Hiring the Best Videographer for Your Wedding Day

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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!

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  1. 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.

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  1. 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.

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  1. 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.

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  1. 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.

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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.

If you would like to set-up a consultation to discuss your wedding please contact us!

4 Tips for Writing Wedding Love Letters

AdobeStock_75164151.jpegYou and your partner probably won’t have a ton of time to chat before meeting at the altar on the day of your wedding, but you can exchange love notes. We often encourage our couples to write wedding love letters to each other. We then record them reading it and use that audio to craft the storyline for their film.

Your wedding day is a life-changing moment in your life. It’s will be one in which you will spend the rest of your life thinking about. By Incorporating this audio into your wedding film is one way we do that.

Vows are important for remembering your promises, but often don’t capture the way you were feeling that day and time. Toasts are great for remembering how others were feeling. But love letters help you remember how you were feeling.

If you’re considering writing a wedding love letter for your film, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

This age-old tradition helps warm even the coldest feet and leaves couples with souvenirs more priceless than extra wedding favors. If you’re having trouble writing yours, use these tips as your guide.

AdobeStock_214441448.jpeg1. REMINISCE ABOUT YOUR STORY

It might seem redundant, but retelling your story over and over is important. This intentional act solidifies the history you’ve built with your partner in your heart and mind.

Consider recalling emotions you were feeling the day you met your significant other or went on your first date. Proposals are significant events that you might want to document in your letter. It could be as simple as a memory from a trip you took together or the experience of planning your wedding. All these moments make up your story and have brought you to this day.

AdobeStock_199653944.jpeg2. USE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES

To capture a moment in time it’s essential to use specific examples. It’s easy to think, “I’ll never forget that,” but as time passes, it becomes difficult to remember the small details. Try to identify time, place, what you were doing, what you were thinking and how it made you feel. These details bring together a fuller, sweeter memory. See the example below:

Sentence 1: You’re the only one for me.

Sentence 2: After that night we sat in my car in front of your house and talked about everything under the sun for hours on end, I remember thinking he/she is the one I want to spend the rest of my days.

Cheerful couple playing in bed3. ADD AN INSIDE JOKE OR TWO

The best letters make you feel all kinds of emotions—including laughter! It could be a nickname you have for each other, your favorite song or TV show quote, or a moment that perfectly depicts your fiancé’s personality. Paint the most authentic picture of your story as possible.

Watch other videos to get ideas, but don’t feel pressure to copy. When your words are from the heart, they will mean the most. The best part about everyone’s story and writing style are how different and unique they can be.

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Looking forward to your life after marriage is just as important as remembering the past. Imagine what you hope your family will look like 20 years down the road. This will be sweet moment years down the road when you revisit your film.

Your wedding film is an investment for the future so ask yourself, “In 20 years, what will I want to remember about our story?” Writing wedding love letters, allows you to customize exactly what you want to remember.



What is a wedding planned by a couple who has been together for 7 and a half years like? Full of fun, beautiful details and lots of emotion. Trever and Megan held their wedding and reception at Peace Arch Park in Blaine Washington and we were so happy to share their day. The bright yellow bouquets, whimsical love balloons and sparkly flower girl dresses set the stage for a day of pure happiness. Megan shared a heartfelt letter with her new stepdaughter that ended with the sweetest pinky promise and their son gave the perfect wedding toast during the reception. Their family, friends and vendor team created the most beautiful day for this amazing couple and we wish them a lifetime of happiness.

Trever and Megan’s Wedding Team

Cinematography | Like The River Films
Photography | Jeni Usher
Ceremony | Reception Venue | Peace Arch state park
Officiants | Rick Todd
Florist | Safeway. Morgan Zender
Groom’s tux | Men’s Wearhouse
Caterer | Carrie Moore
Desserts | Cakes by Emily

Hannah and Jeff Feature Film | Bellingham Wedding Videographer

“1+1= So much more than 2”. Words for the officiant at Hannah and Jeff’s beautiful wedding held at a private home in Bellingham, WA. Those words delivered by the groom’s uncle summed up a day that was truly a combining of two families. Hannah had beautiful words for her new stepsons during the ceremony and the maid of honor told stories of a lifetime spent with her best friend and the moment she knew that Jeff was a perfect match for Hannah. The vendor team created an amazing day for this lovely couple from the thoughtful décor, to the delicious food. No detail was overlooked.


The Jeff and Hannah’s Wedding Team

Cinematography | Like The River Films
Photography | Courtney Bowlden
Day-Of coordination | Zeina Evans with Ever After Events
Ceremony | Reception Venue | Their Family’s Home
Officiants | John Neate
D.J. | Linda with GMB Entertainment
Florist | Ever After Events LLC
Groom’s tux | Men’s Warehouse
Caterer | Ever After Events LLC
Desserts | Barb’s Pies and Pastries



5 Creative Ways to Make Your Grand Entrance Memorable

Rich or Poor, there are so many creative and fun ways to arrive at your reception in style.

Why have a “Normal” grand entrance at your wedding reception when you can have an extraordinary one? After all, it is your big day!! It doesn’t matter if you have an unlimited budget or you don’t have a ton to spare,  Here are at 5 ways you can arrive at your wedding reception in style.

1. A Flash Mob Entrance with your wedding party

What better way to surprise your guests than with a flash mob only your wedding party knows about? Regina Osgood, the owner of Meant2Be Events, had a couple that decided to go this route and it was a huge hit. “The bridal party was allowed to enter just as they normally would, but they were in on what happened next,” she tells us. “Once the bride and groom were announced, the DJ changed the song, cueing the full ballroom of guests to come to the dance floor where the flash mob began. Everyone talked about it all night long!”  (Brides.com) 

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2. Romantic Dance Performance on the Projections Screen

Entertain the guest with a romantic entrance by creating your own dancing silhouette on the projection screen.  With all the lights turned off, give a romantic performance behind the curtain and then continue it to the dance floor.  It will surely look romantic and pleasing to all. (Everafterguide.com)


       3. Use a “built-in” grand entrance

  1. “Many catering halls have dramatic entrances built in, such as coming up through the floor in a glass elevator or doing a stage curtain entrance,” point out Lynn Jawitz, owner of Florisan Wedding and Event Design in NYC.


4. Human Tunnel

  1. It’s another fun idea where the bride and groom through a human tunnel made by their bride party from the entrance to the floor.  A fun song played by the DJ would give it a nice musical touch.  To make it more unique, the bridal party can also enter this way too!


5. Get some sparklers

  1. “If your entrance is outside and after dark, super long wedding sparklers can make a really spectacular picture as you dance your way through them to the real dance floor to do your first dance,” says seasoned wedding planner Sandy Malone of Weddings in Vieques.


Thanks for reading!


10 Secrets for Throwing the Most Fun Wedding…EVER!!

Weddings are fun by definition, but if your goal is to make your big day a memorable moment for your family and friends — not just for you and your groom — you’ll want to focus your attention on your guests. Here are ten secrets to throwing the Most Fun Wedding…. Ever!!!

Okay, they’re not secrets—just excellent ideas we encourage you to steal.


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The No. 1 enemy of fun? Discomfort. Case in point: If your guests are sweating to proverbial death at your outdoor reception or getting eaten alive by mosquitos, they might not enjoy the signature cocktails or epic dessert bar you so carefully crafted. Consider what your guests will go through at your wedding, Two Little Birds Planning owner Jaclyn Fisher says, and then go from there.
For example, if you’re hosting an outdoor ceremony with a chance of serious heat on the side, consider greeting your guests with cold lemonade or tea. Conversely, winter wedding guests would love a cup of hot cider or cocoa when they arrive, she says. “A basket of flip flops near the dance floor is a much-appreciated gift for your guests’ tired, dancing feet,” she adds. “And be ready with amenities in the restrooms full of items that your guests might need including mints, safety pins, and a sewing kit. These little extras will make your guests feel well taken care of.”


Bride and groom with guests at wedding reception outside in the backyard.Guests are surprisingly good at rolling with the (non-traditional wedding) punches, if they know what they’re getting into up front. If you’re having a reception where you’re only serving cake and punch, let people know on the invite. They’ll come with full stomachs, ready to have a good time. (Or they’ll decide they’re not into it and won’t come at all. Guests are grownups like that.) Use your invitation, a wedding website if you have one, and word of mouth to let people know what kind of party they’re in for.


Dancing couples during party or wedding celebrationAlmost as important as keeping the party going is keeping it moving in the right direction, Fisher says. “Sitting around and waiting is a buzz kill,” she warns. “So, work with your planner to ensure things happen at the right speed. Cocktails should be no more than one hour. Also, guests shouldn’t wait more than 20 to 30 minutes between courses. Guests notice when things drag, and ultimately they want to get on the dance floor.”


Guests come to your wedding expecting to eat and dance. What they don’t expect? A salsa performance or palm reader, says Fisher. “Lawn games such as oversized jenga, giant chess or checkers, bocce ball, and corn hole are a great way for guests to have some good old-fashioned fun,” she adds. “Or a tasting station with beer, wine, and your favorite spirit, complete with an expert, offers a unique interactive experience.”


blonde bride dancing at restaurant in flying confettiAccording to Fisher, “The key to a super fun reception is much dancing but waiting until the end of the night to get your guests on the dance floor could be a mistake.” Rather, she says, open up the dance floor the second you finish your first dance. “The focus is already on the dance floor, and guests will be excited to join the couple for a few songs,” she explains.


According to Fisher, “A fed guest is a happy guest!” That means making sure there is ample food for every guest to have his or her fill. “There’s nothing worse than arriving at a reception where the hors d’ oeuvres have already been wiped out by other guests,” Fisher says. Plus, she adds, you’ll want to talk to your caterer to make “sure that the flow of the food service will be efficient and timely so that guests will have more than enough to meet their needs.”
Maybe offer a late-night snack Your guests may have the nibbles after an intense workout on the dance floor. If you feed them a snack in the wee hours of your wedding, Fisher says, they’ll be forever grateful.


AdobeStock_193453227.jpegWedding toasts are all about quality over quantity, so ask anyone who’s speaking to make sure their toasts are no more than two minutes. If they have any longer anecdotes, they can feel free to share at the rehearsal dinner.


AdobeStock_55377465.jpegTo keep the little ones entertained throughout the night (and to give their parents an opportunity to hit the dance floor), give them their designated area. In a separate room, arrange for a babysitter to set up and oversee movies, games, crafts or a kid-centric dance party. You can also set up a few tables topped with coloring books, crayons, games, and small toys.


AdobeStock_141900839.jpegLet’s put it this way: You won’t have a good time at your reception if you can’t take two steps without snagging your train, right? So, after the first dance, brides can swap the veil and bustle for a fabulous little white dress or jumpsuit, and grooms can change to a more relaxed suit. If you and your new spouse are comfortable enough to move freely, you’ll dance more, chat more, laugh more and eat more cake—that’ll rub off on your guests.


When putting together your wedding, the goal is to balance your what you love, as well as what your multi-generational guest list will like. That may mean mixing some Motown into your indie rock playlist of wedding reception songs, or it may mean having board games and a cocktail hour.

Guests Throwing Confetti Over Bride And Groom


Cinematography |Like The River Films
Photography | Azzura Photography
Day-Of coordination | Wedding Wise :: Seattle Wedding Planner
Ceremony | Blessed Sacrament Church (Seattle, Washington)
Reception Venue | Seattle Golf Club
Officiants | Stephen Sundborg
Band | TheNines Seattle
Florist | POSH Wedding Flowers
Groom’s Gear | The Tuxedo ClubClub
Hair/Makeup Artist | Bridal Beauty Agency
Caterer | Seattle Golf Club
Desserts | Seattle Golf Club


Rosehill Community Center, the Mukilteo Light Station, and a Northwest Ferry Boat. Those are just a few notables from Lindsey and Bajaiteh’s wedding day. Seriously, where do I begin? We knew Lindsey and Bajaiteh’s would be a blast to work with ever since we met to plan to film their wedding. Bajaiteh is super chill and Lindsey is so down to earth. To make the day even more perfect, they brought together a team of fabulous vendors. Their families were awesome, their friends were dancin’ fools, and we can’t thank them enough for letting us be a part of their day.

The Team Cinematography | Like The River Films
Photography | Sugarbelle Photography (Colleen Venables)
Day-Of coordination | Jessica Herzog
Ceremony | Reception Venue | Rosehill Community Center
Officiants | Beth Fraser
Hair | Crystal Hart
Make-up | Jessica Herzog
Wedding Rings | Comstock Jewelers
D.J. | Sean Nguyen
Florist | Daisy & Wish (Betty Walton)
Caterer | Agua Verde
Grooms suits | Caftan Maryanne Danner, Suit (outfit change) for the reception is Express
Cakes | Laurie Danner
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Come To a Wedding Tour?

If you are getting married and you have a hard time picturing what your wedding day will really look like you should check out your local wedding tour.

5th Annual Skagit Wedding Tour Directions: https://www.wedinskagit.com/tour-maps/

If you have never been to a wedding tour they are a ton of fun for everyone. Wedding Tours give couples and their friends a chance to visit many unique wedding venues and get a ton of ideas for your wedding. It’s a chance for engaged couples and their friends to get some of their wedding day questions answered by real wedding professionals in a relaxed environment. Couples get to talk with pros from equipment rental companies, wedding photographers, and videographers to food vendors that specialize in everything from wedding cakes to your wedding dinner.

We have been a part of a few over the years. I feel bad saying that we love them more than bridal shows for the simple reason they are a bit more of an adventure. Our clients get to wander around beautiful places drinking a glass of wine with the love of their life with music playing in the background.  Can you picture it? Safe to say it is a real blast. But as a videographer, one of my favorite things to do is to film each venue because it gives me a chance to see venues that I have never been to and find those little special places at each location that I can use in my client’s films. It’s like a recon mission.Screen Shot 2018-08-09 at 11.19.50 PM.png

This year we were have partnered with three wedding tours. They were Wedding in Woodinville (which was voted the Best wedding tour in Washington state), Whatcom Wedding Tour (which is our local wedding tour) and on September 30, 2018, we will be helping host the 2018 Annual Skagit Wedding Tour at the Bertelsen Winery.

At the 2018 Annual Skagit Wedding Tour, anyone can visit all 6 of Skagit Valley’s Best Wedding venues (In my opinion). So if you are looking to see all the fun, you can bring your entire bridal party because this year the tickets are FREE for everyone to celebrate its 5th year anniversary, brides and all.

The venues on the this year’s tour are:

Bertelsen Winery

Big Lake Lodge

Chuckanut Gardens

The Majestic Inn and Spa

Stepping Stones Gardens

Vanderveen Farms

We are at Bertelsen Winery, so come down and try a glass of wine. Take a tour of the place and see if it’s a place that could work for your wedding day. While you are there if you have any questions,  please stop by and see us and all of our wedding pro friends and we will take care of you.

We hope to see you there. You can get your tickets online at 5th Annual Skagit Wedding Tour Tickets and bring your whole bridal party.


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We met Matt and Angie at a locally own coffee house, so what is more Pacific Northwest than that!! So Yes we automatically we were off to a good start. We loved chatting and laughing with these two. They have a fun, chill style and just wanted their wedding weekend to be a blast for everyone there… and boy did they pull it off. Their wedding ceremony and reception was held at one of Snohomish county’s coolest spots, Hidden Meadows. And their wedding weekend was full of color and life and we’re excited to share it with you.


The Team
Cinematography | Like The River Films
Photography |  Vonne Wilde

Day-Of coordination | claire johnston events
Ceremony/ Reception Venue | Hidden Meadows

Officiants | Rusty Gerhart





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Macon and Catherine Wedding Film | Camano Island State Park | Bellingham Wedding Videographers

Macon and Catherine are an absolute blast… They are our favorite two doctors. We knew their wedding would be amazing as soon as we met them. Catherine’s genuine warmth and friendliness is apparent as soon as you meet her and Macon’s sincere fun loving attitude makes them a wonderful couple to be around. It is so apparent that their love for Jesus Christ will guide them in their marriage. We are so excited for them.

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Wedding Filmmaker | Like The River Films
Photography | Ben Bender
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Great Hall @ Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island
Floral | The Braid maids Creations
Cake | Skagit Valley Food Co-op
Catering | Cama Beach Cafe
Menswear | Men’s Wearhouse.

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Question: Do I need a Wedding Videographer

When it comes to wedding videographers, the question still seems to be should we even have a wedding videographer at all? And in my mind, the answer is always… it depends. If there any question that you might want to watch your wedding video on your tenth anniversary, or show it to your granddaughter on her wedding night then you got to book someone. If your wedding feels like an evanescent thing that you don’t quite want to be captured, that’s cool too.

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If you’ve decided you’re all in for a videographer, you’ll quickly find that figuring out how to book us can be a whole other thing. You need to figure out what kind of style of videography you want (Super 8 video? Documentary style video?). Then you need to find a video company that you like, and make sure they’ll their style will work well with your wedding photographer. That will make both of our finished work awesome!!

So here is a quick wedding Videographer 101 course, complete with suggested questions for the videographer you do find.

Blog post April 1, 2018 (9 of 12)How to book a videographer 101:

Book early: For whatever reason, videographers tend to fall toward the end of most people’s wedding to-do list. Maybe you’re not sure you want a videographer, or you didn’t think about it, or you have a more room in your budget then you thought, and you decide to spring for it: that’s all fine. But if you know you want to film your wedding day from the beginning, you want to treat videography the same way many treat photography especially if you have a popular wedding date like 8/8/2018 or 9/9/2019. Assume that you need to lock your person in place ASAP, and prioritize the videography in your budget from the beginning. (That said, if you do find some money at the end of the process, feel free to book someone last minute.)

Shop around: Whenever you decide it makes sense to research multiple videographers in your area. Wedding videographers are just like wedding photographers in that there are multitudes of styles, tastes, and wedding packages out there, and it’s as important that you hire a videographer whose style you like. I would ask your photographer for suggestions: I can’t emphasize this enough. There are a handful of types of vendors who interact with one another a whole bunch, and it’s invaluable to inquire with each if they have vendors they recommend. For example, a DJ with spotty red lights can wreck a natural light photographer’s workflow, just as a photographer who relies heavily on a red auto-focus dot can mess with your video. If your photographer recommends a videographer, they’ve worked with, definitely take their suggestion seriously and set up a chat. But if you want to have your wedding day filmed and your photographer doesn’t have a recommendation then ask them what style of videographer do they enjoy working with and search for that company. At the very least, you’ll know they work together well.

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How to book a videographer: questions & answers

You’re going to want to come to your meetings prepared—with working knowledge of the videographer’s style, your own preferences, and a whole bunch of questions. Suggestions:

Will you be the one filming my wedding? This question is a super relevant question because of—surprise!—sometimes the person you meet is not the person who shows up at your wedding. Always double check and find out if your videographer has a team, works solo, or something in between.

Have you shot at this venue before? Whether or not your videographer has worked at your venue previously shouldn’t be a dealbreaker, but you do want to inquire. If they have, that is excellent news! They’ll know where the weird angles are, and where the bad lighting is. If not, see if he or she wants to tour the venue (with or without you), or at least ask the site if there’s anything specific they need to know before that night.

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What is their style? Like I said above, videographers often have their style. If you’re into documentary style photography, you’ll probably want a documentarian videographer. If you are going for a more movie experience, look for someone who describes their style as cinematic. If you want Super 8, well, go with a Super 8 artist.

Are you shooting any other weddings that day? Sometimes videographers can book multiple events a day, depending on the length of services offered, or how long the wedding is in general. If it makes you nervous to know your videographer is filming a brunch wedding before your late night event, you probably want to find someone who will only shoot your wedding on that day.

Have you worked with [X photogragher] before? In addition to asking your photographer for suggestions, it’s worth cross-checking with your videographer and seeing if he or she is excited by your photographer—and other vendors that you’re working. The wedding vendor dance is delicate, and it works best when everyone genuinely likes everyone else. Granted, that’s not really your problem, to begin with, but it’s always nice to know that your team is on the same page. And is one less problem that can go wrong on your wedding day.

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What parts of the day do you film? This might surprise most, but a lot of your wedding day will not make it to your final film. If you know you want specific moments filmed and included in your wedding film, make sure to ask from the beginning if they will be.

Who chooses the music for your wedding films? A lot of videographers add music to their final films because it’s such a good mood-setter. Ask if your videographer chooses, if you choose, or if you can collaborate (if desired). But one thing to keep in mind if you go the collaboration route that all music needs to be legally licensed for the use in your wedding video. So sometimes your favorite song maybe outside of your film budget.

How is the final product saved and delivered? It’s important to find out if your videographer records on tapes or digitally—and to ask how their work is backed up (and for how long). What format will the final product be in? Will it be edited? Will you get all of the footage or just a final edit? What happens if you lose your video? What happens if your videographer loses footage? And so on.

When will we receive our video? Wedding videos can take anywhere between two and twelve months, so it’s good to know ahead of time just how long you might have to wait. Putting together the perfect wedding video is a skill, and the wait is often worth it.

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Did you have a wedding videographer? What did you learn in the process? What advice do you have for anyone wondering how to book a videographer? (bonus points if you link to your wedding video in the comments! We would love to see them.)

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