Why a Wedding Video is a Great Investment



A picture is worth a thousand words, but a moving picture chronicles every moment of your celebration in living sound and color, and captures so many beautiful memories that a still camera will miss.  You’ll get a completely different perspective of your wedding day, including many magical events that you didn’t even see (or barely   remember) in the excitement of it all.  Trust me, it’s a blur! 


Your video will be a treasured heirloom for years to come.  It’s a piece of family history that your children and grandchildren will learn from and enjoy. Wouldn't you be completely fascinated by watching your parents or grandparents wedding video, which also features all of your family members, loved ones and friends?  It's one of the few times that everyone is together, and you'll have fun admiring your hair style and fashion sense of long ago.


Your wedding video (and especially highlight montage) lets you share your love, vows and music with family and friends around the world who couldn’t make it to Hawaii for your special day.  You’ll love the rave reviews when you post your spectacular highlight montage on Facebook!   Pictures are great, but moving pictures make your relatives feel like they are right there beside you.


Couples who didn't get a wedding video list that as one of their biggest regrets in post-wedding surveys. You only get married once, and Afterglow Weddings Maui has a video that is priced to fit within any budget.


Some smart phones have amazing picture quality under perfect conditions, but there is no substitute for
professional audio. If you hear the vows at all over the crackling wind your voice will sound miles away. Then there's very annoying camera shake, problematic auto-focus and exposure, and a host of other things that can and probably will go wrong if you rely on a smart phone.


You’ll absolutely love watching your wedding video every year on your anniversary.  Many couples have told me this practice keeps their love fresh and alive!  

Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: How many cameras and operators should film my wedding?

A:  The primary difference between having one, two or three cameras film your wedding is production quality.  One camera does a nice job filming from one angle, and it's a great option if you are on a budget. You get a solid shot of your wedding with perfect audio, and you'll really enjoy watching all the love and magic in a way that photos alone can never do. However, one camera does have limitations you should be aware of.  One camera can't capture a close-up, medium shot, and setting shot all at once.  Also, your wedding is filmed from one vantage point, and you can't cut to another angle if something unexpected happens, like a guest walking in front of the camera.

Two cameras dramatically increases production quality.  During the ceremony one camera is free to capture details like a close-up of the ring going on your finger, or first married kiss.  Also, a 2nd camera can take in the wide view, and get the reactions of your wedding party up front.  If you have one camera operator only, the 2nd camera is put on a tri-pod.  The limitation of a 2nd camera on a tri-pod is that it will have a fixed framing view.

Two cameras, each with their own operators, enhances production quality even more.  Each camera can change framing on the fly to focus on what's important at that moment, as well as adjust for anything unexpected.  I highly recommend two cameras and operators for every wedding, for at least the ceremony.  Double the coverage, from multiple vantage points, allows you to film two locations at once.  One camera operator is free to document your carefully chosen setting, and guests arriving, while a 2nd team member can film you getting ready, or other important details.

Three cameras, each with their own operator, tells the complete story of your wedding in the best way possible.  Adding a third camera to the mix allows you to film guests reactions, like the tears of joy from your mom as you say 'I do', or the laughter of your friends during a toast or speech.  You can also cut between close-ups of the various speakers, and get coverage of all the important angles simultaneously.  Our top-notch production team communicates with wireless headsets, which ensure everyone is at the right place at the right time, and nothing is missed. You'll be delighted with the results, and the Hollywood production quality that a three camera shoot achieves.


Q: What is the Difference Between the Packages?

A: Here's a convenient diagram that shows you the packages at a glance.   Full coverage of a wedding of an entire day usually requires a custom quote, as every wedding is unique.  Each package comes with 1.5 consecutive hours of coverage.  All you do after that is decide how much more time you need, and add desired package enhancements.

Q: What is 'Wedding Cinematography' vs. a 'Wedding Video'

A: Wedding cinematography--the art and technique of motion picture photography--raises the caliber of the average wedding 'video' to a whole new level.  The short answer is that a wedding filmed with a traditional video camera has a completely different look then the newest technology, but there is more.

Just like in a Hollywood film, wedding cinematography is all about the art of storytelling.  Afterglow Weddings Maui uses film-making techniques like couples interviews, best wishes messages by family and friends, stylish titles, inspirational music, and creative editing techniques to craft the complete story of your wedding.  Our wedding films are sure to warm your heart.  We utilize close-ups, epic scenery shots, interesting compositions and slow motion to create a visually stunning record of the most beautiful day of your life.

Wedding cinematography also takes full advantage of a whole new generation of film-making tools like Cannon DSLR's with large sensors, prime lenses, drones, steadicams and sliders. Modern DSLR cameras are different than traditional video cameras in that they excel at capturing the 'shallow depth of field look' that is the hallmark of big budget films.  A shallow depth of field keeps the primary subject in crisp focus, while softly blurring the background, so the viewer can center in on what's important.  Video cameras tend to keep everything in perfect focus.  Steadicams and sliders, along with years of experience, enable smooth reveals, push-ins, and rock solid camera work that is a delight to watch.  Every wedding video we produce exemplifies our passion for the art of film-making.