I can’t be the only one out there who hates seeing herself on video. I’ve avoided it since I was a child—I find home movies deeply embarrassing. I knew I would never want to watch a wedding video and that pictures would be sufficient. Therefore, wedding videography was an easy pass for us…
…until I saw a dear friend’s wedding highlight reel on social media. It blew me away—so lovely and classy and professional! I think I cried watching the video, and I had been IN the wedding. When I told the bride as much, she said that it was a last minute decision but that she was SO GLAD she had done it.
Well, shoot. Where’s the money-flying-away emoji when you need it?
I started cruising reviews of videographers in our price range. Since we hadn’t planned on doing video, I didn’t want to allocate a ton of funds for it; but I was also very, very nervous about going budget on this. The few example reels I watched were…not good. And if that’s the product you receive, what can you do about it? Nothing. You can do nothing. No do-overs, no erase-ys.
I knew my general preferences regarding the style of final product (similar to the lovely Mrs. Squid’s video), but I also knew I probably couldn’t get that level of quality for the price I was willing to pay. I even thought “I wish I could just do the editing myself” as long as someone caught the actual footage. I spent about 10 minutes fantasizing about burdening my poor friends with this until I found Vanilla Video.
Finding this company was like being in the moment of the infomercial when it goes from black and white to full color and smiles! | Image via Vanilla Video
VV is exactly what we were looking for—a company that does raw footage for an extremely reasonable price. We booked six hours of coverage for a mere $599 and will receive one and half hours of raw but professionally shot footage, and seeing as they have excellent ratings on Yelp and the Knot, I’m pretty confident that we will be happy with the results.
You can build your own package online! | Image via Vanilla Video
Then, of course, the work begins. I know it will be a laborious task to create our own wedding video, but Benjamin is techy and has a great eye as far as design, and I am obnoxiously meticulous, so I’m pretty excited about it. I’m already making a short list of potential songs to use. Once the wedding is over, Ben and I can relive our favorite moments together as we work to make something that will help us remember our day—and will be truly ours, creatively.
How do you feel about videography? Is it a must or an easy “no thanks”?