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Questions to ask a Wedding Videographer

We are pretty sure there is a ton of information around the web. Many wedding blogs will give you tips and write guides on how to book your venue, photographer, videographer etc. Are they really written by experts and real professionals?

After almost 20 years as wedding videographer Surrey, we are well placed to provide you with the best and most “to the point” questions we would love our couples to ask us.

When following tips not written by experts, couples are often misled. We are commonly asked the wrong questions, like what type of gear we are using. Not only is it unrelated, but couples don’t even really care about the answer.

Here are some simple questions to ask your wedding videographer to help determine if he is a good fit for your wedding.

Can we watch a full-length film?

Many professionals look after their social accounts (Facebook, Instagram) extremely well. It is their image, their shop window, after all. You will be able to watch their absolute best of their work. These highlight films show the best moments of each wedding. But what about the rest of the footage? Is it of similar quality, or has he only paid attention enough to capture a few showcase shots?

Always ask your videographer to show you a short sample of a more extensive wedding video. Either an entire ceremony, a documentary film or a feature film, you have to make sure that no important moment is missed or undermined for the sake of creativity. Your short & long films are of equal importance for you, and the same rule must apply to your wedding videographer.

Are there any suppliers you recommend?

Wedding planners are not the only ones that can recommend some cool suppliers. Your wedding videographer attends many weddings from start to finish and is working next to the most type of vendors. He collaborates with hair/makeup artists, registrars, photographers, venues, DJs and more. He has hands-on experience filming these professionals that offer their services to you.

Always remember, a camera is a replication of a human eye. Whatever is pleasant to watch for a human, the same applies to a camera. A good wedding videographer knows to appreciate flattering makeup, a stunning dress, a perfectly decorated table, a properly lit dance floor. He may be the ideal person to recommend other suppliers.

To help you with your wedding plans we have created a list with our favourite wedding professionals.

How can we help you achieve absolutely the best film?

Couples who collaborate with the videographer are the ideal customers. When a videographer finds a couple who really cares about creating a stunning movie, he finds his next showcase portfolio film. So, that possibly make him super creative.

Ask him how you can help him so beautiful shots can be achieved. You may be able to do small things that will make a difference. For example, you can assist your videographer by being ready and in your dress 15 minutes earlier. This will give him some valuable time to capture these first moments of joy and confidence without the unnecessary stress of being late.

What would you like to learn from us?

Most of the times, your wedding videographer is someone you will meet for the first time on the day of your wedding. He will not know the background of your story as a couple; nevertheless, his task is to create your personal story. For creative artists, who compose a love story of two people becoming one, the more they know, the better for the final product.

Most videographers will ask a few questions beforehand, and by living this big day next to you, they will be able to understand many aspects of your style and personality. By asking him what he needs to know about you, you may be able to provide him with some extra layers and aspects of your relationship. You never know which element of your story could inspire an artist.

Are you available for a meeting?

The same as your photographer, your videographer will be next to you the entire day of your dreams. He will be a natural wedding planner in her absence. He may need to encourage you if something goes wrong, give his opinion about your makeup, give you advice about something, and provide instructions to your guests. Apart from being a good artist and tech geek, he must have a friendly manner and an easy-going character.

Ask him if you can meet in person for a coffee before booking or before the wedding. His films are stunning, but you have to discover the person hiding behind these pieces of art. You will have the chance to evaluate his communication skills, personality, and vibes. And if you believe he is a good fit for you, this meeting will also help you familiarize yourselves and build a connection. This will make you feel more relaxed & comfortable when the day comes, and he starts capturing you.

How do you deliver the films?

There are many ways to deliver a wedding video. As you are getting married for the first time, you might not be familiar with all available options. Most common delivery method is via a link, but there are more to consider.

Will there be a physical copy of our film, like a usb for example? Especially when we are talking about your wedding film, it is such a nice surprise to see a parcel arriving at your post.

Let’s also not forget about DVDs. Most videographers avoid creating this obsolete form of technology, as this downgrade the quality of the film significantly. But you may consider this option if you have grandparents who are away and might not be familiar with more modern ways. It’s better to watch it in low resolution, than not watch it at all.

Finally let’s talk about privacy. You may want to share your highlights film in social media for friends & family, but you rather prefer your full wedding video to remain private. Some videographers have accounts in platforms that give them extra features, for example password protected video privacy. Ask them what your options are.

We are pretty sure there is a ton of information around the web. Many wedding blogs will give you tips and write guides on how to book your venue, photographer, videographer etc. Are they really written by experts and real professionals?

After almost 20 years as wedding videographer Surrey, we are well placed to provide you with the best and most “to the point” questions we would love our couples to ask us.

When following tips not written by experts, couples are often misled. We are commonly asked the wrong questions, like what type of gear we are using. Not only is it unrelated, but couples don’t even really care about the answer.

Here are some simple questions to ask your wedding videographer to help determine if he is a good fit for your wedding.

Can we watch a full-length film?

Many professionals look after their social accounts (Facebook, Instagram) extremely well. It is their image, their shop window, after all. You will be able to watch their absolute best of their work. These highlight films show the best moments of each wedding. But what about the rest of the footage? Is it of similar quality, or has he only paid attention enough to capture a few showcase shots?

Always ask your videographer to show you a short sample of a more extensive wedding video. Either an entire ceremony, a documentary film or a feature film, you have to make sure that no important moment is missed or undermined for the sake of creativity. Your short & long films are of equal importance for you, and the same rule must apply to your wedding videographer.

Are there any suppliers you recommend?

Wedding planners are not the only ones that can recommend some cool suppliers. Your wedding videographer attends many weddings from start to finish and is working next to the most type of vendors. He collaborates with hair/makeup artists, registrars, photographers, venues, DJs and more. He has hands-on experience filming these professionals that offer their services to you.

Always remember, a camera is a replication of a human eye. Whatever is pleasant to watch for a human, the same applies to a camera. A good wedding videographer knows to appreciate flattering makeup, a stunning dress, a perfectly decorated table, a properly lit dance floor. He may be the ideal person to recommend other suppliers.

To help you with your wedding plans we have created a list with our favourite wedding professionals.

How can we help you achieve absolutely the best film?

Couples who collaborate with the videographer are the ideal customers. When a videographer finds a couple who really cares about creating a stunning movie, he finds his next showcase portfolio film. So, that possibly make him super creative.

Ask him how you can help him so beautiful shots can be achieved. You may be able to do small things that will make a difference. For example, you can assist your videographer by being ready and in your dress 15 minutes earlier. This will give him some valuable time to capture these first moments of joy and confidence without the unnecessary stress of being late.

What would you like to learn from us?

Most of the times, your wedding videographer is someone you will meet for the first time on the day of your wedding. He will not know the background of your story as a couple; nevertheless, his task is to create your personal story. For creative artists, who compose a love story of two people becoming one, the more they know, the better for the final product.

Most videographers will ask a few questions beforehand, and by living this big day next to you, they will be able to understand many aspects of your style and personality. By asking him what he needs to know about you, you may be able to provide him with some extra layers and aspects of your relationship. You never know which element of your story could inspire an artist.

Are you available for a meeting?

The same as your photographer, your videographer will be next to you the entire day of your dreams. He will be a natural wedding planner in her absence. He may need to encourage you if something goes wrong, give his opinion about your makeup, give you advice about something, and provide instructions to your guests. Apart from being a good artist and tech geek, he must have a friendly manner and an easy-going character.

Ask him if you can meet in person for a coffee before booking or before the wedding. His films are stunning, but you have to discover the person hiding behind these pieces of art. You will have the chance to evaluate his communication skills, personality, and vibes. And if you believe he is a good fit for you, this meeting will also help you familiarize yourselves and build a connection. This will make you feel more relaxed & comfortable when the day comes, and he starts capturing you.

How do you deliver the films?

There are many ways to deliver a wedding video. As you are getting married for the first time, you might not be familiar with all available options. Most common delivery method is via a link, but there are more to consider.

Will there be a physical copy of our film, like a usb for example? Especially when we are talking about your wedding film, it is such a nice surprise to see a parcel arriving at your post.

Let’s also not forget about DVDs. Most videographers avoid creating this obsolete form of technology, as this downgrade the quality of the film significantly. But you may consider this option if you have grandparents who are away and might not be familiar with more modern ways. It’s better to watch it in low resolution, than not watch it at all.

Finally let’s talk about privacy. You may want to share your highlights film in social media for friends & family, but you rather prefer your full wedding video to remain private. Some videographers have accounts in platforms that give them extra features, for example password protected video privacy. Ask them what your options are.

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