Opting to have a videographer film your wedding is a decision that is very important to every couple,  it could be the best decision you make throughout the whole planning process. Choosing a wedding videographer is one thing, but deciding whether to part with your money and book one can be a hard call to make. 

Life Moments at work, Photo by Life Moments Media
Read on for our helpful tips and expert opinions as we aim to answer your question – should we have a wedding videographer?

What Would Videography Add to My Wedding?
If you ask almost any bride what she remembers about her special day she will probably tell you that it all went by so fast that most of it was just one big blur.

There are some things that you may miss on the big day such as the arrival of the groom or the bridesmaids, or perhaps you may even be wondering what your own entrance was like from everyone else’s perspective.

A wedding videographer will capture all of the amazing highlights from your wedding day and record them onto a DVD or upload onto a file for you to treasure forever more.

Although it is not a necessity, a professionally produced wedding film is the ultimate way of encapsulating the very essence of your very special day - memories and sounds that you can share with family and friends, children and grandchildren for years to come.

What if I Can’t Afford a Videographer and a Photographer?
Fitting everything around your wedding budget is the tricky part, as you may have already decided whether you want a wedding videographer or not but the problem is whether your budget will allow this.

Investing money in a wedding videographer and a photographer, is important and you may regret if you don’t have them. However if you have to pick one to invest money in, then decide whether having good quality photos or a professional film would be more beneficial to you.

Are Videographers Expensive?
You may find it’s less expensive than you think, “Just like photographers, wedding videographers have different packages to suit your needs and requirements. Shop around just as you would for any other supplier and you will be surprised with the great offers you can find. You may even just want a highlight film of the whole day which could reduce your package cost significantly.”

As we explain in our article on choosing a videographer, research is crucial. You must take into account what will be included in your package and how much time and effort will be put in to create your wedding video. You get what you pay for so make sure that you ask your wedding videographer questions so that you know what to expect.

Wedding Videographer Profiles
Life Moments Media

Tell us a bit about the service you offer?

“Life Moments Media is a specialist wedding videography company based in Harare, Zimbabwe that dedicates its time towards creating the best possible films for couples. We are always researching the market and improving our resources in order to give the best value for money. We have spent a large part of our lives studying and practicing film so it’s our passion. Our experience and knowledge enables us to put together compelling and cinematic films full of emotion, as well as capturing the most flattering angles of our clients.

“We always make sure we build up a relationship with our couples so that we all feel comfortable with each other throughout the whole process. 

Why Have a Wedding Film?
“Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event that you have meticulously planned from start to finish. Having a wedding video will ensure that you can watch your big day back and relive it in all its glory. Not only will you get to see how the day you planned came together but also the reactions of your guests that you may have missed or not had the time to take in.”

Would a Videographer Get in the Way?
“Not if they are an experienced wedding videographer. Nowadays, the cameras that are used by videographers are able to fit into a small bag which allows for stealth like filming – so forget preconceptions about huge, bulky video cameras which block everyone’s way. Most wedding videographers will be dressed like guests so that they blend into your wedding party, whilst capturing all the beautiful moments of the day.”

How Good Will the Quality of My Video Be?
“Established videographers can use produce wedding films with music and cinematic style soundtracks as well as crisp, sharp and steady video footage. A good videographer can capture a high quality video that would be on the same level as the photos that a professional photographer takes. 

Modern cameras also cope better with low light situations so that all those hilarious dance moves at the evening party will still be captured.”

Why Should Couples Choose a Videographer?
“A wedding is always a production in my eyes. You have the setting, the costumes, the make-up, the romance – and the stars of the show are the couple! It makes sense to capture all of it on film to watch over and over again. When shooting I draw upon my years of wedding photography and portrait work to create a living album of moving moments.”

What if the Couple are Camera-shy?
“Some brides are nervous about being filmed all day but in reality, a good videographer should be moving around capturing all the details, guests, venue and building up a picture of the day that the bride and groom can enjoy later. They will hardly notice that the videographer is there”

Advantages of Videography Compared to Photography?
“Even though I do both, I can honestly say that you capture more of the mood and spirit of the day with videography. It’s all in the little looks and gestures between couples, the moments that are shared between guests, the explosion of joy.

“Shooting the way I do, many people take stills from my films and frame those too. So you also get more coverage. Increasingly, I get couples who ask if it’s ok if I film the day and then just photograph the group line ups. 

One of the things I love about shooting wedding films though is meeting new photographers and being able to work alongside them. This can result in some spontaneous yet fantastic collaborations.”