Photo courtesy of Two Pair Photography
For some couples, hiring a videographer for their wedding day is a no brainer. For others, it’s not such an easy decision. If you have a photographer, why do you need a videographer? Yes, it is an added expense but here are 5 reasons why you should add “hire a videographer” to your wedding To Do list!
1) Baby, you’re a star! There’ll never be another day like your wedding day, so why shouldn’t you be the star of your very own movie?
2) Capture moments a photo can’t. A picture is worth a thousand words, but video can actually capture the words, sights and sounds of your truly epic day. The love in your voice as you recite your vows, the cheers of your guests as you’re pronounced, the strains of music as you dance your first dance, these are the moments you’ll want to experience again and video makes it possible.
3) How did I miss that? It’s a given your wedding day will be a wonderful blur of tears, laughter and well wishes. A video can capture all those moments during the day that you may miss, like your partner practicing his or her vows, your mother dabbing her eyes during the ceremony or one of your guests kicking up their heels on the dance floor.
4) Shareability. Is Grams unable to travel? Friends can’t attend? If so, having a video or video link that you can send will give them a chance to experience the day almost like they were there! And a few more years down the line, perhaps your future children will get a kick out of seeing their parents get hitched.
5) Again and again. Whether you want to re-watch it as an anniversary tradition or just want to watch it every day, a video gives you the opportunity to travel back in time and experience those joyous feelings all over again!
Photo courtesy of Thomas & Penelope Photography
Now, that you’re ready to hire a videographer, here’s a few tips to help choose the right one for you.
1) Style – Just like photography, there are different styles of videography to choose from, so your first order of business is to decide what style best represents you. Check out this blog post for a quick rundown on each style.
2) Recommendations – If you know of any family or friends who utilized a videographer for their wedding, ask them for recommendations. Ask your photographer if they offer videography services or have any videographers they’d suggest. And if you have a wedding planner, utilize their contacts, as well.
3) Compatibility – Your videographer will be your shadow for most of the day, so having a great rapport with them is key. Make time to meet them in person, so you can be certain your personalities mesh.
4) Research – Don’t skip this step! Check out their website. Does it look updated and professional? Watch multiple videos. Don’t forget to read their reviews and not just the ones on their website. Also ask to speak with couples they’ve worked with so you can get the 411.
5) The most bang for your buck -. How long will they be filming the day of? Will there be 2 shooters? This is preferred so that they’ll get the most coverage for ceremony and reception. How will you be receiving the finished product and what is the time frame in which you’ll receive it? What is their cancellation policy? Make sure you read and comprehend the contract fully. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification and if there’s anything that’s not covered within the contract, definitely speak up. You want to make sure you and your videographer are on the same page before the big day.
Now that you understand why you need a videographer and know how to find one, happy hunting!