Wedding video has grown in recent years and is such a powerful way to re-live and experience all the wonderful emotions of your special day. Choosing the right videographer means you can actually have a story of your wedding complete with events even you missed the first time. And a truly talented videographer knows how to capture the right moments at the right time. With videography, you will see your groom anxiously waiting at the altar, your grandparents enjoying the cocktail hour or your friends having fun at the reception. Types of video packaged offered by videographers may include the following:
Engagement Video: A video documenting the groom asking the bride to marry which can be done without the bride's knowledge.
Invitation DVD: The DVD shows the couple and/or the parents on camera inviting viewers to the wedding and reception. The DVD is usually produced by the same videographer who films the wedding and may include footage from a Concept Video.
Scrapbook: Includes but not limited to still pictures displayed on a video. Can also include sound bites and video footage, but is mostly a photo collage.
Love Story: Traditionally an interview of the bride and groom about how they met, what they are like together and what their plans for the future are. Quite often the interview is inter-cut with romantic footage of the couple frolicking together or re-enactments of what they are talking about.
Concept Video: Typically a short film that incorporates to tell a story about the bride or groom or both.
Same Wedding/Day Edit: A short video produced from the footage of the wedding shot earlier in the day, usually only incorporating footage from pre-ceremony, ceremony and post ceremony, which is then showed at the reception as a recap of the wedding.
Bridal Elegance: A video shot in the style of a fashion shoot that depicts the bride in her wedding gown.
Highlights: A chapter on the final DVD that shows highlights of the ceremony and reception. Usually running under 10 minutes, highlights videos may be uploaded to social networking websites. The shorter highlights chapter is popular to show friends, while family might watch the full-length wedding DVD.
The largest and still active organization Wedding & Event Video Association International (WEVA) offers a wealth of information on selecting a reputable videographer in your area.