A videographer is one of the most often overlooked wedding vendors. Their work is not seen as necessary as a photographer, but most couples who hire videographers are happy that they did. There is just something that a photograph cannot capture that a moving video can. Your videographer will capture all the sights and sounds of your special day as they actually happen—a photographer will just freeze these moments in time.
Videography at weddings has become increasingly popular in recent years so it should be relatively easy to locate a good videographer. More often than not, these vendors are paid significantly less than your photographer, but the final bill will still be sizeable. Usually, the videographer is the first vendor to be budgeted out of a wedding—try not to let this happen. If you can cut back on a few other areas in your wedding, chances are you will free up some money to hire a videographer. You will not regret it.
Finding A Videographer
Although some high demand videographers book early, most can usually be hired about six months prior to your wedding date. At this time, most of your major vendors should have already been hired. Contact these vendors and ask if they have worked with any good videographers in the past. More often than not, your photographer will have the best recommendation.
It is very helpful to ask your other wedding vendors for recommendations. By asking for these referrals, you are tapping into their network and their reputation. If one of your vendors recommends a bad videographer, that will reflect poorly on both parties involved. Because of this, most wedding vendors are very careful with whom they do and do not recommend to their brides and grooms.
Ask Family And Friends
More than likely someone in your personal network has gotten married recently. Ask them if a videographer was hired for their wedding. Be sure to ask if they were pleased with even hiring a videographer at all. Ask if it was worth it, and ask about the quality of the final product. Your friends and family will most certainly give you good insights into working with a videographer, and more often than not, they will enthusiastically recommend that you hire someone to capture your wedding on video.
A great way to find new vendors is to attend wedding shows. This will give you a chance to meet potential videographers one on one and view samples of their work. While at these shows, make sure you come with a few important questions.
As with anything today, make sure that you check out any recommendations online. Most videographers will include some of their best work online. If it does not live up to your standards, look somewhere else. You should also be able to find a full list of pricing online if you are a budget conscious bride and groom.
Questions To Ask Potential Videographers
What is your videography style?
Just like with photographers, videographers can have very different styles of shooting video. Some will shoot your wedding more like a standard film, while others will take more of a documentary approach with interesting camera angles. Be sure that you have some say over their shooting style for your wedding day. If a videographer is too rigid, you may want to move on.
How long have you been in business?
Obviously, the more experience a videographer has the better he or she will be (usually). Less experienced videographers will usually be less expensive, but you may get a worse final product. However, there is a chance that a videographer with less experience might be more “cutting edge,” since there may be recently out of school and more in tune with popular technology and styles. If this is the case, be sure to look carefully at previous examples of their work.
What microphone set up do you use?
For your wedding, you will want the groom and your officiant to have a microphone at the very least. Without these cordless mikes, your movies audio quality could be very poor. Make sure that any potential videographer is upfront with how they capture sound for your wedding.
How many people will be taping our wedding?
If more people are operating video cameras during your wedding, you will get a better overall picture of your ceremony and your reception. However, this may cost a premium price.
How many cameras will be taping our wedding?
Some videographers will film your wedding alone but with multiple cameras. Usually, this person will maneuver around your wedding with one camera while another camera is left stationary.
Do you offer guest interviews?
Guest interviews are one of the best parts of a wedding video. To do this, a videographer will usually set up a video camera during the reception that is open to all wedding guests. While in front of the camera, guests are welcome to give a message to the bride and groom.
How long will it take to edit our wedding video?
This is always good information to know. It takes quite a while to edit an entire wedding video together. You will need to be patient, but a videographer should have a decent idea of their editing time.
What editing techniques do you use? Can we help determine what our video looks like?
Some videographers may use editing techniques and effects that you or your fiancée do not like. If you have strong opinions about your wedding video, voice them before you sign your contract and certainly before your wedding date.
Will you provide a social networking highlight video?
With the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites, most videographers will produce a short highlight video that can easily be uploaded to a Facebook profile.
How will you light our reception/ceremony?
In the dark setting of a wedding reception or ceremony, a videographer will need to light up their surroundings just like a photographer utilizes a flash. The videographer’s light, however, will need to be continuous and is often very bright. Make sure you understand how obtrusive or non-obtrusive your videographer’s lighting might be. You do not want any surprises on your wedding day.
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