Creating a wedding film is a painstaking process and must be perfectly done. It can be fun, interesting, or challenging. Now we have the hot topic question, “how long should my wedding film last?” Should it be short? Or longer? We asked the professional filmmakers how long should it last.
Matthew Inkster, the owner of Inkster productions said a 3-5 minute highlight of the day is long enough to show all of their friends and family the best parts of their day for most couples. If it’s a big day then maybe a 5-8 minute highlight to be safe.
Rafael Sermeno from EP Films said it’s good to keep it nice and short between 5 to 8 minutes and normally the first 30 seconds of your video are the most crucial.
Creative director Rob Dunlop said, in the old days, wedding videos were unbearably long with a little creativity. Today, couples creative short film of between 5 and 20 minutes is likely to watch it over and over again. He also recommends that wedding film should be short and sweet and he offers choices of 5, 10, and 20-minute film.
James Mason, the owner of Owner of Storybox Films said a 5-20 minutes short form wedding films are the way forward and quickly becoming the industry standard. The ultimate goal of the short form film is to harness the overall emotion of the day and to tell a story that’s engaging.
Wedding videographer Craig Flood from Watertown Films suggested not one film can do everything and you might consider getting a Highlight film ranging anywhere from 3-10 minutes and a full doc that is less cinematic and more documentary in nature.
Kim Freels said the first thing you need to understand is that every videographer has a different end product. Some people want the documentary edit (Doc edit) of the ceremonies which is the “real-time”. If your ceremony was 23 minutes long, the doc edits of your ceremony will be 23 minutes long. She also added it has alternative delivery is cinematic version. This includes all the creative, fun, gorgeous shots. A quick 3-minute highlight is very popular. Anyone will sit and watch a 3-minute cinematic film of your wedding day. She also found the sweet spot is about 10-minute wedding film.
Sasha Gavrilovic from Apertura Studios mentioned there are 3 options available for you to consider for your wedding videos: the 3-5 minute ‘Trailer’, the 15-30 minute highlight video and the raw footage.
Michael Lindsey, co-owner of MK Cinematography. He explained the length of your film should vary depending on the content your videographer is able to capture on your wedding day. In their experience, the two-minute film will be cherished and viewed regularly, while the 12-minute version discussed here will not be as engaging. If the wedding includes gift exchanges and letter readings, the first look, personalized vows, non-traditional dances, entertaining speeches… and etc. the film should be longer than a film of an intimate or more traditional wedding.
Patrik Kisucky said, there’s no right answer. It all depends on you, and your fiancé. For some people, 10 minutes is too long, and for some 5 minutes is long. If you choose a 10-minute film, there will be more content there, but you will have shorter cuts in the 5-min one. It depends on the budget, the longer the film, the more expensive.
Vitaliy Lyubezhanin said the wedding film should solely be based on your wedding story. He estimates a good full film length is 10 minutes. However, a smaller wedding, a good film length is 7 minutes.
Dan Bowen from Matter Video suggested a wedding film should be timeless and you should find a videographer who captures your story in an artistic and authentic way, without relying too heavily overly trendy on artistic effects. A wedding film should tell a compelling story, your story. Those are the types of films that stand the test of time.
In this topic, we discussed the hot topic about “how long should my wedding film last?”. We have different opinions from our wedding experts ranging from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. There is no right answer, it depends on your personal taste. The most important is how it will be delivered the finished product and create memories that you can watch over and over.