Frequently Asked Questions - Wedding Videography FAQ

FAQs - Wedding Videography FAQ

It depends on how important it is to you to have your wedding documented – to be able to re-live and share your wedding day with family and friends, now and into the future. If it is, a wedding video is one of the best possible ways to capture your special day. Still photos – while a crucial element for almost every wedding – only convey a single moment. A wedding video on the other hand, records all the detail that is missed between photographs, as well as the emotion and joy of the day. The amount of happiness that your wedding DVD will bring you, both immediately and into the future, makes it a must-have for any couple.

We wouldn’t recommend it – you’ll almost certainly be disappointed with your final result. Nothing can compare to skill that an expert wedding videographer brings to your event, behind a professional camera, artfully framing each shot and capturing the best moments of your wedding.

Other factors to consider:

- Where will you set up the camera in order to capture the best moments?

- Is there a risk of guests tripping on a tripod leg and potentially injuring themselves, or damaging the camera?

- Will there be enough tape/memory and battery life to leave the camera un-manned?

- Could guests accidentally block the shot, not realising that the un-manned camera is actually filming?

Resist temptation to ask one of your guests to film your wedding. Remember, they won’t be able to provide the professional product a wedding videographer can, and they aren’t there to work, they want to enjoy the day with you!

In the industry today, more and more people are catching onto Short-Form edits as the way to go for their wedding video.

A ‘Short-Form’ edit is essentially a 10-15 minute wedding film, creatively edited to highlight the most memorable moments of your day. In our experience as professional wedding videographers, a traditional ‘Documentary’ style video, while still a beautiful record of the day, is long and can be quite tedious. Our goal is to produce a wedding film that you’ll actually want to watch over and over.

Remember – longer is not always better. Believe it or not, more time and energy goes into creating a Short Form edit than a Documentary style. We’d highly recommend considering it as an option for your final wedding video.

Generally, you’ll find that most wedding videographers have specific packages to cover a combination of different sections of the wedding day. In the end it really depends on how much of the day you want to have on video, and how much time each section of the day is planned to take. We recommend booking for the whole wedding – in the end, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Picture yourself after the wedding – you don’t want to look back, wishing you had gotten that extra special footage of the bride’s preparation, the bride and groom’s first dance together, the bouquet toss, or your guests saying goodbye at the end of the night.

Will the wedding videographer ruin the atmosphere and annoy our guests?

Although a wedding videographer must be highly skilled at staying unobtrusive to everyone at the wedding, there may be times when we need to provide a small amount of direction during the course of the day (in much the same way as a photographer would). This is simply to ensure that we capture your day in the best possible way, and we keep this to an absolute minimum. Also, fortunately for wedding video, it does not require a flash. A skilled wedding videographer, for the most part, will generally remain unseen at a wedding.

Without a doubt, make sure you select a package which contains some editing of your footage. Of course, raw footage is great to have for archival purposes, but nothing compares to an artfully edited, professional wedding DVD – after all, it’s what you’ll be showing friends and family in the years to come. It is often said in the industry that one of the most obvious elements that differentiate a professional and amateur wedding videographer is in the way that the wedding DVD is edited.

Roughly how long will an edited wedding DVD run for?

It all depends on which package you go with, and whether you decide to go for a ‘Short-Form’ edit or a ‘Documentary’ style edit. Short-Form edits generally run between 20-30 minutes, while a Documentary style can run up to an hour, or sometimes longer.

Absolutely! After all, it is your DVD. If there are special songs which you would like to include in the DVD, we’d be more than happy to arrange this for you. At the end of the day, we want to give you the best, most personal product possible.

Is a menu included on the final DVD? Yes! All our wedding DVDs come with a personalised menu, with ‘Play All’ or chapter selection options

Generally speaking, you should expect to receive your completed wedding DVDs between 3-6 weeks after your wedding day. We are happy to arrange a rush service, however this may incur an additional fee.

Yes, all our filming and videography is done in HD

As with any high quality service, a professional, fully edited wedding video does take a lot of work, in preparation for the wedding, the filming of the wedding itself, and the time spent afterwards, downloading and editing the footage to be presented to you. Most videographers will spend two or three times the amount of work on a single wedding than a photographer would.

We hope this has been of some use to you in helping to decide whether to book wedding videography with All Your Memories. Should you require any further information, don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly team members today. We’re more than happy to take the time to discuss your wedding videography needs.

Ring us on: 03 3831819 or 0274 555010

Or email us at: geoff@brideandgroomfilms.co.nz