Let me paint you a little picture here.
My now hubby and I were months away from our wedding day when I stumbled upon the video sharing website Vimeo and discovered the most amazing thing ever. WEDDING VIDEOS!
Of course, I had heard about wedding videos before but those videos were the ones on old grainy VHS tapes that collected dust in couple’s basements. These new videos were Hollywood-like movies that literally brought me to tears. I didn’t even know the people in these dang videos and I was moved and convinced that we NEEDED to have our own wedding video.
Fast forward a few weeks later and I learned that hiring a videographer wouldn’t be as easy as I imagined and really didn’t fit our already defined budget (we were only a couple of months away from our wedding after all).
I was devastated, to say the least.
I share this with you because I’m not alone. When asked what regrets couples have about their wedding day, most will say they wish they had hired a videographer. Not everyone can afford or even want a wedding video but if you are one of those who does or if you’re even thinking about it keep on reading. Use the tips below to help you find the perfect pro to get a video that’s so good you’ll watch it on repeat.
1. Match Your Style With The Videographer
Just like photographers, videographers take different approaches to their craft. Some take documentary-style videos without many special effects while others take a cinematic film style for a more dramatic, Hollywood-movie feel. Make sure to choose a videographer that closely matches your style and hire the one you like best.
2. Take Finding a Videographer As Seriously As You Do Your Photographer
Planning ahead always pays off, so don’t leave hiring a videographer until it’s too late. Make sure to include money for your videographer in your budget so you’re most likely able to hire your first choice.
3. Embrace The Professional Referral Factor
People like your photographer and wedding coordinator have worked with videographers previously and will be able to suggest videographers they like working with or that they’ve heard good things about through previous clients. Bonus if your photographer also offers videography so it would make sense to book a package for both. A pair of pros from the same studio will have a great working relationship and will use that to get you the fabulous shots you are expecting.
4. Seek Out Reviews
Just like with your photographer, you should do your due diligence and get references of the studio you have selected. Even if you feel like you’ve found the perfect fit speak to the videographer’s previous clients and read opinions online. Ask questions like: Did they capture the most important parts of your wedding? Were they a positive presence throughout the day? Overall, were you happy with the final film?
5. Meet Them In Person Before You Decide
Your superhero vendors are spending the entire day with you so it’s important that you feel at ease with them and that you actually like them! It’s ideal to meet in person but in our digital world, I’m a firm believer that Facetime and Skype are great ways to “meet” as well. Once you’ve met with one or two potential vendors, ask to see a full video or two so you will know what an entire film might look like.
6. Get The Most Out Of Your Contract
Like all contracts, you MUST read and agree to all of the details. Your contract should include coverage time (as in, how long your videographer will be at your venue), how many shooters you’ll have, an itemized list of the finished product (highlight reels, trailers, digital media files), logistical details (time and location), cancellation policies and, of course, the fee. If it’s not outlined in the contract, don’t assume you’re going to get it.
7. Trust Them
You’re hiring someone for their experience and talent. Trust your decision and trust that they will deliver the wedding film that you hired them for. On the day of, you shouldn’t feel like you need to direct them or keep your eye on them. If you’ve done your research and chose the videographer that you felt best fit your style, you should have complete confidence in them.
Still need to be convinced that wedding videos are super, duper awesome? Check out the video below by the incredibly talented Nick Wilson Videography! One view of this video and you’ll be calling around to book your own videographer!
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