Matthieu Meynier

98 percent of brides regret not having a videographer on their special day

Matthieu Meynier
This morning I read this interesting Huffington Post article by Ariane Fisher, which I would like to share with you.

While I completely agree with the points that she highlights, I would also like to add my thoughts and recommendations. One of my first recommendation is to hire a photographer to capture your wedding day. Photos are a great way to preserve that instant moment, and forever be a keepsake. 

The message I would like to convey is that you should consider high quality photography and cinematography equally (ie. budget equally for both).

Here are some excerpts from the post:

Like most brides, I looked forward to my wedding for 4 reasons:
  1. I was marrying a man better than I ever could have dreamed for myself
  2. The Big Day was a creative outlet for my DIY dreams
  3. Friends and Family were coming together from all across the country
  4. Biggest. Party. Ever.
After the wedding, here is what I had to show for it:
  • Gorgeous photos
  • A preserved wedding gown
  • Stories from friends and family about it being the best party, not just wedding, they had ever attended
Cue the regret. Like most brides, I budgeted for photos, but not wedding video. Like 98 percent of brides who make that decision, I regretted not getting a wedding video.

A beautiful well-crafted wedding film transforms those moments into a magical audio-visual experience that will forever remind you of how you felt on that day.  You will be able to re-live those special moments while you were getting ready with your bridal party, the emotion you had while seeing each other for the first time, and reading the vows you spent days to write.  And let's not forget your beautiful choreographed first dance you worked on for months.

As Ariane mentioned, it is also a wonderful way to keep memories of loved ones who have passed. One of my favorite parts of my wedding day was when my aunt and uncle (who were celebrating their anniversary) told us that in 54 years they will be the ones who will bring us champagne to celebrate our 54th anniversary. Unfortunately, my aunt at the age of 83 passed the following year.  Thankfully, I have this last soundbite of her. It's priceless!

Previous brides and grooms have mentioned that their family and friends loved watching their wedding film, especially since some of them couldn't attend.  Many times their comments were, "I felt like I was there!"  In a recent letter that I received, one of my brides said, "Do you know, my dad never remarked on my speech? I've wondered all this time if he didn't like it. But in the video, I could see his emotion. I can't tell you how much that means to me. You have given me such a gift by allowing me to experience our wedding day the way I should have, but couldn't, in the first place."

So as some of you become engaged this fall and winter, and you are planning for your special day, please make sure to allocate as much budget for a cinematographer as you do a photographer. Who knows, maybe one day that film will become your kid's favorite!

With that said, I would love to leave you with Jason and Alison's wedding film.
Alison is one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure to work with. When I met her and Jason, I instantly felt a connection and I knew that working with them and capturing their beautiful day would be special. It did not disappoint.  From the bride prep to their final kiss, you can feel the sheer excitement they had of saying, "I do" to each other.  Jason's expression when he saw Alison in her gown for the very first time was priceless. And with the perfect weather, despite being in November, this day was nothing short of perfect for this loving couple. Here is their beautiful story captured on film.

Bonne journée, et a bientôt 

Alison and Jason | Short Film | Presidio Log Cabin, San Francisco from Matthieu Meynier-CINEMATT on Vimeo.