What are your memories worth?
Today ended up being a pretty rainy day so since we didn’t get to do the Easter Egg hunt with the girls, we decided to make today a quite day at home. So, I decided to take a rare day off and just spend some time surfing the web and catching up on some things. I ended up on one of the wedding message boards that I like to go to and noticed that one statement kept popping up; “$500 seems like a lot of money for a wedding video.” “Is a video really worth the $800 they are asking for?”and then my favorite one: “I don’t understand why wedding videos are so expensive.”. These are also questions I hear a lot from brides as I’m meeting with them to discuss wedding video. Most times I give them the standard “your wedding day goes so fast, you won’t remember anything.” and “you will never see your self walk up the aisle in your wedding dress.” answers but I have always wanted to have a better response to those questions and statements. This afternoon, my wife came up with the best answer and I want to share it with you, because it makes sense when you think about it. I’m going to refer to post on here about the average cost of a wedding with the information provided by TheKnot.com’s annual wedding report.
Venue – $12,116
The venue is one of the first places a bride picks for her wedding day. It is the key to the entire wedding day and sets the tone for the day. However, the thing most brides don’t know is that half way through your reception, the venue staff is already getting ready for next weekend. Never thought about that before, did you? It’s true. The venue has a wedding the next weekend and the following weekend and the weekend after that. That’s not to say they don’t care about you, they do, but they also care about the bride next weekend. Also, how many bride do you think go back to their wedding venue on their first anniversary? That answer would be none. $12,116 gone and you get nothing for it in return
Flowers – $1,894
Flowers are very important as well, who could picture a bride without a bouquet? The flowers provide the beauty that focus on the bride and her day. But, how long do they last? Most times, they last about a week. I know some brides dry the flowers and either press them in a scrapbook or create a shadow box with them. I guess my thing is why spend $1,894 on something that’s going to die in a few days? This is the reason I don’t get my wife roses on Valentines day. She would kill me for spending all that money on something that’s going to die in a few days. $1,894 gone and you nothing for it in return
Reception DJ – $988
Now, what would a reception be without some great music and an emcee to help move the events of the evening along? A pretty boring night. We have some great DJ’s in our area and I would suggest any one of them for your reception. I, personally, prefer a DJ as apposed to a live band. A live band has a set list they play, that’s it. If your guest don’t enjoy the band, they most likely won’t get up and dance. However, a professional DJ can read your guest and make adjustments to keep your reception flowing and fun. But at the end of the night, after you leave the DJ packs up and is planning for the next wedding next weekend. $988 gone and you get nothing in return.
I could go on for the rest of this blog post talking all the different parts of your wedding and how they are nice at the time, but they give you nothing in return. I mean after all, at the end of your day all you have, besides a husband, are memories. Memories that fade over time. It’s a fact, most people only retain less then 50% of an event the next day. As time goes on, that percentage gets lower and lower. There are only two ways to capture memories. Photography and Videography. For most brides, a photographer is the third or fourth thing they book and I suggest that you get a great photographer. But, only a video will allow you to not only see your wedding day, you can hear it and watch it move as well. A professional videographer will capture those moments you missed, moments like your vows, that first dance, spending time with your mother and the list just goes on and on. So my answer to those brides who say that $800 is too much to spend on a wedding video, I will say this; how much are your memories worth? How much are the memories of your day worth to you? Memories are priceless and a wedding video provides you with a lifetime of memories.