Flower girls at the weddingA few decades ago, no Utah wedding reception was complete without a videographer capturing all the best moments. Ranging from professional photographers and cameramen who create lasting memories of your big day to a family member with a video camera and willingness to help out, wedding videography takes on a variety of formats—and a variety of levels of quality.

These days, with the advent of better technology and handheld video cameras and phones, almost everyone has the ability to become a wedding videographer. Short clips are favored over longer video sessions, and sharing is easier than ever before with YouTube and other social media sites. And because so many editing software options are free and easy to use, you can even make a professional video that pulls together the varying perspectives of all your guests.

With so much technology available and so many other wedding expenses to consider, it might be a good idea to forgo the wedding videographer. Here are some considerations to help you make your decision.

Benefits of Professional Wedding Videos

In almost all cases, professional wedding videos turn out better in terms of quality. These are the videos that capture the opulence and elegance of the event, that are set to music, and that are edited to provide a watchable video the whole family can enjoy for years to come.

  • Professionals can also take into account things like lighting and interior vs. exterior shooting, and they almost always have better equipment.
  • Professionals can also maneuver guests to set the scene—something that a guest might have a hard time doing with any level of authority.
  • Professionals are often trained to be unobtrusive, which means they won’t interfere with your guests or your preparations as they capture all aspects of the day.

Benefits of Home Wedding Videos

In many cases, home done videography when pulled all together, will capture a more journalistic view of your wedding and reception. There are more prone to show out-take type scenes and candid moments.

  • Friends and family members might not shy away from getting up close and personal—and they may actively engage their audience for more personalized memories.
  • Friends and family members find things other than the bride and groom important. They might have their own interests—the flower girl walking through the garden in her dress and bare feet, grandma sharing stories of her own wedding, or guests enjoying the sights and sounds in their own individual ways. These tiny memories often add up to a big picture that is missed by a professional.
  • Friends and family members might have quality technology—and will be happy to use it at no cost to you. Because smartphones and other devices come equipped with great videography technology, you shoulder none of the costs. This can mean quite a bit to a bride on a budget.

If you do plan on skipping the wedding videographer in favor of clips from friends and family members, it’s a good idea to let people know ahead of time that you’d love to see their results. Set up a YouTube channel for your wedding, ask them to send in their videos for editing, and promise to share the final outcome for everyone to see. By including everyone in this process, you can capture your wedding and reception in ways you might have never considered before.