After shooting the designer runway shows for Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, we had a few extra days in New York to celebrate our 9th anniversary. It was perfect that Ton-Essa and I spent our anniversary in the city where we met and fell in love as fellow students.
Shot on 5D MarkIII’s. All light effects and hazing created in-camera through the art of “Lens Whacking.”
The most commonly asked first question is ‘how much ?’.
Understandably, this is an important question if you understand what’s involved in making your wedding film. However, if you haven’t done the research, how will you make sense of the price ?
Here’s what we recommend before asking the price.
• Research wedding films so that you are as educated about them as you are about engagement rings. You can tell the difference between a $1000 and a $7000 ring but can you tell the difference between a wedding video and a wedding film ? Can you describe what makes one wedding film better or different from another ?
Buyers walk into a car dealership having researched the latest car specs down to details such as mpg, 0-60, body styles, performance..etc. An educated car shopper knows the value of a luxury car and can tell you at length why its more expensive.
The one big difference between buying a car and getting married, is that you can always trade-in a lemon or sell it and get a better car. You are fixing a buyers mistake. However, since your only getting married once, you want to make sure you invest in your memories. It’s a mistake you can’t fix later.
• Remember the amount of time you lovingly invested customizing your invitations ? Paper material, font, engraving, envelope style..etc. You’ve become quite the invitation expert. If you don’t invest this kind of time into your wedding film, how much value do you expect to get from it ?
• When speaking with a company, don’t rely on pre-written questions you got from a wedding website as they are not taking into account your personal hopes and dreams for your wedding day. Many of the questions are out of date and will not help you to understand the service.
• Talk with “recently’ married couples and ask them what they value most after their wedding and also what they regret the most.
• If video is a last-minute add-on that you have not budgeted for, how much do you estimate you will value the final product ? How much will that company value your memories ?
Invest in your memories, they have a way of becoming priceless over time.
Here’s a destination film we shot in Chicago + Costa Rica. Justin and Angie’s dream wedding in cinema.
Return on investment ? Tears, laughter and reliving your memories in sound and motion.