The quality of early wedding videos was very poor. They were shaky and the image was grainy. The videographer was also likely to be a family member with a bulky camcorder in hand. While these images may still come to mind when people think of videography, the equipment and quality has drastically changed. A lot of developments have occurred since the beginning of video technology.

The Evolution and History of Wedding Videography

Today, many wedding videos are shot in high definition and feel like films. This is a far cry from the days of video recordings on film or analog tape. While hours of footage can now be captured and edited without running out of space, early video technology was limited to mere minutes of recording time.

The 1980s saw the rise of consumer video cameras and their increase in popularity. However, their use for weddings grew at a slower rate. There were two significant reasons for this. One was that early videography was limited to the wealthy due to the expense. Another was that bulky technology operated by a family member deterred some couples from recording their weddings.

For a time, having a wedding videographer became synonymous with low quality and interference in the event’s activities. As technology advanced and grew smaller, it improved people’s perception. Today, couples are much more likely to hire a videographer who will not only provide them with quality but will also make their day feel cinematic.

The video camera’s limited capabilities left a lot of moments un-captured. It also forced photographers to strategically plan and prioritize their shots, which is a stark contrast to the world of DSLR cameras and SD cards we use today.

Heading in the Right Direction


The invention of the DSLR camera proved to be a game changer in the video industry. Images that were previously recorded onto film or cassette tapes, now were captured onto a digital sensor. The elimination of film opened up a realm of possibilities for videographers. Recording space was no longer a concern. Hundreds of photos and hours of video became a reality.

The creation of videography organizations added to the industry’s improvement. As these groups formed, they developed resources and a standard for camera users to hone their craft. This was yet another step in the right direction.

As software came available, videographers began to edit their recordings. Gone were the days when a video had to be watched as filmed. While still an option, many videographers today edit their footage to tell a story and highlight the best moments.

A Nod to the Past and a Look to the Future

When it comes to the history of wedding videography we’ve seen drastic changes in the last few decades. It is gaining a better reputation as a result. Thanks to better technology and more resources, wedding videos have become a work of art.

As technology and editing software continue to develop, this industry will likely see more change. Building on a solid foundation, the industry keeps its moving forward as it expands its horizons.