Wedding Planning 101: Videography

Often overlooked in the initial planning process, few couples understand how well videography can capture your day as it naturally unfolds.  As the following video demonstrates, videography is an excellent way to hear the laughs, see the joy, and recall the remarks of your besties!  What better way to celebrate your anniversary with your honey than curling up to a glass of vino and taking a trip down memory lane?  But, with fees that vary widely, how do you start your search?  Let us share with you our videography pearls of wisdom. From equipment techniques to package costs, we cover all the basics!

Video: John Hoel, Vibrant Film

First off, don’t be afraid to ask for demos from various videographers.  Look at both their short and longer edits.  Does the music fit the theme of the video? Do you like what they’ve included and do the transitions flow nicely?  Is the style more stationary or do they use unique angles and techniques to get just the right shot?  If you are a crier, and you are not moved by the samples, then it’s time to move on!

So much of the shots are dependent on the equipment, so even though you may not know much about videography equipment, you need to ask!  Is their work more stationary or do they use gliders, sliders and jibs to get a desired movie effect?  Do their cameras capture movement in slow-motion?  Who is mic’d and what sort of back-up microphone equipment do they use?

Also, be sure to ask about the finished product. Does the package only provide a highlight reel or are there extras?  How long is it?  These can vary from 2 – 15 minutes so know what you’re getting.  Do they provide raw or extended coverage reels?  The idea of raw footage sounds great, until you’re faced with 10 hours of video to filter through! Ask if extended coverage is included which contains chapter moments from the day.  Is it important to you to view your ceremony in full?  Clearly communicate your expectations for the desired service package and understand the cost up front.  Don’t make videography a budget-buster!

Last and certainly not least, choose someone you will be comfortable spending the day with and who can work with your photographer.  Ideally, the videographer and photographer will collaborate and complement each other’s vision to ensure that they both capture all elements over the course of the day.  Photographers and videographers can “bump” into each other throughout the day if both are not open to the other being there so make sure your videographer is willing to work with and not against your photographer.

Still on the fence about which videography company to select? Have no fear, our weddings team works with a number of videographers at different price points and can direct you to one that best fits your vision and budget.