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Discover Your Videography Style

Wedding videos capture the story of your wedding. From the bride getting ready until the happy couple leaves the reception, your video shows it all with special effects, music, and a variety of camera angles.

The story of your wedding can be told in a variety of ways. Once you’ve decided you want a videographer, you need to figure out what style video you want! Here is a quick look at a few popular wedding video styles.

Full-length Edits (documentary style)

Documentary videos are filmed professionally, and usually do not entail much post wedding editing. Completed videos tend to range from 2-4 hours in length. They preserve the memories appropriately and tend to have little or no frills. Because of the lack of editing involved, this style of video is usually the least expensive option and suited for the budget conscious.

Storytelling Style

Similar to a documentary style video, a storytelling video will use a fairly straightforward approach. However, it also incorporates interviews and dialogue (not necessarily recorded on the wedding day) in order to both build and push events of the story line.

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Short-Form Edits (also known as cinematic style)

A short-form edit film is the closest in all aspects to a major motion picture. Your wedding day is filmed and edited to approximately 30-60 minutes in length. This “movie” will draw heavily on elements of cinematic style filming techniques. Dramatic music, color enhancement, and even special effects may be used to augment your wedding film. Short-form videos are optimal because they provide you with a video that is creative, artistic, and fun to watch.

Highlights Style

A highlights video is the shortest video style. It generally contains the best shots from each portion of the day. It can be edited to a song – perhaps the music used for the couple’s first dance – or creatively edited to the audio of the vows or toasts.

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Don’t forget to ask your videographer about new trends and technology, voice overs, and guest interviews. What they may think is unimportant may be something you’ll really want to include. Quite often your choices are limited by budget, but consider the value of having the video as a memento of your wedding day. Sometimes it’s worth paying that little bit more for something you can treasure for years to come.


Only you can decide what style is best for you. When you choose a videographer whose style and taste complement your own, you’ll end up with a priceless heirloom. When the wedding day has passed, so has your one opportunity of capturing the sights and sounds for you and future generations to enjoy.

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