WHAT IS HYBRID COVERAGE?


To put it simply, it's having both photography and videography coverage at the same time by the same team. When I personally provide hybrid coverage, it's normally solo, so that I can stay nice and discreet and not get in your way. So what's the difference between hybrid coverage and hiring separate teams?

What it is


Hybrid coverage allows you to capture moving memories of your wedding day without the need for a completely separate video team (sometimes consisting of 2 or more people). It means that you can have a highlight film of your wedding day without feeling that you're on a Hollywood film set.


Films that are made as a part of hybrid coverage are normally shorter (2-5 minutes), more fast paced films set to music. They sometimes include audio recordings from your ceremony and speeches depending on the type of film being made. Here at Rivers & Roads, I offer 2 types of film within a hybrid package. Both are short and sharp videos of your wedding day, the only difference is one has audio recordings and the other one doesn't.


WHAT it isn't


As moving and beautiful as a highlights film is, the primary focus for hybrid photo + video coverage is still the photography side of life. The video is there to compliment your photographs and not to be a fully fledged wedding film that could be created by a dedicated video team. If you're looking for a full-fledged wedding film, nothing can replace the need for a dedicated team.


How does it work when it comes to the "big moments"? An example would be the first kiss. Under hybrid coverage, I will always photograph the first kiss. If there's an opportunity to also get it on video, of course I will, but I will always prioritise the photograph first.

WHAT DOES IT COST?


This all depends on the type of video that you choose to have. The more budget friendly option may not include any audio recorded on the day, which will save a substantial amount of time in post production, meaning that these can be provided at a lower cost. A full documentary film on the other hand could require up to 10 hours post production and maybe more, meaning that the cost will be higher.


As with most things weddings, it's about finding the right balance for yourselves and making sure you get what you want without going over budget.


WHAT SHOULD WE CHOOSE?


That's something that only you can decide. But, if you're after a bit of guidance, then you can ask yourself a simple question. Is the video an important, must have for your wedding? Or is it a nice to have?


If you answered "yes, it's very important" then I would highly recommend that you bring in a dedicated video team for your wedding day so that you don't miss a beat. If not, then maybe the hybrid option is for you.