To Video or Not To Video...

That is the question many couples have when trying to decide on which vendors are necessary to make their wedding day special.  While most people think the photographer and videographer go hand in hand when planning a wedding so many opt out of booking the videographer because they either feel pictures are enough to tell the days story or they can't fit their wedding movie into the budget.  Regardless what their reasoning is, a large number of these couples later regret not having a videographer in attendance.  According to the Huffington Post, 98% of newlyweds have these regrets. And this may be the reason why...

I attended a wedding this past weekend and even though I knew there were two cameramen working together things just didn't click.  I was in my own world focused on my own thoughts.  During the reception the Maid of Honor was giving a beautiful heartfelt toast that made me want to tear up.  I turned and looked at the couple then the two cameramen and suddenly realized both were taking pictures of the speech.  A speech that was so touching but wouldn't be heard later when looking at the pictures in the wedding album.  I turned to the person to my right and said "omg I just realized there's no videographer".  They replied "I like it that way because they aren't in each others way and the couple will get great shots all night".  I shook my head because I understood.  It made sense but then a little while later I thought about it again.  Vendors are supposed to work as a team.  When professional wedding photographers and videographers are hired they work as one unit to make sure the couples get the best of both worlds.  There's no reason they should be fighting for the same spotlight.  They know how to work around each other to get the perfect memories on film.  In my opinion, moments will be missed and forgotten and even though a picture can tell a thousand words sometimes you need to hear those thousand words to really understand what took place.  The bride and groom loved the speech but after those many glasses of champagne and shots of whiskey, along with being so overwhelmed with everything going on that night, I wonder how much of that speech they will remember the next day let alone the many anniversaries they will celebrate where they might want to reminisce.  Having a videographer there to record, almost, every moment and bringing those pictures to life will help them remember every word, laugh, and everything else that happened that the photographer may have missed.  Working together they'll make the memories last forever...

Still undecided..... You have to check out this video reel of Penelope + Joseph's  Wedding from talented videographer Nikki Miller of Mae B. Films. You can see more of her amazing work here!

Penelope + Joseph's Intimate Hell's Kitchen Wedding at Ink 48 Loft from Mae B. Films on Vimeo.