By Michael Wolanin
The days of having just wedding photos are over. With social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram, video has gone viral. It’s become the latest trend and brides are recognizing its importance as a must-have for their wedding. We are surrounded by video everywhere we turn. People use video to capture everything from life’s silliest moments to its major events. It’s the one thing we can use to capture a moment exactly as it happened.
It’s really quite amazing if you think about how long it has taken for video to become one of, if not the most important ways to remember the best times. With the average cost of a wedding now being from $25-30,000, couples want to be able to look back and enjoy their elaborate day. Plus, it has become so easy to share your wedding film with friends and family by using Facebook, YouTube or email. It’s especially great to have a wedding video to send to guests who could not attend.
Styles have changed a lot over the years. Today’s wedding films are more entertaining and enjoyable to watch. They’re edgy and upbeat versus long and dull! There are videographers who offer documentary style, cinematic style or both. Both styles are great, but they are also very different. When you watch a documentary wedding film, you will be watching the day’s events as they happened in order. It’s perfect for the couple that just wants their wedding day filmed professionally without any creative style. When you watch a cinematic wedding film, on the other hand, you will be seeing a very powerful, entertaining, fun to watch movie that is much like a motion picture you would see in the theater. You will be experiencing a wedding film like you have never seen before. These films have become quite popular because they are shorter in length, very creative and give the couple the “WOW!” factor they desire. This is perfect for the couple who wants a wedding film they can enjoy without having to watch the entire ceremony and reception.
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Using Video to Announce Your Engagement or Save the Date!
Who says you are just limited to a wedding day film? There are so many ways your wedding can stand out and be different from all the rest. One way to do this is by producing a save the date video. Instead of having hundreds of save the date cards printed and mailed to all of your friends and family, have a cool save the date video produced instead. Be creative and have fun with it! Go on location to where the two of you like to hang out and have your videographer produce an incredible save the date video that no one will expect. Then go viral with it – post it on Facebook for your friends to see or email it to relatives. I guarantee they will enjoy it and it will save you a lot of money on stamps , too!
Michael Wolanin and his wife Karleen are the owners of Starring You Productions. They are members of WEVA International, the Wedding and Event Videography Association and have taught their style and techniques to videographers from all over the world. For more information, visit www.starringyouproductions.com.