Many of today’s brides are hiring videographers to record their special day. Knowing what to look for in a videographer and what to record in writing will help ensure that all goes smoothly.
Make sure you know which videographer will be filming your wedding. Ask to meet with your videographer and view his or her work prior to your wedding day. Here are more tips and questions you should ask:
• Ask about the filming style of the videographer – and be specific about what you want. Some brides and grooms prefer a documentary style where the videographer is less obtrusive and stands in the background to record the events of the wedding. Others prefer the videographer to get close ups and “interviews” with the bride and groom, the wedding party and guests.
• View full-length demonstration tapes of the videographer and check them carefully for lighting, sound and the inclusion of important wedding traditions.
• Ask for recommendations from banquet managers and photographers.
• Make sure that your videographer does not use a VHS camera. The standard video camera for professionals is HD Digital and should support 1080.
• Ask that your final copy be recorded on digital tape. It is more durable and should last longer than even CD’s.
• Be sure to check to make sure that your ceremony site allows videotaping.
Include in Your Contract:
• General wedding information – the date, times and locations of all events and the number in your wedding party.
• The video – what you want included in your videotape (music, baby pictures, any special effects, etc.) how many cameras will be used in the shooting, the name of the cameraman, how many final copies you will receive and the length of the video.
• Other important information – what package you’re getting, how many hours it includes, your deposits and remaining balance and when these payments are due.