Honored to have Myrtle Beach Wedding Videographer Thomas Hart from Hart to Heart Media as a guest writer on our blog today. Wedding videos are a fairly new thing as they became common only in the last 20 years. Wedding photography is much older. However, this does not mean that one visual art is more important than the other. They rather complement each other to perfectly capture the memories of your special day. Is it enough to have a beautiful photo of you and your groom standing at the altar – or would you also like to hear the vows you said to each other and share that with your future children?
Is it enough to have a great photo of your first dance as a married couple – or would you like to hear the song you danced to and see the results of your ballroom dance lessons?
According to a survey conducted by Wedding and Event Videographers in 2005, when asked “If you had a choice between looking at your grandparent’s wedding photos or their wedding video, which would you choose?” 61 percent of brides said they would rather see the video. To me this means that even if wedding day photos are more valuable to a bride during the planning process, the value of a video appreciates with time. I am personally a big fan of professional wedding videos and wanted to share with you what Myrtle Beach wedding videographer Thomas Hart with Hart to Heart Media has to say about the importance of adding cinematography to your wedding budget.
From Myrtle Beach Wedding Videographers and Thomas Hart
In the last few years wedding videos have evolved into wedding films. The guy with the cumbersome, eye-sore of a camera and lights has been replaced with unobtrusive visionaries and state-of-the-art equipment. No longer do you have to worry about wobbly, poorly lit videos commentated by the cheesy uncle behind the camera. That dream-like movie scene you have imagined as your wedding can now be captured and preserved for generations.
As wedding cinematographers we have three major obstacles when talking to potential brides: being obtrusive, budget, and educating them on the importance of having a film. “We just don’t have anything left in the wedding budget,” is one of the things we often hear. Studies show that having a wedding film created is a low priority prior to the wedding but, is the top priority/regret only 5 years after the wedding day. This makes our job more challenging because we have to convince you how you will feel after your wedding.
Recently married myself, budget was a concern for us as it is for most people. Even with working in the wedding industry I still never realized how quickly things add up. It started with the venue, food, flowers, dress, cake, and the list kept growing. So, I understand why many people don’t have money left after it all. Having said that, the only way it will fit in the budget is if you value it. Think about how you, or your future children, will feel 6 months, a year, or even 5 years after your wedding day. What will you have left after the wedding? Flowers, food and drinks are great but, will be gone after the wedding day. We used to joke around in our office about how to get brides to understand how important having a film is. Our joke was a tag line; “When the flowers wilt, the cake is eaten, and the booze are gone….the wedding film stands alone”. We had a lot of laughs over that but, honestly the only thing after the wedding will be your memories, photography, and your wedding film. Memories fade and photography is a snapshot of that exact moment. Your wedding film, however, captures those moments in their entirety. Preserving the emotion of your vows, the suspense of your dad giving you away, thoughtful toasts, and even that crazy friend doing the worm on the dance floor.
Of course, I realize how quickly the day flies by. I remember waking up on my wedding day, getting ready and next thing you know I was married. My wife and I were buzzing as we left the reception, sharing our perspectives of things that had happened throughout the day. Within a couple of weeks many of those memories faded and months later were hard to recall. Luckily, we had a film created of our entire wedding event, from the anticipation at the rehearsal to the joyous exit from the reception. I remember our first viewing; So many moments I was able to relive and, better yet, experience many I had missed for the first time.
One of the most precious parts of our wedding film is when my wife danced with her grandfather. We were so grateful for this time, having been unsure if he would even be able to make it to our wedding. Unfortunately, he passed away a couple of months later. After a little time we shared our wedding film with family and that moment brought tears to us all, a moment I will never forget.
You spend so much time, attention and money on your wedding day. Why wouldn’t you invest in something that can both capture it creatively, and allow you to relive it for a lifetime? Here is an email shared to us from the bride’s mother to the groom after the wedding:
The wedding video is simply amazing . . . literally the best I have ever seen. I could not restrain myself from calling Lauren and telling her how wonderful it was. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I am so glad that you insisted on the video and that you found a great cinematographer to capture one of the best days of our lives. It is a beautiful gift for all of us.
Hurry home! I want you to watch it together immediately!!
Love you so much, Mom”
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