I got married over ten years ago and the video of my wedding video was representative of what was the usual style at the time. It is a complete abomination in terms of film making and totally fails to convey the emotion of the day.
So what is in my wedding video? I’m not going to upload it because it’s personal and I don’t want to share; but also it is very unflattering of the married couple, the venue and the atmosphere. But I’ll briefly tell you how bloated it is.
Full wedding service, uninterrupted. Check.
Full reception speeches, uninterrupted. Check.
Handheld, poor audio quality footage of guests’ messages of good will. Check.
Dated chart music from around that time. Check.
Video goes on for over an hour and a half. Check
Sounds like my magical day was captured in its entirety, right? By a very narrow definition, yes. It certainly fulfils the definition of documentary. But what it has in length it lacks in capturing the joy, love and happiness of the day.
I’m not going to blame the videographer. That was the usual style of the day and it is also what couples (including us) asked for. They fear that the memories will fade and be lost entirely if every single moment of every contributor is not captured in high definition.
What should we be getting from our wedding videos and videographers?
You should be getting a Wedding Film. And by using the word “film” I mean it in the almost pretentious way. It should be a story of your day, told using the film maker’s tools and methods. It shouldn’t be a blow-by-blow account, warts and all.
Believe it or not, the best wedding videographer can make a 3 or 4 minute film that does more to capture the emotions than 90 minutes of reality TV. They can make you look like the most beautiful, happiest, in-love couple in existence using a combination of posing (directing), artistic photography, editing, sound design and music.
And let’s be honest, why would people want to watch your wedding video years later? Without the actual emotion and magic of being there on the day, sitting through over an hour of ceremony and speeches is something someone would do out of politeness only. But if you can show them a film the length of a song which tells a story and heightens the feelings, they can only be impressed and wish for such a beautiful day for themselves. They’re also a lot more social media friendly!
Here’s the harsh truth: you don’t really want to rewatch your funny uncle do that 10 minutes of stand-up. You don’t really want to document every word said in the ceremony. You might think you do now, but in years to come you’ll just have a long video that not even you can be bothered to watch.
You want a Wedding Film that instantly makes you remember that great day, powerful enough to draw a tear.
Cherry Bomb provides Wedding Photography and Videography services in South Wales. Covers the areas of Cardiff, Bridgend, the Vale of Glamorgan & Rhondda Cynon Taff.