Sight & Sound

A wedding videotape should never be considered a substitute for still photographs. However, by virtue of its sound and movement, a videotape can preserve a distinct and important part of your wedding. Imagine being able to see and hear your vows being said, reliving again the emotions of the moment. A video of your wedding and the following festivities will capture the "real life" that otherwise goes unobserved, and is a poignant, often humorous, accompaniment to the traditional wedding photographs. You may find yourself watching the video more than viewing the pictures.

Find a professional videographer the same way you shop for a photographer: Look at his work, and talk with him about his style of taping. Start looking at least six to eight months before your wedding, and reserve a firm date as soon as possible.

Be clear about pricing structure. Fees will generally depend on the number of cameras, editing time and special production needs. Some videographers will simply charge per camera, per hour, others may film as much as possible and then selectively edit the footage into a polished cassette, all for a package price.

In a pre-production planning session, talk with the videographer about the events you would like taped. You may want to design your own package to include footage of the rehearsal, the bachelor dinner, a bridal shower, you and your groom in formal preparation for the ceremony, interviews with your parents, special guests, activities and groups of friends at the receptions, all captured on film in sight, sound and movement for years to come.

Your videographer may even be able to put your video on a CD Rom or DVD. which will truly last forever.