Wedding 101: How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Videographer

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It goes without saying that your wedding day is set to be on the best days of your life. Whether you have a small and intimate affair or a lavish party, you and your partner will cherish the memories of that day forever.

Of course it can be difficult to remember all the finer details of the day when the years start to roll on. And for that reason, the wedding photography, and in particular your wedding videography becomes a super important part of the day.

From the moment you lock eyes with your other half as you drift down the aisle in your dream dress, to scenes on the dancefloor when cousin Rachel does her “best” dance moves after too many glasses of champagne, getting all these amazing moments captured in video means that you can cherish the day in all its glory for the rest of your life.

If you’re in the process of planning your wedding, and want to know what to look for when booking a wedding videographer who can shoot great video but also outsource video editing, then keep reading.

We’ve compiled the best tips on choosing your wedding videographer. Happy planning!

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Tip #1 – Finding a videographer is as serious as finding a photographer

Thanks to Instagram and the invention of smartphones, taking photos of every moment in our lives has become as second nature as breathing! Still photography is therefore an essential part of any wedding day, but a wedding video production company will bring these still images to life.

Video will let you re-live the sentiments expressed by friends and family during their speeches, you can re-watch your vows, watch your man rock the dance floor, and see the special moments you missed the first time around.

Skilled wedding videographers and editors are able to weave the footage together so you can see and feel the emotion and happiness of the day – forever.

Tip #2 – Get recommendations

Your meeting with a prospective videographer went well, their portfolio looks great. But you STILL really don’t know if you’re making the right choice or not.

Fear not, it’s time to conduct a little research. Ask your photographer if they know this video production company. Ask your friends or wedding planner if they have hired them before. And of course, you can always look at reviews online.

Just remember to take the feedback and reviews you come across seriously, and not operate through rose tinted glasses just because you’ve been offered a special price or been wowed by a carefully crafted sales pitch.

Tip #3 – Always meet in person beforehand

Sure, a lot of people can shoot great wedding videos, but the very best videos happen when there is a connection between the bride and groom and the person doing the filming. Insist on a meet and greet before signing any agreements and locking in. You’ll be surprised at how well you gel with some operators over others.

Tip #4 – Check their style matches yours

Like any creative art form, your wedding video will likely follow a particular style or theme. Most wedding videographers specialise in one or two styles of shooting, so it’s essential to review their work and see if it resonates with what you want to achieve.

For example, you may have your heart set on an emotional video, a classic cinematic story, a narrative, or a fun party film. Different companies offer different styles, and it’s a mistake to assume that any videographer can create a video outside of their normal repertoire.

Tip # 5 – Discuss your goals

Some people want a 3 to 5-minute summary video, and some want a full edited video of the entire ceremony. Some even want a drone video edit. Now the question is, which one do you want? Develop a clear idea what you’re looking for, before you get together with your videographer.

Tip #7 – Discuss timelines and expectations

Before signing on the dotted line, be sure to agree on all the finer details of the project and the delivery of the finished product.

As the client, it is your responsibility to provide the company with information on how the wedding day is to run, so they can organise themselves and not miss anything.

As the vendor, the videographer is responsible for explaining what you will receive as the finished product, and when. Make sure you are both on the same page before proceeding.

Tip #8 – Read the contract thoroughly

Nothing dims the magic of a wedding quite like having to read through a contract, but unfortunately, this is essential before booking into an expensive service like hiring a wedding video production company.

Ensure that you are covered in the instance where your service is cancelled at short notice, or their equipment breaks down. Don’t set yourself up for any surprises. So read the contract carefully, and negotiate any changes.

Tip #9 – Do not micromanage

You’ve followed the above tips, done your research and decided on the perfect wedding production company for you. Now let them do their job. According to video professionals, micro-managing them on your wedding day or in post-production pulls them away from the style that you fell in love with to begin with. Do a few revisions and let them do their work.

 

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