It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, if that is true then a video is worth a million. While photographs help document moments in time, videos truly help tell the bigger, more genuine story of your wedding. That’s why one of the most important tasks on your wedding checklist should be to hire a videographer so that you can get a great wedding video.
Many brides underestimate the amount of effort it takes to find a great videographer – it’s important to pick someone who will capture the moments that are most important to you as a couple. Today we are sharing our five tips for hiring the best videographer for your wedding day!
- Evaluate Style and Aesthetic
The most important thing you can do is to watch demos and sample videos. Every videographer has their own aesthetic and style, and you need to make sure that it fits with your own. Some videographers focus on the decorations and décor details of the wedding, while others capture the important moments of toasts, dances and cake cutting. Make sure that the videographer you choose will be creating something that you will enjoy watching later. If your style does not match up there is no point to considering them as your wedding videographer.
- Understand the Role of a Videographer
Understand that a wedding videographer and a cinematographer are two very different things. Videographers are experts at capturing important moments on your wedding day. A wedding cinematographer are more hands-on with their couples, they essentially direct the couples as actors to capture the day. This can be fun for the right couples but it is not for everyone. Make sure that you are aware of what you are looking for and the expectations you have for your videographer.
- Know Your Price
There are a variety of price points for videography services. Our advice is to do some research into the typical cost of videography services in your area and determine your budget. Most videographers have different packages so you will be able to get some sort of video coverage for your wedding day if you are realistic with your desired budget.
- Know the Value of Hiring a Professional
You will likely come across some very low-cost videographers, while a bargain can be hard to pass up, please remember you get what you pay for. We always advise couples to stay within their budget but to also make sure they are hiring a professional. The best-case scenario is to get a referral from one of your other trusted wedding vendors or someone you know. If you do not have a good recommendation to work from, make sure to do a lot of research and ask for testimonials and sample work. A professional should be able to provide all of these things easily. Finally, if you are presented with a price that seems too good to be true, make sure to ask why. It may be that you are one of their first weddings, or they have no experience. If you are willing to take a chance on someone who is new to the industry you can get some great deals, but they should share their lack of real wedding experience before you book.
The special moments of your wedding are too good to miss. A photographer can capture still images of your day, but the only video can let you experience the emotion of the ceremony, the stories in the toasts and the merriment of the guests.
Once I attended a wedding where a little girl wanted to stand up on the chair and toast the bride and groom. When she opened her mouth the only thing she could do was sing her A, B, C’s. The moment was really special but because the wedding only had a photographer, the little girl’s adorable toast was lost.
Don’t let that happen to you. Hire a videographer.
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