For most women, their wedding is one of the most keenly anticipated events of their life – hence why they start planning it years ahead. Having invested a lot of time and money into planning the ceremony, brides-to-be obviously want everything to be perfect. This is why they tend to be meticulous when it comes to choosing their wedding suppliers, from caterers to decorators, florists to entertainers.
And yet, for some reason, getting the best wedding film-maker for the event is often overlooked. Choosing the right videographer should be essential; after all, he/she plays a vital role in capturing, and preserving, the memories from the day. Given the intimidatingly high number of agencies claiming to offer the best videography services, it is only natural that a would-be-bride might find it a struggle picking the most suitable one. How, for instance, do you tell a professional from an amateur?
Here, then, are the seven things a bride should know before booking a wedding videographer.
First things first: check the availability of the videographers shortlisted. Of course, the more renowned they are, the sooner they are likely to be booked up. Once your wedding date is confirmed, then, start looking; delaying the task only means you'll have less chance of getting an experienced videographer.
If you were booking a restaurant, you'd check its reviews, right? Same goes for a videographer. This way you can find someone in whom you have full confidence and trust not to have a bad attitude on the day.
Another important thing to consider is the style in which the videographers feel most comfortable. Some videographers might have a knack for filming the wedding like it's a documentary, while others might prefer to shoot it in a cinematic style. Choose the videographer, then, whose methods reflect your taste.
Fees vary based on a number of factors, from the film-maker's experience, to the type of equipment they use. Moreover, some videographers might include their fee in the overall cost of the package chosen by the brides, while others might charge it separately. The latter generally applies to videographers working on contractual basis or offering freelance services.
It is important to pick a videographer who empathises with the couple. Indeed, being on comfortable terms with the videographer no doubt helps the brides to discuss the various aspects and vagaries of the day's filming more freely and frankly, and it will also help the videographer to work efficiently.
A good film-maker will not take a cookie cutter approach; his end product will feel unique and reflect the personality of the happy couple. However, this should not be done at the risk of compromising the overall quality of the video.
Just as the couples check the various aspects of choosing the best videographer for their wedding, so these professionals might also have their own criteria for working with clients. Generally, most wedding film-makers only ask that they be given creative freedom to make filming and editing decisions that best depict the ambiance of the day. This doesn't mean, though, that the film-makers aren't open to suggestions from their clients particularly before the video editing stage has commenced.
Hope this helps... BUT before you go rushing out to plan your wedding, take a moment to watch video examples of wedding cinematography. Just Click below to see 'our work'...
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Article by Gerry Lewis Productions