10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer
- What video styles do you offer?
When it comes to wedding videos, the cinematic style is the way to go to achieve that modern day, industry standard. When it comes to payment, the documentary style tends to be “lighter on the pockets” although, in the end, the cinematic style is always worth it. The documentary style often translates to nothing more than point and shoot with no creativity incorporated into the shots and post production. As a result there is little to no emotional impact. Hiring cinematographers is comparable to hiring a personal director except, instead of a fake love story, this one is real from beginning to end. They will capture the right scenes and details throughout the day that will then be rearranged in the editing process. The editing process also consists of mixing and matching, adding audio, color grading and much more to set the tone of your perfect movie.
This style is commonly used and is also known as a journalistic approach, giving you a creative cinematic style but with less mixing and matching, with regards to the editing style. The events captured throughout the day are placed in order giving you a straightforward video of the day.
- What type of videos do you make?
A typical feature length film can be anywhere between 20 to 150 minutes, depending on the set package deal or if the videographer has arranged a custom package for his clients. If that’s the case, an extension usually costs more.
A typical highlight length film can be up to 3 to 10 minutes. This video will highlight the best moments which usually include the vows, cake cutting, the toast and dances. This video is favored by most brides because it can be shared easily with family and friends.
- Do you offer any additional add-ons or options?
Same Day Edit
A same day edit will provide you, and all your guests attending your reception, the opportunity to enjoy and relive the events that occurred on your wedding day. A video will be completed in time for your reception.
In post production, the editor will follow a guideline based on a question and answer sheet the client must fill out. They go through footage to get a sense of the couple’s romantic or quirky characteristics which helps to set the tone for the video. After a month or so, the video is completed and delivered. Upon receiving the completed video, is not uncommon for a couple to request additional changes. To ensure that every couple is completely satisfied with the final product, videographers will give at least 1 to 3 revisions on the final video.
An engagement video is a beautiful addition your love story and your wedding day. A highlighted video of the couple answering interviewed questions about the love they have for each other or talking about the best and worst moments together is a great memory to keep and enjoy at the reception.
- Do you follow us on the photo shoot?
Videographers will monitor the group photo shoot to capture creative and candid moments. When they find a chance in between the photographer taking pictures, they will step in to ask the couple or the group for a setup shots that may add to the final video.
- What type of equipment do you bring to a wedding?
There are many tools that a videographer will have handy throughout the whole day, to ensure excellent quality. The most common tools are tripods, monopods, sliders, lav mics, steadicams, lights, digital field recorder, and backup equipment.
- How long will it take to finish editing our wedding video?
This can vary from 1 month all the way to 6 months. It depends on the company you go with and how many weddings they have booked for the season but usually you will find, on average, 1 to 3 months to receive your video.
- How do you prepare for the day of the wedding?
Most wedding videographers that you consult with will ask that you fill out a client question and answer sheet unless they prefer to discuss all details in a meeting. This information will help the videographer fully understand what they should be keeping in mind while capturing footage on the day of your wedding.
Question Example: Will you be exchanging unique gifts or writing letters to each other on the marriage day? If so, would you be comfortable reading your letters privately, on camera? This can be a powerful story element in your film.
- Do you provide photography service?
Many companies provide the photography service, but most of the time they are just well trusted outsourced companies. Videographers who do not offer photography service tend to focus 100% of their attention to their craft and producing an excellent quality video.
- What are your payment terms?
Some videographers will have you pay a small retainer fee on the day of signing to secure the booking but for the most part the total outstanding fees are paid before receiving the final product.
- How far advance should we book the videographer?
The timeline for booking a videographer can be anywhere from 5 to 12 months but the sooner the better, especially if you want to secure the videographer for your specific wedding date.