Your wedding videographer will be an ever present throughout most of your wedding day, ghosting around recording your intimate and soon-to-be cherished moments. It is vitally important you both are on the same page, so there is a clear understanding of what you want and what you should expect. Preferably he/she will be unseen, but ever present until an agreed time or event. It’s best to confirm an end time or moment in advance, as the last thing you want at your wedding is an awkward moment late in the night where someone is asking you if it’s okay to go home, or worse still that someone has gone home prior to your privately held expectation.
Some videographers shoot in a documentary style; others prefer to shoot in a cinematic format. There are those again who like to combine the two for a greater effect. You must understand the differences, so you receive the DVD that you want. Most websites will have a wedding FAQ page you can read; even so, there should be plenty of discussion in the run up to the wedding so that your videographer is under no illusion as to what to expect. For instance, if you are shooting in low light, or outdoors in the evening time, your camera man would need to bring in extra equipment to offset the darkness.
You should ask how much experience he/she has, if they have previously worked a wedding at the venue that you are booking; perhaps they know some great locations nearby or at the venue, which would work wonders on your video. Perhaps he/she has never been there before and may have difficulties in finding the location. The last thing you want is a late arrival. This all ties in with successful planning. Is it possible your videographer and photographer have worked together in the past, perhaps they work well in tandem, or perhaps have little time for each other. Be aware of the people you are hiring.
Another sticking point is value. How do local videographers compare? Getting bang for your buck is worth its weight in gold. Generally speaking videographers and photographers will offer a standard rate and a premium rate, optional extras are also available upon request. Compare offers with an eye on price when looking at competitors’ packages. Most people in the wedding services industry will require a deposit (an agreed fee prior to the wedding) and settlement upon collection or delivery of your completed DVDs.
Be very careful if you plan to have an amateur shoot your wedding video; a videographer is not a guest. A videographer is not there to socialize, as there are key moments, which must be captured, key angles to shoot from, as well as having the correct equipment calibrated at the correct settings to get the most from your day. You have one shot to make the most of a special day. With the correct understanding and expectations, you have a better chance of being part of a video to remember.