Why Wedding Videography is Becoming More Important

When it comes to planning a wedding, we know that there is a lot to budget for. So the question is, how important is wedding videography? Well, in our opinion, it’s an absolute must! We know that having a photographer and a videographer may seem like an overkill, but there are so many moments that can be captured on video like your significant other’s reaction when you walk down the aisle or your guests’ reactions, your wedding vows and much more. Here are the four reasons why you should definitely hire a wedding videographer:

4 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Wedding Videographer

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1. You’ll get to see all of the special moments that you may have missed on the day.

We’re talking about the look on your fiances face as soon as he sees his bride, your grandmother’s facial expression, your bridesmaids walking down the aisle or your friends and family together at the pre-dinner drinks. You will be preoccupied on your special day, so there will inevitably miss out on some moments. Re-watching your wedding videos, you will be able to see all these special memories. Wedding videography ensures that you don’t miss a thing.

 

2. Photographers can’t capture absolutely everything.

We like the idea of hiring a photographer as well as a videographer. A photographer will be able to capture gorgeous stills of you and your sweetheart that you can frame and have in your new home. However, there are some moments you’ll want on videos, such as the speeches, toasts and your first dance and your vows. A photo is worth a thousand words, but with a video and audio clip, you can recall those words verbatim.

 

3. Everybody says this, but the day really does go by so quickly.

All the months-long planning that leads up to your wedding day, and in the blink of an eye, it is over. Therefore, you’ll want a good wedding videographer who will be able to create footage that will allow you to relive the day whenever you want. You might be unsure about it at first, but trust us – in 5, 10 or even 20 years, you’ll be thankful you hired one!

 

4. Memories might fade, but the video will last forever

Even if you don’t watch your wedding video that much in the beginning, you’ll have it forever. This means that you can share it with your children one day! Wedding videography will transport you back to your special day and allow you to relive all the special moments, to see everyone’s expressions, hear their laughter – it’s way more intimate.

Video by Beyond Measure Wedding Films

Wedding Videography Prices

How much does a wedding videographer cost? Well, there are a few factors that can influence the final amount. For example, the number of hours filming, duration of the video, the type of footage as well as the type of package which is offered.

We asked a few of our industry experts to give us the inside information and here’s what Thalia and John Wedding Films have to say about it “We have actually done a fair amount of research on this exact topic and have found that videographers charge anywhere from R5000 – R45000. The average seems to be in the R12000 – R18000 range for 8 – 10 hours.”

We would recommend getting videography packages and prices from a few professionals to compare. But remember you often get what you pay for with a service like this. Make sure to also watch videos to see the quality of work. 

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Types of Videography Packages

Chane Greyling from 25 Weddings says, “The going rate for a good videographer is on average R16000. We include (apart from our work) aerial footage in all of our packages, 2 or 3 videographers (depending on the package chosen), 10 hours of filming and postage of their product (South African based clients – we charge extra for international postage as these prices tend to fluctuate).”

 

Dawn Oosthuis from Beyond Measure says, “So many factors do come into play, some of them being:
  1. How many videographers are provided on the day
  2. The length of the final edit – a 3 min highlights is way easier and quicker to edit than a crafted 10 min film
  3. Whether or not the couple receive only ceremony and reception footage, only highlights or both
  4. The final finishing off the video”

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Different Videography Styles

Wedding videographers can have many different styles just like wedding photographers. Where one videographer will capture your wedding day with a fairytale feel, another might capture it with a more dramatic, moody flair. It’s always a good idea to have a look at a few videos of each videographer before deciding who to go with. You can also ask your photographer whether they have any recommended wedding videographers. Also remember to take into consideration whether you would like aerial footage taken as well and if so, to get the necessary permissions.

 

Video by JPB Media

 

Finding the Videographer that’s Right for You

So how do you know which wedding videographer is right for you? Luckily, we have an amazing range of wedding videographers to choose from that are talented, reliable and trustworthy. The best in the business! Our advice would be to watch a few videos before making your final decision. Every videographer has a different style so do a bit of research to see what you like. Remember, videography has the ability to make your special memories last a lifetime. So, should you get a wedding videographer? Yes, yes and a hundred times yes!

Find wedding videographers on our website!

Tips for finding your Wedding Videographer:

  • Book early enough! Videographers should not fall at the end of your priority list!
  • Decide on a Style that you like
  • Have a look at reviews and references of previous clients
  • View their portfolio – the real one, not only the best-of-the-best videos most videographers display on their websites
  • Check their Video Quality
  • Check their Sound Quality
  • Meet in person or have a Skype call
  • Decide on whether you would like audio – for example, your wedding vows – included in your wedding video ahead of time
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with the videographer! A wedding is already quite stressful and you don’t want to get even more stressed out by your suppliers
  • Make sure that you have the correct filming permissions – generally, for normal video, permission is not necessary however with some venues the privacy of non-wedding-guests might need to be preserved or aerial footage may not be permitted
  • Ensure that you read your contract thoroughly before signing on the dotted line

 

Video by ZaraZoo Cine

 

Questions to ask your Wedding Videographer:

  • Do you have my wedding date available?
  • Will the videographer you’re speaking to be the one who will be filming your wedding?
  • Have you shot at {Insert Wedding Venue} before?
  • Have you worked with {Insert Your Wedding Photographer} before?
  • What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
  • If you are taking a 6, 8 or even longer videography package – ask whether the videographer will be bringing a second shooter, these long hours can be quite taxing on one person and things could be missed
  • What exactly will you film on my wedding day?
  • What is your rate if you have to stay longer?
  • Who owns the copyright of the final wedding video?
  • Will my video be used on your website, social media etc.
  • Ask whether they have a specific shot list and if you have specific shots that you would like or not like, make sure to mention it to them
  • How do you back up your footage and for how long?
  • If I need copies in the future, will you be able to deliver those?
  • Do you charge additionally for editing?
  • Will I be able to make changes once I see the first edit?
  • Which music will you be using in my wedding video?
  • How and when will I be receiving my wedding video i.e. flash drive, Dropbox etc.

Video by 25 Weddings


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