Is It Worth It to Hire a Wedding Videographer?

Videographers are a critical part of your big day. They can catch the little moments and emotions of the day into a single video. Their results are moving and artistic and truly something to remember — but they do come at an extra cost. So are wedding videographers worth it?

Many couples forego the expense because they think a photographer offers similar benefits, but they often regret the decision later. So how do you know if a wedding videographer is right for you, and what can it add to your wedding?

What Are the Benefits of a Wedding Videographer?

Wedding videography is an exceptional way to relive your big day. A photo can capture a fraction of a second, but video captures everything. From the little interactions between your guests and the swish of the wedding dress to the love in the groom’s eyes as the bride walks down the aisle — a wedding video catches those special moments in a way that photos can’t capture.

What You Get for the Money

Just as photographers offer different packages, so do videographers. Here are a few different aspects that will influence the value of videography services:

  • Type of video: You may get a highlight video, an extended highlight video or a complete recording of the entire event. These will feature varying levels of editing and coverage.
  • Coverage time: Whether you need coverage for just a few hours or multi-day events, you may get more time for your money with some videographers. You may also need to consider what events you want covered.
  • Number of cameramen: More cameramen allow you to capture more of the day and see the big moments from multiple angles.
  • Add-ons: Many videographers add on certain features for an additional charge, such as 4K resolution, drone coverage and Instagram videos. You may also be able to request raw footage if you want to have everything shot from the day.
  • Experience: Remember, well-established and professional videographers are going to cost a bit more than amateur counterparts, but the results are much more impressive. Expertise goes a long way.

To make your videographer worth it, make sure you get some bang for your buck by considering which of these factors are most valuable to you and who can offer good results at an affordable price.

Hiring a Videographer vs. Photographer

One of the reasons that many people pass up on a videographer is because they feel that a photographer offers many of the same benefits, but the two are vastly different. You may want to get one or the other, but if your budget allows for it, getting both is an excellent option that provides two unique products when you get back from the honeymoon.

  • Viewing: When you go with a photographer, you’ll get valuable still moments that you can frame and put in albums. They are great for frequent reminders, sharing with family and seeing your pictures every day on your walls, but the emotion is different, and they don’t pull you into the moment like video does. Videography may require a more involved viewing session. You’ll have to sit down and press play, but it tends to be more moving and makes for a great anniversary activity.
  • Posing: Photography also tends to be more posed. While natural, candid photographers are popular, they still typically involve some level of posing and will have you stand in certain ways to get the best shot. If you’re not one for planned photos or simply aren’t good at striking a pose, videography may be the best choice.
  • Cost: The costs of a wedding videographer and wedding photographer are usually comparable. However, there are many factors that go into pricing, such as location, photographer experience and packages, so these numbers can vary widely.
  • Level of involvement: As a general rule, photographers tend to be more involved, since they need to interact with the couples and attendees. Videographers usually step back more and record what’s already happening. They may step in for minor direction or set up objects in a specific way, but they focus on candid events. If you want some direction, photographers have that covered. On the other hand, if you don’t want someone telling you where to stand and what to do, a videographer is usually more laid-back.

Getting the Right Videographer

A surefire way to be unhappy with your choice to get a videographer is to choose one that doesn’t meet your needs. Instead, spend time vetting your videographer, just as you would a photographer. Consider the following aspects as you select a wedding videographer:

  • Experience: A newbie may be cheap, but they won’t give you the results you can expect from a seasoned pro. More experience means your videographer knows more tricks and understands the ins and outs of the job.
  • Style: Each videographer has a specific style. They may create a video that’s more cinematic or romantic. They may use a documentary style or do something entirely different. A videographer’s style is one of the most important aspects of finding one that makes a product you’ll like. Thoroughly look through their portfolio to ensure they can match your vision.
  • Level of involvement: Some videographers and photographers will be more involved than others. Make sure you know how they will step in on the big day and if that is to your liking.

Contact Shutter and Sound Videography Today

If you think a videographer is right for you, Shutter and Sound can turn your wedding into a work of art. Our tight-knit team focuses on one thing: creating an amazing video from your big day. We don’t hire contractors, and we make it a point to create consistent style and quality.

We want you to love your wedding video, so we put every effort into making our services worth it. Please call or contact us today to learn more about partnering with our skilled artists and what Shutter and Sound has to offer.

Top 5 Tips to Look Camera Ready for Your Wedding Video

If you’re not used to being in front of the camera lens, a few tips and tricks can go a long way. Looking good and looking good on camera aren’t always the same thing — it takes a practiced eye to understand what the camera is going to see. And when it comes to your wedding day, it goes without saying that you want to look your best.

We get it, and we’re here to help you feel as comfortable and confident as possible. Let’s dive in.

1. Do a Test Run

Spontaneity and risk-taking have plenty of opportunities to shine. Your wedding day is not one of them. When it comes to looking your best for the big day, practice makes perfect.

We recommend scheduling a test run of your planned hairstyle and makeup from the artists who will be getting you glammed up for the wedding. This goes for the groom too — do a trial run of your haircut or style ahead of time. That way, you can pivot to a different style early if you’re just not happy with the finished result — and you can be 100% confident that you’ll love your look in the wedding video.

2. Get That Natural Glow

Preparing your skin is one sure-fire way to glow on camera. In the days leading up to the wedding, you should drink plenty of water to give your skin some extra hydration. Stick with a tried-and-true exfoliant that you know makes your skin happy. And don’t forget to get as much sleep as possible in the nights leading up to your wedding, no matter how packed your schedule feels.

3. Shine on the Inside — Not the Outside

Shiny skin might not seem obvious in the mirror, but it will definitely show up on camera, especially with a camera flash and in high definition. To stay camera ready, have a blotter on hand to get rid of oily skin throughout the day. Brides will also want to stick with foundation and concealer that’s light-diffusing — and stay away from anything with SPF.

4. Choose Natural Shades

When it comes to wedding makeup, au naturale is the way to go. Work with your makeup artist to choose shades and colors that complement your own and help you pop without going over the top. Particularly for your cheeks and eyes, experts recommend avoiding extremes and sticking with non-shimmery colors in soft shades.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Big

While you want to choose natural colors, you also shouldn’t be afraid to go a little heavier than usual when it comes to your makeup routine. We emphasize the “little” here, because you certainly don’t want to take it too far.

Soft yet defined makeup can make you stand out on camera and keep you clearly visible even during wide video shots. The camera can wash out makeup, so give a little extra love to your eyebrows, cheeks and lips to make sure the details don’t get lost through the lens.

Here’s one more bonus tip for you: Don’t forget to have fun! While these tips and tricks will help you feel confident on camera, the goal is not to be runway-ready. It’s much more important to be fully present and enjoy every minute of your wedding day. With professionals behind the camera, you can count on looking fantastic in your wedding video — that’s where Shutter and Sound comes in.

Trust Shutter and Sound With Your Wedding Videography Needs

Our goal is for your wedding video to be a work of art. We take a lot of pride in every finished piece, and we hope you’ll love what you see too. As a small team of professional filmmakers, we’re committed to creating beautiful videos that capture the essence of your day. Beyond the generic moments that every wedding video shows, we’re interested in what makes your day unique. We’re here to capture something real — and create something you can keep forever while we’re at it.

Get a taste of our style by checking out work on our website, and see if our pricing plan works for you in the same place. If you like what you see, feel free to get in touch and request a booking.

Things to Think About When Planning a Micro Wedding

While some brides dream of grand weddings that make them feel like royalty, others prefer simpler, more intimate alternatives. Your “big day” doesn’t have to be big — more brides are embracing the concept of the micro wedding to avoid the stress and cost of accommodating hundreds of guests.

But don’t throw planning and organization to the wind once you decide to have a micro wedding. You still need to consider several important factors to ensure that you can make the most of your wedding.

What Is a Micro Wedding?

A micro wedding is a newly coined term for a wedding with no more than 50 guests but still includes most time-honored wedding traditions — just on a much smaller scale than traditional weddings. Micro weddings are growing in popularity because they allow couples to have their dream weddings on a budget, particularly if they desire a destination wedding that a large guest list would hinder.

How to Plan a Micro Wedding

While micro weddings tend to cut down on the stress and cost for most brides, you still need to invest adequate time and effort into the planning phase. Here are six factors to consider when planning a micro wedding:

1. Choose a Unique Venue

When you don’t have to accommodate a large crowd, affordable venue options abound. Take your time finding a venue that speaks to you and your significant other’s personalities and interests, but make sure it’s also comfortable for your guests. From rustic barns to private beaches, the options are nearly endless.

2. Hire Professionals

Even for small weddings, it’s a good idea to hire professional photographers, videographers, wedding planners and catering staff to keep your wedding organized and lift the stress of coordinating the day off your shoulders.

3. Create a Meaningful Experience for You and Your Guests

Micro weddings are more intimate, with only your family and closest friends surrounding you. Make the day meaningful for your guests by creating a thoughtful dedication or leaving them with unique, personalized wedding favors.

4. Still Have a Reception

While you don’t have to go all out, your micro wedding should still feature a small reception, especially if your guests have traveled a significant distance to be a part of your big day. A micro wedding provides a fabulous opportunity for an intimate post-wedding dinner or relaxing cocktail hour — at a much lower cost.

5. Opt for Minimalism

Sometimes, less is more — and for a micro wedding, this is almost always the case. Avoid over-decorating, as this could overwhelm an already small venue. Instead, choose a few elegant centerpieces — such as flower arrangements or sculptures — and simple accents, including flower petals or string lights.

6. Book Live Music

Make your micro wedding extra special with live music, which adds class and intimacy to the occasion. Browse local artists’ event packages — you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the options!

Capture Your Micro Wedding With Shutter and Sound

No matter how small you want your wedding to be, capturing the story you create on this precious day is a must. Choose a Shutter and Sound videographer who can make this memory last forever.

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