Things to Know About Wedding Videographer
The irony of weddings is that while it is one of the most memorable days in the life of a couple, most newlyweds fail to actually revel in the day’s milestones and events. At the end of the day, the highlights of the wedding day become a complete blur of mixed emotions, joyous memories, and absolute exhaustion. Hence, wedding videographers are a heaven-sent solution for this dilemma, it allows for the couple to be able to relive their own wedding day and to encapsulate the day’s event in a handy digital file.
If you are thinking about hiring your very own professional wedding videography crew for your special day, here are 8 of the most important new things that you need to know before signing any contracts or paying any studios.
1. Watch Your Wedding Just Like Watching a Movie. Back in the days when wedding videos are captured by videographers from morning until night with every minute and every second of the day makes it painful to watch. Gone are the days of wedding videos, which are simply all of the events of the day arranged and is watched as a long documentation. Today’s modern era has brought in different kinds of video output for the wedding itself, allowing the couple to choose which style or type might be more suited for their taste.
Wedding highlights. For a short 3-5 minute fast-paced storyline, the video only shows the highlights of the day as the name implies – the vows, speeches, dances, rings, and other milestones mixed in with a few clips from the preparations, reception, and dancing.
Feature film. Usually longer than the highlights reel, a feature film leans more on the cinematic side of the wedding story as it outlines the day’s events with artsy shots and captivating cinematography.
Documentary. For couples who would wish to still have their entire day filmed, they can still do so as most wedding videographers still offer this classic feature which includes the entire ceremony, the reception, and all of the speeches.
2. The Length of Coverage. Another important concern between the couple and the videographers would be the time. Will the crew start filming during the preparations or will they come in before the ceremony starts? In other cases, wedding videographers estimate filming for about 5-6 hours and so couples can anticipate how the programme during the reception might flow to have all of the important events included in the video.
3. The Save-The-Date. These short but sweet videos of the couples in the Save-the-Date are actually beneficial not only for the soon-to-be bride and groom, but also for the crew. For the couple, the Save-the-Date allows for the invited wedding guests to take a peek at the couple, their chosen theme or season for the wedding day. On the other hand, the early shoot also grants the crew a small session with the couple, which leaves room for rapport and flexibility for both parties.
4. The Filming Crew. Having a three-camera set-up is absolutely a huge difference compared to a single-camera coverage in terms of the output. Be sure to clear it out during the planning stage and know how many people are to be included as part of the crew for the wedding day.
5. The Package Price. Of course, the most important question at this point would be the expense. How much would the chosen package cost and if it can still be negotiable and flexible. Make sure to get a clear view of how the payments are to be made as well as how much is paid upon booking and upon receiving the final output.
6. The Different Types of Camera. On a more technical note, there are different kinds of cameras used by different studios. For the consumer’s side, a high definition camera would be more preferable to achieve clearer, crisper, and more life-like videos that are compatible to today’s wide screens. At this day and age, most studios are using DSLR cameras for filming weddings.
7. The Wireless Microphone. Wedding videographers now assign wireless lapel microphones for the groom to get a better and clearer recording of the vows. Additional recorders might be used for the venue’s sound system or the ambient sounds of the audience. If all else fails, the on-camera microphones can still get the job done but with a lot more tweaking and editing required.
8. The Timeline of the Deliverables. Get a clearer idea of how the entire process will be, from the initial booking of the Save-the-Date shoot to the final glimpse of the newlyweds as they exit the venue. Know how many weeks or months does it take for the studio to complete the post processing of the clips and take note of the estimated date. If planning on traveling abroad for the honeymoon, give the crew a heads up so they can adjust and work around your timeline as well.