How to Choose a Wedding Videographer


The Steps in How to Choose a Wedding Videographer


It is time to seriously weigh options regarding how to choose a wedding videographer. Yes, one of the most joyous events that a family experience is approaching. Nuptial and wedded bliss is on the horizon. Capturing all those memorable moments is best done through recording the event. The professional that can deliver on such expectations is a talented videographer. This means the person making the decision to hire a reliable professional need to make the best choice possible.

Some may assume this is a process that just might be out of their range of abilities. After all, how can someone make the proper choice when selecting a wedding videographer? While there is no process that can guarantee making the most perfect hiring decision, it is possible to follow a few simple steps to increase the odds of making an effective hiring decision. For those curious as to this process, here are the steps best followed:

Be sure to ask for references of the potential videographer. Some may wonder if it is a little much to ask for references. It really isn’t and it is perfectly acceptable to look for positive references from those that have previously contracted the services of the professional. Remember, the recording of the wedding must come off as close to flawless as possible. As such, you will need to be completely confident that the person you hire is the best for the job. Quality references can certainly aid in this regard.

It may even be helpful to look and see if there are any reviews on the internet. Granted, you never really know who is posting the positive or negative reviews but obvious ‘phony’ reviews will be self-evident due to their often over the top writing style. Legitimate, well thought out reviews, however, are worth looking at and taking serious.

Mostly all professionals will have a demo reel DVD that potential clients can review. Such demo reels deliver probably the best indication of what type of work you can expect from the videographer. Reviewing the demos offered by several top videographers can greatly improve your chances that you can select the most effective videographer for the wedding. Honestly, among all the steps associated with how to choose a wedding videographer, the process of reviewing demo DVDs would be among the most important.

The sound and camera setup is very necessary factor in the quality of the finished product. Now, some may be wondering how they can adequately determine whether or not the setup employed is the most effective. After all, the average person is not a “techie” that understands what type of equipment is the most viable for the job. Well, you really do not have to be an expert in this regard. Simply asking how modern the equipment is (You would probably want to avoid hiring a videographer that is using equipment that is 5 years old) as well as how many cameras will be employed in the shoot will help you affirm a decision. Multiple camera and sound hookups will increase the odds that nothing at the wedding will be missed.

Double check on whether or not editing is part of the package or if you need to pay extra for it. One of the most problematic oversights people make is signing on for videographer services that only include raw footage. So, always be sure to find out if editing is part of the deal or if extra costs are involved for editing services.

One of the most overlooked aspects of hiring a professional wedding videographer is his or her’s congeniality. There are those that may wonder what the personality of the videographer has to do with making an effective hiring decision. The answer is that the videographer will be constantly dealing with the members of the wedding party, the guests, banquet hall staff, etc. An abrasive videographer will certainly not be helpful in such an environment. And honestly, neither would be one that is ineffective in terms of directing people. Instead, an assertive and polite videographer is a must.

There are a great many elements that need to be figured into the process of how to choose a videographer. Following these steps will aid in maintaining an adherence to these elements. And, more importantly, such adherence to these elements will ensure you make the right hiring decision in selecting a videographer.

Published: 04/29/2010 by


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