Four ways to incorporate video into your wedding plans

4 Ways to Incorporate Video Into Your Wedding Plans

March 14, 2018

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a good wedding video must be worth about a million. Although photography is a no-brainer when it comes to your wedding day, videography captures even more of the spirit of the day. There’s just something about seeing the morning of, ceremony, and reception in action. It’s a chance to relive those moments in motion — but there are other ways to use video in your wedding and wedding planning, too. Here are four such ways.

1. Film The Proposal

In the age of social media and the desire to capture and share pivotal moments in life, some couples are now hiring videographers to film the proposal. The tears, the screams, the shouts of “YES!,” the speechless shock — it’s fun to see on film — and to share!

2. Engagement Announcements & Save-the-Dates

Once you’ve said “yes!,” there are still more ways to use video even before the wedding day itself. Instead of just snapping a photo of the ring (a tricky thing to master), couples are sending video engagement announcements. It’s a more engaging and interactive way to spread the good news. Similarly, couples are personalizing their wedding websites and saving on postage by incorporating video save-the-dates on their wedding websites.

Video by Better Together Photography

3. Reception Highlight Reel

Some professional videographers offer the same-day service of filming and showing a wedding morning highlight reel at the reception. That means the videographer will film the getting-ready time and the ceremony, then compile a quick video of highlights that can be played during cocktail hour or dinner. A highlight reel adds such a unique element to a reception, giving guests a glimpse into your once-in-a-lifetime day.

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4. Share Your Day With Faraway Family & Friends

As your videographer captures the entire wedding day and delivers their final video, this is the perfect way to share the memories of your day with family and friends who couldn’t be there in person. While photos are lovely for absent guests to flip through, a video really makes you feel like you were there in a way that pictures can’t. After all, photos are flat, and video is full of movement, sounds, and unforgettable moments caught in action. Videography is an invaluable piece of the wedding puzzle, and one that’s worth incorporating in one way or another.

Advice from the Pros

When it comes to finding a videographer that’s a perfect match for you, we gleaned some great advice from Mike, one of the pros at Better Together Photography in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To start: Get referrals from people you trust, then assess experience and style. “Every videographer has a different style,” Mike says. “Some are more cinematic and some have a more documentary style. Ask to see their portfolio and choose the one that best fits what you imagine your wedding video to look like!”

He goes to on say that, after style, the second most important factor in choosing a videographer is chemistry. “Hire a company that are great storytellers and are genuinely interested in getting to know you as a couple. This way your videographers can showcase your unique personalities and love story.”

Last but not least: “Ask your videographer for a face-to-face meeting to talk about their experience with wedding videography and how they typically handle unexpected hiccups on wedding day, collaborate with other vendors, and how filming works on wedding day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!”

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