How to choose a wedding videographer

Your wedding day is a special event, one that likely won’t happen again. There are certain areas that you can choose a cheaper version of when it comes to your wedding, but wedding videography and/or photography isn’t one of those areas!

Just because a person owns video camera equipment doesn’t mean they know how to use it and tell your story in the way that you want told. Instead of jumping in with the first videographer you find, good due diligence is required if you want the best value (not the cheapest deal) for you. Remember, you’re going to be sharing this video with your relatives for decades to come.

We’ve compiled this list so that you can read a little and get an understanding of what services are offered, what price ranges there are and how to spot a good videographer that fits you and your style.

Wedding videographer services

We are wedding videographers in Georgia, and when it comes to Georgia wedding videography, you need to know what services you want. For instance, do you want a video of the ceremony only? Or do you want to record the party and reception, too?

For basic services like this expect to spend $500-$1000 per venue, dependent on time (we pay our videographers, the actual camera operators about $100/hour!)

If you want special editing techniques, like we do, such as your wedding ceremony and reception video to play like a movie or documentary, your cost will go up precipitously. Expect to pay anywhere from $2,200 to $3,200.

Some videographers (like us!) offer full-service packages. We can capture everything from the wedding rehearsal to the end of the reception, then we edit it to fit together like a movie or a documentary of the entire event. These packages can cost $3,500 to $6,000, again, dependent on duration of event and length of film.

There’s nothing like expertise

Look for a videographer that has graduated from film school and thus understands better things like light, composition and storytelling. This will help you get a higher-quality film and a better value for you in the long run.

Some couples forgo hiring a wedding videographer, unfortunately. They believe that a good photographer can capture their most precious memories and rely on friends with hand-held video cameras and cell phones to record all the footage they need.

But, you need to ask a few questions: After that, who will edit it all together? Who will ensure that all the footage has the same high quality? How will we add sound? Will it look good in the end?

You  may wonder if you should hire a videographer separately from a photographer.

Is a “single provider” package deal a steal?

Professional photography and videography are separate skill sets that require years of honing and experience. Although both are essentially about capturing memories, expertise in each media—to say nothing of doing two things at the same time—is a lot to expect from one person, especially for a once-in-a-lifetime event like your wedding.

So, when considering a package deal, verify that the business will coordinate a team of photographer and camera operator to cover your event. The goal is to produce a photo album of spectacular imagery with a matching video of outstanding movie making. This is what we do, if you choose that package.

Having a separate wedding photographer and videographer is a good option too. You can look for similar things like experience, reputation and reliability, to both types of services as you search for the providers separately.

It’s in the details.

However, finer details like methods and techniques need to be examined, too.

When qualifying a photographer, your discussion will focus on photography styles and shooting details; with a video professional, your conversation needs to be about motion editing, story and even background music. When you talk to eith pro, they should be open and honest with any questions you have.

Photography and videography. It’s a balancing act.

Ultimately, your task will be to balance your budget with what is important to you. Make sure you get actual samples of the professional work that you are considering before signing and then, after you’ve made the right choice, just enjoy the day. You’re getting married! Congratulations!

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