You might not realize what you’ll be missing out on if you choose to go without a wedding videographer. I just want to arm you with the facts before you make such a big decision. Here are just a few reasons why I think it’s such a valuable investment.
1. The day goes by so quickly, you’ll miss it if you blink.
It might sound cliche, but as a former bride myself, I can vouch that this is absolutely true. You’ll wake up, get ready, and be leaving the reception before you know it. You won’t want to miss out on small moments that can be lost in short term memory. This can include your mom helping you zip up your dress, your husband wiping his eye when he sees you for the first time, and even your grandparents slow dancing on the dancefloor.
When you hire a wedding videographer, you can let your worries go and truly enjoy your day without trying to take a mental picture of every second of the day. Think of it as memory insurance.
2. You can relive the day, exactly how it happened, any time you want.
Pictures are important, but they only capture a still frame of a moment. In today’s world, we’re no strangers to the value of video. Just think of all of the means to do so in our day-to-day lives, like smartphones, Snapchat, and Youtube. You took a video of your friend when she got her wisdom teeth out, your food at a restaurant, and your cat sitting in a box. Why not make sure one of the most important days of your life is filmed, too?
Your wedding video will be available on a USB, the internet, or even a DVD (yes, they still exist). This means any second of any day that you’re feeling nostalgic or just need to see your dad dancing with you, or hear your husband saying his vows (especially if he didn’t do the laundry like you asked), you can. It’s just that easy.
3. You can share it with family and friends who couldn’t be there (or just want to watch it all again).
I don’t know about you, but my husband and I had a few special people who couldn’t make it to the wedding for various reasons, whether they physically couldn’t make the trip, had prior engagements, or we simply couldn’t afford to invite them. It was a real comfort to my husband’s grandparents, who couldn’t make the 5 hour trip, that they’d be able to watch the day from start to finish. Aside from that, I can’t even tell you how special it was to be able to pop in the DVD and watch them see us recite our vows, feed each other cake, and have our first dance as a married couple.
This brings me to my next point.
4. It’s a valued family heirloom (and maybe even an anniversary tradition).
As I said, it was awesome to be able to provide those that couldn’t make it to the wedding with a way to still be a part of the event. However, what is possibly even more awesome is that the next generation of our family will be able to live through our day as well. Your grandparents, aunts and uncles, and parents will have your wedding video to treasure, but just think how cool it will be to be able to show your children one day. Sure, they might make fun of you for your choice in hair and makeup, or maybe even the way you danced, but they’ll get to see you in your prime.
For my husband and I, we even decided to make watching our wedding video a part of our anniversary tradition. We did the wine and letters box, so we’ll write each other new notes to read every anniversary, but we’ll also pull out our video and relive the day for years to come. Even after being married for only a year, I can tell you that I’ve forgotten many aspects of the day (like my mom dancing with my new mother-in-law and what my maid of honor said in her speech to get me choked up ) and it’s such a lovely refresher. I do, however, try to ignore how my figure has changed (especially now that I’m pregnant).
5. You can watch the day from a guest’s perspective.
I walked down the aisle, my husband put my ring on my finger, we cut the cake- but everything I remember was from the first person perspective. One thing we never get to experience, and wouldn’t without a wedding videographer, is how the day’s events looked from a guest’s perspective.
You might be thinking “who cares, I’ll remember”, but what you may not realize is all of the moments you didn’t get to see. While you were off getting pictures done, your guests were at cocktail hour drinking and mingling. I didn’t get to spend much time with each of my guests, and most couples don’t, so being able to see moments I wasn’t available for made my wedding video that much more exciting to watch. Aside from all of that, I got to watch myself on video kissing my new husband for the first time, laughing and dancing with my sisters, and truly looking as happy as I felt.
The key takeaway from all of this is that you might be thinking you don’t have the budget for a wedding videographer, and you won’t regret not having one, but I can guarantee you that one day, maybe even years down the road, you’ll want to rewatch and relive that special day, and you might struggle to remember all of the moments that were so special to you then. This is why I feel, and know from experience, you shouldn’t go without a wedding videographer.
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