Bride & Groom Films
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We're thinking about having a friend capture our wedding day. Why should we choose a professional wedding videographer?
For the same reason you would choose a professional photographer, dress-maker, cake-maker, band etc… Your friends and relatives are not professional wedding videographers. It doesn’t matter how good their camera is. Just because a person can press the ‘record’ button on a camera and then point the camera in the general direction of where the action is happening doesn’t mean they are a videographer. Just because one is a videographer doesn’t mean they are a wedding videographer or filmmaker. Creative wedding filmmaking is a skill that takes years to hone. It is a craft that merges the creative and the technical, and it deserves respect when done well.
Hopefully, this advice will save you heartbreak in the future. The biggest mistake you can make at this stage is leaving the job of a professional wedding videographer in the hands of a friend or relative. Chances are you wouldn’t leave your wedding photographs up to uncle Frank to take (unless, of course, he’s a photographer). If you want a stirring and elegant film of one of the most important days of your life, then choose a professional to capture it for you…
Be very wary of some photographers offering “the video” for a terribly low price in addition to your photographs. You’ll more than likely get what you pay for in this situation. It’s a pity than even today so many people, including other wedding professionals, still undervalue wedding films. I specialize in wedding films only. From experience, I would advise you to hire a photographer and a videographer who work separately — when one studio or person provides both services, one of the services usually drastically suffers as a result, as it’s just an after-thought, or the additional service is used merely for extra income.
If you’re looking for something quick and the best price around, then Bride & Groom Films is probably not for you. However, if you’re looking for peace of mind on your wedding day, and to know that you will have a beautiful wedding film to share with your partner and your families and friends for the rest of your lives – then you’ve come to the right place.
We're concerned about the videographer being distracting.
Richard has an “eye on the wall” approach to filming a wedding occasion, so in turn he always remains discreet and unobtrusive. This is one of the main reasons photographers enjoy working with Richard. Richard doesn’t intrude on the day. This allows the day to flow smoothly, allowing you to get your photography session out of the way as quickly as possible, giving you time to enjoy your day and mingle with your guests.
Richard’s job is to capture the flavors and emotions of the day as they happen and not to direct people, or make them pose or kiss, or take over the proceedings. It is a documentary style approach, with the end result being a mixture of documentary and cinematic styles. Couples are sometimes stunned by what Richard was able to capture, given his discreet, documentary style and manner, and most of the time they forget that he is even there. Richard comes dressed for the occasion so it’s easier for him to blend in and not be distracting.
We’re also aware that you want your guests to have a great day too, without being annoyed by having a camera “in their face”, as some put it. Richard utilizes HD-DSLR cameras and lenses. These are small and compact cameras, and have the appearance of still photography cameras (in fact, a HD-DSLR camera is a still photography camera too). Due to the size and appearance of the body of the camera, it’s not intimidating to people who are shy or self-conscious, and usually people are totally unaware of Richard “floating about” in the background, filming the day inconspicuously.
The trick, or dare we say the “art”, is to shoot your day in a fly-on-the wall reportage/documentary style, but then fashion a cinematic wedding film from that. The shots may look staged, but they aren’t – and that’s part of the event filmmaking skill required. Richard has a talent e for capturing natural, candid, raw emotions.
The goal is for everyone – particularly the bride and groom – to just relax and enjoy the day as if there weren’t even any cameras around.
One or both of us are well known and we would like you to sign an NDA to guard our privacy. Is this possible?
Yes, I can sign a non-disclosure agreement for you if you or other members of your wedding party feel that’s necessary. Please enquire.
What should we base our decision on when choosing a videographer?
The only truly important thing is that you like the videographer’s work itself. Price is also important, but you’re not going to feel very good in 20 years time that you saved a few hundred Euro, when you’re stuck with a terrible wedding video that you won’t want to look at. You can’t go back and do the day again. As the saying goes “The bittnerness of poor quality remains, long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”. This isn’t always the case, but again, check the work first.
Can we have some sort of creative input into how our wedding film is made?
Absolutely, whatever it may be. Richard always welcomes ideas and suggestions from couples regarding the making of their wedding films. The best way to communicate your ideas is to speak to Richard openly about what you have in mind. Sometimes, what seems like a good idea initially, may not work out, and the advice of a professional with experience is highly valuable to couples.
Do you use good equipment?
Amazing equipment. Broadcast-quality HD cameras (Canon and Sony), and the best in audio and editing equipment is used. See our Technical page for more info. All weddings are shot in full High Definition. Standard DVDs, Blu-ray discs and HD USB flash drives are provided (depending of course on the package you choose).
Do you use wireless microphones?
Yes. We use wireless mics and audio recorders. The best and most appropriate audio equipment is used to capture the sounds of the day including the wedding ceremony, the speeches and the dancing. These are the three main sections of a wedding day where sound acquisition is absolutely crucial. We promise that the sound on your finished wedding video is just as important to us as the image quality.
Will you be using lights?
Any professional wedding videographer will carry some lighting in case the lighting conditions are so low that it would be impossible to capture a good image. In most low lighting conditions it is not necessary to use any light, because of the quality of the professional camera being used. It is only at the reception (again, depending on how the light is) that sometimes a small on-camera light is necessary.
A light is never used in a church. Richard’s aim is to make your wedding film the best it can look, but also understands that a couple might be hesitant about “big bright lights”. The use of a small on-camera light always goes unnoticed, and when you sit down to watch your wedding video you will be amazed at the image quality. Richard shoots with the best of low-light cameras, but remember, “low-light” doesn’t necessarily mean “no-light”. All equipment used is small, discrete, compact and very mobile. There are no cables running along the floor, or lights on stands needed.
Will you bring any assistants with you on the day?
In order to maintain a low profile, work fast, and be as unobtrusive and discreet as possible on the day of your wedding, Richard works alone.
Do you film the entire ceremony?
Not unless you ask us to. If it’s a religious ceremony in a church, Richard normally only films and includes the parts that are relevant to the couple and the wedding itself (the “wedding specific moments”), leaving out mostly what you would hear at a regular Sunday mass, unless otherwise asked to do so by the couple. There are certain parts of a wedding mass that would be considered by a lot of priests to be impolite or disrespectful to film, like The Eucharist and The Consecration for example. If you’re having a different kind of ceremony, this obviously does not apply. When confirming everything with you prior to your wedding, Richard will ask you what you would like.
Will you have back-up equipment in case something goes wrong?
Yes, back-up equipment is carried at all times in the unlikely event of equipment malfunction. Richard carries two or three of everything: cameras, lenses, memory cards, batteries, tripods, microphones – you name it. Problem-free assurance is great for you the client, and great for Richard’s stress levels!
Is it necessary to book a second videographer?
No, it’s really really not. Some videographers who work in teams of two or three will tell you that you’re getting more coverage or more value for money by booking them. It makes no logical sense.
It may just be a matter of an individual videographer’s preferred shooting style. I’ve done shoots with other wedding videographers, and I feel that a second shooter slows me down. I work much better and faster alone.
If you feel you need a second videographer, that option is always there for you – we can talk about it and explore it further. However, I use a second camera, if appropriate, necessary and possible, at certain parts of your wedding day (like during the ceremony/speeches/dancing).
If we book you, who actually films and edits our wedding video?
Richard Finlay will film and edit your wedding. No one else. If you book Richard, you get Richard. No other videographer or editor-for-hire, ever. This means if you like Richard’s work, you will be hiring the exact same hands who handcrafted and created the work you like.
What will be the running time/duration of our wedding video?
“I’m writing you a long letter because I don’t have the time to write you a short one”.
You can never tell what the running time of a wedding video will be until the editing is finished. You and I have no idea how long your ceremony or speeches will be, or how long the dancing and other elements of your day will be. Some wedding videos are one hour in length, while others can be 1 hour and 30 mins to 2 hours, or even longer. It depends on a various factors. Typically, our feature length films are 90 – 120 minutes, and the short film is 4 – 8 minutes in duration.
The emphasis is on providing you with a tightly constructed work, that you will be happy to watch again and again (and proud to show to others), without having to ‘fast-forward’ through hours of unedited footage to get to the part you want to see. One of our brides said in her e-mail to us: “Just love the way you captured the days best bits without intruding on people, and kept the video short and to the point.” When it comes to wedding films, less is more (more often than not), and it will serve you better upon viewing.
So the answer is “It will be as long as it needs to be.” It’s totally not the case that you’re getting more value for money by getting a longer wedding film – if anything, it’s more than likely the opposite!
Where are you based and do you travel to film weddings?
Richard lives in Dublin and films weddings all over Ireland. There is no travel fee, unless shooting destination weddings.
Do you charge a travel fee?
There is no travel fee, and we film weddings anywhere in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
How will you interact with our guests on our wedding day?
Richard remains as discreet as possible throughout the day, but is always professional, approachable and open to conversation. Usually by dinner time, the guests are aware of the fact that Richard wants to remain in the background, shooting away, so they get on with enjoying themselves and just forget about the camera. Richard has received many compliments at weddings throughout the years from guests who commented on the fact that they were able to relax and enjoy themselves and not really notice the camera.
Is filming the bride and groom's preparations included in the price?
Yes, filming of the bride’s and/or groom’s preparations is included in our Tarantino Package. Also check out our other packages. We can film both preparations if the bride and groom are leaving within close proximity of one another, otherwise distance and time may become an obstacle. Most couples opt to just have the bride’s preparations captured, from about 90 mins prior to the ceremony start time. These days a lot of couples are getting ready at the hotel, so it’s easy to go from room to room in this case.
What will our wedding DVDs and/or Blu-rays be like?
Your wedding DVDs and/or Blu-ray discs will be professionally authored and created. The discs are personalized to include the names of the couple and the date of the wedding day, and are branded with our imagery. Your discs are presented in slick ‘Bride & Groom Films’ presentation boxes.
The DVDs are fully chaptered, allowing you to skip back and forth to key moments from the day. The ‘Play’ and ‘Chapters’ options feature on the main menu of the DVD.
Can we purchase additional copies of our wedding film?
Yes, you can order additional copies of your wedding video after your wedding. We will keep a copy of your wedding DVD on file here at Bride & Groom Films for duplication purposes, for as long as possible. You are given the opportunity to order extra copies of your wedding film when booking and after you receive your wedding film package in the mail.
Do you shoot in HD?
Yes, your wedding film is shot and delivered in full High Definition 1080p. Delivery options are DVD (Standard Definition), HD USB flash drives, and Blu-ray disc (HD). Please see Optional Extras for details.
Do you shoot civil partnership weddings?
How long will it take for us to receive our wedding film?
For weddings taking place after March 31st 2018, approximately 6 – 8 weeks (that’s the goal!). If your wedding is before this, please ask. Richard usually wraps up each edit within about 6 months. It may take longer to receive your edit depending on the time of year and complexity of editing, or due to unforeseen delays that are beyond the control of Richard Finlay. Editing is a very involved and creative process and it is constantly evolving. We do appreciate your patience while we craft your wedding footage into a beautiful wedding film that you will have and cherish for the rest of your lives.
We want our wedding film to be extra special. What can you recommend?
Check out our Optional Extras.
Do we need to provide a meal for the videographer?
Yes. Richard will eat a meal while you and your guests eat. You have enough planning to worry about already, so a sit-down meal with the guests is certainly not required or expected. Since Richard will be working for the entire day, he will sit and have a meal at the bar or restaurant, or the room nearest to the main function room while the guests are eating, so he can keep an eye on what is happening (when the cake is about to be cut, when the speeches are starting etc).
It would be very much appreciated if you could tell your contact at your hotel that there will be a videographer present for the evening (this is so Richard will be able to get fed as quickly as possible). A lot of wedding venues are already accustomed to providing a meal to the wedding videographer when you are being served your meal.
I don't know all the details of my wedding yet. Is it still okay to book?
Yes. All Richard needs to know at the booking stage is the date of the wedding to see if he’s available, the location and a few other details. See the online booking form for details. All you need to do to secure your date as a booking is to pay a deposit of 500 Euro, and fill out the online booking form. Once we receive your deposit and booking form, a booking confirmation e-receipt will be sent to you, and we will work out the details as the wedding day gets closer, as you confirm more details about your wedding.
How can we check Richard's availability and book?
Checking availability and booking couldn’t be easier. You can contact Richard by phoning him on 086-3704098, 01-4420071, or e-mailing email@example.com . Alternatively, you can check his availability by filling out the ‘check availability’ form on the contact page. After you have checked Richard’s availability, and if he is available, you can then book online (no credit card required). Alternatively, you can book over the phone while having a chat about your requirements (if any).
Can you hold a date for me while I decide if I would like to book?
I can’t hold provisional bookings, but I’ll certainly try my best to accommodate you. It’s first come, first served. Only the payment of a deposit and the submission of a booking form, with our acknowledgement, will secure a date as a definite booking.
How do I pay?
A wedding date cannot be considered booked until a deposit of €500 is received and acknowledged. You will be provided with a booking confirmation when the deposit and booking form are received. You can pay by cash, cheque, bank draft, postal order, or online bank transfer. Please make your form of payment payable to ‘Bride & Groom Films’. The balance is payable on or before the day of the wedding. Please contact us for our postal address. We don’t publish our postal address on this website for security reasons (‘Bride & Groom Films’ operates from Richard’s home).
Richard’s wedding dates book up fast, so we encourage you to make contact early to ensure availability!
Richard Finlay was recently ranked among the best videographers in the world by the DV Awards. He was also voted ‘Wedding Videographer of the Year’ in Ireland’s very first online wedding awards. In the same year, he was named as a top wedding supplier by Weddings Online.