Still undecided about whether or not you want a wedding film? Here’s why we think hiring a filmmaker could be one of your best ever decisions.
1. THEY’RE SO EMOTIVE
Wedding films these days are slick, polished productions, usually set to music, which make your big day look like a rom-com come to life. Filmmakers use state-of-theart technology (usually HD cameras) and edit with precision to create a beautiful piece of work that showcases all of the best bits of your day. With their skill for storytelling, and you and your loved ones as the stars of the show, you’re guaranteed to get a bit teary eyed when you watch yours. Or, indeed, when you watch other peoples’¦
2. THEY CAPTURE THE ACTION
Your wedding photos provide snapshots of your special day, but your film will show those moments in action. “Seeing people’s reactions is something you miss out on during the wedding, but you get to see that in a film,” says Laura Duncan, who married partner Robert at Logie Country House Hotel in April and wrote to SWD afterwards to tell us how glad she was to have hired a filmmaker (originally she hadn’t budgeted for one). “Robert’s favourite bit of the film is the montage of all the family interacting and joking around as the photographs were being taken. He also loves the piece of music that goes with it.”
3. YOU’LL SEE THE WHOLE STORY
Your married pals will all tell you that the day passes by in a bit of a blur “ and it’s true. From getting ready in the morning to getting around all your guests, you’ll be caught in a whirlwind of fun which makes it hard to take a step back and really seethe amazing day you’ve planned. Not only that, but there are inevitably parts of the day you’ll miss (such as the drinks reception when you’re off getting pictures taken), so your film will give you the chance to see the whole day’s events as they unfolded.This is especially true if your filmmaker has a second shooter, which will allow them to split up and capture even more of the goings-on. Some filmmakers can even take aerial footage with a drone camera so that you can see your day from a whole new vantage point!
4. THE VIEWER BECOMES A GUEST
Have you got family members who are too frail to attend the wedding, or who simply live too far away to make the journey? Send them a link to your wedding film (or a disc) after the day and they’ll get a proper feel for how your day was. You could even record a little message for them, or give them a mention in the speeches; it’s a lovely, personal touch that’ll make them feel special and involved.
5. YOU CAN LISTEN AGAIN AND AGAIN
6. THEY CAN TEAM UP WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Not booked your photographer yet? Don’t stress “ your filmmaker can recommend photographers they’ve worked with before who they rate, then on the day they’ll work together to make sure everything runs smoothly. Some photographers even offer a discount on their services if you book a filmmaker they regularly partner with, so you could save a bit of cash too.
7. THE MEMORIES ARE PRECIOUS
A film offers more than just a record of a special event; it captures the people you love most in your life. If you think about why you love watching old family videos back, it’s not because you want to see yourself opening a Gameboy on Christmas Day in 1995 “ it’s because you want to see the delighted face of your granny, and fondly reminisce about loved ones who are perhaps no longer around. “I love watching my wedding film because I can see a family member who has since passed away,” says Craig, who got married at Enterkine House. “I’m so glad I got one.”
8. THEY CAN WORK WITH YOUR BUDGET
A wedding film isn’t as expensive as you think. The majority of filmmakers offer a range of packages at different price points to cater to different spends, and some can even provide half-day coverage.
9. YOU CAN HAVE FUN WITH IT
Several filmmakers offer fun add-ons to their films, which in themselves can become part of the entertainment of the day. Instead of having a traditional guestbook, you could go for a video guestbook, where guests are recorded Big Brotherstyle passing their well wishes (and drunken rambles) on. Extroverted couples may even like to make a marryoke film, where your filmmaker records footage of you and your guests singing and dancing along to a song then cuts it together to make it look like a music video. Some filmmakers can even add special effects to your film afterwards, and you may even have the option to have your film screened at a local cinema if you really want to push the boat out.
10. IT’S NEVER BEEN EASIER TO SHARE
While some couples do still like to receive a hard copy of their film on disc, the majority of filmmakers provide the digital file and can even upload the film to Youtube or Vimeo so you can stream and share with ease. Don’t like the idea of everyone being privy to your special day? “We requested that our film wouldn’t be shared on Facebook or Youtube as we felt it was personal to us,” says SWD reader Laura. “Our filmmaker accommodated this by giving us a private link, which we have shared with close friends and family.”