Wedding Definitions

Just as there are different types of wedding dresses, there are several different types of wedding videos available to couples. The advent of digital video has made it much easier in recent years to produce high quality wedding films that go well beyond ceremony and reception coverage.

Engagement Video

An engagement video captures the proposal. In most cases, filming of the engagement is concealed from the target of the proposal.

Wedding Invitation Video

Similar to a photo montage, a wedding invitation video shows the actual paper wedding invitation along with the couple (and possibly their parents) talking about the wedding and inviting guests to the wedding and reception. Wedding invitations videos are usually stored on a DVD and are sent to guests along with the paper invitation.

Love Story

Love story wedding films involve an interview with the bride and groom. Interview questions revolve around how they met, how they fell in love, the proposal, what their lives are like, and what plans they have for their future. Love story wedding videos typically include footage of the couple cavorting or reenacting scenes from the interview conversation. It’s also common to have family and friends interviewed for the couple’s love story wedding film.

Concept Video

A concept video is a short movie that has a theme and tells a story. Concept videos are produced similarly to a movie or television program – they are scripted films that are often creative expressions for the bride and groom. Concept videos are only limited by the couple’s imagination. (A common theme is a music video.)

Photo Montage

A photo montage consists of still images displayed on video. Typically, it involves photographs (as the name suggests), but can also include the wedding invitation and arts and crafts.

Fashion Shoot

A fashion shoot wedding video is depicted in the style of a high fashion photography session that highlights the bride in her wedding gown (and other wedding attire) and honeymoon apparel. Fashion shoot videos can also include bridesmaids and the Mother of the Bride.

Wedding Same Day Edit Film

A wedding same day edit film is a short video that’s created from wedding film footage taken earlier in the day. Typically, wedding day edit films include pre-ceremony events and the ceremony and the video is shown during the reception as a review of the day’s events.

Wedding Highlight Video

Wedding highlight videos are shorter wedding films that draw out the best parts of the wedding film. These wedding videos are typically under 10 minutes in length and are popular post wedding gifts for wedding party participants, family members, and guests.

Honeymoon Video

A honeymoon video captures and documents information about the honeymoon. It can be as simple as the bride and groom discussing their destination with a montage of maps and brochures, or as elaborate as video documentation of the honeymoon itself.

Comprehensive Wedding Film

A complete wedding documentary includes the filming of all wedding related events including bridal showers, the rehearsal dinner, wedding day events prior to the ceremony, the ceremony, the reception, and the honeymoon.

Wedding Film Styles

Couples can select one distinct style for their wedding movie or they can blend styles to help create a more diversified wedding video. Most wedding videographers will work in one particular style; therefore, it’s important to select a videographer that meets your specific needs.


Cinematic refers to the style used in movies and films. Wedding films that are filmed in the cinematic style are edited to create a certain mood and to add dramatic effect.


Journalistic style is also known as documentary style as it documents the events of the wedding. Events are edited to display as they occur during the wedding in order to maintain continuity of the day’s events.


Storytelling style uses recorded sound bites from the bride and groom. These sound bites are added to the wedding video’s audio to help tell the story of the day.


Traditional style has a “homemade” or “no frills” feel to it. The film is edited in a straightforward linear progression and includes all events in their entirety. Traditional style uses light editing with edits usually including graphic transitions between distinct events.

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