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For couples debating whether they want wedding videography, we often talk about the many significant moments and little details we capture in video throughout the day.
But more than anything, couples tell us there’s one particular part of the day that can’t be replicated.
While your vows make you officially married, your speeches or toasts are often the part that make it feel like it.
Couples tell us they’re the one part of the day they didn’t expect to reflect on the way they did.
Speeches and toasts can make you laugh and make you cry. Many do both.
Most of the time, they’re filled with memories of friendship and camaraderie. They’re stories about growing up, learning about life, and finding your way with the people you care about most.
Here's one of our all-time favorite wedding "speeches" from earlier this year. Enjoy!
If you talk to other couples, hiring a wedding videographer is often described as something they didn't think about early on - but they would have missed if they didn't have it. It's also consistently on lists for best wedding investments. And for good reason!
You’ll get to see what you missed. Whether it’s a moment you never got to see firsthand, or something you wish had been captured in photos that didn’t, or maybe cousin Bobby who recorded his foot instead of your vows, even the best photos and amateur video can’t capture everything.
You can look back on your day with loved ones after they’ve grown or passed. Imagine down the road looking back on your adorable 5-year-old niece when she starts college. Or watching your grandparents smiling at you when they’re no longer around. It’s a chance to capture the voices and mannerisms of friends and family right at that exact moment, and what a great way to remember those special people.
It brings back the blur of your big day. You spend months planning your wedding, but the day itself will fly by. With a video, you can relive it, listen back on your vows and watch your first dance in a way you can’t with pictures. It’s a great anniversary tradition and really makes the best day of your life come back to life!
It brings your wedding day to those who couldn’t make it. A video is such a great way to share your day with friends and family who weren’t able to be there that day. Plus, maybe your future kids will want to watch it!
It’s a perfect keepsake. You spent so much time preparing for your wedding, so you should have as many moments from that day captured as possible. When’s the next time you’ll have that many of your favorite people gathered in one place? You want as much to remember it as you can.
It's the only way to capture your toasts. At most wedding receptions, toasts and speeches provide the context for the context for the relationships you have with the people supporting you on your big day. They'll share funny stories, touching memories, and talk about the most important points in your relationship. These are memories you'll definitely want to relive after your wedding day.
We're excited to feature a blog post from Amanda Hofland below. She regularly publishes on her own newlywed posts on her blog, Notes From A Newlywed. Amanda and her husband were also one of the very first couples to hire us to capture their wedding when we started Grassfire Studios.
Chances are, this is the first time you’ve thought about hiring a videographer for your wedding, and because of that, you have a lot of unknowns. You don’t know what to expect, you don’t know if it’s worth it. You’re probably worried it will be weird.
I’m here to tell you that you’re not crazy for those thoughts, but am glad to say that it’s really not so bad. In fact, it may very well be the best decision you make during your wedding planning process.
Let’s go over some of the most common concerns couples have before booking a videographer.
1. Won’t it feel like the paparazzi are following us around all day long? No! Actually, quite the opposite. You’ll hardly even notice your videographers are there. A good cinematographer will get all the shots for the perfect video without invading your space. I only remember seeing my own videographers three times during the whole day, and they were all times I found a moment to sit down and observe what was going on. But sure enough, they got all the shots, and photos prove they were there – most of the time they just blended into the group of our guests. My maid of honor called Preston and Justin video ninjas! Trust us, you’re going to be so busy that day that a video camera will be the last thing on your mind.
2. Will you guys be in the room when I’m putting my dress on? Not unless you want them to be! Your videographers will respect your privacy and let you get dressed alone; they can join you again when you’re ready and get footage of you putting on your shoes and jewelry instead. They’ll follow your direction and make you as comfortable as they can while still doing their jobs.
3. Can’t I just have my cousin record the vows for free instead? You could, but we really advise against that. I’ve read some horror stories of people who had one of their guests record the ceremony, and it just can’t compare to the quality you get from a pro. Having a guest record means you get their perspective as a guest, and they will probably want to enjoy watching the ceremony themselves and be hesitant to move around for different angles. Aside from the poor sound quality and shaky footage you get with a handheld camcorder, there are other distractions guests will have that hired pros won’t. In one review I read, the bride said that her uncle recorded the vows, but it cut out and was drowned out by his daughter who started throwing a tantrum just as he started filming. Another said that their dad filmed the reception, but he also wanted to dance, so their video is a shaky montage of the floor as he swung the camera around while shaking his groove thing. Yet another said that they got three straight hours of raw footage, so they ended up hiring a video editor anyway to make something out of it they can fit in watching. You can’t redo your wedding, so it’s best to get it right the first time. Personally, I never once regretted hiring the pros.
4. Our budget is tight; we’ll cut the video. I can think of so many other areas of a budget that can be cut over video. In hindsight, for my own wedding, I would have spent far less on centerpieces, flowers, welcome bags and those other small touches, because that’s not what mattered that day, and I can’t keep them to look back on. A wedding video is one of the few things you can keep forever as a keepsake. I recommend making an anniversary tradition of watching your video, and for me, hiring videographers was 100% worth it.
5. Why should we do a wedding film instead of a traditional full capture wedding video? A wedding film is really like a short story of the best day of your life. Longer, linear videos can drag, and you should never want to fast forward through your wedding! Especially if you’re watching it with others, shorter films are more exciting and hold everyone’s attention – even strangers watching it! These days, everyone is so busy and attention spans are short, so a 3-12 minute film makes every second count.
If you have any other concerns about booking a wedding videographer, definitely speak up and ask! We’d love to talk about it.
Brittany + Charlie
At the end of the summer, right before the leaves started to lose their color, we filmed Brittany and Charlie's outdoor wedding. Their day was the perfect balance of charm, fun and tender moments.
Amy + Petter
It's been said that music is the language of love. For Amy and Petter, that's especially true. Their wedding was full of meaningful poetry, moving music, and an abundance of love. It was a very special day.
Kira + Greg
Kira’s mother, Gretchen, had been waiting for her daughter’s wedding for 25 years. You can only imagine how that anticipation translated into planning the big day. In a celebration truly fit for a fairytale, Kira and Greg tied the knot in her family's hometown of Watford City, ND.
Emily + Derek
It's not uncommon for our films to draw tears, but this wedding was especially emotional. While Emily's father wasn't there to walk her down the aisle, he would have been proud to call Derek his son-in-law.
Mari + Dan
We filmed with Mari and Dan at his parent's beautiful lakeside house. With the warmth of the sun and the sound of the waves as a backdrop, they tied the knot.
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According to Amanda Hofland, the bride in one of our very first weddings, her wedding day was the best day of her life, but she can barely remember most of it. That's the single most important reason she chose to get a wedding video.Read More