You’ve found your dream venue, hired that one photographer everybody talks about and have the most amazing caterer booked. The floral arrangement will be magnificent, your makeup artist is down to earth and the wedding cake is going to be to-die for. What’s left? Have you missed any other vendors who will help make your wedding day special? “Oh no, we’ve forgotten to look for a videographer!”
Don’t let this situation be a cause of stress and anxiety leading up to the happiest day of your life! Here are 5 simple tips that can help guide you towards finding your perfect videographer:
1) Don’t make the mistake of not having your wedding day captured on video.
This might sound a little biased coming from a videographer, but it’s something I hear all the time. Whenever I talk to other wedding vendors, specifically planners and photographers, they always mention that the biggest regret their past clients have from their wedding day was in not hiring a videographer. It’s completely understandable if there is zero wiggle room in your budget to make this work, but if given the chance for you to free up some extra funds (perhaps by inviting a few less acquaintances or scrap that helicopter grand entrance) then put it towards good use and hire a videographer. Hiring a videographer can be viewed as an investment, but I guarantee it’s one that pays off. Even though photos will help stir up memories years down the road, there is nothing like being able to re-live your wedding day via the sights and sounds of a wedding film. Memories will fade, but film is forever.
2) Go with your gut.
Pick a videographer whose work you love. Your wedding video is something that you’ll be watching at least once a year for the rest of your lives, so you want to make sure it’s something that you’ll enjoy. If you currently like a more edgy style, think of whether it’ll be something you’ll appreciate in 10 or 20 years. Will you have preferred to have chosen a videographer whose style is more contemporary and timeless? This works both ways, so put some thought into what video style you love the most and which videographer you feel most comfortable with. If you have the opportunity to meet with a potential videographer beforehand, then you’re even better off as you’ll already know what their personality and style is like.
3) Don’t worry about the technical side of things.
Unless you’re a total gear-head who loves the latest camera tech, don’t bother to ask about what cameras they use or what type of computer they’re editing on. If you are absolutely in love with their work and there are no red flags popping up regarding the quality of the videos, then asking about what cameras they use is simply irrelevant. They are the pro’s, so they’ll be doing whatever it takes to be delivering high-quality content as well as keeping up with the ever-changing camera industry.
4) Pick a package that covers all of the formalities.
What I mean by this is that you want to choose a package that captures all of the formalities throughout your wedding day. This includes starting the day off at bride/groom prep and ending after the first dances. Even if your package of choice doesn’t include some of the longer video elements such as full speeches, etc, then at least the videographer has this footage stored away in case you wish to upgrade to a larger package post-wedding. In my experience, most wedding days can fit into an 8 hour window (from the tail-end of bride/groom prep until the first guest hit the dance floor). If the videographer’s package of your choice includes more than 8 hours of coverage, then you’re in a great position from an itinerary stand-point. I find that when I’m editing a wedding film, having these core moments captured from a wedding day can provide all the right beats throughout the video, helping to tell the couple’s love story and keeping the audience engaged.
5) Plan some time to yourselves on your wedding day.
You might be thinking, what on earth does this have to do with hiring a videographer? Well, let me explain. What I mean is that you should try and schedule in a time, such as sunset photos, when you can escape the hustle and bustle of your wedding day and have a few minutes all to yourselves (with your photographers/videographers tagging along too, of course) This is when your videographer and photographer will get giddy with excitement as they now have the opportunity to truly flex their creative muscles. The “safe” shots taken earlier in the day are in the can and now it’s time to play and create something that you’ll proudly hang on your wall or that will be one of the “money” shots within your wedding film. If you schedule a time like this into your wedding day then you won’t be disappointed!
While there are many factors to consider when selecting your videographer, make sure it’s someone who you enjoy connecting with. Remember, you’ll actually be spending the majority of your wedding day with your photographer and videographer, so you want to make sure that these are all awesome people who you can get along with!
Thanks for taking the time to read through these 5 tips, I hope they help you during the decision-making process when selecting a wedding videographer. If you have any other specific questions that you would like answered, then I’d love to hear from you.
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Written by Daniel Abraham
Daniel Abraham is an Okanagan based filmmaker, family man and Disneyland fanatic. He specializes in wedding videography, corporate films and has a passion for music videos.