Should I Add On Additional Coverage for Wedding Videography?

Additional coverage for wedding videography is something we deal with frequently. Do you need it? Is it worth investing in? How will it change the outcome of your wedding film?

The answer depends on a variety of factors. Let’s delve into the considerations that will help you make an informed decision.

Understanding Basic Coverage

First, let’s clarify what we mean by basic coverage. Typically, a basic videography package covers the essential moments of your wedding day, like the ceremony, main reception events, several posed sessions and candid moments in between.

This coverage, at RAA, spans eight to ten hours, aligned to capture key moments like your ceremony, first dance, cake cutting, and exit. However, every wedding is unique, and the standard package may not fit every couple’s vision or needs.

Considering Your Wedding Timeline

If you have a non-traditional or extended wedding timeline, additional coverage could be crucial. For example, if you’re planning for a long gap between your ceremony and reception or have multiple locations involved, the standard coverage might not be enough.

Similarly, if you have pre-wedding events like a first look or want to capture the bridal party preparations (especially if the couple isn’t getting ready in the same location), you need more coverage. After all, these moments are filled with anticipation, excitement, and emotion. It’s far preferable to capture too many angles than not enough.

Further- it’s important to remember that a single videographer cannot physically exist in two spaces at once. If there are multiple important events happening and they are not within short walking distance of one another- you are going to miss moments. This is most commonly seen when bride and groom get ready in different locations, or when the couple wants footage of the guests.

The Value of Extra Footage

Adding extra coverage can also provide more footage for your videographer to work with during the editing process. This additional footage can add depth to your final film, offering a broader perspective of your day.

Remember, your wedding film is not just about documenting the events of the day; it’s about capturing the spirit and emotion of your celebration. Having extra footage can allow your videographer to create a more comprehensive and rich narrative of your wedding day. This means snagging multiple angles of the same event, capturing “scene setting” footage like parent reactions AND groom reactions as you come down the aisle- and a whole host of other things.

The Impact on Your Budget

While additional coverage can provide more comprehensive documentation of your day, it also comes with an added cost. Most videography packages are priced based on the hours of coverage, so adding extra hours will increase the overall cost.

This can come in the form of your videographer hiring a second shooter, or simply your main videographer adding on extra hours to their day.

It’s important to evaluate the value of additional coverage against your overall wedding budget. If your budget allows, and the additional coverage aligns with your vision for your wedding film, then it could be a worthwhile investment.

In conclusion, whether you should add on additional coverage for wedding videography depends on your specific circumstances, including your wedding timeline, the narrative you want your film to tell, and your budget.

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