Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Why hire a videographer, and how to avoid a cheesy wedding video

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It’s not long after you got married and you’re already having difficulty remembering the speeches and even the vows from the big day. Uncle Harry, who is tone deaf, belting out a show tune at his table seems a distant memory. And five-year-old niece Jane doing the moonwalk is hard to visualize.

That’s where wedding videographers come in, promising to capture moments like those -- forever. But, with the bad reputation videographers have for producing cheesy, cringe-worthy wedding videos, is it really worth forking over thousands of dollars for one, especially when you plan on hiring a photographer?

Wedding-Scoops.com interviewed a few New York videographers -- David Samelman of DMS Video Productions, Alan Roth of Asymmetric Pictures and Edward Neary of Joseph Edwards -- and gave them the opportunity to explain. This is the first installment in a two-part series.

1. Why hire a videographer?

Roth: For the couple, the day is one big blur, and a videographer… can ensure that an honest history of the day is viewable for decades to come.

2. What can a videographer capture that a photographer cannot?

Roth: Movement and audio -- the details of a couple dancing and kissing; the spontaneous words from a parent on seeing their daughter in her wedding gown; the tears of happiness and laughter; and of course, the toasts.

Neary: Motion, sound and emotion. Let's say the bride is about to cry as the groom is reading his vows to her. If we are focused on her face we can see the emotion as it grows in her.

3. How much money should one expect to spend on a videographer?

Roth: Around $3,500 or more for the documentation of the day and perhaps an hour-long edited version.

Neary: Videos can range from as low as $1,500 to as high as $20,000. There is usually a videographer for every budget.

4. What is the best way to evaluate a potential videographer?


Samelman: The Internet, in-person meeting, referrals but most importantly, go with you gut feeling.

Roth: One should pay attention to their style of shooting, the way they use sound, the details they show (you do not want a wedding video only showing the couple all the time), and their editing choices. In terms of style, some prefer the kind of video with slow motion and montage and music playing over image, while more and more people want a more real reportage of the day.

5. How do you avoid ending up with a cheesy wedding video?

Samelman: Find a videographer with experience who's an artist that doesn't do volume. Expect to pay for that combination or it will be cheesy. Never get your video from your photographer unless it would be okay to book your band through the florist. It's just nonsense.

Roth: Stick to reality. No slow motion and avoid montages with syrupy songs and stylized images. It's cute, but it’s more about the style and not the wedding. You'll be happier years later, since a lot of effects are cool today, but cheesy tomorrow.

2 comments:

Kendall said...

It's really important to have a special wedding video to bring back all the memories of your wedding day. For this reason, professional wedding videographers are very important to a wedding!

jorg gray said...

It’s not long after you got married and you’re already having difficulty remembering the speeches and even the vows from the big day. Uncle Harry, who is tone deaf, belting out a show tune at his table seems a distant memory. And five-year-old niece Jane doing the moonwalk is hard to visualize. Chicago wedding videographer

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