Taia Younis of Inspired Occasions founded her wedding and event planning business on the sheer pleasure of making a bride’s fairy-tale come true. Creating fairy-tales is a business that is very personal for Taia, so when a bride comes to her with questions, she answers with the honesty and guidance of a best friend. A common question Taia handles is whether or not a bride should pursue hiring a wedding videographer. The wedding professional uses her personal experiences to provide 5 key reasons every bride needs a videographer.
1. NO REGRET
“I hired a wedding videographer for my wedding 15 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made,” said Taia. Planning a wedding gives Taia the satisfaction of attending to every detail allowing the bride to enjoy the biggest day of her life, so you can imagine how much Taia hates to see a bride return with the regret that her memorable wedding went undocumented by video. Taia uses her own personal experiences to encourage her brides to move forward with a videographer. “My mother and I actually got into a huge argument over hiring a videographer when I was planning my wedding. Back then it was more of a luxury than now. Having a video was not common.” Despite her mother’s resistance, Taia went forward with a video, a decision she never regretted. “Today we still play that video, there are details about my wedding I will never forget because of it.”
2. HEARING IT ALL OVER AGAIN
Video provides something photographs cannot. “I was at a wedding and a little boy wanted to get up and toast the bride and groom,” explained Taia. “So when he got up there he started to sing his A, B, C’s. It was adorable. The photographer had the images, but no one had the ability to hear his voice ever again during that moment. There was no video. ” It was something the bride and groom lost out on and could never recreate. Audio details can quickly fade from memory and video allows couples the chance to hear it again for the first time.
3. SEEING WHAT YOU MISSED
“You are the last person in the room when you are the bride,” said Taia in regard to the ceremony. “You don’t see the way your grandparents looked when they were seated or the way your bridal party looked when they walked down the aisle. You miss all of that and video lets you relive it and see it all happen.” Taia understands how much money and planning goes into making the day just perfect, “and then it all goes by in such a blur.” Taia explains to brides that they can only be in one place at one time. “So many details and people are at a wedding, you can never experience it all as the bride, video gives you that experience.” The reception afterward is a time where the videographer catches brilliant moments and heartfelt imagery. “The party afterward is always great,” laughed Taia. “There are so many fun moments and there is no way you can see them all, a videographer catches what is happening when you aren’t around and it’s great to go back and watch all that.”
4. AN HEIRLOOM
A wedding is a gift that a bride can not only give herself, but her family and future children as well. “When we hired our videographer, my children weren’t even a thought. But, now my children can be guests at my wedding. They can see what their dad and I looked like 15 years ago, they can feel the emotions of that day and hear the things that were said. We have watched it many times together,” said Taia. The wedding video will remain in her family as something that can be passed down. The video also has the potential to serve as a living memory for those who have passed on. It gives family a chance to see and hear those people again. In the future it’s a chance for grown children to go back and look at themselves at a time when they were young. It simply provides a way for time to stand still and give family a chance to reflect and remember.
“A video is a long term investment you pay for now and enjoy 15-20 years down the line,” said Taia. “It’s all a part of your story.” The investment can be made at various levels and Taia often guides brides to a videographer that is right for them. “There is a videographer out there for everyone and their budget. I just encourage brides to have a videographer, whether they want all the bells and whistles or they don’t. A wedding should be documented outside the two dimensional world of photographs.”
Bridal Tip: Hire a videographer! “I truly think it is a shame if a bride decides not to hire a videographer, the memories fade, but they don’t have to if they are captured in video.” – Taia Younis, Inspired Occasions.