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Top 5 Reasons To Hire Wedding Videographer
“We often see a videographer budgeted last and considered a “nice to have,” but if it’s within your budget, it’s worth it – here’s why.”
We talk with a lot of brides here at New England Creative, and have had numerous conversations about budgeting priorities and how hiring a wedding videographer fits into our couple’s overall wedding budget. We know staying under budget is tough, we’ve been there ourselves; but considering how popular this topic has been, we wanted to provide our perspective on why we think it’s worth it to budget in a wedding videographer, and budget it in early if at all possible. Here are our top 5 reasons to hire a wedding videographer:
Emotions In Motion
A wedding film can offer an additional layer of emotion that a still image simply can’t provide. The audible reaction during a first look, the collective gasp when a bride walks down the aisle, the little moments during vow recital, the screw-ups, the funny moments, the speeches. All of these moments can be captured discretely by a talented videographer equipped with low profile microphones. For as unique and incredible as still images can be, they can’t capture motion or sound – which makes a wedding film so important.
Video Captures The Moments & People You’ll Miss
Real talk: your wedding day will be a blur! One of the most common points of feedback we hear is that for all of the time spent planning, talking with vendors and sending invitations, the day will be over before you know it. Think about the moments you may not see; your fiance’s time spent before the ceremony getting ready, your parent’s reactions, the flower girl’s entrance. All of these things can be captured in a video. Most videographers these days also offer raw footage packages too, so even if you prefer a shorter highlight film, ask your videographer about purchasing the raw footage to see every last clip captured throughout your wedding day.
Skipping One Could Be Your Biggest Regret
A recent poll conducted by Brides.com of some newlywed’s biggest regrets after their weddings suggests that 35% of couples wish they’d hired a videographer in the first place. Additionally, 25% of couples mentioned Videographer as the top vendor category they wish they’d spent more money on. Early budgeting for videography & early booking is key here, as much like photographers, talented videographers can get booked very far in advance. Still curious? Check out these excellent write-ups by The Knot, and the talented crew at Brighter Lights Media. If you need further convincing, check out the amazing reaction video below from one of our brides watching her film for the first tim. Through all the tears, she specifically mentions seeing so many things she never saw throughout the day, and how awesome it was to have those captured.
A wedding film presents so many opportunities for personalization, uniqueness and individuality. A good wedding videographer should consult with you, meet in person, or not be afraid to chat on Skype if the opportunity presents itself. They’ll listen and understand what’s important to you, what your style is, what your hobbies are, what type of music you love – what makes you tick. All of these details can then be considered and weaved into the footage captured & edited from your wedding day, resulting in something truly unique. In short; consider a videographer you connect with on a personal level, and who’s style speaks to you.
Your Options Are Growing
Whether it’s us at New England Creative (we hope it is!), or a young and hungry film student looking for his first opportunity, your options are growing more and more by the day. With the technological advances of cameras the last few years, and the explosion of YouTube, internet video and Vlogging, more and more talented filmmakers are entering the industry every day. Do your research, find talented local vendors on The Knot, binge-watch videos on Love Stories TV. If you ask us, we believe what’s most important is hiring someone trustworthy, with a solid set of reviews, and who’s creative style speaks most profoundly to you. Plain and simple.
Sure you could say we’re biased, but if you’re on the fence about it, or you’re not sure you want to set it higher in the budget priority list, we would definitely recommend it. We’ve never run into a single bride who’s mentioned regretting hiring a videographer; only regrets in not hiring one.
At the end of the day, a professional still photo that fits your style is an incredible thing, and may adorn the walls of your home for decades to come, but it won’t capture the raw “emotions in motion” experienced through your day, nor the conversation with your bridesmaids, the incredible letter reading prior to the ceremony, or the exchanges between your closest friends & family. A film can do that.
Hope Artiste Village Wedding Film [12.16.2017]
It was around 2006 when Andrew and I started working in Johnson & Wales University’s marketing office as student assistants. While not the most glamorous of jobs, it was the perfect starter college gig. They paid us decent, gave us tuition discounts, and pretty much let us make our own schedules built around our coursework. Not bad. There were numerous lunch breaks spent at Jimmy Johns, walking around campus, and even a few parties at our places up on Federal Hill. It was around this time we also met Andrew Chea, Andrew’s best friend and officiant heard here in the film.
As it commonly goes, once college came to an end, and real life reared it’s ugly, responsibility-prone head, we fell out of touch but remained in touch via Facebook, so when he popped the question to fellow JWU grad, and all around awesome person Kelly and asked us to capture their story, we were all in.
The Wedding Day
Kelly & Andrew were married in the very unique & urban setting of Hope Artiste Village, a restored historic textile mill built in 1889, which now exists as a wedding venue, as well as a collaborative community of artists, retail shops, professional office suites and farmer’s market. Definitely our kind of spot.
These two had such amazingly fun personalities, and in the short time we spent with them on their incredible day, you could definitely see why they clicked so well. As best man David mentions in the film, Kelly has such an incredible laugh, and infectious personality. Couple that with Andrew’s quiet jokester demeanor, and you end up with bride, groom, and vendor crew laughing and having a hell of a time all day.
From the incredible early afternoon setting at The Dean Hotel in downtown Providence, to the talented group of folks we worked with, including our friend Amy from A Creative Focus Photography; it was a day to remember, and the best way to end our first full wedding season of 2017. We can only hope the 2018 season starts as incredibly as 2017 finished.
To Andrew & Kelly, thanks so much for entrusting us to capture the most important day of your lives. All the best to you guys on your journey through life, and we’ll see you in Providence some time soon!
Photography: A Creative Focus Photography | Venue: Hope Artiste Village | Officiant: Andrew Chea | Coordinator: Hope Events On Main | DJ: Johnny Macs Music | Floral Design: Valley Falls Flower Shop | Makeup: Noir Salon and Lash Lounge | Cake: Amy’s Apples | Hotel: The Dean Hotel | Dress: Giggi’s Bridal
We met Kristy & Lou in February of 2017 after we paired up with some amazing vendors for a valentine’s day dream engagement session. They were our lucky winners, selected completely at random; winning a whole afternoon of freezing cold hang-time time with us, Allure Traveling Beauty, A Creative Focus Photography, My Little Ladies Farm & Design Co, Hana Floral and Ivy’s Catering. An incredible day, and our very first engagement shoot giveaway.
What I didn’t expect, was getting the opportunity to meet and connect with such kind & gracious people like Kristy & Lou. We spent the afternoon capturing their story, snacking on some incredible bites provided by the team, hugging horses and generally having a really good time on the grounds of My Little Ladies Farm. When the day was over, we hoped this wouldn’t be the end of our time spent with Kristy & Lou, so when they reached out a few weeks after the engagement shoot and excitedly asked us to shoot their wedding, we were stoked!
The Wedding Day
Kristy & Lou were married on the gorgeous, and expansive grounds of the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut. One of these venues where it was honestly difficult to pick a few gorgeous locations for their film, because there were countless to choose from. From the attentive staff, to the fresh pasta bar (yassss), dry-ice first dance and gorgeous decor, it was quite the experience. Working alongside the talented Marc Douglas was an effortless, and absolute pleasure.
Not all of us can make dancing on a cloud look so damn good, but Kristy & Lou made it happen (just watch the video). I’m honored to have met these two, and while our initial meeting back in Febuary 2017 may have been chosen at random, I’d like to believe it was some version of fate that lead these two into our path, and for that I’m grateful.
“My husband and I booked Matt from NEC to do our wedding as sort of a last minute vendor- we had been planning to use a few GoPros to capture our vows and toasts and DIY a video…I saw one of Matt’s videos pop up in a local wedding FB group and was immediately drawn in….Halfway through our honeymoon trip we got to watch our completed wedding video, totally amazed that Matt had already finished it. It was amazing and we have watched it about 5,000 times since. All our family and friends have raved to us about it and how it captured our day so well. I am so, so, so grateful that we decided to get a video. We will definitely treasure this video forever.”
Speechless. These are just a few of the words Maria left for us in her incredible review. I know a lot of vendors say this, and it becomes sort of a cliche statement, but we really do work with the best couples around! We realize our style and story-telling approach is a bit different than some of our competitors, but we like to think our films draw in a unique type of couple. Folks looking for something a bit more personal, emotional and engaging than your standard wedding film; something you can’t quite explain or put your finger on, but something you can feel. So to hear Maria say that our work “immediately drew her in” makes us happy people. It’s what we strive to do.
Maria & Zack were married on a chilly fall day at Lion Rock Farm in the northwestern most corner of Connecticut – an amazingly beautiful part of the state that I admittedly had never visited. Quaint apple orchards, farm-stands, and crunchy leaves lined the rolling hills of Sharon Connecticut. You see, my wife (and therefore I) watched a lot of Gilmore Girls in 2017, and if there were ever a town that embodied the fictional setting of Stars Hollow; Sharon Connecticut is it. A stunning spot for a wedding venue.
Maria, an elementary school teacher, and Zack, a warm-hearted plumber met in high school and grew up by each other’s sides. I was moved by father Francis’ description of Zack & Maria during the ceremony, telling stories of how these two would drop whatever they were doing to help those in need in the community. Kind, self-less people, well deserving of such an incredible day.
We had a blast working alongside the Texas native husband & wife team from Feather & Twine Photography, bonding over tales of glorious Texas BBQ, and adventures on Lake Travis in Austin (Fun Fact: We lived in Texas for 6 years before moving back to the cold north). Some incredible food from the talented crew at Hunt & Harvest was a definite highlight, alongside the gorgeous backdrop & decor supplied by the Lion Rock team made for an all-around unforgettable wedding day.