5 Tips to Picking Your Wedding Videographer
Your wedding day is one of the most special moments of your life and capturing it allows you to relive the joy and memories forever. A skilled wedding videographer can turn your big day into a beautiful, everlasting work of art. However, finding the perfect wedding videographer is no easy task. Everyone has different visions for their wedding video, so it's important to do some research and find the videographer that fits your specific needs. Here are some tips on picking a wedding videographer that's right for you!
Set Your Budget
Setting your budget is an important component in narrowing down your wedding videographer search. Different companies offer different packages based on how many videographers you need, how much of the day they'll be needed for, the length of the wedding video and where the wedding is located. Another huge factor is the videographers' experience. Typically more experienced videographers will charge accordingly. We strongly recommend selecting someone with plenty of experience. You know if someone has been in the business for many years that they've faced and overcome many challenges. They've also had plenty of practice perfecting their craft and you can trust them to deliver your final video.
Once you know how much you have allocated to your videographer, you can find a company within your budget. Be mindful though that price shouldn't be your only determining factor. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and you'll cherish these memories forever. You want a wedding videographer that offers a good balance of quality, value and affordability to perfectly capture your special day.
Seek Referrals From Friends & Family
Your friends and family can be an excellent source of recommendations for wedding vendors, including videographers. If you know someone who recently got married and was pleased with their videographer's work, don't hesitate to ask for their recommendation. They can provide insights into the videographer's professionalism, style, and how well they captured the essence of the wedding day.
Referrals from people you trust can be particularly valuable because you have the opportunity to discuss their firsthand experience and see the final video they received. This can give you a sense of the videographer's storytelling ability, editing skills, and overall quality of work. If you admire a friend's wedding video, it's a good indication that the videographer might be a good fit for your wedding as well.
Remember to consider your friends' preferences and style to ensure that their recommended videographer aligns with what you envision for your own wedding video. A referral from a friend can help you narrow down your list of potential videographers and provide you with a more personalized and trusted perspective on your choices.
Read Ratings & Reviews
Take a look online at past ratings and reviews of the wedding videographer. Reading reviews and testimonials from past clients can provide you with valuable insights into a videographer's reputation and the quality of their work. Websites like The Knot, WeddingWire, Google, and Yelp allow previous clients to leave reviews and ratings for the services they've received. Browse through
these platforms to find videographers in your area and take note of the feedback they've received.
By reading reviews online, you can gain a more comprehensive understanding of a videographer's professionalism, communication, reliability, and the final product they deliver. Be sure to consider the overall sentiment and look for consistent positive feedback.
View Example Videos
A great way to see if you like the style and quality of a wedding videographer is to watch their past work. Most companies have examples of their past wedding videos on their social media platforms and their website. Take your time to go through them and determine if their work matches your requirements and taste. Keep in mind it's likely for the privacy of their clients, that some videos may be kept private. For example at DMS Video, we often have people requesting to see our full-length retrospective films, but to respect our couples' privacy we offer in-studio viewings. Schedule some time for an in-person meeting with your potential videographer. They can show you their full portfolio and it's a great opportunity to see if you'll like working together.
Your wedding videographer or team of videographers is going to be following you around all day on one of the most important days of your life. Be sure to choose a team that is calm, flexible, kind, respectful, and fun. Having a good sense of humour is a great quality for a wedding videographer because they can keep the day light and fun. You can see in this photo our operator Nico is smiling and likely just told the bride a joke causing her to smile too.
A good wedding videographer doesn't just nicely frame a shot, they also make you happy on your wedding day. So when you're selecting your wedding videographer, trust your gut! How did you feel after your initial interaction with them or the company? You've been dreaming of this day forever so make sure the team you surround yourself with helps make it the best day imaginable.
Looking for a wedding videographer? We'd love to be one of your potential picks! Contact DMS Video Productions today!