First thing to do? Check the about page and FAQ of your wedding videographer. Likely they will fill you in on some of the below questions. If it’s not covered then here are a few things you should ask a wedding videographer.
1. Are you recording independent audio on the day?
If you’re going for a lower budget supplier it is a good idea to ask if they will have a mic on the officiant or the couple. On camera mics are almost totally useless for hearing voices during speeches and ceremony. If they don’t record separate audio then at least you know not to expect to hear voices clearly in your final video.
Bonus tip : As your wedding videographer what music they will be using and if they will be licencing it. If they aren’t licencing the music then they are breaking the law and sharing online may be problematic.
2. How many cameras will you be using?
In our eyes the absolute minimum number of cameras for speeches and ceremony is two. If they are just shooting on one then they won’t be able to do any cutting between angles, reactions etc. We use four for speeches and ceremony, it gives us freedom and security for the most important parts of the day.
3. Do you know the photographer?
The videographer and photographer don’t need to have worked together before but it can help. Throughout the year you meet lots of new faces and generally photographers and videographers get on very well on the day.
Bonus tip: Ask the wedding videographer to contact the photographer before the day. It’s always nice for your suppliers to have a courtesy chat before the wedding to make sure everyone is at ease and maybe swap tips about the venue etc. We do this as standard for every wedding.
4. What format will the video come in?
DVD, Blu-ray or USB? | SD vs HD vs 4K? – These days DVDs just don’t cut it for wedding videos. The resolution is far too low by today’s standards. The industry standard is HD via a USB that can be played on your computer or a range of smart TVs. If they are giving you a DVD then ask them why. Your wedding video should at the very least be in HD.
5. Do you have cover in case of emergency?
We all get sick and bereavements happen. It’s important that your videographer has some connection in the industry that could cover in such a case.
6. How long until we get to see the video?
Editing photos and video takes time, lots of time. Some will take 3-6 weeks and some will take nine months+… Just be sure you have an idea of when to expect it. We aim for three weeks but always deliver within six. If your videographer is shooting 50+ wedding per year at very cheap prices then you shouldn’t be surprised when the edit is are very slow.
7. Do you issue a contract?
If you’re spending €1,000/€2,000+ on a wedding videographer you should have a legally binding contract which lays out all the details of what the coverage is, what will be delivered and how much everything costs etc. Handing over money without a contract is a dangerous game. Always ask a wedding videographer if they have a contract procedure in place.
8. Who will be shooting my wedding? Is it you?
Some companies will have a few different videographers on the books. This can be a tricky one because you want to ensure the quality of the person shooting your wedding is comparable to the samples you’ve seen online. If you’ve seen a sample you like online, ask if the videographer you’re getting is the same one. Every videographer is different so ensure you’re getting the one you expect.Samples Contact us