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Filming Your Own Wedding – Pros and Cons

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. Every moment, every smile, every tear, deserves to be captured and cherished forever.

Traditionally, couples hire professional videographers to ensure these memories are beautifully preserved. However, a new trend is emerging: filming your own wedding!

This approach can offer a unique, personal touch to your wedding video, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of filming your own wedding to help you decide if this is the right option for you.

Pros of Filming Your Own Wedding

1. Personal Touch

One of the biggest advantages of filming your own wedding is the personal touch it brings. When your friends and family are behind the camera, the footage tends to be more intimate and candid. They know you best and can capture moments that a professional might miss. This personal involvement often results in a video that feels more genuine and heartfelt.

2. Cost-Effective

Weddings can be expensive, and hiring a professional videographer can add a significant cost to your budget.

Prices for a professional often exceed £2,500 – whereas filming your own wedding can be a more affordable option. By using your own or borrowed equipment and enlisting the help of friends and family, you can save a substantial amount of money. This is a great way to allocate your budget to other areas, such as the honeymoon or decorations.

Another emerging trend is to film the wedding on phones, something we’re obviously big fans of! This removes the need to hire any equipment at all so is a particularly cheap option.

3. Creative Freedom

When you film your wedding, you have complete creative control. You can decide how you want your wedding video to look, what moments to highlight, and what style to adopt. Whether you want a documentary-style video, a cinematic feel, or a simple, unedited montage, the choice is entirely yours. This freedom allows you to create a video that perfectly reflects your personality and the vibe of your wedding.

4. Relaxed Atmosphere

Having friends and family behind the camera can create a more relaxed atmosphere. You might feel more comfortable and at ease knowing that the person filming you is someone you know and trust. This can help reduce any camera shyness and result in more natural and joyful footage.

It often results in particularly hilarious moments. Guests will say and do things in front of the camera when it’s their friend filming, that they wouldn’t dream of doing if a professional was standing behind it!

5. Instant Gratification

With professional videography, there is often a waiting period before you receive the final product. When you film it yourself, you can view and share the footage almost immediately. This instant access to your wedding memories can be incredibly satisfying and allows you to relive your special day right away.

Cons of Filming Your Own Wedding

1. Quality of Footage

One drawback of filming your own wedding is the potential compromise in video quality. Professional videographers have the expertise, experience, and equipment to produce super high-quality videos. They know how to handle different lighting conditions, angles, and movements to ensure the footage looks polished. Without this expertise, your video might not meet the quality you desire.

That said, most mobile phones can film in up to 4K these days – and that’s probably overkill anyway! What we often say is, when was the last time you received a phone video on WhatsApp and couldn’t bear to watch it because of the quality? Probably a long time ago! And WhatsApp actually compresses videos and reduces the quality. Our upload service doesn’t compromise on quality at all, so all footage stays in its original form.

2. Technical Challenges

Filming a wedding requires technical skills and knowledge. From setting up the equipment to managing audio levels and ensuring stable shots, there are many technical aspects to consider. If your friends or family are not experienced in videography, they might struggle with these challenges, resulting in shaky, poorly lit, or inaudible footage.

Whether this is a big issue for you depends on the standard you’re aiming for. If you don’t mind footage occasionally being shakey, or lighting not being perfect, this may not be a problem.

3. Distraction for Guests

Asking friends or family to film your wedding can be a big responsibility! It might distract them from enjoying the celebration and fully participating in the event. Instead of being present and enjoying the moment, they might be preoccupied with capturing the perfect shot.

This is why we always recommend splitting up filming duties between several guests, so each one is only responsible for capturing one key moment.

4. Editing Time

Editing a wedding video is a time-consuming process. Professional videographers spend hours, if not days, editing footage to create a cohesive and beautiful final product. If you choose a DIY wedding video, you or someone you trust will need to invest a considerable amount of time in editing. This can be challenging, especially if you’re not familiar with video editing software and techniques.

Of course, we offer a middleground – where your guests video the wedding but we edit it. We always get your edited video back to you within 28 days of the wedding… often sooner!

5. Risk of Missing Key Moments

Professionals know what key moments to capture at a wedding – the vows, the first kiss, the first dance, and the speeches, to name a few. It’s their job not to miss these so you can be confident they won’t!

Friends and family might not be as aware of these crucial moments or might miss them while attending to other tasks. This risk means that some important memories might not be documented as you’d hoped.

With Filmed On Phones, we provide guidance to any guests you assign filming duties to, so they get an instructional video before the wedding, telling them exactly what to film and therefore reducing the risk of missed moments.

Tips for Successfully Filming Your Own Wedding

If you decide that filming your own wedding is the right choice for you, here are some tips to help ensure it goes smoothly:

1. Plan Ahead

Create a detailed plan of what you want to be captured. Make a list of key moments and discuss them with the friends or family members who will be filming. Planning ahead can help ensure that no important moment is missed.

If you are using our service, ensure you have assigned these roles within your account on our website, so we can send out the instructional videos.

2. Use Multiple Cameras

Using multiple cameras can help capture different angles and ensure that you have more footage to work with during the editing process. Place cameras in strategic locations, such as the ceremony venue and reception area, to get a comprehensive view of the day.

If you are having guests film on their phones, you’ll have as many cameras available to you as you have guests!

3. Test Equipment

Test all equipment beforehand to ensure everything is working correctly. Check the battery life, memory storage, and audio quality. It’s also a good idea to have backup equipment in case something goes wrong.

4. Delegate Responsibilities

Assign specific tasks to different people. For example, one person can be responsible for filming the ceremony, another for the reception, and another for candid moments. Delegating responsibilities can help ensure that the filming is manageable and that no one person is overwhelmed.

5. Consider Professional Editing

Even if you decide to film your own wedding, you might want to consider hiring a professional editor. They can take your raw footage and turn it into a polished and cohesive video, ensuring that your memories are beautifully preserved.

As mentioned, with all of our packages the editing comes included.

So, in summary…

Filming it yourself can be a rewarding and affordable way to capture your wedding day. It offers a unique, personal touch and allows for complete creative freedom.

However, it also comes with challenges such as potential compromises in quality, technical difficulties, and the risk of missing key moments. By carefully considering the pros and cons and planning ahead, you can decide if this approach is right for you.

Whether you choose to film it yourself or hire a professional, the most important thing is that your wedding memories are beautifully preserved and cherished for years to come.

At Filmed On Phones, we specialize in helping couples create their own wedding videos with ease. We make it easy for your guests to film on their phones, ensuring they know exactly what to do and we also make it easy for them to upload all their clips to us after the wedding. We then bring all their clips together into a memorable highlights video of your day. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you capture your special day in a way that’s uniquely yours.

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