How to Choose a Wedding Videographer
Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, so it stands to reason that you’ll need to find the perfect videographer to capture the day exactly how you want it. When choosing a videographer, there are quite a few things you need to consider before you decide which is the right one for you.
The number one most important thing is finding a style that you like and can connect with. You want to focus on what is filmed, the way it’s filmed, and how it all comes together in the edit.
Find out exactly what they are going to capture of the day. Will they be filming the entire day in full: from getting ready, to the ceremony, speeches, cake-cutting and first dance? Or just one aspect of it? Our approach is to film a full 10 hour day, capturing everything that happens from dawn to dusk. Not only will you receive a glossy highlights film, but also a 40-90 minute feature length film. Your wedding day goes by in a flash, so we believe that you should have as much film as possible to relive again and again.
When thinking about style, check out the videographer’s previous weddings and decide which style you prefer. Would you choose a documentary/journalistic style - with voice overs and interviews from the day? Or would you prefer a sweeping cinematic style, worthy of your favourite film? Here at Imogen & James, we specialise in cinematic wedding videography, including slow-motion shots and soft backgrounds.
Colour is also hugely important in the completed edit, because colour can influence the whole mood of the video. We use romantic colour grading to create the type of effects you’d see in your favourite rom-com. But make sure that the overall colouring matches your personality. Music is also a game-changer. Finding out if the videographer uses the type of music you like in the video edit is definitely recommended. It’s no use having a wedding video playing Slipknot when you prefer Stravinsky. We have a licence with soundstripe.com which enables us to select music from their library for use in our wedding videos without the worry of copyright. This also means you can share it on social media without infringing the rights of the artist. If you’d prefer mainstream music in your video, the only thing you need to bear in mind is that you can’t share it online. But the choice is totally yours!
Now to address the elephant in the room: budget. Usually hiring a wedding videographer will cost between £1200-£1600, and these prices normally reflect the quality of the work, how much has been invested in the equipment, and the editing rate of the final video. So it’s worth bearing that in mind when deciding who to choose.
It’s also a really good idea to meet your videographer face-to-face or talk on the phone beforehand. It’s important to click with your videographer and ensure that you get on with and trust the person who is filming the most important day of your life.
At the end of the day this is all about you, and whoever you choose should reflect your own personal style and preferences. A wedding video is something to cherish for a lifetime, so it absolutely pays to do your research and find someone who is just right for you.
So if you’re seeking a professional and friendly Yorkshire wedding videographer with a cinematic flair, we’d love to hear from you!