Why You Should Hire a Wedding Videographer

As wedding filmmakers, we hear it over and over again. 

"I wish so badly I had hired a videographer for our wedding day!" 

"If I could go back in time, the one thing I would do differently would be to hire a wedding videographer." 

And trust me - we get it. Weddings can be expensive and every. little. thing. adds up. The venue, the dress, the photographer (extremely important, by the way!), the food, the flowers - are all expenses. So why should you add a videographer to your wedding day budget? That, my friend, is a great question. 

I remember the day of my engagement to Josh very clearly. I was on Cloud 9, as any woman would be after two solid years of dating and FINALLY hearing the man she loved pop the question. A few short weeks later, we had our venue and photographer (shout out to Jane Bradley Photography!) lined up for our May wedding. Very fortunately, I was working at Starbucks at the time, and would often serve coffee to a young wedding filmmaker who owned his own wedding videography business. Had I not had a few conversations with him about his work prior to getting engaged, I wouldn't have even thought about hiring a wedding videographer. I went to his website and started watching his films, and that was it, I was sold. I knew we needed to hire him. 

The wonderful end to this story is that Caleb from EastWest Productions blew us away with a wedding feature film that captured so many wonderful, special moments of our day, that brought us to tears. No matter how many times we watch that film, it never gets old. How can watching a cinematic film set to beautiful music of the best day of your life get old? My thoughts exactly. 

If my personal experience isn't reason enough, here are 4 more reasons why YOU should hire a wedding videographer: 

1. YOUR VOWS 

Yes, that was meant to be in capital letters. One of the most important parts of your wedding day is the vows that you commit to each other. Take my word for it - there's nothing like hearing you both say your vows several years into your marriage to help you remember why you said them in the first place. 

2. You can't take in every moment of your wedding day, no matter how hard you try. 

I know. You wish you could, but the truth is, there's so much happening on that wonderful day that you just can't remember every detail. Thankfully, a wedding videographer can capture so many moments that you missed. This is especially true if you are able to have two videographers present, since they can be two different places at once. Whether it's your mom and grandma busting moves on the dance floor or those adorable flower girls playing tag, one of our favorite things to do is capture moments you may not have seen. I mean, why wouldn't you want to see your groomsman successfully doing "the worm" at your reception? 

3.  You can share it with everyone

I love this one. Your guests arrive at the scene after you've already had a big day getting ready and spending time with the bridal party. It's so exciting to share with friends and family all of the moments your guests didn't get to see. Plus, those special friends and family who didn't get to make it to the wedding now have a way to watch your wedding day as if they were there. And thanks to social media, it's pretty easy to share your wedding film with all of your extended family these days with just a click of a button. 

4. Your wedding film is a memento to your wedding day 

It seems obvious, but it bears being mentioned. A good wedding videographer is going to capture all of the important details of your wedding day. It's so incredibly special to be able to see over and over again the look on you groom's face when he sees you in your dress for the first time. Or the tears in your mother's eyes as you put on that final piece of jewelry. Not only that, but it will be beautifully edited and set to music that will make you cry every.time. Trust me again, I know about this one. 

So there you have it. Do yourself a favor and work a videographer into your wedding budget. Your flowers will die, the cake will be smashed, but your wedding film will last forever. 

Oh, and just for fun, check out mine and Josh's wedding highlight trailer by the ever talented EastWest Productions