Wedding videography packages range from $1,000 to more than $15,000, and the styles are just as varied. Use these instructions to help you discover the perfect pro and work with her to get a video that’s so good your mom will watch it on repeat well past your first anniversary.
1. Hire the Person Whose Style Most Closely Matches Yours
Just like photographers, videographers take different approaches to their craft. Documentary-style video present the events sequentially, without a lot of special effects, while a cinematic film is usually more dramatic, using attractive angles for a Hollywood-movie feel.”You don’t want to select a cinematographer with one style and send them clips from another videographer with a totally different style. Immediately appoint the one you like!”
2. Take Finding a Videographer As Seriously As You Do Your Photographer
Unfortunately, hiring a videographer seems to get pushed back somewhere between welcome bags and favors—and it’s just too important for that C-list slot on your long list of to dos. “By that time, there will clearly be a handful of studios left to choose from, and most likely, you won’t be capable to appoint your first choice.
The Knot Tip: Planning ahead always pays off, so flag capital in your budget for your videographer from the beginning. If you give videographer a priority, you’ll see it in the end result—a film of your wedding day that comes out exactly as you imagined it would.
4. Embrace the Professional Referral Factor
People like your photographer and wedding planner have worked with videographers in the past and will be able to suggest filmmakers they’ve liked or that they’ve heard good things about through previous clients.
The Knot Tip: Many photography studios also offer videography, and it generally makes sense to book a package for both. A couple of pros from the same company will have an easy working rapport and use that to get you great shots.
5. Seek Out Reviews
Even if you feel like you’ve found the perfect fit after leaving the studio, you must still do your due diligence and call references (as well as reading opinions online). Ask questions like: Did he capture the mainly important parts of your wedding? Was he a positive attendance throughout the day? Overall, were you happy with the last film?
The Knot Tip: Keep in mind that if the reference was married a year or more ago, things that seemed like a large deal then could matter less now. It’s a ruby flag if the bride starts out with a sentence like, “The video came out excellent, but.” The bride may not care now that the videographer showed up late, but you must be wary.
6. Meet Them in Person Before You Decide
You need to feel at ease with your videographer. It’s good to meet them in person, but Facetime or Skype facility also works well in a pinch. Once you’ve met with one or two possible pros, ask to see a full video.
7. Get the Most Out of Your Contract
Your contract should include the coverage time (as in, how long your videographer will be at your venue), how many photographers you’ll have, an itemized list of the finished product, nitty-gritty logistical details (time and location), and terminate policies and, of course, the fee. If it’s not outlined in the agreement, don’t suppose you’re going to get it. Any extras, like an engagement session or a same-day edit, require being in there.