The rise in wedding videography

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Second, time is certainly flying. We're into double-digit countdown for the wedding now (arggghhhhhh!) and it's making me wonder where a) the past year has gone exactly, and b) how fast the Big Day itself will go. 

One of the very first things I booked when we settled on a date and location was a photographer - and very quickly after that, a videographer. 

Now while older generations baulked at this ("A WHAT?! But what for? You're not a celebrity!"), to me it was a no-brainer.

Everyone loves to say to you how fast wedding days go, so why would we not want moving footage of it to add to our memories?

It's not about replacing a photographer - though I'm sure some could do that - but just adding a different element to the day.

Like most things with weddings such as catering or photography, there are people who do it well and others who maybe should be given a wide berth.

I employed a simple technique when researching potential filmers.

Find video. Watch. Check cheeks. Dry? No go. Wet. Ding-ding-ding! Folks, we have a winner!

The cry factor is crucial.

They have to be more than someone standing with a handycam; they have to have the ability to tell a story, to capture the vibe and compress it to something meaningful.

Don't get me a wrong, someone standing with a handycam in a corner is still valid - you don't need to get a full-on professional to capture special moments... but that adage of getting what you pay for rings true.

Here are some of my favourite wedding videographers (and no, they haven't paid me to mention them. I like them coz I like them). Check out their videos to see what I mean about the cry factor.

-       BubbleRock  

-       Jono Tucker  

-       Perspectives  

There are a few reasons I really like the idea of filming our wedding day.

First, we have a bunch of friends and family who can't make it for various reasons but mainly distance. Having a DVD we can send to them afterwards almost makes it okay. Almost.

Second, because people often talk about one of the best things on the Big Day is having everyone you care about it one room, so I like the thought of photos coming alive in film so that you have precious viewing memories for the future.

You never know how long you or the ones you love have got, so recording happy occasions is key.

Are you planning or did you have a videographer at your wedding? Got any tips or favourites? Share links of your wedding video! I feel like a good cry. 

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