The thing about having a destination wedding was that not everyone could make it. Not having a videographer was out of the question because we could have our wedding day recorded and replayed back to the rest of our family and friends back home.
Having worked with so many videographers myself, we were really concerned about having one because we knew how it affects photography and the photography was so important to us. Our video package came with 4 videographers which meant that they would get in the way of our photographer who we had flown in from Australia.
To accommodate, we added 2 extra hours to both our photography and videography package to ensure that we could get everything both our photographer and videographer needed. Additionally, we also informed both our photographer and videographers that our photographer was to take precedence and to not get in the way as much as possible. Because our photographer tends to shoot a lot of wider angle shots (and is very well known for it!) we expressed our concerns to our videographer and asked them not to take any videos during our bride & groom portraits. In fact, we wanted little directing from our videographer. That way, it allowed for as many photos we get as possible as well as not interfere with our photographer’s creative flow and process on the day.
I highly commend our videographers at Bali Photo Cinema as they were really respectful of this fact and they stayed out the way of our photographer as much as possible. They had always let him do this thing first before they did. They also did very little staged directing as possible and the extra time came in extra handy for those elements where we had to read our cards to each other and such. All those extra little moments on the day add up! It was also super helpful that our videographers did not ask us to do things over and over and over again (as we see many videographers do on wedding days) which take up SO SO SO MUCH TIME. On a wedding day, time is of the essence so having to redo certain scenes over and over again eats into the time soooooo much and becomes so cumbersome.
In hindsight, although our wedding video was nice to have for our family and friends who could not witness our wedding in person, we probably could have gotten away without one. We’ve watched our highlight video a handful of times and I’ve skimmed through our documentary video. I don’t think I could ever sit and watch the whole thing… But our photos are so priceless and we will definitely be putting up some photos on our wall. We hope our kids can enjoy these photos as they grow up.
On another note, we were so glad we didn’t need a videographer for our Toronto wedding (thank goodness!) but do regret hiring a more experienced photographer for our wedding day. But will talk about that on another blog post :)
For now, enjoy our wedding highlight video from Uluwatu, Bali: