Your wedding day is one of the most cinematic moments of your life, so hiring a videographer to capture it on film seems like a no-brainer. No doubt, your wedding day movie will be one of your most treasured and one that you’ll want to watch again and again (or at least on your wedding anniversary). So, it’s important to hire the very best wedding videographer who can effectively and intimately capture your special day—whether it’s the first look or when you say “I do”—in a way that would make even Steven Spielberg a little jealous! Below, we share how to find a great wedding videographer.
Do Your Research
Doing your research means a variety of things. When finding a respected videographer, it’s a good idea to ask any recently married friends and family for their referrals and/or recommendations. It’s also smart to consult with any of your existing wedding vendors on their recommendations, including those they have worked with in the past. Wedding industry pros know the best of the best. Ask your wedding planner or the venue hosts for their suggestions. Then, you’ll also want to ensure that you read any reviews online about the videographers for a thorough check before you meet with them in-person. Narrow down your top 10 choices.
Watch Their Existing Work
Next, comes the fun part! Pop some popcorn and get ready to tap into your inner movie critic because it’s time to review the work of potential videographer candidates. It’s essential to peruse their clips and past wedding films because while you can read positive reviews, you want to make sure that their work speaks to you. Most videographers will have their portfolio available online on their website, YouTube, or social media profiles. It’s crucial that you watch these because you want to familiarize yourself with their tone and style, and whether that works for your vision or not.
Narrow Down Your List
Once you’ve watched your top 10 list, cut that list in half. As a busy bride, you don’t have a lot of time to meet with all your chosen videographers, so focus on the ones that really wow you. Maybe there’s something about a wedding they captured that resonates with how you’d like yours to be, or something about their personality that appeals to you. Contact your list and check their availability to know whether or not they’re willing to travel to your wedding destination, near or far. Then, ask for their rates. From there, keep decreasing your list until you get to your top two or three candidates. Then arrange an in-person consultation.
Make Sure You Feel Comfortable with Them
Your videographer is going to be with your and your fiancé for every step of the way throughout your big day, which is why it’s crucial that your energy and personalities are compatible. Are they likeable? Are they easy-going, yet professional? Do you feel comfortable around them? These are important things to note because every nuance of your big day will show up on film. You want to be able to be yourself on your wedding and have that shine through the camera lens.
Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge
Videography can be a costly expense for a wedding. While not all pricey videographers will be the best, more often than not top-tier videographers will demand top dollar. That’s because they have experience and expertise, have invested in top equipment, show up with assistants, and know that editing and fine-tuning a wedding video takes time and precision. Again, you’re looking for professional quality. Don’t assume the most expensive videographer is “the one,” but also be wary of those who are super cheap.
Finding a great wedding videographer needn’t be hard if you take the time to do your research, ask for recommendations, and prepare yourself to watch numerous clips of wedding videos. At the end of the day, you’ll ultimately find the person who can shoot your most perfect wedding video that will keep your memories alive for years to come.