Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer to Ensure the Best Results

You’re engaged! And now it’s time to start planning your wedding day. While wedding photography has long been a firmly established part of wedding planning, many couples are turning their attention to wedding videography as an extra special way of capturing their big day for years to come. 

The rise of social media means that sharing videos is easier than ever, and happy couples are embracing this to share their wedding day with friends and family all over the world. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many couples had to cut down their guest lists to meet social distancing regulations. As a result, wedding films became a fantastic way to share the experience with those who were unable to attend. While there are no longer restrictions on how many people you can invite to your wedding, the power of a wedding film has remained strong throughout 2021, and it will continue to be popular in 2022. 

A wedding film tells the story of your wedding, from getting ready to walking down the aisle, giving speeches and dancing the night away – we capture the atmosphere of your unforgettable day so you can relive it time and time again. When it comes to hiring a wedding videographer, you’ve got to choose someone who really understands your style and is able to get that across on the screen. 

So, to help you make the right decision for your wedding day, here are some questions to ask your wedding videographer to ensure you get the perfect wedding film capturing your special day.

How would you describe your wedding videography style?

While a wedding videographer should be able to create a final product that you feel is truly representative of you both, as well as capturing the magic of the big day, most professionals have their own style. As with wedding photographers, it’s wise to look through their portfolios to determine whether a wedding videographer is right for you.

My style is a combination of cinematic and sentimental, I aim to combine the big, epic moments with the special intimate ones. So for me, it’s about telling the story of your love as well as filming the big day. 

Watch Melissa and Jonny’s wedding film below, where we ventured to the beautiful Derwent Manor hotel to capture this beautiful couple’s special day. The wonderful venue made for a truly cinematic wedding location, so I aimed to interweave these shots with heartfelt ones like the bride and groom dancing with their children. 

Melissa & Jonny Wedding Film from Centre Stage on Vimeo.

Curious about the other styles of wedding videography? Check out this previous blog post

How long will you shoot for, and can you film multiple places at the same time? e.g. bride and groom getting ready

Some wedding videographers will work solo, while others will have an established team of shooters or bring in a second cameraperson for big occasions. Don’t assume your wedding videographer can be in multiple places at once, make sure to ask them their capacity and how they usually work. For example, what time can they arrive and how long do they stay for? Wedding videographers often have packages to cater to different budgets, so you can work out what works best for you as a couple.

In terms of shooting at multiple locations, for example, both the bride and groom getting ready, then make sure your wedding videographer can accommodate this. As with every decision you make ahead of your wedding, it’s better to ask questions now than to assume you know the answer. Ahead of your big day, your videographer should discuss your requests and let you know if there will be any additional charge for a second shooter or if this is included in the package you’ve chosen.

What should I tell my guests?

Your guests will be expecting a photographer on the day, but maybe not a videographer. To make sure everyone is as comfortable and relaxed as possible, tell your guests ahead of time that you have hired a videographer and that they just need to act like they’re not there! 

It’s worth asking your videographer if they have any specific advice about communications with guests ahead of time, as we know how difficult it can be to capture natural footage when subjects aren’t happy or comfortable being recorded. If a guest doesn’t want to be on film, for example, consider this when putting together your seating plan and make sure your videographer knows who they are so they can avoid catching them on camera.

What is your turnaround time?

Every videographer has a different turnaround time. How quickly they can get the finished product back to you depends on a number of factors, including their editing time, their workload and whether they are outsourcing any part of the project. 

For example, I carry out all of my own editing in-house, and I typically tell couples their wedding film will be complete within six weeks. 

How will I receive my wedding film?

You may have seen on social media that wedding photographers and videographers will present their couples with the finished product in both a physical and digital format. So it’s worth asking your videographer how you will receive your film – whether they will supply a digital format as well as a DVD to watch on the big screen at home. Whatever your preference, make sure it’s known at the start so your videographer can work to accommodate that. 

Thinking about capturing your wedding on film for years to come? Get in touch to book a consultation with me, or browse through my previous wedding films here.

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer to Ensure the Best Results

You’re engaged! And now it’s time to start planning your wedding day. While wedding photography has long been a firmly established part of wedding planning, many couples are turning their attention to wedding videography as an extra special way of capturing their big day for years to come. 

The rise of social media means that sharing videos is easier than ever, and happy couples are embracing this to share their wedding day with friends and family all over the world. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many couples had to cut down their guest lists to meet social distancing regulations. As a result, wedding films became a fantastic way to share the experience with those who were unable to attend. While there are no longer restrictions on how many people you can invite to your wedding, the power of a wedding film has remained strong throughout 2021, and it will continue to be popular in 2022. 

A wedding film tells the story of your wedding, from getting ready to walking down the aisle, giving speeches and dancing the night away – we capture the atmosphere of your unforgettable day so you can relive it time and time again. When it comes to hiring a wedding videographer, you’ve got to choose someone who really understands your style and is able to get that across on the screen. 

So, to help you make the right decision for your wedding day, here are some questions to ask your wedding videographer to ensure you get the perfect wedding film capturing your special day.

How would you describe your wedding videography style?

While a wedding videographer should be able to create a final product that you feel is truly representative of you both, as well as capturing the magic of the big day, most professionals have their own style. As with wedding photographers, it’s wise to look through their portfolios to determine whether a wedding videographer is right for you.

My style is a combination of cinematic and sentimental, I aim to combine the big, epic moments with the special intimate ones. So for me, it’s about telling the story of your love as well as filming the big day. 

Watch Melissa and Jonny’s wedding film below, where we ventured to the beautiful Derwent Manor hotel to capture this beautiful couple’s special day. The wonderful venue made for a truly cinematic wedding location, so I aimed to interweave these shots with heartfelt ones like the bride and groom dancing with their children. 

Melissa & Jonny Wedding Film from Centre Stage on Vimeo.

Curious about the other styles of wedding videography? Check out this previous blog post

How long will you shoot for, and can you film multiple places at the same time? e.g. bride and groom getting ready

Some wedding videographers will work solo, while others will have an established team of shooters or bring in a second cameraperson for big occasions. Don’t assume your wedding videographer can be in multiple places at once, make sure to ask them their capacity and how they usually work. For example, what time can they arrive and how long do they stay for? Wedding videographers often have packages to cater to different budgets, so you can work out what works best for you as a couple.

In terms of shooting at multiple locations, for example, both the bride and groom getting ready, then make sure your wedding videographer can accommodate this. As with every decision you make ahead of your wedding, it’s better to ask questions now than to assume you know the answer. Ahead of your big day, your videographer should discuss your requests and let you know if there will be any additional charge for a second shooter or if this is included in the package you’ve chosen.

What should I tell my guests?

Your guests will be expecting a photographer on the day, but maybe not a videographer. To make sure everyone is as comfortable and relaxed as possible, tell your guests ahead of time that you have hired a videographer and that they just need to act like they’re not there! 

It’s worth asking your videographer if they have any specific advice about communications with guests ahead of time, as we know how difficult it can be to capture natural footage when subjects aren’t happy or comfortable being recorded. If a guest doesn’t want to be on film, for example, consider this when putting together your seating plan and make sure your videographer knows who they are so they can avoid catching them on camera.

What is your turnaround time?

Every videographer has a different turnaround time. How quickly they can get the finished product back to you depends on a number of factors, including their editing time, their workload and whether they are outsourcing any part of the project. 

For example, I carry out all of my own editing in-house, and I typically tell couples their wedding film will be complete within six weeks. 

How will I receive my wedding film?

You may have seen on social media that wedding photographers and videographers will present their couples with the finished product in both a physical and digital format. So it’s worth asking your videographer how you will receive your film – whether they will supply a digital format as well as a DVD to watch on the big screen at home. Whatever your preference, make sure it’s known at the start so your videographer can work to accommodate that. 

Thinking about capturing your wedding on film for years to come? Get in touch to book a consultation with me, or browse through my previous wedding films here.

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