The “I Do’s” & “I Don’ts” of Royalty Free Music for Wedding Videography
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Mignon McLaughlin
A wedding is among the happiest and most important days in a person’s life. Right up there with passing your driving test, graduating from school, meeting Tom Hanks in Las Vegas, or how about the first time you browsed our wonderful musical selections[!]. I’m in marketing.
It’s the simple stuff, really. However, given its impact, it’s natural for it to also be the most meticulously planned event in a person’s life.
Candles: In mason jars, naturally
Wedding videography is the fastest growing field in the wedding industry, as couples–lovestruck OR otherwise–seek to create a vibrant and lasting moment, an indelible impression, an impregnable memor…you get the point. It’s important.
To make the perfect wedding video, you need the perfect song.
Video is only half the equation, after all, try watching an episode of Game of Thrones on mute. Does anything actually even happen? As timeless romanticist, and noted living muppet, Keith Richards eloquently puts it, “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”
Now, I’m not a big-brain globetrotting musician, but I have played Operation, so what I think Dr. Teeth is trying to say here is that music is a language that transcends, well…language. It inspires, uplifts, creates memories, defines memories, and on a day that is so important to so many people, you simply cannot settle. I mean, yes, technically, on a wedding day you can settle, but like, not on the music. Music is timeless. Bones.
Why it’s necessary to legally license music for Wedding Videography.
Scenario: You, an uncannily good-looking videographer are contacted by a gleeful couple, seeking your video services for their wedding.
There is a caveat however, they love Bubbly by Colbie Caillat. It’s their song. Now, assuming you’re able to fight your natural impulse to burn their house down and move to a different city, you are indeed presented with a thorny situation here.
Using “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat would be copyright infringement, and the penalties can be quite extreme–especially in the digital age.
Now, I’m not suggesting that two 7’ bodyguards named Rex and T-Bone are going to show up at your door and demand “answers” on behalf of Universal Republic Records, but you can face litigation, with penalties reaching in excess of $100,000, along with permanently damaging your business, and credibility. Side note, if you do go to jail, do not accept the free candy bars on your bed, it is 100% a trap.
Don’t want to get beat-up by Colbie Caillat’s bodyguards, OR go to jail? Soundscape.io can help.
Let’s be clear, it’s impossible for anyone here at Soundscape.io to 100% protect you from Colbie Caillat’s bodyguards. If you’re at a Colbie Caillat concert and you’ve downed one-too-many appletinis, then you are on your own, my friend.
However, Soundscape.io is an incredible resource for finding the best royalty-free music for your wedding videography. We offer unlimited monthly and annual subscriptions to our music licensing catalog(17,000 tracks, and growing) which you are free to use as much as you like for your subscription period. Shooting 20 films in one month? We’ve got you covered. Have a three hour Apocalypse-Now cut of someone’s wedding? Check, and check.
Find curated playlists, sort by mood, genre, or, create your own playlists. The possibilities are endless, and if there’s one thing I can guarantee, no one using Soundscape.io’s royalty free music catalog has ever, and I mean, EVER run afoul of any pop star’s bodyguards…when licensing music for video. There was that one appletini situation.
That quote that adorns this highly scientific article, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
Video has the power to do that. It captures life, moments…memory. It’s an incredible gift to give anyone on their important day. Just don’t use “Bubbly”.