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Finding the Right Videographer

Your wedding day will be one of the biggest moments of your life. You don’t want to hire the wrong vendor to document it. How can you find the right videographer, and what do you ask when you do? We’ve got your guide to finding the right videographer below.

About 8-12 months from the wedding day, you should start meeting with potential videographers. Ask friends and family for recommendations, read reviews, look on TodaysBride.com and in Today’s Bride Magazine for local professionals, and peruse their website and social media platforms.  Video hosting sites like YouTube and Vimeo will show their quality of work and dedication to their craft. While some videographers might film weddings as part-time work to supplement their paycheck, for most videographers, this is their passion. You should definitely favor someone who is a full-time videographer. Professional videographers – like the ones in this magazine – who have experience, a website, and a reliable business will make you feel more comfortable than hiring someone off Craigslist. Find a vendor who truly loves what they do if you want quality work. They’ll be happy to answer your questions and respond to your requests to make your video absolutely perfect.

Videography | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Once you’ve done your research and chosen three vendors to interview, there are some questions you should be sure to ask.  Refer to the 40-page Wedding Planner at the back of this magazine for even more questions!

  • Have you shot at my venue before?
  • What new technologies do you have that would make my video unique?
  • What’s included in the package, and what’s considered an enhancement?
  • How many cameras will there be?
  • How long will my video be?
  • What is your style of videography?
  • What is your pricing structure?

 

The last question is especially important to clarify, as there are several different length options when it comes to wedding videography. A full-length edit is documentary style and covers the entire wedding ceremony and reception. It can last 2-4 hours. This can be the cheapest option, as there’s very little editing involved. Storytelling editing is similar to documentary style, but will incorporate interviews from your guests, parents, wedding party, and even yourself. A short-form edit is usually between 30-60 minutes and is a more cinematic approach to your wedding. It can include color enhancement, music, and even special effects.


The most common wedding video, though, is the highlight reel. This short video lasts just a few minutes and incorporates your vows, toasts, or music over the images. It will capture the most important moments of your wedding as well as candid shots of your guests having fun. Even though it only lasts a few minutes, videographers are skilled at capturing the emotion and love shared on this day in this option. The highlight reel is a great way to relive your wedding every single day.

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