When it comes to things you should budget for in your wedding, your photographer and videographer should be at the top of that list. They are the ones responsible for the safekeeping of your wedding memories. When you look 30 years later, you can’t remember every detail of your wedding, but a video and some photographs will bring it all back in no time.
Of course, as with every wedding vendor, there are a few tips for doing it right.
1.) Get a jump on it. Everyone knows that in this business, the best wedding vendors are the ones that get booked the fastest. So don’t wait until the last minute, or all you’ll have to choose from is the random guy that no one has ever heard of. The last option of or your little cousin with a handheld camcorder. In addition, many wedding videographers offer similar packages to many wedding photographers. If you book them early enough, a save-the-date or reception video might be included along with your wedding video.
2.) Ask to see examples of their work. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to watch a few clips of other couples’ wedding videos before settling on a videographer. As with any other wedding vendor, you need to see their portfolio to get a good idea of whether or not you will be pleased with their work.
3.) Get a list of callable references. References will be your best bet to learn everything you need to know. You’ll want to ask if the videographer was professional, polite, and made their subjects feel comfortable being videoed. If they showed up on time and stayed until the promised hour, and if they succeeded in catching all of the important aspects of the wedding on video. You’ll also want to ask how intrusive they were when videoing. Someone who barges their way up the aisle alongside you will be a real thorn in your side on your wedding day.
4.) Make sure they use HD. Many companies offer HD, but not all HD is the same. They should be using the most modern HD cameras with 1080p resolution. Of course, if you are looking for a vintage or film grain look for certain aspects of your wedding, ask if they can do that sort of thing.
5.) Find someone that matches your personality. Your wedding videographer will have to look through hours and hours and hours and hours of wedding footage. Before determining what moments should be kept and which can be edited. If you choose a wedding videographer different from you in what is ‘important,’ you might end up with a wedding video full of cake close-ups and ceremony shots. Instead of one that records your brother performing some of his famous moves on the dance floor.
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