Questions for the Videographer

Price Is Not the First One!

 

Asking the right questions of your vendors are extremely important, but especially your videographer.  Knowing what questions to ask right up front can save you and your potential videographer valuable time and effort.

 

The questions will be broken into two segments:  Phone and face to face.  Let’s start with your opening questions over the phone.  While budget is a major priority, it shouldn’t be your first question.  Your first question should be to find out if the videographer is available to videotape your wedding day.  If they tell you that they’re available, ask them what their price range is.  By asking this question, you will at least know if it’s worth it for you to continue the conversation.  If your budget for video is $500 and their lowest package is $3,000, then you know this just won’t work for you.  If, on the other hand, video is important to you and you have a realistic budget, this may be a good time for you to check them out further by going to their web site.  Web sites are a very important element to give you a good idea of the company’s experience and the quality of their video.  I would say that any video company that doesn’t have a web site and streaming video is really behind the times and should probably be avoided.  If after viewing their web site you like what you see, call and set up an appointment.

 

When looking to hire a professional wedding videographer, experience probably should be at the top of the list.  You need to find out not only how many years (yes, years!) they’ve been videotaping weddings professionally, but how many weddings they’ve actually produced.   Although experience and longevity alone won’t guarantee you a great video, lack of experience definitely will put your wedding video in jeopardy.  Below are additional questions to ask.

 

How many cameras will you be using? (Need at least 2)

Do you have wireless microphones? (Need at least 2)

How many operators will be at the wedding and reception?

Will you be one of the operators?

 

These are just a few of the questions that you should be asking your videographer.  As to when and what order you ask these questions will probably be determined by the videographers presentation to you.  Some videographers may want you to see a sample of their videos before they even talk with you, while others may have you fill out information first and then show you their work.  Just make certain that all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction.

 

Some final thoughts:  Your wedding video is probably one of the most important ways for you to relive your wedding day.  It will be the only way for you to see and hear what takes place on this very special day.  While wedding demos can dazzle you, only a complete wedding will give you an idea of what you can expect from your videographer.  Request that you be given a very recent wedding DVD that you can take home with you to play on your system.   This way you will have a good idea of what your wedding will look like.

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