T H E C O S T E F F E C T I V E B R I D E
Vol 1, No. 1 January 15, 2001
Kelly Kons, Editor, email@example.com
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SAVE MONEY ON WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY
**Did you know that the average bride spent $19,000 on
her wedding in 1999?(1) Of that nearly 20K, about 6%
of her budget went to photography and videography(2) -
that means she spent an average of $1,140.00 on
pictures and/or a video of her wedding!**
I don't know about you, but that seems a bit crazy to
me. I mean, sure, a video of your wedding is a
pretty nice thing to have, but let's face it, who
really watches this video? Your family may watch it
once after the wedding is over, and you and your
future spouse may bring it out on your anniversary
every year, but other than that the most public
viewing of your wedding video will probably be at your
50th anniversary party (and by then you will have had
to pay a couple hundred dollars to have your video
converted to the latest format. ex. DVD)
I think a great way to save a thousand bucks is to ask
yourself and family before your wedding, "Who owns a
video camera that I know?" "Who do I know who has a
hobby of videotaping?" Maybe you know one person who
owns a video camera but hates to tape, and another
person who has the patience and artistic ability to
video, but doesn't own a camera. Voila! You have your
own videographer - if both parties are willing to play
their part. (I think you will find that almost everyone
is willing to help in whatever small way they can to
help make your wedding a success.) Of course, it would
probably be a good idea to lay down some rules for your
"videographer" since they are using someone else's
camera (such as, keep the camera with you at all times
and don't let anyone else use the camera, etc.)
For our wedding, we set a video camera that my father
owned on a tripod at the front of the church. We asked
a trusted friend to turn it on when the music began 20
minutes before the wedding and to turn it off after
everyone had the left the sanctuary following the
wedding. Then, we also asked 2 other friends to video
the wedding from wherever they were sitting in the
sanctuary. This worked out very well, because the
camera at the front caught only Matt and I, but could
see our faces fairly well. And, while one of the
friends forgot that we had asked them to video, the
other friend sat at the back of the sanctuary and got
virtually everything else that the other video did not.
Now Matt and I have 2 videos and the option to have
them professionally edited together someday in the
future when we feel we can afford it.
If, however, you absolutely must have that professional
wedding video, then make sure you get what you pay for.
A high cost video demands quality. Always ask to see
an example of one of their wedding videos - in its
entirety - before signing on the dotted line.
Check out http://www.weva.org for professionals in your
area who belong to the Wedding & Event Videographers
Association. And watch for our upcoming newsletter on
how to choose a quality videographer.
No matter what you choose to do, we wish you much luck
and a wonderful engagement!
(1) Bride's Magazine
(2) Association of Bridal Consultants
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