It’s the biggest day of your life so you don’t want the biggest disaster to be the video that captures your special day.
Professional Wedding and events planner Ailish McDonnell, from Keep Calm and Marry On, says, “Couples want to relive their Wedding day exactly as it happened, preserving on film one of the most memorable occasions of their lives. The last thing you want on such a precious day is to dread watching the video back in case it doesn't live up to expectations.
"I would always advise on having a professional videographer film it. The day passes so quickly and with having all those special moments captured, it's better to be able to see your ceremony, your first kiss and dance as a married couple, than regret not having recorded any of it.”
So why choose a professional videographer? Craig from Unforgettable Memories, award winning Cheshire videographers believes that having it done professionally will create the perfect video without the hassle, leaving the guests to enjoy themselves fully.
He says, “A lot of Wedding video suppliers have a bad reputation, but that's because they haven't moved with the times. They are still in the age of the large shoulder mounted camera which they point at people and expect them to "perform", having a video doesn't have to be like this nowadays.
"Don't have a relative or member of the wedding party shoot your video, as they do in The Wedding Video, unless of course, they are a professional videographer. Remember these people are guests at your wedding and may well be busy with being a guest as opposed to capturing your big day."
Ailish and Craig have put together some top tips about how to get that special video just right so your day can be beautifully documented.
What To Film? – Decide on what elements of the wedding you would like to capture: Bride getting ready; Groom getting ready; guests arriving; bridal party and bride arriving to the ceremony; the ceremony; drinks reception; bride and groom entrance to dinner; dinner and speeches; cutting the cake; first dance; party with guest dancing.
Choose the Style – When choosing a professional videographer make sure you know what style you would like - standard static or fly-on-the-wall documentary.
Plan in Advance – Always meet and discuss your ideas with your videographer well in advance. You need to make sure your personalities don't clash and that they are sensitive and respectful of your needs on the day. You should also try to secure your videographer as far in advance as possible. The more popular your chosen professional, the greater chance you'll be disappointed if you leave it too late to book him or her.
Have a Budget – Be clear about what your 'package' includes and what, if any, add-ons are required to meet your final film requirements and that it matches your budget so you don't have a hefty surprise bill.
Before and After – There is a rising trend in couples having a pre-wedding shoot in the build-up to their big day. This may involve having a pre-wedding party filmed. Likewise, some also have a post-wedding shoot, such as a family gathering the day after the wedding and this might be something to consider.
Remember – Prices will vary depending on the type of equipment the videographer uses, whether they're a part-time or full-time business, if they use broadcast quality, the number of people in their crew and so on.
Always ask to see previous examples, speak to past clients and if it seems too cheap and too good to be true - it probably is. Remember, a golden rule is that ultimately you get what you pay for.
For more advice about Wedding Planning, visit keepcalmmarryon.com and for more information about videography visit unforgettablememories.co.uk.
Cara Mason @FemaleFirst_UK