Yes, hire a videographer.

I hear a lot of event planners telling their clients, and just telling people in general, that the best way to save money on your event is to cut the videographer. To those planners, I say this: stop talking. Videography is essential to every single party in your life. It is not what you cut to save money (take a whack at your guest list first) and I’m going to tell you why.

First and foremost, a videographer/cinematographer can capture moments that the photographers simply can’t capture. From those little moments that you miss because you can’t be everywhere, to the way your dress moves as you walk down the aisle. Photography is great, but videography fills in the gaps that it misses.

I hear, all the time, “when am I ever going to watch this?” When? Awesome, I’m glad you asked. I don’t know. But what I do know, if after that initial “watch it immediately and show it to everyone you love” the DVD will wind up on a shelf. There is no telling the next time that you will want to watch it. But here are some likely scenarios:

1. An anniversary where you want to relive those vows and first dance.
2. Time with a family member or a friend that wasn’t able to make it, but wants to see the video.
3. When your kids want to see how silly mommy and daddy looked on their wedding that was “forever” ago.
4. On a snowy night when you don’t want to leave the house but would prefer to cuddle up with your spouse.
5. A rough patch when you’re at each other’s throats and need to remember that love that you had and still have.
6. When you want to show off how fabulous everyone looked and what a great time everyone had.
7. Just because.

There is no replacing videography. It is not what you cut from your wedding wish list in order to save money. 300 guests isn’t necessary, but videography is. And no, someone taking video with their iPhone isn’t a substitute (save that for Friday night happy hour) for video…or for photos for that matter.

Don’t believe us? Check out this amazing short clip that we worked on with Gabelli Studio. Then tell me that you don’t want something just like it. 

http://www.gabellicinema.com/

You’re welcome.

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