Great, you have decided to hire a Wedding Videographer! No matter what your budget is, every vendor is a piece of that budget and as such you should spend your money in the smartest way possible. Here are 8 Questions to help you make your decision when the time comes to select your wedding videographer.
I hate to say it, but before you ask any questions you need to have a good idea about what your budget is. I never like to see a bride fall in love with something she can’t afford. Like on that show – say yes to the dress – they always let the bride try on a dress they know is three times over her budget. That’s one reason we think wedding videographers should be up front and open about their prices.
So, now you have your budget, the first thing you want to find out is what the videographers style is – and more importantly, is it what you like, what you want, and the style you are looking for? Some videographers film with camcorders, others with DSLRs. Do you like sharp video or soft out of focus backgrounds? Is the editing more documentary style or cinematic with music and fancy footage?
It’s highly unlikely that you find a videographer that hasn’t filmed many weddings. That said, you don’t want to be a guinea-pig on your big day. That doesn’t mean you need to find a videographer that has filmed 100 weddings, but you just want to see some insurance that you are indeed hiring a professional. Make sure to look at a handful of their video examples.
Who are you?
Is the person you are talking with the actual person who will be filming that day? Try to talk to the actual videographer and make sure you are looking at footage that your videographer shot and edited personally. Don’t get scammed by a mega studio who show their best video’s but you don’t know who your are going to get when the big day comes.
Are you busy?
Make sure the person or company you are hiring is not too busy to do your job. You should expect to receive your final discs in a reasonable amount of time–get an estimated delivery date, preferably in writing–in your contract.
That looks expensive.
Make sure your videographer is using professional grade equipment. What kind of cameras are they using? Microphones? If the answers don’t mean anything to you, then just ask them to elaborate why they use the equipment they do.
This is a simple question and the answer is not very technical. Just make sure your videographer is using multiple cameras. Even professional gear can fail and though it’s nobody’s fault it can be very bad for you. Just make sure the videographer is prepared appropriately.
Lights, Camera, Action.
Does the videographer use a light? If yes, how bright is it? High-end professional video equipment can get great quality video even in low light. The last thing you want is your videographer ruining the ambiance and romantic setting of your reception.
I hope these questions are helpful when it comes time to talk to your wedding videographer. If you are not that far yet, that’s okay. Here are some tips to help you find a wedding videographer worth talking to.