8 Things You Should Know Before Booking A Videographer For Your Wedding Day!
Wedding Photos can only capture so much of the day, and hiring a videographer will bring your wedding memories to life with motion and sound! However, with creative wedding films only recently becoming a popular must have, many brides are unaware of where to begin. Below we have created a list of 8 key things we feel every bride should consider before booking a videographer for their big day.
1. Don't Underestimate The Importance Of Video (Quality Is Key!)
This is the number one thing brides regret not spending more money on. According to a study conducted by Zolas wedding planning service 35% of couples admit that if they could do one thing over again, they would go back and hire someone to film their wedding day. But if you heed to the wisdom of the crowd, make sure you pick a choice videographer. 25% of people who did hire a videographer wish they spent more money on this service. We understand its usually the last thing brides book and sometimes budgets are running low by then however, keep in mind the only thing you will be taking with you from your wedding day (other than your hubby) are your photos/videos (So long as you book them!) and there is no do-overs once the day is over.
2. Know What Coverage You Want
Think about the key moments you'll want covered, as this will impact how many hours of coverage you will need to book. Do you want footage while you are getting ready? Do you want your entire ceremony recorded? Perhaps you want your reception covered as well? Most wedding video companies offer 8hrs of coverage as standard but hours can almost always be added if needed.
3. What Does It Cost?
Here in the Greater Toronto Area & Southwestern Ontario. The prices for videographers range from $2000 - $6000+ CAD for a quality professional. Have you found a videographer you like but can't afford their rates? Ask about financing options. You would probably be surprised how many companies will be open to this even if it is not listed on their website! For example, we offer flexible payment plans with ZERO interest. Additionally, there will always be people offering wedding videos for cheap but in the end you will more than likely get what you pay for. We have heard many horror stories of people hiring fly by night wedding videographers, some of which never even showed up the day of the wedding or lost the footage later on. Yikes!
4. Cost of Photo Vs. Video
Typically, you can expect to pay more for your wedding video as this attributes to the amount of work involved (at least 3x more). Just to give you an idea, on average we shoot about 5 – 7 hrs of footage all of which needs to be previewed and carefully selected to ensure all of the most special moments are included in your video. And that is before we have even started editing, picking music, sound design, color-grading, graphics...you get the idea. Yeah, we're juggernauts.
How will you get your wedding video when it is finished? Most companies will deliver your wedding video via the web or USB stick however, some companies also offer DVD's and/or Blu-Ray discs. How long will it take for me to get my video? Just about every company won't post how long it will take on their website however, from what we have heard the average is anywhere from 2 - 6 months and we know of people who have waited over a year. Patience is a virtue. Videos take a lot of time to process and the last thing we want to do is rush through it!
6. Evaluate Their Portfolio
There are different styles of wedding videos, some take a documentary style approach while others take a more cinematic one. Every wedding videographer has their own unique look/feel to their work. Most of all it is important to ensure their work moves you emotionally.
7. Ensure Your Photographer Is On-Board
Most wedding videographers tend to work like a fly on the wall and we are no different. However, it is important to ensure that stylistically your photographer and videographer mesh well. You may find a great videographer but perhaps you booked a photographer who isnt keen on collaborating with your videographer and may feel the need to control every pose during your photo session. Thus leaving your videographer struggling to get the shots they need to create an epic video of your day. Typically, photographers who like to incorporate motion (getting people moving) are ideal as this will make for much more enaging video footage. If you can, booking your photographer/videographer together may be in your best interest as they have more than likely worked together many times and will work together seamlessly. Having said that, as long you are hiring quality professionals they should be accustomed to working with other vendors for the most part. We always make an effort to reach out to photographers from other companies in order to ensure that we are on the same page logisitically prior to weddding day.
8. Music Selection
Many videographers like to include music in their films as it is a good mood-setter. Be sure to ask if your videographer chooses, if you choose, or if you can collaborate together. It is also important to understand music licensing. Some videographers will allow their brides to choose whatever music they want however, without actually licensing that piece of music there is always a risk for a law-suit. For example, if you wanted to use the song “1000 Years” by Christina Perri for your wedding video song it would cost you an absurd amount of money. There are a variety of websites that offer inexpensive music licensing (a lot of the music is actually really good!). Many of us like to work within the copyright infringement laws. Need not worry, we will find a beautiful piece of music that will accompany your wedding video seamlessly.
Sometimes booking a videographer is the one expense that gets overlooked however, keep in mind that the day will come and go faster than you can imagine and video is the only place you can look back and hear the vows, speeches, toasts, laughter and excitement of your wedding. A special moment caught on video is a moment brought to life that can re-lived again and again so make this decision a priority!
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