All married couples will agree that hiring a wedding videographer to film their big day was a great investment. The ability to re-live and experience the wedding magic from a different perspective is the greatest wedding gift on its own.
Watch your bridesmaids dance down the aisle, catch the best man’s emotional speech, and of course the occasional kid falling asleep during the ceremony- any time you want for the rest of your life.
However, most couples don’t put in enough care and attention into finding the perfect wedding videographer like they do with the caterer or the venue. Many will start with an internet search for “wedding videographer near me” or “local videographer” and run with the list the search engine produces for them.
To help you avoid the worst of them, here are some quick and essential questions to ask your videographer before hiring them for your wedding.
1. Are you available on my wedding date?
Probably the most important question to ask, you’re going to want to make sure the videographer you hire will be able to make it to your wedding to capture it from start to finish. Popular wedding videographers are usually booked months in advance, so check their availability before getting your hopes up.
2. How much do you charge?
Make sure you negotiate and fix the prices for videography services well in advance so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises after the wedding. Find out about the deposit amount, cancellation policy (especially under current circumstances) and any additional costs you may have to incur for transport, food, etc.
3. How would you describe your style of videography?
Is your videographer’s style documentary or cinematic, and what would you prefer for your special day? If you’d like something different don’t be shy to ask your wedding videographer if they can be flexible with their style.
4. Have you worked at the wedding venue in the past?
It’s always a bonus if your videographer has previously shot at your chosen venue, as they will already know the layout. If they haven’t, make sure to arrange a visit to the venue so they can plan their angles and fixture placements.
5. What equipment do you use?
You may not know much about video equipment, but do enquire about the equipment that your wedding videographer uses. This should give you a rough idea of how many cameras will be used, the quality, and what kind of lighting will be used.
6. How long will it take to deliver the final video?
After the excitement of your wedding day has faded, it’d be nice to have a reminder of how much fun it was. Nobody wants to wait months before they get a first look at their wedding video, so confirm a deadline for the fully edited video. Interestingly, the idea for Splento itself was born out of a wedding photo experience that seemed never-ending. Check out the full story here.
7. How long have you been filming wedding videos?
Your wedding video will be a Splendid Memento to treasure for the rest of your life, so you’re going to want to make sure your wedding videographer is experienced enough to film it according to your vision. Plus, an experienced videographer will have plenty of past work samples to help you determine their tone and style.
8. Can changes be made after we see the first edit?
Not all videographers allow changes after the first edit is completed, so be sure to ask if it is possible to watch the video first and request changes. You don’t want to be stuck with a wedding video you don’t approve of.
Your wedding videographer will be someone you work with closely on the most important day of your life, so you want to know they will capture it to perfection. If you stick to this list of essential questions, you’re a long way down the path to finding a match you’ll be happy to have around on your wedding day.
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