Photos only capture so much of the day, and hiring a videographer will help ensure you don't miss a thing. But figuring out where to start and how to narrow down the selection can be overwhelming. Here wedding industry experts share their tips on what to think about before selecting a videographer.
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Photos only capture so much of the day, and hiring a videographer will help ensure you don't miss a thing. But figuring out where to start and how to narrow down the selection can be overwhelming. Here, wedding industry experts share their tips on what to think about before selecting a videographer.
Experience is Crucial
"Experience is crucial in picking a videographer. The wedding day moves quickly and split-second decisions have to be made based off of past experiences."
- Ryan Davis, Owner, Cloudless Weddings
Photography: Tamara Grüner2 of 9
Know What Coverage You Want
"Think about the key moments you'll want covered, as this will impact how many hours of coverage you'll need to book. Do you want clips from while you're getting ready, your ceremony, and that sparkler exit you've planned? Depending on your answers, you'll need a videographer to arrive in the late morning or early afternoon, and stay through the end of the night. On the other hand, if you just want the ceremony and toasts, you can choose a shorter package that will cover just those highlights."
- Emily Campbell, Founder & Creative Director, Bella Design & Planning
Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography3 of 9
Think About Your Vendor Team
"Ideally you will want to book a videographer who your planner and or photographer also love. This makes everything go much more smoothly on your wedding day as they are all accustomed to working together already."
- Tracie Domino, Founder & Creative Director, Tracie Domino Events
Photography: Anthony Vazquez4 of 9
Evaluate Their Portfolio
"Consider including rehearsal dinner coverage. Many couples do their toasts during the rehearsal dinner, which can lead to emotional and intimate moments for the videographer to incorporate into your film."
- Becca Knuth, Managing Partner, Asheville Event Co.
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Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys for Ira Lippke Studios6 of 9
Clearly Lay Out Expectations
"An important decision early on would be whether the clients want the filmmaker to have a documentary approach or a cinematic one. Both have virtues, pitfalls, and to a certain degree they intersect, but the filmmaker has to approach the coverage differently, depending on the expectation."
- Adrian Toto, Filmmaker & Production Manager, Ira Lippke Studios
Photography: Ellie Connell for Christian Oth Studio7 of 9
Look for Someone Who Captures Your Beauty Together
"Find someone who brings out your natural beauty, who doesn't just record the day but moves around to capture the moment when you're facing great light and at your best angle. They shouldn't forget about your best accessory as well—making your bride or groom look attractive!"
- Ellie Connell, Expert Filmmaker & Founder of Reeling Films, Christian Oth Studio
Photography: Corbin Gurkin8 of 9
Pay Attention to the Package Details
"Be aware of their pricing and your budget. Ask if they have package deals and what those include. And most importantly, how long will they be there on the day of your wedding and what does overtime cost if you end up wanting them to stay longer."
- Isabella Sikaffy, Owner & Creative Director, Florabella Studios
Photography: Kat Braman
"Sometimes the video is the one vendor that gets overlooked, however keep in mind video is the only place you can look back and hear the vows, toasts, and laugher of your wedding. So make this decision a priority!"
- Heather Lowenthal, Lead Planner/Owner, Posh Parties