A telling article by Alan Berg called Video article – Let’s watch our first dance … oh, that’s right, we can’t emphasizes the importance of having a wedding video. In it he is amazed, and deeply moved, by the serendipitous finding of his own parents wedding on 8mm film.
There stood my parents, happy and youthful, sharing their wedding day with friends and relatives, many of whom were no longer with us. I saw their first dance. I saw my grandparents, who were probably my age now. I saw my great-grandparents, who were probably the age my parents are now.
His joy is tempered by the realization that he and his wife were not so lucky.
I would love to be able to pop in a DVD and watch the highlights from our wedding. I’d love to hear our vows, see our first dance and watch our friends and family getting down on the dance floor, but I can’t.
Why is this? At the time of their wedding, no one could (or would?) explain to this couple the importance of choosing to have videography. But times are remarkably different and you are lucky. The opportunities to read stories like this and discover before your wedding the potential impact of your choices help to eliminate the regret you would feel when your children are asking, “Mom, Dad? Can we see your wedding video?” Would Alan have made a different choice now? Most definitely.