Why Videography is Essential for Modern Weddings

By Maria Yeonhee Ji

Though, for some, hiring a wedding videographer may seem like an extravagance - a costly frill that the budget could do without - this way of thinking about wedding videos is an old-fashioned, short-sighted approach that you may regret in years to come. Videos are unparalleled in their ability to capture and portray the magic of your day and will be priceless in the years ahead, which is why hiring a professional videographer has become essential for modern weddings. With the development of technology and growing expertise by industry professionals in New Zealand, wedding videography packages are much more accessible for couples planning their big day. Here are a few of the most important reasons why you should a videographer for your big day. 

1/ IT’S THE MOST EVOCATIVE MEDIUM TO TELL YOUR STORY

Videography by Sink or Surface

A wedding has all the components you need for a powerful film - protagonists with an important story, breathtaking costumes, hair & makeup, lighting, music, a stunning set, and scripts (the celebrant’s ceremony script, vows, speeches etc). So why not make the most of all your planning and opt for the most evocative medium to tell the story of the day you got married? In addition to the visual aspect, videography also brings in sound, movement, and editing so that you are left with a composition of moving moments that powerfully portray the magic of your wedding day. 

 2/ VIDEO CAPTURES ALL THE DETAILS

Videography by Jetmo Project

While still photographs can be beautiful mementoes to keep in albums and frames for your home, they can never capture aspects of your wedding day in the way a video can. The motion and sound in videography help record not just the look of the day, but also its spirit - the dynamic details of people’s movements, the vivid sounds of mingling and celebrating guests. It’s these additional layers of detail that help make films so powerful, and stir so much emotion in viewers, and why capturing these via videography has become so important for modern weddings. 

3/ INCLUDING THE MOMENTS YOU MISSED ON THE DAY

Videography by Grey Area Productions

When reminiscing about the day of their wedding, many people comment on how quickly it passed them by. Months and months of planning culminates in what seems like the fastest day of your life; it can be hard to take in and appreciate all the details. Wedding videography not only gives you the chance to see the moments you may have missed on the day - people’s expressions and reactions to vows and speeches, members of the crowds having the time of their lives - you also get to see yourselves in the way others saw you. 

4/ MAKING YOUR WEDDING SHAREABLE (& SHAREWORTHY)

Videography by Mata Films

In the globalised world we live in, most of us have friends and family scattered across various continents. However, it’s not always possible for everyone to attend your ceremony, be the reasons logistical, financial, medical, or a last-minute change in circumstance. Having a file or link to a video record of your wedding means you can share the experience with those who matter more fully than you could with a snaps of discrete moments during the day (and, depending on your videographer’s skills, you could end up with a wedding video so soul-stirring that your love story is shared all across the web). 

5/ YOU CAN MAKE YOUR WEDDING INTIMATE YET INCLUSIVE

Videography by Wild Souls Photo + Video

Another benefit to having a video of your wedding is that you can make your wedding intimate yet inclusive. There are many advantages to having a smaller guestlist, but one of the hazards is potentially offending family members/friends/colleagues by not inviting them to share this milestone in your life. An engaging memento of your day to send to your wider circle can make those your wedding couldn’t accommodate feel more included in you and your partner’s journey, and give them the opportunity to communicate their congratulations in the digital sphere. 

6/ IT’S A SLICE OF LIFE TO SHARE WITH FUTURE FAMILY

Videography by WHITE Wedding Cinematographers

One of the most beautiful aspects of having a wedding videographer is that you can share the experience with your children and grandchildren. A video is an amazing way of preserving your family history and the rich narratives of your life, as there are some details that do fade with time. The hilarious mannerisms of your favourite great-aunt, the music that was popular at the time of your reception night, the way your parents held each other on the dance floor… some moments elude description, and simply transcend the limitations of a single shot. It’s these dynamic memories that’ll be forever conserved in a wedding video. 

7/ YOU CAN REPLAY AND RELIVE IT WHENEVER YOU WANT

Videography by Hollow & Co. 

Being able to pull out a video of one of the most momentous days of your life at any time you want is absolutely worth the investment. Though the smaller, specific investments you made to go the extra mile in your wedding planning won’t seem so important several years on (extra candles for a more extravagant aesthetic? How impressive should the floral arrangements be for the reception? Matching bow tie for the dog?), most couples cherish the photography and videography most. Even if it’s just to watch once a year on your wedding anniversary, you can’t put a price on being able to replay and relive that first, earliest day of your marriage. 



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