What's the difference between an amateur wedding video and a professional wedding video

Notes from an SF Bay Area wedding videographer - www.weddingsandmotion.com

What's the difference between an amateur wedding video and a professional wedding video


When it comes to wedding videos, the options are endless. You can hire a videographer on your own or go with a friend or relative who has experience filming weddings. In reality though, there's no such thing as an amateur video of a wedding. The only way you'll have an amateur wedding video is if you don't hire a professional or if you don't follow the guidelines we've laid out below.


Planning is key to any video production. It helps you stay on track and deliver what you promised, it helps you be efficient and get the best results, it helps keep your costs down by using less expensive equipment or hiring cheaper talent.

If you're planning a wedding video for your friends or family members who don't have much experience in this area, here are some things to consider:

  • What kind of footage do I need? How much footage do I want? Will this be part of an overall marketing campaign for my business?
  • How can I make sure that every bit of footage will fit into my budget without sacrificing quality or creativity within the project itself?

Creative style

A professional wedding video is more creative. It's a great example of how you can use the same footage and still tell the story in a unique way.

For example, professional videos often include dynamic camera angles or shots that seem to be from far away or above the subjects' heads. This can be done by using special lenses or editing software such as Final Cut Pro X (or Avid Media Composer). While these techniques may require more skill than other types of filming, they are usually easy to learn and produce beautiful results!

Professional crew and equipment

If you’re planning on shooting your own wedding video, then there are some things that you need to be aware of. The most important difference between an amateur and professional wedding video is the quality of the footage and how it was captured. A professional crew will have experience in filming weddings and will use equipment that can capture high-quality footage at all times. This means they can shoot from multiple angles, including overhead shots or zoomed close-ups of each part of your big day (bridal party photos are always popular).

They also know what angles work best so they can film everything without getting boring or redundant; this ensures that even if certain shots don't make it into the final cut, viewers won't miss them anyway!


Editing is the most important part of the process. It's what makes your wedding video so special and memorable. If you hire an amateur videographer, they may not have the skills or experience to properly edit their footage into something that tells a story and highlights certain aspects of your day.

If you want a professional-quality wedding video, it's going to take some time and effort on both ends: from hiring a good videographer (and paying them), through editing all those shots into one cohesive piece, then posting it online for others to see!

If you want your wedding video to be something special you should hire a professional.

If you want your wedding video to be something special you should hire a professional. A professional wedding videographer can help you capture the special moments of your wedding and create a beautiful video that will be an important part of your family's history.

A professional wedding videographer is someone who has been trained in how to film weddings, parties, events and more. They know what kind of equipment works best for each situation (e.g., DSLR vs point-and-shoot camera), what lighting works best when shooting indoors or outdoors, how much time it takes to set up props/backdrops etc., so they can use those tools in creative ways which make for amazing shots!


We hope this explanation of the differences has been helpful. If you’d like to learn more about what sets professional wedding videographers apart from amateurs, check out our blog post on that topic here.

Below is an example of a professional cinematic wedding video.

 Contact us to find out more about making a cinematic wedding video for your wedding!