as a romantic love story, or everyone - to watch all those moments you may have missed throughout the day. So, I strongly believe that you should bare this in mind for when you research into videographers, to see if they're ticking off the right boxes, for your needs.
How much do you want to see?
Don't worry. This doesn't mean your wedding day will be like a reality TV show. By this question, I mean the duration of your video. For example, a Highlight Video vs a Full Length edition of your day.
Highlight Videos are a great way to re-live your wedding day that feature just the 'best bits' (Once again, I'm not referring to Big Brother). On the other hand, for those who may want to watch their wedding vows and speeches in full, then a Full Length video may suit you, more.
Natural, or staged?
This final consideration is the one which often separates wedding videographers into two areas of filmmaking, and in-turn also determines a couples' opinion of the video. As some may opt for a video that includes romantic walks into the sunset, or hand-written love notes that may be read out, these are known as 'staged' shots. On the other hand, some videographers shoot purely 'candid' footage, where no guests are told what to do, resulting in a more natural portrayal of your wedding day.
As your wedding videographer, I usually capture your day in it's most natural form. However, my sole priority is to create a wedding film that you love. Therefore, I am more than happy to capture both of these styles, or perhaps including a combination of both styles within your film, if that is what you would both like.
By answering these four, simple questions, I strongly believe that you will have a clearer idea of what you are after in a wedding video. While you're here, feel free to take a look at my wedding portfolio of films that I have made!