There are several ways a videographer can capture your wedding. Below are the most popular techniques and styles. I find myself between the Journalistic and Cinematic style. Most of my brides want the entire reception and ceremony covered. But I use several cameras and use camera stabilsers to give it a film like quality. I also use the audio from the ceremony and toast to create a cinematic wedding trailer. Look at the list below and decide which style best suits you. I gathered the below info from www.theweddingcommunity.com.
Sometimes known as ‘documentary’ or ‘reportage’, this style involves the videographer capturing the events of the day as they happen. It is usually edited in a linear fashion, so you end up with a video that documents your wedding from morning preparations through to evening reception.
Some wedding videos in the Journalistic style feature interviews with the bride and groom or with their guests, commenting on the day or offering congratulations. Occasionally the sound bites from these interviews will be used throughout the video to help tell the story of the day, although this variation is more common in the Cinematic style wedding video.
Aside from these interviews, videographers who shoot in the journalistic style typically stay unobtrusively in the background during the day and do not interact greatly with a couple or their guests.
The Cinematic style of wedding video is filmed and edited more like a movie with a view to emphasizing the emotion and drama of the day. It may rely more on montages, music or special effects such as slow motion.
The camera work of a Cinematic wedding video may feature more movement - sometimes using camera stabilisation systems like a Steadicam - and colours and contrast may be enhanced during editing to give it a more film-like feel.
Videographers who shoot in the Cinematic style may interact significantly more on the day, sometimes setting up shots and directing the couple or guests in much the same way as the wedding photographer. Like the Journalistic style, Cinematic videos tend to last in the region of 60 to 90 minutes.
The truth is that there is a certain amount of overlap between Cinematic and Journalistic styles, and most videographers will use elements of each in one video. By all means talk to several companies to discuss their individual style and approach, but in the end there is no substitute for watching demo videos and picking the ones you like best. Meanwhile, here are a few more terms you might come across:
An increasingly popular style of wedding video, this is a highly edited version of your wedding video which lasts between 15 and 50 minutes. The filming style can be similar to either the Journalistic or Cinematic videos, although this format tends to lend itself better to Cinematic videos as there usually isn't time to include the ceremony or speeches in full, as would usually be the case in a Journalistic video.
Some videographers who offer the Short Form wedding video may also provide a full length version of the ceremony as a separate feature on the DVD.
The antithesis of the Short Form, this is the old style of wedding video of the kind you might expect if you asked a friend to video your wedding (although hopefully with better camerawork if you're hiring a professional!). Filmed from start to finish and with minimal editing if any at all, the Traditional wedding video often lasts 2 to 3 hours.
These videos are becoming less popular, and few videographers offer this service anymore. If you want a more modern approach but really can't stand to miss a moment of video, choose one of the other styles and ask your videographer if they would be happy to provide you with the raw footage. Some will, some will not, but you should expect to pay extra for it because it takes time to produce.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller. I am a five time Telly Award winner.