FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Helpful information for your wedding planning.
Why is wedding videography important?
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words… and video captures 24 pictures per second. Here at Mayflower Creative, telling your fairy tale is our priority. We want you to look back at these short films and relive the best day of your life. We believe in what we do and the memories we create. And that’s why we think that wedding videography is important.
We’d like to get our wedding filmed, but the price seems so expensive. Why is this?
Wedding vendors often get a bad rap for “overcharging.” It is important to keep in mind, the hours and cost involved with: Administration, inquiries, marketing, gear (cameras, tripods, audio recording equipment, lighting, and a bunch of special tools to help us get beautiful shots), gear maintenance, transport, meeting with clients, organizing schedules, preparation (charging batteries, cleaning lenses, clearing cards), filming, editing (downloading footage, watching through, cutting down, choosing music, storytelling, color grading, touching up, exporting, uploading), re-editing, recovering, repeating. Wedding Videography is a huge, detailed, and time consuming process. We have built our pricing in a way to cover our costs and allow us to continue producing high quality work.
What is the difference between a feature edit and a documentary edit?
A “Feature” edit is essentially an 8-20 minute wedding film, creatively edited to highlight the most memorable moments of your day. It might contain montages of wedding prep, snippets of speeches and vows, and is edited more like a music video.
A “Documentary” edit includes the entire ceremony from start to finish, using multiple camera angles of the service to create visual interest. This edit also includes full speeches from the reception.
Remember – longer is not always better. In our experience, most people will watch their shorter highlight videos much more often than a longer form documentary edit.
How long should I book a wedding videographer for?
Most wedding videographers build their packages based on the amount of hours they will film. That unfortunately means that some couples have to decide what they want covered in their wedding video if they can’t afford the videographer for the entire day. Mayflower Creative is different. We believe you shouldn’t have to compromise on coverage due to budget restrictions. We are there for the whole wedding: from the bride’s preparation, to the bride and groom’s first dance together, to the bouquet toss, and finally to your guests saying goodbye at the end of the event.
Will the wedding videographer ruin the atmosphere and annoy our guests?
We do our best to remain as unobtrusive as possible. One of the ways we do that is by utilizing Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Without getting too technical, it allows us to use smaller cameras and lenses while still capturing high quality video. Of course, there are times that we’ll need to provide some direction to capture certain shots, but we do keep that to a minimum. Another benefit of videography is that we do not use flash, which also helps us from being too noticeable.
How long is the finished wedding video?
Every wedding is different and there are a ton of factors that go into how long the final video will be. We do have some rough estimates, though. Teasers are generally around 30 seconds to 1 minute. Highlights are generally between 3-5 minutes. Feature edits generally run between 8-20 minutes and Documentary edits can run from 20 minutes to 1 hour.
Can we request certain songs to be included in the video?
Of course! We want the video to be something you watch over and over. However, not every song can be used, due to copyright and legality issues. Don’t worry, we’re good at finding beautiful licensed music to be used for your wedding videography.
Do you record in high-definition (HD)?
Yes, all our filming and videography is done in HD. We also offer 4K Ultra HD as an add-on service.
How long will it take to receive the completed films?
Depending on the time of year, our usual turnaround is between 6-12 weeks. We are happy to arrange a rush service, however this may incur an additional fee.