What to Expect from a Wedding Videographer

Wedding video filming

One of the key players in the memory-keeping aspect of your wedding is your videographer. This person will be helping you to create a moving, beautiful audio/visual representation of your amazing day, and there is certainly a lot that goes into it. So what do you need to know as you move forward with hiring a professional to capture your day? What should you expect when working with one? Here are some things that might help make you more familiar with what to expect from your videographer!

What Is Their Approach?

Filming a wedding video

Documenting an entire event-filled day is a huge feat, and videographers have many different approaches to making it happen. Does yours want to be more hands off, keeping to the background during your big day? Or do they want to be really up close and personal with you and your fiance as you go through your day? Or a mixture of both? This will depend a lot of what your hopes and vision are for the final product, absolutely, but it also depends greatly on the style and preference of the videographer themselves! Some will ask you and your partner to complete specifics tasks—like reading a letter to each other out loud into a microphone—and some will strictly be documenting from the sidelines. It’s important to discuss expectations for things like this with your professional ahead of time so that you’re not surprised by any tasks or ideas the day of!

What Is Their Equipment?

What a videographer will bring to your wedding depends in part on the person you hire. If their services or packages cost a little bit more than everyone else, you can likely expect more equipment as they create a more dynamic product. Most wedding videographers work with at least two cameras: one stationary, placed on a tripod to get a full recording of your ceremony, and one in hand so they can record different angles of specific shots and moments. If they have an assistant, there may be even more. If they’re particularly inventive, they may even use a drone!

Video camera

Their standard cameras will likely have a few lenses, microphone attachments, and maybe even external light in case the reception venue or other locations have low lighting. Regardless of these attachments, it is fairly common for a videographer to bring additional sound and lighting equipment. You or your partner may be asked to wear a small, wireless lav microphones during your ceremony—even if you aren’t using any amplifying equipment in your venue like speakers or a sound system—so the audio of your vows will be clearly picked up by the video cameras. These mics are usually extremely discreet and will be key in making sure the sound quality in capturing your vows is top notch.

How Will They Work With Your Photographer?

Something you may not have considered is how your videographer and photographer will communicate and coordinate their needs throughout the day. It’s a great idea to make sure you introduce both of them to one another prior to the ceremony or as early as possible on the day of the wedding so they have time to have a conversation about what they need to work well together during your event. Since they are both trying to capture very essential visual elements of your day, having a great working relationship and communication skills will be helpful for everyone, so don’t be surprised (in fact, be happy!) if they do step aside and have that conversation!

What Is Their Final Product?

Watching wedding video

And the last but perhaps most important thing to know is what you should expect for a final product. Of course, you should always make sure to read every contract from your vendors extremely carefully, but that is especially true for something as important as wedding documentation. You need to know what type of video your videographer specializes in. Are they creating more of a feature film of your day with full edits, background music, voice overs, etc.? Are they doing a less-edited, more natural view of your event? Are they only providing you with one full-length film or are they also including a highlight reel for social media sharing? Most of these questions will be apparent in a sampling of their work that you should take time to watch before making your decision, but you can also ask them to describe their work themselves during a consultation.

Additionally, you need to know how you’ll be receiving the final product. Will everything be delivered digitally with links to shareable video versions or via a USB drive? Will you receive a physical DVD, and if so, how many copies? All of the above are great options, it just depends on what you and your partner are looking for and what your videographer offers. Mo make sure you know ahead of time what you will be receiving as an end product!

It’s also important to make clear ahead of time if there’s anything unusual or especially important that you know you’d like footage of such as certain family members you’d like captured or as much footage of the dancing as possible. Most videographers will be totally willing to work with you to make those important details happen, but if they don’t know what you want, they won’t be on the lookout for those things! So communicate, communicate, communicate!

Hopefully this gives you a good idea of what to expect when getting ready to work with a professional videographer. Remember, if you have a question, request, or concern, you should always ask! Your videographer wants you to have a beautiful film almost as much as you do, but they may not realize you want to know more if you don’t say. Every client is different.

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