What to Know Before Hiring Your Wedding Videographer

Updated: Feb 17



Wedding Videography is an investment, one that is very much worthwhile if you're willing to spend the amount asked. At the end of the day, the film that you have is what you have to remember your day by! Whether or not you're interested in hiring a videographer for your wedding or not, we wanted to give you a starting point on what you should know before hiring one.




Why Hire a Videographer?


Hiring a Videographer is important if you want to have something to look back on your wedding day; it brings everything back to life with only a push of a button. You can visit our recent blog on 'Five Reason to Hire A Wedding Videographer' which explains why hiring a videographer is beneficial.





PACKAGES


Like all Wedding Videographers, we all offer a variety of packages to help you receive the exact services you're looking for. Packages are honestly very helpful as they align with your expectations and budget. The biggest misconception about Wedding Videography is that some believe they'll receive a full-length edited video of everything that happened on your Wedding Day; yet this isn't true. It depends on the packages that each Wedding Videographer provides - look at the times they're offering in the their packages and ensure that if you want every moment in your wedding filmed, to discuss this thoroughly with your Wedding Videographer. For us, we provide three packages - one 8 hour, 12 hour and Full Day Package. For all our Packages we film near to everything that happens on your Wedding Day; yet with the 8 and 12 hour one this may be limited. For example: If we're looking at the 8 hour Wedding Package we would probably film Pre- Ceremony, Ceremony, Family Shots, Portraits and Reception; it wouldn't include Bride and Groom Prep or After Party Celebrations. Thus we always discuss this with our clients to make sure that they're choosing the right package.





Here are some of the most popular package options you'll likely see when looking through websites of Wedding Videographers:


Trailer/Teaser Film (1-2 min) - This is exactly like a trailer you'd see for a movie. It's the same concept, but for your Wedding. This is of course created by a Videographer while they continue to craft your final full-length video (if they're a Wedding Videographer whom provides Full-Length in their package). Some may offer this as a teaser video as part of their package whereas some may offer it as an add-on; or some may not offer it at all.


Highlight Film (3-10 min) - I have heard that many videographers use the Highlight Film as the final product you'll recieve. Commonly, the film is non-linear and takes more of a modern approach where the videographer has crafted a work of cinematic art, out of the events captured at your wedding. For us, we provide this in all our packages yet we also give you a full-length edited video of your Wedding Day as your final product.


Short Film (10-20min) - As titled, this is a short film of events that occured on your Wedding Day; again it'll commonly be in a form of cinematic art. Might include a portion of your vows, reception speeches, etc. Depending also on how long you've booked your videographer, you might also see getting ready footage, first look footage and grand exit.


Same day edit (4-10min) - Not all but some Wedding Videographer offer an option to have footage from your Wedding edited on the spot and shown during your reception. This is always a fun surprise for your wedding guests on the day-of!


Full-length video (30-90min) - If your partner and yourself are highly interested in reliving the majority of your day, this is a definite option for you! This will include entire well crafted (edited) sections of your wedding, like your ceremony. This is quite an amazing option for all couples getting married.


Add-ons - Some Videographers offer additional add-ons for your Wedding Day. A few popular add-ons include:


  • Full ceremony/reception - Edited footage of non-edited footage of your entire wedding ceremony or of toasts/speeches during your reception.

  • Raw Footage - Unedited footage from your entire Wedding Day

  • Drone aerial coverage

  • Like all Wedding Videographers, we all offer a variety of packages to help you receive the exact services you're looking for. Packages are honestly very helpful as they align with your expectations and budget. The biggest misconception about Wedding Videography is that some believe they'll receive a full-length edited video of everything that happened on your Wedding Day, yet this isn't true. It depends on the packages that each Wedding Videographer provides - look at the times they're offering in their packages and ensure that if you want every moment in your wedding filmed, to discuss this thoroughly with your Wedding Videographer. For us, we provide three packages - one 8 hours, 12 hour and Full Day Package. Fo For all our Packages we film near to everything that happens on your Wedding Day; yet with the 8 and 12 hours one this may be limited. For example: If we're looking at the 8 hour Wedding Package we would probably film Pre- Ceremony, Ceremony, Family Shots, Portraits, and Reception; it wouldn't include Bride and Groom Prep or After Party Celebrations. Thus we always discuss this with our clients to make sure that they're choosing the right package.

  • Trailer film

  • Love story - This footage is filmed before your Wedding Day, usually in plain clothes. May include an interview with you as a couple as well as a lifestyle shoot.


STYLES


This one is quite tough as many videographers have their own touch of artistic style that they throw in when creating your Wedding Video. Yet it also depends on the type of Wedding Video you're getting. For example if you're getting a HIghlight Video it is more than likely to be cinematic.





Cinematic - This is one ofEdited footage of non-edited footage of your entire wedding ceremony or of toasts/speeches during your reception.ate real beautiful moments; as if you're in a movie.


  • Modern Abstract - This style is charactersied by a non-linear approach. They are created to make the viewer feel something, both in a way the footage is arranged and how the music is used. Footage will most likely to me atmospheric footage, B-roll, which helps capture the mood of your Wedding Day. They also use little to no speaking from the day. This is honestly a great option for couples looking for something more artistic to remember the day by.

  • Classic - As modern abstract films are entirely non-linear, classic cineatic film provide a stylistic edit of events from your Wedding Day - between bits of B- Roll. You Still feel a sense of the Wedding atmopshere, your video will include more intact footage and sound bites from each event of your Wedding.


Video Journalistic / Documentary - Video Journalistic approach is meant to the capture the day as it's occured. Meaning that your film will include footage of some of your day's biggest moments, but will also give highlight to other interesting moments of your Wedding Day. This can include, getting ready, guests interacting before the ceremony, dancing at the reception etc.


Storytelling - This one is quite different again, it relies on the sound bites, both from the day and recorded at another time ( a sort of narration) of your Wedding Day. Music may be used to create an emotonal reaction in other film types, but storytelling uses sound bites for dramatic effect.



OTHER CONSIDERATIONS


You might think it's already a lot in what you need to think about before hiring a Wedding Videographer yet these next few are very important.





Budget - As moderThis style is characterised by a non-linear approach. They are created to make the viewer feel something, both in a way the footage is arranged and how the music is used. Footage will most likely to me atmospheric footage, B-roll, which helps capture the mood of your Wedding Day. They also use little to no speaking from the day. This is honestly a great option for couples looking for something more artistic to remember the day by. ommend budgeting as much (if not more) for their services as you would for a Photographer.


Coverage - This is how many hours of coverage you want, which is also important to note if you're on a budget. You may have to ask yourself how important is it for your Wedding Videographer film yourself and your partner getting ready? Having less hours can be beneficial to keep your budget down and still book a Wedding Videographer of your dreams.


Delivery If Wedding Videography is an absolute must on your Wedding Day, it will be effcient to incorporate that into your Wedding Budget asap. Hiring A Wedding Videographer isn't cheap, and having both Photographer and Videographer can throw your budget into the roof. However depending on what your budget is, you may have to make cuts in other areas of your day to afford having it captured the way you want. For a good Wedding Videographer, we recommend budgeting as much (if not ore) for their services as you would for a Photographer.


If you like to know the services we provide for Wedding Videography, visit our website spfilmsstudio.com we'd love to hear from you!


I hope this was all helpful in making your decision on getting yourself a Wedding Videographer for your special day!


Visit our previous Blog Post where we discuss 5 Reasons in Hiring a Wedding Videographer!


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