While the technological side of wedding videography has come a long way over the last few years, the advances in style have been just as impressive. A growing number of filmmakers have applied their skills to wedding videography, with the finished product reflecting the quality of an independent film. The idea isn't just to tell the story of your wedding day, but to portray the characters -- the conversations, reactions, and moods -- in hopes of giving the viewer a sense of the wedding beyond the typical footage. When creating a film with this style, videographers spend more time in the editing room (which, in turn, means the process is likely more costly), but the payoff is in the product: A wedding video even your friends will want to watch again.
The 3-D Photo Montage Show
This concept has become widely available in wedding photography packages. Still images, which are generally taken before the wedding day, are digitally manipulated to appear three-dimensional—special effects and music can be added as well. The finished product is a movie that can be played throughout your reception and will become a one-of-a-kind keepsake. Because this technique requires a significant amount of editing time, couples tend to use pictures taken throughout their lives, not shots from the actual ceremony. "They're popular to play on the wedding day for an extra wow factor," says Adam Forgione, owner of Pennylane Productions in Commack, New York. "Keep in mind that it requires many hours of editing and, because of that, it can be more expensive." That said, if you're looking for a bit of entertainment that will awe your wedding guests, this could prove to be well worth the money.
This intentionally dramatic spin on the typical highlight reel serves as a preview of your wedding video. Picture a roaring epic movie score, special editing effects, and maybe a voiceover. "The trailer is usually done a few weeks after the wedding," says Forgione. "It has a more intense style than a highlight reel, and it's designed to make you want to see more." Think of it as a teaser to show family and friends while waiting for your full-length video. Every videographer's style is different, but the idea is to share a glimpse of some emotional moments without giving them away. (Visualize your lips almost touching, then a fade to black.)"After the wedding, if the bride and groom want to show off their trailer, they can create a link online to send to friends and family or put on their thank-you cards," says Forgione.
Trash the Dress
The wedding is over and now you have a gown you'll likely never wear again hanging in your closet. Giving it to a local charity that supports low-income brides is a wonderful gesture, but if you've been dying to let off some of the steam that built up in the planning stages, consider a "Trash the Dress" video. Brides jump in a puddle of mud, let kids put their sticky little hands all over it, or rip it to shreds with their friends—this video is all about having fun. While it's not a necessary piece of wedding memorabilia, it could be one of your favorite keepsakes.
Special thanks Naomi Raiselle, GENERATIONS videostories
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