Will you be crying tears of joy when you look back on your wedding, or tears of sorrow?

Isn’t it a great feeling to see all those ticks starting to build on your wedding checklist? You’re spending a crazy amount of time right now running around to view or taste, deliberate over the numbers and guests, or frantically juggling the budget…


Breathe! You are making progress.


By now you should’ve decided you’re going to hire a wedding videographer to record what will be a magical moment in time. If you’re not yet convinced, perhaps read why you should see it as the smartest wedding investment.


Trouble is, there are thousands of wedding videographers to choose from, and a huge range of budget options available. Every videographer is unique and has their own particular way of shooting and editing – some are pure artists in motion, others are weekend warriors just trying to top up their bank accounts. So how do you choose who will capture the essence of who you are as a couple, those special intimate moments, the key stages of the day, and shoot it all in a style that represents your story?


Imagine you’re curled up on the couch with your new hubby and all you can do is burst into tears because they’ve missed those magical moments, or it’s just so poorly shot you never want to watch it again!


It doesn’t have to be that way. Yes, it will take some time to do the research, but remember this is a treasure you want to go back to year after year, and share with your family and friends. So get recommendations, trawl through as many websites as you can, and read through their FAQ or General Info pages.


Once you’ve settled on several, you then need to get on a call or schedule a meeting so you can ask specific and direct questions.


Key areas will be:

  • Experience
  • Style
  • Scenes to record
  • Working with the photographer
  • What you will get as a final package


Apart from whether they’re available on your set date, you really want to ask what their video background is and how many weddings they have filmed. That will give you a quick indication of their experience, and how well they answer will set the tone for the rest of the discussion.


Next to discuss is style, and this is something you should have carefully considered beforehand. There are three main types:


  1. Documentary: this is a difficult style of shooting, but is the most watchable afterwards. It focuses on characters and special moments throughout the day, so the videographer has to anticipate scenes so they can build a story that will also follow the timeline of the day.
  2. Traditional: generally you’re just wanting the key moments captured and looking beautiful, and will focus primarily on the bride and groom, plus the main wedding party. It is a more fixed and simple way of shooting, something inexperienced videographers will lean towards.
  3. Cinematic: this is a big and dramatic style of shooting, generally with specific lights and a continual arrangement of the bride & groom, and entourage, to get the most beautiful shots possible. It’s more intrusive, more expensive and will not necessarily follow the timeline of the day.


Are you wanting every scene of the wedding day recorded or just the main ceremony? Remember, there is a lot that happens in an entire day, so you really want to think about what you want to watch again afterwards, and which parts of the day are the most important to you.


When it comes to the photographer check to see if the videographer has worked with them before. If they have it’s a bonus, but it’s a not a game changer. What can make or break the day, is whether the two teams can work together and not get in each other’s way. There is generally an unseen rivalry between photographers and videographers, with one often thinking they are the more important service on the day. If you believe the photographer is more important then say so, but if your photographer is always hogging the best positions and continually using a bright flash, the videographer might struggle to tell the story you want, and you’ll see more of the photographer in the video than your guests.

You do need to lay down some ground rules and have them talk to each other in advance.

Also, be particularly careful to ensure matching or complementing styles. Many companies these days do both photography and videography, and this creates a harmonious look-and-feel between your photos and video. It also prevents conflict happening between photographer and videographer, which can potentially ruin what you receive, let alone disturb your special day.


Surprise gifts are an absolute joy on your wedding, but you don’t want surprises when it comes to your wedding video, so make sure they detail what will be packaged afterwards and how you will receive it. It might be a simple highlights reel or music video, or even separate videos of the different stages of the day.

Waiting for your wedding video can be the most frustrating part, but you need to bear in mind that video-editing is not a quick and easy process, and it takes time to craft it into something you’ll watch repeatedly with family and friends.


Another important question is whether the videographer will allow any changes once you’ve viewed the video. Many generally don’t because it can become a continuous back and forth process that becomes particularly drawn out. So it’s best to choose wisely at the beginning and put your trust in them. However, you know if you’re a fussy person, so check with them in advance and they might allocate a revision or two. This could come with an additional charge.


The mark of a great wedding videographer is someone who understands the importance of the day, and wants to tell the best possible story. After all, a fairy-tale has much more to it than just the ‘happily ever after’, so if the videographer is asking you lots of questions then you know they’ll pay attention to the detail, which, at the end of the day, is what will create the most vivid memories when you watch it. They should also be able to give you a range of different packages to choose from, and will have some very specific prices for those packages. More expensive doesn’t always mean better, but shooting and editing a great wedding video is a very special artistic skill that takes time, so factor that in when being presented with pricing options and what you will receive for the money you’re going to spend.


The most important step now is to determine what style of wedding video you want, so watch as many online portfolio videos as you can to see what resonates with you. Be prepared to adjust your video budget, but at least know what the range is. Once you’re ready to start the consultation process, use a detailed checklist of questions to ask wedding videographers so that you don’t get sidetracked on matters that aren’t relevant, and potentially miss the questions that ensure you don’t get any nasty surprises later.


Ultimately, you want a wedding video that triggers your senses to create and instill lasting memories. You’ll have one particular viewpoint on the day, and will no doubt be wrapped up in emotion, so you want to be able to experience it again as your guests did, and so that you can see their reactions at certain times of the day.


A great wedding video will also act as a time capsule – allowing you to relive the day, or give your children and grandchildren the gift of ‘attending’ your wedding. Just imagine the joy, fun and laughter when you all listen to the music again, watch your friends dancing, and are reminded of the loving pledge you made to one another.




Why I regret not having a wedding video

This year I celebrated my 15th wedding anniversary to my high school sweetheart. I’ve learnt a lot about marriage in that time. And would you believe I have only one major regret? Not hiring someone to shoot a wedding video.

At the time, Jacqui, my then girlfriend of already 12 years, was organising a massive exhibition at a similar time to our wedding. So, I’d taken the lead as primary wedding planner… everything from managing the budget, coordinating the venue, liaising on catering, the DJ, the photographer, you name it… making it all come together on the day.

Which left me to make the biggest mistake.

And it’s kind of ironic, given that I worked in television, effectively living and breathing video every single day.

But bucks were tight and I knew how much time and effort went into making a decent video, so it was right at the bottom of the list. If we could afford it, then we’d squeeze it in, after all the other seemingly important expenses that were priority.

Plus, I never really thought I’d watch a video again. Would we really sit through all the speeches again? I would be front and centre with my bride, so why would I need to watch the ceremony from some distant perspective?

On top of that, I was also well aware of how intrusive video cameras can be, so I didn’t want them hovering around us and potentially interrupting the guests. I figured wedding videos were quite cheesy, and didn’t trust anyone to do a decent enough job, especially as the people who were the best at filming were actually attending the wedding.

It didn’t really phase me at the time, seeing we had hired a photographer, and I believed that would be more than sufficient to capture the essence of the day.

But it wasn’t.

The day turned into the most magical blur, and so much happened that Jacqui and I never got to see. A video would have seen and heard it.

Today, I regret not hiring a wedding videographer because I wish I could:

●  See the look of astonishment on my own face when my gorgeous bride was being lead down the aisle
●  Replay the hours before the ceremony as we all donned our finest – most of which was only worn once!
●  Hear ‘our’ song again as we came together
●  Listen to the cheers from family and friends as we took our first kiss
●  Re-watch our hilarious MC, who recently died from cancer
●  See the way my cousin furiously turned out the most remarkable feast
●  Relive those crazy dancefloor antics, when even Gran was ‘Staying Alive’
●  Share the video with friends overseas who couldn’t be there

You see, there are some things photographs will never be able to capture – the vows, the toasts, the music. There’s no sound of small nieces and nephews getting up to mischief, no cackle of that one mate who laughs at absolutely everything, and no awkward silence as the best man stands up.

A wedding is not just the most significant day in your life… it’s a moment in time.

To capture the real emotion of your fairy-tale day, you need the immersion of video. Think of it as a time capsule. One you will be able to unearth whenever you want to, whether it’s to celebrate your first anniversary or your 50th with your grandchildren. In many ways a wedding video is a family heirloom.

So don’t make my mistake by thinking maybe, if, possibly, it’s not necessary. A wedding video must never be an after-thought.

Rather, see it as a family investment, by putting it at the top of your wedding budget.

Doing Your Wedding Day Differently

We have experienced some amazing weddings in our time… Long ones, short ones, white weddings, traditional weddings, weddings with hundreds of guests, elopements with only immediate family and each and every single one is a precious story to us. A story that will never be told again… (unless you have a video!) But of all these incredible celebrations, the ones that become lasting memories to us (and the guests attending) are definitely the ones that are done with a bit of jazz. The ones where the bride and groom weren’t afraid to be true to exactly who they are. Mixing it up with stuff like first looks, an upside down, wrong way round schedule, two wedding gowns, a Downton Abby/Star Wars themed reception, etcetera etcetera. It can really be anything! We love these weddings because the reflection of the couple’s story is true and authentic. They are also exciting, we love not knowing what’s coming next. Don’t be afraid to do WHATEVER you want to do on your big day. It’s yours and it’s forever and you want it to match up with your heart.

Take a look at some cool, different weddings below to get some inspiration!


Kevin & Daliah

Rudi & Ania

Rohan & Ansi

Matthew & Kristyn

Gawie & Deirdre

Chris & Bianca

How to Choose Your Wedding Videographer

We collaborated with the awesome Southbound Bride to bring you the Top 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Videographer.

"Video doesn’t just capture moments in time, but time itself. Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, but it feels like it’s over in the blink of an eye. Most couples will tell you that they wish they could experience it again. Videography captures your story and wedding-day moments in all their glory, from start to finish. Whole and complete, quality moments, 25 photos per second of video. Voices, expressions and emotions are captured fully and artistically. Choosing to have a wedding video means that you can watch your wedding day happen again, in motion, before your eyes."