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Getting Married? Here's What to Look for in a Wedding Videographer

Tantowi grew up drawing and designing. Now she makes videos for a living and loves every second of it.

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You might be planning to get married and thinking about the possibility of hiring a videographer. Maybe you already have your wedding date set, but don’t know where to start when looking for the ideal videographer. Or, maybe you are just a guest planning on sitting on the sidelines during videotaping but want to learn a few tips on how to best enjoy the day. Regardless of your role or status at the wedding, there is nothing more special than having your ceremony filmed – unless it is later watching the finished product for many years to come as you relive the emotions from that special day. While many people just hire any video production company they can find, this can often lead to regret later on. It’s like going fishing on a lake while blindfolded…There are so many options and it’s hard to know which bait to pick. When you look for a wedding videographer, there are several things that you should consider before making that choice.

1. Do Your Research

It is a big day! The biggest expense will be planning your wedding. You want to make sure you choose the best videographer for your needs. Look into their background, certifications, and reviews. Is their customer service excellent? Does he or she respond quickly when you need help? Do they make the most of an opportunity to shoot pictures and videos for your special day? Once you have made your decision, look for proof of services from past clients. This will allow you to determine if the person actually specializes in what he or she offers and will continue providing quality work based on your needs.

2. Decide on the Type of Video You Want

If you want to get married, the first thing to consider is the style of wedding you want. Are you planning a simple ceremony? A more elaborate reception? A streamer party on a beach? Are you just going to watch it at home? Will you share it online? Fundamentally, picking the right style of wedding video will help you make your own vision of the wedding come true. There are two types of wedding videography:

  • Documentary. A documentary wedding video tells the story of your wedding day in chronological order, without a voiceover or music, simply capturing all the special moments as they happen.
  • Narrative. A narrative or dramatic wedding video is more like a movie or TV show with a scripted story, editing techniques and dramatic music that tell the story for you.

3. Check Out Companies or Videographer Websites and Portfolios

Before booking a company/videographer for your wedding, it is vital to check out the portfolios or websites of all the companies you are considering. This will help you get a better idea of what they are capable of and whether their style will fit in with your plans. You are going to want to gather information on not only pricing but also the quality of their promotional video and portfolio videos. Check out their videographer websites and note what is being displayed. Are they shooting with DSLR cameras or camcorders? Are they shooting in HD or 4k? Some companies are known for shooting with DSLR cameras while other companies are known for shooting with film/camcorders.

4. Be Clear About Your Budget

It is essential to always stay clear of your budget. There is a difference between staying in your budget and overspending on things you can't afford. If you are planning to hire a wedding videographer, you should know that there are different types out there with different prices. Before hiring one, you should set your budget ahead of time so you won't end up overspending. Make sure the videographer is aware of your budget and stick to it. If he or she tries to suggest more services or upgrades, tell them that you will discuss it with them if your budget permits later on.

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5. Interview Multiple Candidates

Weddings are one of the most important events in someone's life. It is, therefore, quite natural to ask yourself whether you have trust in the person who'll handle your wedding video. A wedding video is not just a video recording of the event. People turn to professional videographers for wedding videos because they want their special day to be treasured forever. There are many important considerations, however, that you should base your decision on before you walk down that path. I've spent dozens of hours researching different videographers, watching them shoot, and reading reviews. Here are some of the things you must look for in an acceptable wedding videographer:

  • They have a lot of experience with weddings.
  • Excellent camera and video skills/capacity to shoot quality video.
  • Excellent editing skills (editor). The editor can be adjusted to fit your preferences.
  • Have a good overall satisfaction rating with previous customers.
  • Offer a good video package.


6. Be Easy to Work With

If you are looking to hire a wedding videographer, be sure to search wisely when hiring your wedding videographer. You want to find a wedding videographer that is easy to work with. The last thing you want after the wedding and after your honeymoon is for your wedding video not to be available to you right away or for you not to be very happy with it. Weddings are naturally high-stress events and you don't want your videographer to add to that.

7. Discuss Payment and Packages Before Booking the Company or Videographer

You want to make sure your videographer understands the process. You can discuss payment terms, fees, and budgets. Before they begin work, they need approval from you, your guests, and at least one other party involved in the planning of your special day. Based on your budget, the videographer can recommend the best equipment and services. It is also important to communicate the details of your wedding day planning, from which vendors you will choose, to which location you will hold your reception. There’s nothing that guarantees you a wedding video will be perfect the first time around, but there are some things that can help you clean up your loose ends before you celebrate your special day.

8. Make a Checklist of Shots You Want from Your Video

Though the content of a wedding video is very important, it's equally important to choose the right person to shoot your wedding. You need to have a checklist of all the shots and angles you want because you might not remember some of the details while talking to your videographer. Whether it is a short video or a 10-20 minute full feature film, you need to get clear in your mind how you want your wedding film to look. Once you've narrowed down your choices, write down everything from camera angles to wardrobe. Then take an hour and lay out all of your scenes. Look for commonalities: common locations, similar lighting setups, simple interactions between characters/in this case you're planning a ceremony and reception on a beach. Videographers know how to make beautiful videos even if you're not an expert at editing videos. A checklist like this will ensure that you choose the right videographer for your project without having to re-do it later.

9. Ask for Second Takes

There's no more important day for your wedding videographer than the day you get married. At the end of that amazing event, you're going to be watching the videos for years. So it's vital to hire a professional who knows how to shoot during this magical day with the proper equipment and techniques until you are totally 100% % satisfied. The idea of having a backup wedding video comes into focus when you consider the fact that many things can go wrong on your wedding day. Many things are beyond your control. Making a backup of your wedding video can prevent you from getting a terrible output, so it's important to make one.

10. Wait Until the First Edit Is Complete Before Making Any Changes to Your Video Weeding

If you are the client, your job is to be patient and give the editor space to work. You must wait until the first edit is complete before you make any changes to your video. Editing is the process of selecting and shaping the material that will go into your video. You need to be aware of how long each edit takes, how many edits there are because each scene requires three different looks, and how many times you need to watch one part of the video before deciding whether it needs more footage or not. As a result, you'll know how much time you'll have to devote to each project and what's most important to you. Look for areas where the video could be edited to improve the quality. When there are specific suggestions or requests for edits, you should attach these along with any other relevant information. You communicate directly with the editor(s) when it comes time to make changes to the video based on your review.

A good wedding video is about more than just the big day. It's about capturing those moments that bring back happy memories. As a bride-to-be, you'll want to listen to your heart when selecting a wedding videographer. But don't be too quick to go with your gut. Look closely at these issues before making a decision. And always trust your judgment!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Tantowi Gilang

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