• Mark Song

Is filming a multicultural wedding much different?

Tonga wedding presenting the blanket

Christchurch is a multicultural city, and one of my favorite parts of being a wedding videographer is having the privilege of filming many multicultural celebrations. In the past few years, I've got to witness and video interesting traditions and customs of many cultures including Chinese weddings, Indian weddings, Tongan, Zimbabwean, Scottish, Dutch and Maori weddings.

Is filming a multicultural wedding that different?

In most aspects, no. At the end of the day, weddings are universally about the celebration of love, unity, and the joining of families.

However, in many other ways, it is very different! (and have learned the hard way sometimes) The style of filming and editing can vary differently. For example, Indian weddings are usually large affairs spanning a few days and the main reason for having a wedding film is to film all the guests there. Hence, it's common to record the entirety of the night and deliver a 2-3 hour long video. For certain styles and expectations, having 2 or more videographers is a must, whereas, for other weddings, I would film for a more cinematic and grand feel. On a technical aspect, I would need to be prepared if there was a special tradition, like a haka or presentation; hence be able to use the appropriate lighting, lens, and audio.

henna ceremony

We understand the needs and expectations of different cultures

I have learned that the expectations and style of different cultures can vary, which is why I spend extra time and care to understand what your expectations are.

If you're planning a multicultural wedding and want to have it videographed, get in touch. I look forward to hearing more about it! Mark Song


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