You’ve decided on getting a video for your wedding. That’s awesome! It’s wonderful to have those memories of your day. Now you’re probably looking at packages or collections from various videographers and wondering what some of the options actually mean.
To help you pick the perfect choice for your wedding film, I’ve listed the most common types that cinematographers offer and how they will bring you back to your special day.
This is a staple of many wedding video packages, and might be what started you on a search for a wedding cinematographer. They can run from 3-10 minutes in length. This video will take through the best moments and emotions of the day. Highlight Films are also a great way to share those memories with your friends and relatives online.
Be sure to ask your videographer if they officially license the music for your wedding film. Unlicensed music could not only get your video taken offline, but both you and your videographer could be at legal risk for violating copyright law.
Documentary Film / Feature Film
This is more of a traditional wedding video. In this video, you can watch the entirety of the important events of your day mixed with some creative montages. This is an excellent choice if you would like to relive the experience moment by moment. The length depends on how many events are in your wedding timeline, and how many hours of coverage you purchase from your videographer. Average length is between 1-2 hours.
Ceremony and Speeches Video
As the title says, this is a video of your ceremony and reception toasts and speeches.
Minimally edited, but full of all the important words.
Creative Short Film
This film can be described as the long version of the highlights of your day. The length is usually 20-30 minutes, and is a cinematically edited film. This sort of edit is perfect for those who would like a full wedding film, but don’t necessarily want to watch a two-hour long video.
Raw footage is the individual video clip files straight out of the camera. They are completely unedited and not synced up or attached to any microphones that your videographer may have used to capture the vows or speeches.
Raw Footage may also include video clips of the ground or sky if the videographer’s camera is running as they move throughout the day. Point being, this is called raw for a reason. The best video footage of the day will be presented to you in one of the previously mentioned edited formats.
If you are concerned about your videographer not putting a certain moment, or not having footage of a relative or friend that’s important to you in your video, just reach out to your videographer and let them know what you want to have in your film! We are here to serve you and make a personalized movie that you’ll absolutely love!
Save the Date Film
This is a fun way to invite your guests to your wedding, and it’s also a great opportunity to play around with any creative and crazy ideas you may have in your head for a movie you’d like to star in. Pick a theme, plan it out with your videographer, and have a fun time! (Be sure to include important details about the upcoming wedding that your guests need to know!)
Love Story Film
This is your story. How did you two get together? What’s the moment when you knew they were the one for you? This is an interview with you and your fiancé, and may include some of your personal photos or videos as well. Some couples love to feature this at their reception. This is a way to enjoy the unique details that brought you together, and could be a sweet video to show your own children later in life.
And those are the different types of wedding films.
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