Wedding videos today are pretty stunning. They are filmed professionally, edited skillfully and look absolutely incredible. It dawned on me one day that I had never seen my parents’ wedding video and later found out that they chose not to have their wedding filmed. I asked my mom why and she told me that weddings with videographers she had attended were distracting and the videos were not good quality either. She talks about her wedding often and how amazing of a day it was. It would be great if I could see my parents stating their vows or dancing their first dance together, all documented in a wedding video.
Wedding videos started out as being something only wealthy individuals were able to have. These videos would be filmed on eight and sixteen-millimeter cameras which would fill up the camera’s cartridge after only four minutes of footage. There were only a few enterprising individuals that would film the weddings then splice together the footage to produce one long film.
Fast forward a decade to the 1980’s. The first consumer camcorders came out and wedding video documentaries became available to the masses, not just the rich. Videographers, at the time, were more hobbyists than anything. Usually, they would film out of a request from friends and/or family. Fortunately, however, more of those videographers went on to pursue wedding videography as a career.
There were a very distinct style and quality to those wedding videos. The technology and technique were both primitive, in the sense that the image and audio quality were low, films would not be edited and there was a generational loss from filming in analog tape. On top of all of that, wedding videography had a pretty negative reputation for bringing interference with the wedding day festivities. Bright lights were needed to capture decent visuals, videographers were most of the time amateurs, and the large equipment would distract the guests and wed couples.
Then the 1990’s came around and everything changed (for the better). Videographers decided to form regional and national organizations strictly dedicated to wedding videos which improved the wedding videography industry immensely. Additionally, digital cameras were introduced which not only removed the obstacles of filming in analog but the video quality became multiple times better (but still not great on today’s standards). On top of that, wedding videographers took a creative leap and began editing wedding videos which got rid of just documentations of weddings.
But what are wedding videos like today? Today, they really don’t deserve the title “videos” rather than they are “films.” Wedding videography in this day and age is not only cinematic but highly artistic and very professionally. The technology has gotten so advanced and minimal that videographers can capture all of the amazing moments and create motion picture artistry all while being flies on the wall. Wedding videographers capture the tender, emotional moments throughout the day and provide the couple with an invaluable keepsake that can be passed down through generations.