Shadow of a bride and groom on a beach at sunset

Photo: Stacey Hedman Photography

While we’re frequently blown away (read: openly weeping at our desks) by the gorgeous and emotional wedding videos we’re lucky enough to view, we’re always surprised that many couples choose not to hire a wedding videographer. We completely understand that videography is an added expense (the average cost of a videographer is $1,658, but it varies by your location), but we think it’s worth it if at all possible.

Here are some reasons why:


Capturing Movement and Sound
Still photos provide an image of a moment in time, but wedding videos capture both movement and sound. With a wedding video, you’ll be able to hear your spouse gasp during your first look, your dad’s toast and your mom’s laughter. You’ll be able to watch your first kiss as newlyweds, your first dance, and your grandmother’s amazing dance moves. For as beautiful and artistic as still photos can be, they cannot capture motion or sound—which makes a wedding video a must-have.

The Emotion Factor
It’s so important to hire a professional videographer who will not only capture the raw footage of your big day, but also edit it down to create an emotional movie, frequently set to music, that will truly tell the story of your wedding from start to finish. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry—it’s the closest thing to reliving your wedding day.

You Won’t See Everything—But a Video Will Capture It
Your wedding day will go by very quickly, and unfortunately, you won’t be able to see everything. For example, you won’t be able to watch your flower girl walk down the aisle while you’re waiting in the wings. You won’t see your mother-in-law shed a tear while you’re saying your vows. You might not see your parents dancing cheek-to-cheek while you’re mingling with guests. But a videographer can capture these moments on film, and allow you to watch them as though you were really there, and see even more moments than you were able to on your wedding day.

Easily Shareable
Nowadays, videographers are able to upload wedding videos onto platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo. This allows you to easily share your wedding video with loved ones (instead of lugging tapes or CDs to your grandmother’s house). Your videographer may also be able to create short clips for you to share on social media. It makes hiring a videographer ideal for those who are having smaller or destination weddings—you can help family members and friends who were unable to attend feel like they were actually there.

Watch it Again and Again
While you can’t hang your wedding video on your wall and see it every day like you can with your photos, you can find special times to watch it and let the memories come flooding back. Host a viewing bash with your wedding party, or watch it every year on your anniversary. Your wedding video will make a special occasion even more special.

And if this isn’t enough proof that you need to hire a videographer stat, check out these words of wisdom from real, recently-married couples:

“Hiring a videographer was something that we had not initially included on our list but we decided to add later in the process. We loved the way the video turned out …and have really enjoyed being able to relive parts of the day with our friends and family.”—Lainey, married in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“If you are on the fence about getting a videographer—do it! We are so happy that we have a video that captures our favorite moments from the ceremony and reception. The day goes by in a blur and photos won't give you the same effect as hearing special moments on tape.” —Susan, married in Sharon, Massachusetts

“Get a videographer! Even if you only watch the video once a year, recordings of your family and friends on the best day of your life are invaluable.” —Karen, married in Lambertville, New Jersey

“There’s so much to take in as a couple on wedding day, we so appreciated having video of the ceremony, first dances, speeches, and all of the little details we worked so hard on planning for a year before our big day. There were little things that I didn't notice on our wedding day because there was just so much going on and it goes by so quickly. The video helped make those small details feel totally worthwhile.” —Whitney, married in Nashville, Tennessee