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Videography Dos and Don’ts

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As you consider your budget, you may be trying to decide whether hiring a videographer is worth it. The following dos and don’ts will not only convince you that videography is a must, but will also help you figure out what you need to know after hiring one!

DON’T ask a friend to capture your vows or first dance on their phone

A videographer can overlay your vow audio over footage of the entire ceremony for easy viewing. They also have professional equipment to produce the best quality video. Plus, it’s not fair to ask your friend to concentrate on capturing memorable moments instead of letting them enjoy the day.

videographer | Teale Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Teale Photography

DO capture the moments you may have missed or want to relive

While you’re getting photos taken, your niece may break out in song and dance at the cocktail hour. In a few years’ time, you may wish you could hear your dad’s speech again. A videographer will capture these moments as well as the ones you wish you could live over again and again!

DON’T assume you’ll never watch it

Five minute highlight reels are super popular today and can easily be watched whenever and wherever! Relive your wedding day on your anniversary or even just a date night. They’re sentimental and emotional, and will allow you to remember family members or friends you may not have with you forever.

DO make a list of shots you want them to get

While an experienced videographer has a go-to list of emotional moments and angles  that work, there may be something that you want that they don’t usually capture – like a performance by your bridesmaids or a your pet walking down the aisle. Check out these must-have videography shots.


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Videographer | As seen on TodaysBride.com

DON’T assume it costs too much

A videographer will work with your budget to deliver a product you’re happy with. Though you won’t be able to have 2 shooters, drone footage, and cinematic editing for a few hundred dollars, we recommend asking a videographer you love if there are a la carte options or what you can get within your price range.

DO research different video styles

From storytelling to short form, full edits to highlight reels, there are a lot of style options when it comes to video! Do some research and find the style you like best before reaching out to videographers.

DON’T hire someone without watching previous work

Before meeting with a videographer, check out their YouTube or Vimeo pages to see past work. Not only does it show that they have experience, but you can see what their style is like and imagine your own wedding video! Plus, you’ll get a better idea of what shots you want included. 

Videographer | Sabrina Hall Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Sabrina Hall Photography

DO meet with them beforehand to discuss your expectations

You should never hire – or pay! – a vendor without meeting them first, especially if that vendor will be with you all day long. Your videographer will be following you down the aisle and may get up close during the cake cutting. It’s important that you like their personality and feel comfortable enough to ask questions or make requests.


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DON’T think he or she will get in the way or be a distraction

If you’re imagining big cameras, fuzzy microphones, and lots of wires, you’ll be happily surprised by how un-intrusive wedding videographers can be. With modern handheld cameras and discreet angles, you won’t even notice they’re there!

DO hire a wedding videographer

All in all, hire a wedding videographer. You spent so many months planning the perfect event, and in the blink of an eye, it will all be over! You’ll be able to watch it years from now to see your loved ones, listen to your vows and toasts, and share the day with friends and family who couldn’t make it, as well as those who will become part of your life after your wedding. There are a million little moments that you’ll wish you could do or see again, and a wedding video allows you to do just that.

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