How much of the day do you cover?
That really depends on you - we can cover the ceremony on it's own, or we can be there for the whole wedding day from your hair & makeup in the morning till you leave the reception at the end of the evening. The packages we offer will give you a good idea of exactly what is covered and what you get as an end result.
What do I get?
Again - the choice is yours - we usually deliver your wedding on USB but if you'd prefer your wedding on DVD or Blu-Ray, that's fine, just let us know. Your entire wedding is also available online via your very own private web page permanently.
How long is the video?
There are separate sections for each part of the day so it depends on what parts you have chosen to be filmed.
the bride & groom preparation highlights is around 5 minutes to 7 minutes depending on the package
the ceremony is 25-35 minutes on average (your ceremony is filmed non-stop so the end result is as long as your ceremony took)
the photo shoot highlights are around 5 minutes *this is an option on most packages - see the question below
the reception is 45 - 60 minutes on average
the online sample is usually 1.5 minutes
the wedding day highlights are 5, 8 or 12 minutes depending on the package
If you'd prefer to have all the seperate sections of the day as one 'wedding film' just let us know and we'll do just that.
what does that all mean? well, if we cover your ceremony & reception, your video will be at least 75 minutes long, usually more - if you have a bigger package then it will be longer.
Why don't you include the photo shoot in your packages?
You can include the photo shoot as an option, but we'd prefer to leave that to the photographer - you have allocated a specific amount of time for the photo shoot and your photographer needs that time to get the best shots - Most videographers include the photo shoot because that's the time they get the most 'creative' shots', if you look at their examples you'll see lots of those 'creative shots'. Our examples are all real highlights of actual weddings and include plenty of creative and cinematic shots without faking anything. We prefer to film the final preparations at the venue and pre-dinner drinks with your guests to show you what's happening while you're not there. If you specifically want the photo shoot covered we'll be happy to add that in - just check with your photographer to see that he has time to cover all the locations with us there.
Can I choose my own music?
YES, YOU CAN! - we ask you to list the music you have chosen on the day together with other songs you particularly like and we use that music to complete your wedding video. We have an APRA/AMCOS licence to produce this. If you have chosen a song to play while you walk down the aisle or sign the register, that's the song you want to hear when you watch your wedding film!
** it's important to note that the sample we produce for online delivery (facebook etc) cannot have your choice of music - we are limited to commercially licenced music. If you want your complete wedding highlights online we can create another version with commercially licenced music. You cannot upload your highlights to social media without infringing copyright.
Who will film my wedding?
Unlike a lot of videography businesses, we never sub-contract out our weddings - if you book Relive The Day, you get Relive The Day. If we are booked on a particular day - we are booked. We have 2 teams so it's possible to cover 2 weddings but I'll happily recommend a couple of videographers I know personally if we are booked, or I can put your details on a closed professional wedding forum to see who's available.
What we won't do is accept your booking and take your money and then wait till a month or two before the wedding to advertise for a shooter (cameraman) to do the job at the last minute (I see that happening on a regular basis, with small & large studios both photography & video - you'd be suprised how often!) You should make sure the person you booked is the person that will be turning up on the day.
If You choose Relive The day, it's because you like our work, and you expect us to do that work - not hire someone else to to it and then stick our name on it.
Do I need to provide meals?
Yes - for 2 personnel. Most wedding days start at 11am and we don't stop, the first chance we have to eat something is around 7 or 8pm after all the guests are fed so we need to eat. Usually venues provide a 'vendors meal' which usually costs you around $40 - that means we get a main meal.
You should check to see what your vendors are getting - we've been served nuggets & chips for a main! (that cost the bride $160 for us and the photographer & DJ) and that was a well known venue in the hunter. Bread rolls? - no chance! Peppers Creek are the only venue that regularly provide bread rolls for crew (that may seem like a small detail but when you haven't eaten for 8 hours, it's not.
Do You discount?
what about a weekday wedding? ...No
I want people to choose Relive The Day because of the work we do not because we're $50 cheaper than someone else. I know that price is important, I know you have a budget and you're not going to be able to fit in everything you want, but when the dust settles - do you want something you show your friends & family and say "but I got 50% off!" to explain why it's not really up to par? There seem to be lots of photographers & videographers who advertise huge discounts but what to you get? There are a more than a few brides around who jump at the discount and end up with nothing!
I have always tried to keep my pricing at a reasonable level and that leaves no room to play the discount game. Never heard of it? it's quite common in the wedding industry and a lot of others. You simply jack your pricing up by 10 or 15% so you have room to move when the discount question comes up
Can you do a better price? sure, I'll take 10% off because i like you (that's the 10% I put on before you walked in the door) everyone's happy - you got a discount, I got a client and my original price - it's all good.
Not really, you see what about the bride who really likes our work and doesn't ask - she ends up paying more.
so the moral of the story is .. I don't think there is one - if you want to ask each supplier for a better price, go for it - just understand that some may be ready for you and others may not be interested in playing that game.
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten
How many camera operators will there be on the day?
We always use two camera operators. That way we can separate to cover the bride & groom preparation and cover different angles at the ceremony & reception without getting in anyone's way.
What equipment do you use?
Our inventory is regularly updated as we purchase new cameras & lenses and sell the old equipment. Our main cameras are Panasonic, we may, of course, use other cameras if the situation calls for it. On your wedding day we will have 8 cameras & an assortment of lenses & support equipment valued at around $30k ready to capture the event.
GH5s, GH5, GH4's, G7's, GX85's, FZ100's, FZ2500, HC X1000 - all these cameras are capable of shooting 4k
we have too many to list individually, 12 Panasonic lenses & about 20 Canon lenses plus an assortment of low light primes
We have 6 audio recorders with a variety of lapel mikes, cables & adaptors to suit any situation.
We use LED lights and stock 12 of different sizes & capacities, while we bring plenty of light to a wedding, we only use what is absolutely necessary.
We use Miller tripods and have an assortment of grip equipment to cater for any occasion.
All our equipment is of a professional standard and our lighting & support equipment is used on regular basis for TV commercials & short films.
Will you get in the way?
NO! - our primary aim is to document the day without becoming part of it. Unlike most videographers, We will NEVER stand in the aisle and film, we will NEVER go behind the celebrant to film. Apart from the farewell circle (we may have to get in the middle to film) we aim to remain in the background, behind the guests. A lot of our couples say "we didn't even see you - how did you film that? Photographers love working with us because we liase with them throughout the day to make sure we're not in each others way.
Can I make changes to a particular package?
Yes, you can choose to mix & match to suit the coverage you want. We are always happy to discuss different options.
Can I organise a payment plan?
You certainly can, we can organise regular payments to suit you - weekly, monthly - whatever suits you.
How long after the wedding will we see the result?
We try to create a sample/trailer within 14 days of the wedding and have all parts of the wedding day online for you to view within 12 weeks of the wedding date. That may seem a long time but with the number of weddings we do and the work involved in editing your wedding, 12 weeks is the timeframe we have set.
How many hours are you there filming?
We don't specify the number of hours - we are there as long as it takes to get the coverage you want. If you have chosen to have a package where we cover till the end of the 1st dance, one of us will film a couple more songs while the other packs up. If you have chosen to have us there till the end of the evening - we'll be there until you leave.
How far will you travel?
Wherever you need us to go! - We consider anywhere within an hours travel each way as 'normal' travel - that covers as far north as Nelson Bay, inland to Singleton and as far south as the Hawkesbury river. If your wedding is anywhere on the Central Coast, Newcastle or in the Hunter Valley - you're local and there is no charge for travel!
While a 1-hour drive first thing in the morning to film your preparation is no problem, packing up at midnight ready for the drive home is a struggle. If the drive takes longer, or is more that 100k, then we need to charge for travel & accomodation. An easy way to estimate the cost is to use Google Maps to calculate the distance from Lake Munmorah on the Central Coast (our base) to your suburb. By doubling that distance you have the amount of return travel we need to cover. One dollar for every kilometre gets you a cost for travel & accommodation. This charge also covers the fact that we book the whole weekend for 'away weddings' travelling there on a Friday & back on a Sunday.
as an example:
Lake Munmorah to Port Macquarie = 290k x 2 x $1 = $580
Lake Munmorah to Dubbo = 408k x 2 x $1 = $816
Lake Munmorah to Parkes = 433k x 2 x $1 = $866
(this is the amount that is added to the package price)
This charge is calculated using the NRMA cost per kilometre for travel, accommodation for 2 camera operators & wages while travelling for the 2nd operator (I don't charge for myself) .
The calculation applies for regional NSW - if your wedding is in the greater Sydney area the charge is $2/km
as an example:
Lake Munmorah to Cronulla = 142k x 2 x $2 = $568
Lake Munmorah to Penrith = 134k x 2 x $2 = $536
Do we use drones to capture footage of your wedding?
We own and use drones for weddings but are mindful of the legal restrictions. There is no extra charge for such footage because there is no guarentee that we can use the drone at your location due to CASA restrictions or weather.
The rules for small drone use are very specific and there are 3 that are most pertinent for weddings:
You must keep your RPA at least 30 metres (100 feet) away from other people - you CANNOT sign a waiver or get around this rule.
You must not fly your RPA over any area where, in the event of a loss of control or failure, you create an unreasonable hazard to the safety of people and property on the ground (populous area). Places like beaches & parks are specifically mentioned.
You must keep your RPA at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes - Operations within the 3nm radius of an uncontrolled aerodrome or helicopter landing site are restricted.
That means we can't do a fly-over of your ceremony while guests are present, we can't fly over your guests or any other members of the public at any time.
You should also check with the venue, an increasing number are banning drone use due to safety/privacy concerns.
Got a question we haven't answered? you can ask it here and we'll get straight back to you - we may even add it to the list!