What Couples Should Be Looking for When Hiring a Wedding Videographer?

Posted on 5/11/2016 8:33:00 PM

In working with a wedding planner recently, she asked "what would you suggest couples look for when hiring a wedding videographer?"

With the help of our experience plus contributions from a 8000+ members Wedding Videographers forum, here's a list that it is crucial in selecting a wedding videographer.

Service Offered

   Video service and photo service by two separate team. Do not hire company that offer both video and photo service done by one team. They will miss crucial video or photo moment because that one team can only take photo or video at one moment.
   Best to have video and photo service from the same company. But to make sure they are two separate teams.
   Length of final product offered: full length video, short film, or 5 minutes highlights. Some companies offer highlights film only
   What's involve in the post editing process? How long it takes for the final film to be delivered?

Business Entity

   Is the videographer a "weekend videographer" or does it operate as a legitimate business.
   Who will show up filming the wedding. Will they assign a subcontractor to film the wedding.

Portfolio & Personality

   Check portfolio on storytelling technique, lighting, audio acquisition and attention to detail
   Meet with videographer to see if there's a personality match. Do they have passion in what they produce.
   Are they easy to work with (both to customers and other vendors)
   For cultural weddings, it is best if the videographer knows and understands the ritual and language.

Past Experience

   Videographer's Experience (years of service)
   Feedback and reviews from previous customers (Yelp, WeddingWire)
Comments are welcome.



Posted by Jake on 11/3/2016 5:35:00 AM Good points here. Although I would respectfully disagree with telling clients it's best to have photo and video by the same company. In my wedding industry experience companies that offer both are usually very good at one or the other but not both. There may be exceptions I'm sure. cheers!
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