Wedding Videographers

Written by Gregg Ruais
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The most experienced wedding videographers know the proper etiquette for filming marriage ceremonies and the receptions afterwards. Video crews must get right in the middle of the action, but at the same time, they cannot interfere with the parties or entertainment they are filming. My wife and I couldn't have been happier with the performance of our videographer, whom I don't remember seeing at the reception even once; although, he must have been there, because he made a great film full of enjoyment, blunders, and romance.

I did speak to him before the actual marriage ceremony at the church. He placed a hidden microphone on the inside of my tuxedo jacket to record my wife's and my voice while we said our vows. In retrospect, this was one of the best decisions he made. While watching the video, my mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, and mother all cry during the scene where my wife and I pledge our undying love, and we would never have been able to make out our voices without the hidden microphones.

Weddings are rare occasions when entire extended families get together and have fun. The best wedding videographers make sure they capture the hugs shared by people who live far apart from one another and haven't hung out in years. My favorite aspect of my wedding video is the unintentional comedy. While scanning the audience at church, the videographer caught clips of distant relatives, whom I don't know all that well, dozing off during the ceremony.

Deciding Between Wedding Videographers

Most wedding videographers keep sample movies of their past work to show prospective brides and grooms, who often shop around before hiring someone. Quality and price should both be taken into consideration. However, if ever there were a day when price is no object, it's a wedding day. Even as the genuinely thrifty person that I am, I think that a great video, as compared to an average one, is well worth the extra money.


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