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Cinematic vs. Documentary Wedding Video

Jen & Luis opted for both a cinematic highlight and a documentary edit

If you’ve done any research about wedding videos so far, you might have heard the terms cinematic and documentary films. What is the difference and what will work best for you and your fiancé?


Cinematic-style editing usually contains short clips of the day’s highlights intertwined together to create a movie-like story. Sometimes it is narrated with audio from your vows or speeches. Others are set solely to music in the background. This can also be termed as a story-telling video and tends to be anywhere from 3-15 minutes.


A documentary edit contains longer clips of the day in chronological order. Depending on the package you purchase from your videographer, it might include just the ceremony or the entire day. These videos tend to be much longer, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.


Does it matter which you choose? Which one fits better for your needs? Consider if you or your family will sit down and watch an hour-long documentary of the wedding more than once. You might want to watch the entire ceremony talk, especially if you would like to review the advice of the officiant or passages of holy writings or poems that were shared.


The big advantage of a cinematic highlight film is that the best parts of the event are all compiled into one compact video. Instead of weeding through tedious points of the day like the best man rambling about college years, the highlight film will include his nice sentiments and move on! The most touching points between the couple and family are ensured to be included.


Can you get both? Yes, Green Horizon Productions and many other vendors will offer a short highlight and a long documentary edit in some of their packages. Email us today for more information at info@greenhorizonvideo.com!

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