What criteria are MUSTS when searching for a Wedding Videographer?

Updated: Oct 16

"Ok," you say. "I have decided to have a wedding film. What things should I have look for in my search for a wedding videographer?" I am so glad you asked! Here is a short list of what I believe are important things to look for.



Quality

First and most important, is quality, quality, quality. You need to make sure the videographer you hire will be a quality-oriented videographer, meaning the films he or she produces are excellent. They are unique. And they are not cookie-cutter variations of a “wedding template.” The best way to see this for yourself instead of taking a videographer’s “word” (because anybody can sell themselves nowadays) is to ask to see examples of their films IF they are not readily available. Their previous work will tell you pretty much everything you will need to know about the quality they produce.


Look at the picture quality. Are the shots clear and smooth in movement? Are the colors consistent and cinema-like?

  • Listen to the audio. Can you hear the bride, groom, officiant when they speak? Is there any vocal audio in the film, or is it just music?

  • Listen to the background music. Is it cheesy, or unique and fitting to the wedding couple featured in the film? How is the blend between the music and vocal volumes?

Those are a just a few examples of what to look for when assessing a potential wedding videographer's quality of production. But taking the time to assess this can mean everything!



Reliability

The best way to find out if a videographer is going to be reliable on all fronts, (filming, interactions, timeliness, delivery, so on and so forth) is to see what other people have experienced with them (i.e. testimonials) AND to speak with them. I personally believe you can get a feel for someone’s authenticity by communication. I, for one, am not huge about posting my face on the internet, social media, or any other social platforms. But despite my extremely limited personal footage online (thus far), clients have booked with me based on what family, friends, and prior clients have personally said AND what they have seen in my responses and interactions on those same social media platforms. By the way, my face will be on here soon enough. Unfortunately. Haha. Anyway, when I say communication, I do not necessarily mean a direct phone call. A lot of people nowadays prefer communication via text or email only. I get that. But if a videographer is willing to take the time and send you an obvious personally tailored detailed response via email, then that is a videographer worth considering. He or she is taking time out of their busy schedule to answer all your questions or give you further insight into what they can deliver for you without the guarantee of you even booking with them. That is a huge plus and should put that videographer in your top considerations.



Pricing

This actually goes hand-in-hand with the first point I listed and there is SO much that can be detailed here. But for the sake of time, I will keep this short and tell you that I will have another blog addressing the highly requested “affordable videographer” option that so many brides (not necessarily grooms) ask for. For now, I will say this. I think that if you spend enough time looking for it, you can likely find what you are looking for in the budget that you are willing to spend. The problem is, do you have the time to search for that? On the other hand, when it comes to quality, make sure you are paying what a potential film’s quality is worth. This means you do have to be selective. And bottom line is, you will get what you pay for. Offset this by looking at a videographer’s track record. If they are consistently producing quality wedding films, (look at their social media posts), then they are likely worth what they are charging. If a videographer advertises they are a videographer but have no recent work posted and they do not seem to be putting out ANY consistent quality films, then that is a red flag. I would avoid them. So, no. A $500 quality wedding film is unlikely to be achievable, probably not impossible, but may not be worth your time, effort, money and most importantly, the trust of recording your memories to take the risk. So make room in your budget for a quality videographer. It WILL be worth it.


Hope you found this helpful. ‘Til next time. God Bless,

~Ruth Elaine



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