Hiring a wedding videographer is fast becoming one of the essential bookings on a bride and groom’s list. But before you make a booking, read our guide to the five essential things you need to ask about.
1) How many times will we meet before the big day?
You wouldn’t buy a wedding dress without trying it on, and you shouldn’t book a videographer before having at least one face to face chat! Just like your photographer, the videographers will be present throughout most of the day, and you want to be sure their style and personality suit.
And if you are booking a vendor to create a bespoke wedding film for you they're going to need more than just a quick sales chat over a coffee to get to know you as a couple. A good filmmaker will want to get to know his/her stars, understand their characters, learn what makes them laugh and become comfortable with how they see themselves, and how they want to be seen.
One of our favourite things about this job is getting to meet so many different kinds of people, hearing their stories and telling a few of our own. And, of course, sharing in such an important and exciting day. Spending time with a couple shouldn’t be a compromise, it’s a perk of the job!
2) What’s your style?
Ideally this question shouldn’t receive a one word answer. The best wedding videographers will naturally have a style and aesthetic to their work, but we sincerely believe that our films should be shaped by the personalities and tastes of the couples we work with.
Ideally this question should generate a number of approaches your videographer can take, depending on your preference, and might even be a combination of these styles:
For videographers taking this approach we are looking to tell the story of your day; which is more than just capturing everything that happens from the morning until the night. We’re searching for the moments which stand out, which show your unique relationship and represent what this day means to you.
These moment are most often seen in the cards or presents couples send each other on the morning, or in the personalised vows or, of course, in the speeches. Most of all this style doesn’t work to any kind of formula. The end video couldn’t have been made for anyone else!
Much in the same way the photographer will orchestrate your photoshoot, gathering family and other guests into the group shots, this style will consist of an active and involved filmmaker.
You'll never be ask to do a ‘second take’ walking down the aisle (I hope!), but instead it may mean the videographer occasionally interacting with the bridal party and some guests.
With wedding days whizzing by in a blur it can be reassuring to have someone asking a couple of questions from behind the camera and capture that priceless snapshot of how you are feeling in that moment, or recording your grandparents thoughts on the occasion.
For some, the most important part of booking a videographer is having someone who can help recreate the mood and feeling of the day when you watch your film back years later.
Quietly working away on the sidelines, an unobtrusive style allows the filmmaker to capture a broader sense of the day, taking on a guest’s perspective.
If being the centre of attention is a necessary but nervewracking aspect of your wedding, this style could make the best fit for you.
3) What finished films will I get?
Many videographers have moved away from the traditional two hour cut of the ceremony and speeches, and now offer more stylised and crafted short films.
We still prefer to offer a mix of both: one shorter video capturing the highlights, which the couple, friends and family can watch again and again and share with absent friends. And a longer film which includes aspects from the whole day, but pays particular attention to recording all of the ceremony and speeches and sensitively editing them to improve the viewing experience.
4) How do you plan to capture sound?
It’s so easy to focus on the number and quality of cameras that your videographers are bringing. But the way they plan to capture sound on the day is vitally important too.
Cheap microphones will capture the worst of a venue's echoes and undermine the beautiful footage. Some wedding videographers will recommend the groom wears a lapel microphone. These lightweight microphones can be subtly hidden and should pick up crisp audio from those close by – ideal for capturing the vows and ceremony.
5) Can you also _____ ?
Are you keen to record a Save the Date film? Are there aspects of the day or particular guests you would like the videographer to pay special attention to? Perhaps there is music you love (or loathe) that you have in mind for the finished films? Or maybe you want the cameras to keep rolling a little after the first few dances?
Whatever it is that you have in mind, be sure to ask your videographer! You may be surprised how straightforward it is to include your ideas or accommodate some change to the usual plans. We want you to feel as though you are getting the best value from our service, and above all feel happy with your finished films!
If you're engaged and looking for a filmmaking team to capture your wedding day - speak to Shoot Your Husband wedding films.
With experience working in TV, and our creative and cinematic style will capture your personalities and humour, and craft memories as unique as you are.
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