A fine way to complement your wedding photo album is by hiring a videographer to capture those same moments onto video. Through both photos and video, your day can be recaptured and shared with your family, friends and future kin through the years to come. You shouldn't be so quick to accept any offers you may receive from relatives or friends willing to videotape the wedding for you though. Their thoughts are sincere, but you should really save this responsibility for a professional.
Wedding Planning - Your Wedding Day Recorded: Choosing a Videographer
A fine way to complement your wedding photo album is by hiring a videographer to capture those same moments onto video. Through both photos and video, your day can be recaptured and shared with your family, friends and future kin through the years to come. You shouldn't be so quick to accept any offers you may receive from relatives or friends willing to videotape the wedding for you though. Their thoughts are sincere, but you should really save this responsibility for a professional. Just as a professional photographer is integral in creating quality photos, you'll want to hire a professional videographer to ensure the delivery of a quality video as well. For this reason, a professional whose work is trusted and backed by experience in the field is essential.
In order to ensure services with a reputable videographer be sure to search early and book the services at least 6 to 8 months before your wedding day. If your nuptials will be held during a peak wedding month (such as May, June or September) you may want to book this service up to 12 months in advance.
Your wedding day will be a fine mold of special moments and unforgettable events; a professional who's capable of delivering a quality-finished video capturing all these moments should be a top priority. As you begin interviewing videographers, be sure to keep the following key tips in mind before making a final decision.
- Begin by getting recommendations from others. Speak with recent brides and ask your other wedding vendors for their recommendations. Your photographer would probably be a great place to start, as they often work in sync with the videographer. Then, start making phone calls and inquire about their availability on your wedding date. If your wedding date is open, schedule an interview to meet with them in person.
- Always visit the videographer's studio and view one of their finished products from a recent wedding they've videotaped. Be attentive to the quality of the video. The finished video should display appealing angles, smooth-flowing scenes, unobstructed views, outstanding sound clarity and proper lighting. The video should also be consistently focused. During important events, such as the recital of vows and reception speeches, listen for sound quality of those speaking. Is there a lot of background noise causing a distraction or making the subject(s) of that particular scene unheard or unclear? These are very important aspects to pay close attention to.
- Advancements in technology have resulted in the most innovative video equipment used by most professional videographers of today. Harsh, glaring lights and obtrusive camera equipment is a thing of the past. The digital camera, known as an SVHS camera, provides the most quality shots. Ask about the equipment, which will be used. At the very least, make sure your videographer has made up-to-date changes with his or her equipment within the last several years. If they still use outdated, obtrusive equipment, you may want to look on for a different videographer.
- You will have several options when it comes to the style of the video. Go over your options with the videographer and be sure to address any questions you may have. Choose a style that is appealing to your tastes.
- The videographer will either offer package rates or an hourly rate. Keep in mind that several factors could substantially increase the fees. An elaborate videotaping of the wedding, involving multiple cameras and videographers, would of course run more costly than having one camera and videographer present. Any special effects, extensive editing techniques and other additions will also increase the price. Prices can range anywhere from $1,000 to an expensive $5,000 depending on the type of video you request and your geographical area. Inquire about any deposits required to reserve their services.
- Go over the songs, music and other additions you want implemented into your finished video. Your wedding video could even start with baby photos leading up to engagement photos before the actual wedding day shots begin. Take advantage of the videographer's expertise and be open to their suggestions as well.
- Ask for references and be sure to call the references before making your final decision.
- After making an initial deposit, inquire about the balance and the final due date. Also go over how many videos you will receive and how much they charge for additional copies.
- Ask the videographer about the proposed delivery date of your fully edited and finished video(s).
- Go over their cancellation policy and any overtime or travel fees.
- Be sure to readdress all of the final details and make sure that everything is clearly stated and listed in the contract. Your deposit and date the final balance is due should be included within the contract. You should receive a copy of the contract so you can keep it with your other wedding receipts and records.
Your wedding day will come and go, but you will have the very special opportunity to relive the day over and over again through your wedding video.