Hi Mike and Jenn,
This is a decision that many couples struggle with, including Miriam and Mike.
There is a reason "I wish I had a wedding video" comes up on a lot of regrets lists. The one thing that most engaged couples don't realize is that a wedding video doesn't really show it's worth right away. Even couples who decide to get a wedding video don't realize how much they will love having it until years later. Our couples often send us emails saying that they wanted to reminisce or just celebrated their anniversary, so they decided to watch their film. It's after these viewings that we receive these wonderful emails. We get a greater response from them years after their wedding than we did when they initially received their wedding film. This is because wedding videos appreciate more over time. As you begin to forget all the little nuances of your wedding day, as loved ones pass away and as you start to have a family of your own, you become nostalgic and want to go back or want to share your wedding day with your kids. We get a lot of emails from our couples saying that their kids can't stop watching their wedding film (most call it mommy and daddy's wedding movie). It's important to point out that your not only filming your wedding day for you to remember, but also for your parents, grandparents and children. We recently heard this from one of our couples:
We hear back from so many of our couples, especially those from years ago when they find us on Facebook (we didn't have a Facebook page when we started). It's so nice to read all of their comments. Many of our couples even continue to follow our blog and watch our Facebook page for new clips and leave comments, like Adam. That is a true testament to the worth of a wedding video vs the myth that all wedding videos are boring. Though some of our couples are family and friends of other couples we've worked with, most are not, yet they still enjoy watching the clips we post. To me, this means that if you prioritize wedding video and hire someone who does a great job, even total strangers will want to watch your wedding video.
I wish I had some video clips prepared to add to this post of the comments our past brides and grooms make when we're filming a sibling or friends wedding because those comments are just as sweet as the emails! We've heard several of our couples tell their kids, "These are the people that made mommy and daddy's wedding movie." Many have told us that getting a wedding video was the best decision they made. Some have said that they watch their film far more than they look at their wedding album.
Easy there photographer peeps. I'm not belittling your importance at all. We believe that photography and videography are equally as important. I'm just trying to get the point across that afterwards, many of our couples think that video is more important than they thought it was when they were planning their wedding. It's pretty common for engaged couples to splurge on photography because it's always held a place of importance, but often videography only gets the left overs. That means that sometimes we fit in a budget and sometimes we don't. This is where that dilemma comes in. Is it worth it to reallocate money in the budget or dig up some more cash somehow for a video? We often ask, "If you had to do it again, what would you change?".
We are so grateful to all of the couples who chose to work with us, continue to recommend us every chance they get and especially those of you who come out of the woodwork and send us an email or post to our Facebook wall years after your weddings to tell us the wonderful things that you do! We love an appreciate all of you and are glad that you let us into your life! And just for the record, we remember each and every one of you and all of your fabulous weddings (I'm talking to you, Michelle). If you're reading this post and weren't mentioned, please know that it's not personal. I was just writing it REALLY fast and used what I found first.
Miriam and Mike were so happy with their final film and their experience with us that they wanted to do a testimonial video for us. I thought it would be helpful to repost it for any couples out there that are on the fence about getting a wedding video. In this clip, they talk about the process they went through and the struggle that Miriam faced when deciding if she wanted a wedding video. I've also posted a clip of Miriam's bridal prep from their wedding film.