10 Tips to Choosing the Right Videographer for Your Wedding

This is a guest post by Helen Clark 

So much planning goes into your wedding. Selecting a venue, compiling the guest list, planning the ceremony and reception, deciding on a menu – the list goes on. And one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is choosing the right videographer and video editing service to capture the magic of your special day.

Don’t leave this important task to chance. By using these tips, you’ll make a smart decision on
choosing your videographer, and ensure that the video editing service will create a video that will truly capture and distill the magic of your wedding.

1. Watch Videos 

A smart first step in choosing the right videographer is having a good idea of what you’d like your video to look like. Get online and check out wedding videos. You’ll see a wide variety of styles and construction. Some great places to check out videos are Vimeo and YouTube, as well as social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest. Most wedding video editing service providers will post wedding video examples and trailers on their websites as well.

2. Take Notes

Watching wedding videos is a great way to get a good feel for the variety of approaches a wedding video editing service can take in constructing a wedding video. Now that you’ve seen videos, dive back in and take notes on the specific things you’d like to see in your video. Note both special effects that you enjoyed and what segments of the video appealed the most to you. These notes will be a valuable resource for both you and video editing service you end up hiring.

3. Get Recommendations

No doubt you’re working with a variety of other wedding professionals to put together your wedding. Reach out to them for wedding videographer recommendations. They’ve had the opportunity to observe most of the local videographers and are well in tune with the reputations of the other professionals in the wedding business scene.

4. Read Reviews

Most wedding videographers have an online presence, either through a conventional website or with a social media platform. Search out comments and reviews for their work and then go the extra step and ask the videographers on your short list to provide you with references from other clients. A quick talk with a previous client can tell you a lot about how easy your prospective video editing service was to work with and how satisfied they were with the quality of their work.

5. Set a Budget

Take the time now to investigate the fees charged by videographers you’re interested in. Your wedding video will be a significant portion of your wedding budget, so you need to ensure that you can afford whomever you’re interested in hiring.

6. Shop Around 

Don’t settle on the first videographer you find. Take the time to search through the methods we’ve already described. In addition, make a point of attending any local bridal fairs. These are often a great place to pick up business cards from videographers who are looking to build their business.

7. Meet in Person

When you’ve narrowed your list down to a videographer or two, don’t settle for a few emails or a phone call to seal the deal. Set up a face-to-face meeting where you can ask them about their work and show them examples of what you’d like to see in your wedding video. A high-quality video editing service will be more than happy to meet you to ensure that they can work with you to create the best possible wedding video.

8. Go to the Venue

When you’ve decided on a videographer, set up a time when you can visit the wedding venue with them. This will give them a chance to talk over your ideas with you and iron out any possible logistical issues. It will also give them a good chance to double check their plans for equipment and lighting.

9. Examine the Contract

When you’re ready to sign on the dotted line with your video editing service, take the time to read through the contract and make sure that you’re getting exactly what you were planning on getting. In addition, you may find some items that you really don’t need, included in the contract – a point that you may be able to negotiate with the videographer on.

10. Negotiate Your Price

Weddings are expensive, and high-quality videography can be a major part of that expense. Don’t be shy about negotiating on the price if you find there are services offered by the videographer that you don’t really need. One other thing to remember – if you book your wedding videography early you may be able to get the videographer to give you a price break. Most videographers won’t mind losing a little bit of money if they can fill up their calendar early in the season.

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