Should we have a wedding videographer?
These days, wedding videography is much more popular than it used to be, as it’s the perfect way to remember your big day and have your ceremony, vows and speeches caught on tape. Gone are the days of cheesy videos – instead, wedding videographers are creating stunning films that can be anything from light-hearted recaps of your day with funny moments and messages, to catching all those emotional moments and beautiful details in a cinematic masterpiece.
It’s an ideal keepsake to look back on over your married years, especially to remember family members who may no longer be with you.
So what should you be looking for in a professional video? Here are our key criteria:
- A pace that moves the video along. You shouldn’t be bored after watching the first few seconds, because nothing much is happening.
- Is the picture steady, so you can watch without a headache? Or is it wobbling about or crooked, because they don’t keep the camera still?
- Can you hear the voices properly, especially during the ceremony and the speeches?
- All videographers today should be able to produce not only DVDs, but also widescreen pictures. Your wedding should fill that new expensive television screen properly, not be stretched to fit!
- Your DVD should have chapter markers and menus, so you can re-live the parts you want. It should have a short highlights section, when you want a quick fix(!) and maybe a brief trailer, to get your heart racing!
- High definition video is just emerging – this will give you a future-proofed result in the years to come.
What to ask…
Ask to view sample clips on their website or for a recent demonstration disc. In addition, talk to them about how they operate on the day and ask them for referrals from previous customers. Be sure you know exactly what your package includes, how long they’ll be filming for, and whether there’ll be more than one videographer to capture both the bride and groom’s preparations, as well as whether you get copyright over your video and whether you can have a snipper or trailer to share on social media.
Like many services in demand, such as photographers and venues, the good ones get booked up early, so don’t leave it to the last minute!
Find your wedding videographer here.