Wedding Videos

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I was one of those brides who wasn't sure about hiring a videographer for our wedding because it wasn't exactly in our budget and it seemed photos would be sufficient for capturing the details of our day. But that all changed when my fiance's cousin showed me a video of a wedding shot in the Philippines. I was inspired by it so much I had to find a way to re-create our own version.

This is the video.

Cheska and Doug SDE from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

As you can see, it isn't some long, drawn out video clip, rather edited like a movie trailer/mini-music video. It's common for celebrities to be able to afford such a luxury, but it doesn't have to be completely out of reach for a modest budget either. Many people prioritize according to what's important to them. Some want the food to be the main focus, or the flowers or the venue. But when all is said and done, I think it's safe to say one would definitely want adequate documentation of all their planning and once in a lifetime moments to look back on.

I've posted a few more of my favorite wedding videos below. I'm not sure if this is done in other countries, but so far i've only seen this trend amongst Filipino couples who can afford it. I'm talking about "Pre-Nup Videos," which are videos shot prior to the wedding as a teaser. Personally, I think this would make an awesome save-the-date!
Think this might be out of your reach? Start scouring the internet for local videographers looking to expand their portfolio who are willing to give you a discount or even trade. Create a shot list and present them ideas you like and see if this is something they are capable of doing. As long as you have all the footage, you can always have a professional edit the film in the style you want at a later time.

Day Of

You may not have a budgeting issue but are looking for ways to maximize your video experience. Why not ask for a 'Same Day Edit'? This is where the video team quickly (magically) puts together the highlights of the day and presents the video towards the end of the event. I've included a grand example below. Just a few things to think about if this is something you are considering. For me, still images are wonderful, but being able to also have our wedding presented in another medium where you could appreciate the spoken emotion and movement is priceless!

Same Day Edit

Erin & TJ's Same Day Edit from St. Regis, Monarch Beach from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.


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