July 29, 2021 | Guides

How to Choose the Right Videographer for Your Wedding

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Article written by Patricia from Gaffey Productions.

When planning your wedding, one should always take booking a videographer under consideration. Plenty of surveys from renowned wedding websites have “not having a videographer” under couples’ top 5 regrets after the wedding has passed.

What might seem like a big expense at first, many can testify, becomes invaluable over time.

Video can give you so much more to remember from your big day: the laugh, the gestures, the happiness, not only between our couples but also with family and friends are treasured snippets of your big day captured for eternity.

Now more than ever, with reduced numbers at weddings, social distancing, and guests not being able to travel yet due to COVID19, a video is a great way to let everyone take part and be a part —even from a distance.

What are the things to consider when choosing a professional wedding videographer?

Packages & Coverage

When choosing a videographer for your wedding, there are many things to consider and it is important not only to compare prices but also to look at what the packages entail. There are so many variables; some videographers charge hourly rates, some have fixed packages, and some tailor a package specifically to your needs. Then again, with the packages, some offer the full mass, full speeches, and dancing until late at night — some offer only the highlights of a mass and a few minutes of dancing.

Final deliverables

The way your final wedding film is delivered is also very important to understand. Make sure to talk about it to your chosen videographer (or your top 3) before making a final decision.
What might sound cheap and cheerful at the beginning might only include the highlight film you see online. You will rarely see the fully delivered product of a videographer unless you have friends who hired the same videographer and have been invited to watch their wedding film.

Professionalism, Experience & Personality

Some couples are very easygoing, while others have a fear of being on camera and dread having a videographer at their wedding.

We can assure you that all professional videographers from the IPPVA work well with their couples and keep a professional distance without interfering with your wedding day. We know what is asked of us, what is needed, and know how to get the best out of everyone to have a great wedding memory delivered to you.

3 tips to help you choose the right videographer for your wedding

Tip 1: Consider what is most important to you.

Do you want everything on offer — full mass/ceremony, speeches, dancing — or highlights-only?

Please note that depending on what you choose, the videographer often films to that request. For example, if you don’t want the full ceremony, the videographer might not cover the church/room from different angles, getting different reaction shots, but rather focuses on the couple. So, if you decided you wanted a highlight-only wedding film and then changed your mind after the wedding day and asked for a full mass, the videographer may not have all the necessary shots.

Tip 2: Talk to your videographer.

We are making this wedding film for you and for nobody else; we capture what is important for YOU.

Tip 3: Ask your videographer about the expected delivery timeframe.

You should ask your videographer when you could expect the final product to set the right expectations for yourself. Don’t be worried if the timeframe is long, this just means that your videographer is very busy and in high demand.

The nature of a wedding film is that videographers spend on average 3 full days to a week working on your wedding film. A busy videographer will have a lot of weddings in the year and it will take time to get your final product delivered. A backlog can grow naturally over the summer months and sometimes you may need to wait a few months to get your final product.

When you’re prepared it makes it easier to wait. And in the end, it’s totally worth it!

We hope that this article will help you with making the decision if having a videographer is right for you and choosing what end product you would like to have delivered.

We are wishing you all the best with your wedding planning and we hope that this is an exciting time for you.

Click here for a list of IPPVA wedding videographers.


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