Choosing a Wedding Videographer -- Tips For Your Special Day
Here’s one of the best wedding videographers tips that you should take note of: your wedding video doesn’t have to be trite, cheesy, or predictable—unless you want it to be.
Like everything else about your wedding, never forget that your video is about you. In other words, if you want a reel of long, overly sentimental footage to commemorate this major milestone, then by all means, go for it. More often than not, however, couples want to document their wedding day for what it is—frenzied, yet beautiful; hectic, yet emotional; dramatic, yet candid.
A good wedding videographer can capture these nuances on film. Their style, eye, and skill can depict and translate the emotion of the day into a fantastic story that you can relive years down the line…
…if you choose the right one.
So how do you choose the right one? Check out our wedding videographer tips below—
1. Find a videographer who shares the same aesthetic vision as yours
Similar to photographers, videographers will have a specific, even signature style. It’s also likely that their experience allows them to be very flexible and can adapt to your preferred style. Be sure to check out their portfolios and sample reels to see how versatile they are when it comes to their craft. If you have a specific look or idea, show it to them.
2. Put the same effort into choosing your videographer as you would your photographer
Videographers are often considered a “nice to have” versus a “must have” in weddings. Often, brides will push back choosing one on the basis of budget. But here’s the thing, brides also often regret not being able to capture their wedding day on film. Photos are essential, but there’s nothing like reliving that special day with family and friends.
That said, putting off finding a videographer will mean you're whittling down your options significantly. Perhaps your preferred production company will no longer be available on your wedding day, and you'll have to settle for someone that's other than your first choice. Our advice? Plan ahead and set aside a budget for your wedding video early into your wedding planning process. It will be worth it.
3. Choose a videographer that you’re comfortable with
By comfortable, we don’t mean someone that you know you can simply work with. Wedding videographers have one objective—to capture honest, candid, raw, natural emotion on film. This will go beyond establishing a workable, professional relationship—and that’s what sets good videographers apart from the rest.
They're mindful enough to understand that they have to have rapport with the bridal party and guests. They understand that heavy equipment and lighting amid the flurry of wedding preparations isn't the best way to capture special moments. They have the experience to make guests feel at ease in front of the camera, and inconspicuous enough to capture rare moments of the day at its most candid and sincere.
4. When in doubt, read reviews
No videographer is going to tell you they can’t do your preferred style. No videographer is going to say that they can’t create the perfect wedding video for you. But in this day and age, you also don't have to just take their word for it. Start by visiting their website to review their body of work and look for featured reviews. Follow this up by visiting their social media sites and take the time to read through posts and comments to get an actual feel of how clients work with them.
Don’t just focus on the quality of the output either. Remember, videographers spend a lot of time with the entourage and guests—they have to be a positive and welcome presence at your wedding.
5. Always, always sit down with your wedding videographer
Before signing a contract, take the time to meet and sit down with your potential videographer. The best way to determine if you're comfortable with your videographer, if they're credible, if it's a great fit, is to meet them. It doesn't even have to be a formal meeting—although we would advise that you come prepared with a list of must-ask questions. Be sure to inquire about packages, cancellation policies, if it's possible to get any extras, or if they have a second shooter to ensure key moments are shown from varying perspectives.
We actually recommend that you meet in a casual setting—that’s the best way to feel out how well you could work together and if you can trust them to deliver.
On that note, if you'd like to sit down with us and tell us what you want for your wedding video, give us a call. Let's sit down for a cup of coffee or a mojito—we'd love to hear from you.