Your Wedding Movie
A wedding video is the perfect complement to your wedding photos. While a wedding photo captures an image, a wedding video captures the moment - the images, the voices and the motions. A wedding photo can show your parents standing before a microphone, but doesn't capture the emotion in the voice and actual words of a wedding speech. One other advantage a wedding video has is its spontaneity, whereas a photo is staged.
Choosing a wedding videographer is much the same as choosing a photographer. They should have samples available for viewing. The wedding video should move at a smooth pace, the video should be well lighted and properly framed; the audio should be clear and the editing should be clean. Look for consistency in the shooting and editing - both are essential to the overall quality of the wedding video. The videographer should be able to film any event at any moment with clean results. The videographer should be open to your suggestions and be able to offer creative recommendations of their own. As with a wedding photographer, always select an experienced, professional wedding videographer for your wedding video.
In the past most videographers supplied the wedding video in VHS format, most use DVD formats today. If given the choice select DVD - it doesn't degrade the way a tape does. In fact, even if you don't currently own a DVD player still consider getting a DVD copy of your wedding video - when the VHS tape finally breaks, you'll be glad you did. Also, as of December 2004, VHS formats will no longer be made by movie companies so the VHS player will become relatively obsolete.
At it's simplest, a wedding video is said to be "in camera edited". This means all editing was done with the camera alone achieved by how the footage was shot. This technique is simple: compose, shoot, pause and repeat. The results are simple and straightforward with no additional effects. At the opposite end are wedding videos which use transition effects such as dissolves and wipes to move between segments. Broadcast quality graphics and titles give the wedding video superior results. Ask your videographer about voiceovers too. Sometimes they will set a time for you to view the video and write your own voiceover or they will do it for you if you provide the script.
As for options, the most popular are the prelude and the wedding day montage. The prelude includes footage leading up to the wedding day, for example: the bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. It often includes photos or videos of the couple from their childhoods.
The wedding day montage is a 5-10 minute segment of the more moving or entertaining moments of the wedding. Set to music, the montage highlights the key moments of the wedding: the bride walking down aisle, the exchange of vows, the kiss, the first dance, the cutting of the wedding cake and much more. It's your wedding in a nutshell - for this reason it's often the most cherished part of the wedding video.