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How to choose a Videographer

The main reason you have a video is to capture the memories of your wedding so that you can re-live the events of the day.

 

You will be so involved on the day and will miss the details that the Video will retain for posterity.

 

One of the top comments that Brides make about a "regret" on their wedding day is NOT GETTING A VIDEO. Don't have that regret.

 

The wedding day you are planning is one of the most important days of your life – you will want to remember every detail as well as have shortened “highlights” for family and friends.

Check the equipment that the Videographer uses - especially the camera equipment - the minimum format should at least HD but preferably 4K or UHD. No matter what device or equipment you view the video with, the better the original quality of the footage the better it will look on your TV or Computer.

What you do want to know is, how capable the videographer and editor are and how they will produce a result you will be proud to show your family and friends.

The editing -  is where the art of the cinematic wedding videos begin. Beware of a Videographer that is not using Professional Editing software that may not give you the result you are looking for in a Cinematic Wedding Video - why take the risk?   

Along with the software, you need to check the equipment that your videographer/editor is using for your wedding video production. The professional will be using a desktop workstation. While laptops are powerful enough to edit a wedding video production, they tend to indicate that the editor may not be fully dedicated to the profession or may just be starting out. 

Highlights Editing

Pick a Videographer who will edit the full day as well as the “Highlights”, that are set to music with romantic effects.  

 

Besides, the edit of the full day is is most likely too long for your friends’ attention span.  

 

A cost effective way is to have the “Highlights” fully edited and the full day's footage with just a light edit to clear all the unwanted camera movements.

The Video “Highlights”of the wedding will be best to send to friends and family from overseas or anyone who was not able to be there on the day

All may go well, but you can’t be sure they will get things right. You will  be assured of a professional result if you employ a professional.

 

Besides, there are many years of experience needed to edit and produce a professional wedding video and provide the memories that your months of planning deserve.

 

You will have seen home made videos – do you want that for your wedding memories? Only experienced and professional editors will be asure to provide you a wedding video style of edit.

Estimate of Costs

The videographer will usually be filming your wedding for anywhere between 8-15 hours. 

An experienced camera operator who owns Broadcast Quality equipment will charge $100 or more per hour. 

Post Production: Anywhere from 15 to 50 hours or more is needed to professionally edit a wedding video, you can estimate what the cost should be for a top quality wedding video.

 

You can always find somebody who will do it for less, if you are willing to accept a lower level of quality. It is better to spend more than you have planned, instead of less than you should – and why not let all of your family and friends enjoy the wedding and use a professional wedding videographer? 

 So expect to pay around $1000 for a basic package. A full Documentary or Cinematic wedding video edit including Highlights will approach $2,000.

The videographer you choose, will have sample videos of highlights as well as of full wedding videos. Look for the choice of Documentary or Cinematic wedding video styles. Evaluate for smooth and steady camera work. 

 Do the people on the tape look natural or staged? Can you feel the emotion? 

Listen carefully to the audio from the music, Celebrant, Vows, Readers, vocalists and the D.J.’s introductions and toasts from the reception. 

The samples will show you that they have experience with a variety of weddings and the full version should be of a wedding similar to your own. If you are having an outdoor wedding make sure they show you their outside wedding samples and not just the interior church clips. make sure you see their low light reception clips. The more you see the more you will appreciate their style, and get a feel what your wedding video will look like.

If at all possible, deal with the actual videographer (not just a contact person) before the wedding day. You need to be sure that you have a rapport.

Things to ask before trusting someone to film your wedding.

Most wedding videographers use professional 4K Cinema Digital Cameras.

 

A lapel microphone, attached on the groom, to pick up the vows clearly.  

A separate hand held microphone is also needed, to give clear sound, for the speeches and guest testimonials.

Check the videographer's web site for sample videos. Evaluate for smooth and steady camera work. Listen carefully to the audio from the music, Celebrant, vows, readers, vocalists and the D.J.’s introductions and toasts from the reception

Choosing the right videographer

There are many things that you need to know before you write your name on the contract. Here are some suggestions for picking that perfect wedding videographer that is just right for you.

Check with Friends and family:
You will be sure to find associates who have direct (or have friends’) experiences with a Wedding Videographer.

Search the internet:
Look at both local and national companies.Videographers will travel as long as you pay for their travel:

Compile a list of all videographers:
Don’t worry about price, location or other factors at this point. Just list everyone that is a possibility.
Look at both small and large companies. Many small or cost effective companies won’t spend that much money on advertising, but their services are as good:

Check List on how to select a Videographer

  • Local vendors (they know the area best)

  • Quality of work

  • Make sure they carry liability insurance and have a business license.

  • Personalities (Do you have a rapport with the person filming the video)

  • Price

  • Years in the Business

  • Type of Music used

  • How many cameras - 2 cameras if possible

  • Quality of Cameras - look for 4K UHD or at least HD

  • Types of lighting & audio

  • Extra features (Love Story, Photo Montages, Recaps, etc)

  • Style of video (Documentary or Cinematic wedding video styles to MTV)

  • Look at websites & call or email them.

  • Compare the companies on your list

 

What to do next

Complete our "Wedding Run Sheet Form" below to help us create a unique reflection of your special day.

We understand that each couple's requirements are different, your input helps us produce wedding video and Photography that best expresses your personality.

Download: Wedding Day Run Sheet