Photography has always played a fundamental role in the documentation of a couple's wedding day. In terms of importance it ranks up there with the dress, the venue, the ring. Recently however, it is evident that many couples are also keen to employ videographers for their event. Below are the top five reasons we believe the wedding video trend is rising in popularity.
Whilst the tangible nature of photos makes them a classic keepsake, a video can capture the additional movement and sound that contributed to the atmosphere of your wedding. A wedding video will ensure you can look back on the music, the speeches and other special moments for many years to come. Futhermore, they can record many moments on film that you may have missed yourself. In the whirlwind of your day, time passes so quickly; having a film to look back on means you can revisit your favourite parts, and witness those you didn't see.
Videographers can shoot your day in a variety of different formats, from vintage film to high definition digital. Whilst the former is traditional, digital videography has many advantages. New technology means that cameras are becoming less intrusive. They are often small in size, wireless, easily transported and need very little additional equipment. Camera men can film every aspect of your day in high quality, without drawing too much attention to themselves.
In addition to the above, digital technology makes it easy to store a copy of your wedding video on a DVD, on your laptop, on the internet, or on a hard drive. Having your video stored digitally gives you so many options. The format of digital videos is such that its quality will not fade no matter how many times you copy it, and it will keep longer than film which wears over time. This has so many advantages; a digital copy won't be lost in a fire, or taped over, as long as you back it up!
In such a nuclear world, friends and family are scattered far and wide- being able to send them a tape of your wedding day on a CD, USB, or internet file means that they don't have to miss out.
More and more couples are choosing to have stylised photography shoots, incorporating personality and flair into their wedding albums. Creative wedding cinematography takes this one step further. Combining a documentation of the events of the day with artistry and style makes for a cinematic memento. These videos are often highly personalised, detailing the individual aesthetic of a wedding. You could incorporate favourite songs, touching quotes, old love letters, home-video clips or pictures of you two at different stages in your relationship. It is little touches like this that help to tell the unique story of your union.
Together these advances in technology and technique result in dynamic, professional wedding videos - a far cry from the wobbly, out-of-focus ones that often spring to mind. videography is an investment in all the love and effort that went into your wedding, preserving all the little moments you and your partner will cherish when the day is over and your life together has begun.
Have a look at some examples from the very talented Xsight Photography and Video.