Your top tips to choosing the right Wedding Videographer
- Use popular magazines to search and browse for current videographers. Competition is fierce for your business. You will normally find the cream of the crop in local and national bridal magazines.
- Use google or other search engines and use the keywords book wedding photographer followed by your area, city or town. This will give you an idea of who offers the services. Then take a look at each of their websites and make a list of your favourite five. Take your time and go through them and see the products and services they offer. You may be surprised to find out that those videographers who offer the cheapest services end up being the most expensive. Check for hidden extras such as mileage charges and accommodation fees.
- When you narrow your choice down, make an appointment to go and see the videographer. You have to spend the whole day with them, so you need to check out their work and their personality.
- Ask them to see a sample of 2 to 3 complete weddings and scan through them to see the quality of work for yourself. Too many videographers show you a beautiful DVD with their best work. You want to see a couple of real weddings.
- Listen carefully to the quality of the sound. Use the remote control to look at the volume level. You really want to hear you vows, so you will want to make sure this is an important factor on your checklist.
- Ask what time the videographer will arrive and depart and what their fee includes. e.g Do you get 3 copies of the DVD and can you make your own copies or are the discs copy protected. If they are, how much is it for extra copies.
- Do you want Video, DVD or High Definition? Make sure you are getting what you are paying for. High definition is a new market leading technology that very few videographers can offer. Many of them use inferior cameras and DVD quality work is produced and dumped onto High Definition Discs. Make sure you see the disc and make sure the camera states on it that it is High Definition.
- Ask how many cameras the company uses. You are better off with a cameraman who has 2 cameras valued at £3000 each, than one who has only one at £50,000. If something happens the camera you want to make sure you have a backup in place on your wedding day.
- Does the videographer require a meal. Most of them do. If they don’t great, but remember the meal will cost you an additional £25 to £95 depending on your reception location. If the videographer has 2 assistants you bill will mount up rapidly.
- Finally ask the videographer how long it will take to get your wedding on DVD. Most videographer take between ten to twelve weeks. Much longer than this is unacceptable. So be weary of paying up from in full for those who offer this return time period.
There are of course many factors which need to be considered when booking your wedding video, but if you follow the general tips above you wont go far wrong. Good luck and happy hunting. Take your time and choose wisely. Remember you have to look at the product you receive for the rest of your lives and after the wedding is over, quite often the Video is the only thing that remains to remind you of your special day along with your photographs.