Winter is brutal in Michigan this year! So we thought you might like to think WARM thoughts by watching this Bay Harbor Beach Wedding.
If you have recently become “engaged” congratulations! Now comes the hard part: planning your dream wedding. You may be tempted to just throw out a number and say “This is our budget” and if your resources are constrained, that may be your only option. Of course, since you’ve never done this before (well, at least most of you haven’t), you have no idea of what the various wedding vendors charge and what the varying levels of quality might be. SO, let me suggest an alternative way to begin your wedding plans.
Start by making three lists: Absolute MUST haves, REALLY want to haves, and WOULD LIKE to haves. Then begin researching pricing and quality of your ‘MUST HAVE” list. Once you get over the sticker shock, you’ll have a much better idea of how much the “wedding of your dreams” is reallly going to cost. At this point you may decide that some of your “must haves” are too pricey or at least you can decide on how high up the quality scale you wish to climb. For instance, you can find wedding video pricing from a craigslist low of $500 to international superstar filmmaker pricing of $10,000 or up! Obviously, there is a HUGE difference in quality from one end to the other and you must decide where the value lies for you. Are you satisfied with low end?; Is a medium priced product good enough?; or do you require something really exquisite? This scenario will be palyed out in all of your vendor choices.
Now is the time to set your budget! You have an idea of what the most important parts are going to cost for the quality that you demand, and, even if you exceed your budget in the end, the number will put a brake on your understandable desire to have the best of everyting even if you can’t afford it. Now is the time to book the number ONE item on your “Must Have” list. Traditionally, that is your ceremony venue, but, if your photographer or cinematographer is the most important item on your list go ahead a choose a date that they are available. If you have lots of time and enjoy researching all the areas that you will need (and the list is pretty long, lol) go for it! If that’s not the casse, there are plenty of wedding planners who can assist you with your budget and finding the vendors who meet your quality and price demands. Just remember, you can get cheap or you can get good, but good AND cheap? probably not.
DO YOU REALLY WANT A WEDDING VIDEO?
If you are looking for a videographer for your wedding, chances are you’ve never done this before, and so you may not know the difference between a ‘wedding video’ and a ‘wedding film’. And I know these are just names and names can mean many different things to different people, so let me explain what they mean to me, because it really involves two completely different approaches.
‘WEDDING VIDEO’ has been around since the 1940’s and really hasn’t changed much in content from those early days. The purpose of a wedding video is to document the day; to capture everything as efficiently and economically as possible and present events as they happened. So your wedding videographer is going to rely primarily on wide or medium shots in order to portray as much of the action as possible, and your primary product, the wedding video, will be 2 or 3 or more hours long. Your vendor may provide you with a shorter ‘highlight’ film, but it will be culled from the same material as the primary video, meaning mostly wide or medium shots and little or no dialogue.
The ‘WEDDING FILM’ has just recently been made possible by advancements in technology and training and is STORY based. The whole approach is different. We are attempting to ‘tell the story’ of your day, not to document every single moment. To begin, we need you to tell us what the most important parts of your day are, because the story will be built around those events. Your theme, your colors, your personalities all play a part in determining the development of the story. Your story is scripted just like a Hollywood film in regards to camera placement and shooting assignments, with a concentration on the close-ups, the details, and the emotions that will drive the story. The story is built upon dialogue; the dialogue captured from the ceremony and toasts and relevant comments from the main actors during the day. Perhaps it could also include interviews from the day of, or even filmed before or after the wedding. So shooting the day of your wedding is more intensive, involving more personnel with a wedding film. But the editing is even more intensive because all the parts need to be sorted not linearly but by relevance, and then pieced together to tell your story. Music has to be carefully chosen to enhance the mood of the dialogue without overpowering it. It is a custom film, unique to your wedding; an artwork commissioned by you.
Now I have nothing against the traditional ‘wedding video’. It definitely affords you the opportunity to remember the events of your day, and it should be considerably cheaper than a wedding film. But it is NOT a storyteller wedding film. The two products have different purposes and different methods.
So, Do you want a wedding video, or a wedding film?
With snippets taken from the best of our 2013 Weddings in and around the Detroit area and Michigan, here is our 2014 Wedding Video Demo Reel. Enjoy!
We had a blast filming Brittany and Ricky’s wedding. They held a very moving ceremony at Birmingham Presbyterian Church, followed by a fun romp in Downtown Detroit and a great reception at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Congratulations to Brittany and Ricky!
Kristie and Michael were a wonderful couple, even the priest recognized their deep love for one another. So much so that they had a bit of trouble with their responses come vows and rings time. Their reception was held in Frankenmuth, Michigan which is a fabulous place to get scenic footage…and that we did Here is their Feature Film:
Katie and Brad fell in love dancing. They met while on duty in Afghanistan and planned their wedding long distance while Brad was in Colorado and Katie was in Italy. They were married at the Iconic Detroit location, The Roostertail. They love to dance, so, naturally, their dancing is featured in their coming soon trailer.
Brittany and Ricky have been together for more than 10 years…childhood sweethearts who are now married. Their wedding was held in Birmingham, Michigan, and their reception was held at the Crystal Gardens venue in Southgate, Michigan. Congratulations!
Here is our newest Feature Film! Take a Look at what Bryan, the Groom had to say on our Weddingwire review: We worked with Joe and Kris for our wedding on May 24th outside of Detroit. From our first meeting with them to our wedding date, they were very easy to get in touch with. We filled out their questionnaire and with us being from out of state, they were always able to find time to talk with us and answer any questions we had. Joe even showed up to the rehearsal the night before (which was at least a good half hour drive each way for him) just to make sure he could get a good angle on the day of the wedding.
During the wedding itself, we hardly knew they were there. They did not get in the way at all but after seeing our final product, somehow always managed to get the best shot possible. Within two weeks after our wedding, we received a one-minute trailer of our wedding video (which can be viewed in the blog section of JFBstudios website). We could not stop watching this and sent it to all of our friends. Within two months after that, our final video was ready. We’ve only had it for 24 hours now and have watched it about ten times. It was absolutely amazing. Every second of it was beautifully edited and the transitions between songs and between scenes were masterfully executed. And with the uncut speeches, first dance, and ceremony being in the “special features” section of the DVD, we have everything we wanted an more.
So in short, it was an absolute pleasure to work with Joe and Kris, and we would (and already have) highly recommend them to anyone looking for wedding videography in the Detroit area. You will not be disappointed!
Stephen and Rebecca were married at the Renaissance Center Marriott in Downtown Detroit. It was a grande affair! Take a look at their Same Day Edit!! -