Hire a Professional Wedding Videographer

Some couples use a friend or family member to videotape their wedding day.  Would you have a friend or family member take all of your wedding photographs?  Probably not.  You don't want to have a friend or relative running out of tape or camcorder batteries, not shooting important activities, and taking shaky or bad footage.  And chances are, you will end up with a very uninteresting video that fails to capture the best moments of your wedding, and it will sit unwatched for years to come. 

 

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A professional wedding videographer will tell the story of your wedding day. Using creative camera work, a keen attention to detail, and artistic editing using music, the right blend of effects and transitions, the professional wedding videographer should produce a wedding video you will watch often and be proud to show others.
 

How Much Will a Wedding Videographer Cost?

There is a misconception that your wedding video should be less expensive than your photographs. The training and experience are equally extensive, the equipment used by both is costly, the time spent producing a professional wedding video takes longer than producing your photographs, and your video is a movie of your wedding day with sound.

  • A professional wedding videographer should attend your rehearsal to meet the Officiant, become familiar with the order of activities, and offer ideas and assistance to improve the video
  • A professional wedding videographer will invest around $20,000 or more in equipment plus training and experience
  • Typical wedding day coverage includes two digital video cameras with operators that shoot almost continuously for five hours or more
  • Your wedding video will take 20 to 50 hours or more to edit so that the raw footage is transformed into a smoothly flowing story of your wedding day

And, unlike Steven Spielberg or even your photographer, your wedding videographer has only one take to capture your wedding day activities. The ceremony or special events can't be stopped and done over if something isn't perfect.

 

Your wedding videographer must be the:

  • producer
  • director
  • lighting technician
  • sound person
  • cinematographer
  • editor

and they must perform all of these jobs well to produce the wedding video that you hope for and deserve. Pricing varies depending on experience, services offered, time spent, etc., but can easily range from $1,000 to $7,000. Many wedding videographers will also have streaming video of sample work for you to watch online.

 

Choose a videographer based on how their work makes your feel when you see it, and then discuss pricing based on what it will take to produce your personal video memory. Couples tell us that the best money they spent was on their wedding video and are so happy they made the decision to have one.  Be sure to pick a Wedding Videographer that can produce a Wedding Video DVD and lets you share your wedding video online.
 

When Should I Book a Wedding Videographer?

As with your first choice for your ceremony, reception, and other vendors the best wedding videographers will be booked first. You should meet with videographers as you would photographers, if not earlier in your planning process. There are fewer videographers than there are photographers. Meeting with your wedding videographer eight months to one year prior to your day is highly recommended.

How to Choose a Wedding Videographer

The events of your wedding will flash by: your first kiss as husband and wife; laughter and tears of joy; family and friends toasting and dancing. Don't let these moments disappear forever -- with a professional wedding videographer, your wedding video can be preserve your special day for you and generations to come. Read on for our top tips on how to find the videographer that will suit your personality, your needs, and your style.
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Questions for Your Wedding Videographer

Here are some the basic questions that you need to ask when you are selecting your professional wedding videographer.
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Wedding Video Budget

You've invested lots of time into finding the right wedding videographer for your wedding. Now, the issue is deciding what moments you want to make sure make it onto the final product.  A wedding video is your opportunity to capture and preserve your wedding day forever -- from all the wonderful moments you'll witness, to the moments you might not otherwise see. In many ways, a wedding video is priceless; but in reality, they can cost anywhere from $500 to $15,000. Couples generally allocate 10-15% of their wedding budget to wedding videography, but it's important to understand which factors shape the cost in order to choose the technology, people, and style that's right for you.
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Wedding Video Styles

There are many different styles that a Professional Wedding Videographer may use to deliver your final edited wedding video.  If you aren't sure what video style you want, take a few minutes to research. Styles are diverse, including traditional, video journalism, the short form, and cinematic styles. You'll probably know the right style when you see it... your wedding video should fit your personality like a glove!
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Wedding Videographer Contract

Youíve had a great meeting, reviewed online streaming video, found the right program for your wedding video budget, and heard glowing references from other couples--in other words, you were able to find your wedding videographer. Now itís time to sign on the dotted line. But before you do, be sure these essential points are included in your wedding video contract.
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Share Your Wedding Video Online

Your wedding is over.  You're exhausted from your first week back after your honeymoon.  Your wedding day already feels like a long-ago memory.  Here are some quick ways you can share video from your special day.
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Share Your Wedding Video on Video iPod

Do your want to share video of your wedding as soon as you get back from your honeymoon?  How about after you've added your honeymoon footage to your wedding video?  A wedding video these days is no longer just a video keepsake of your wedding.  These days, your can broadcast and share your wedding video online, or let your friends and family download video of your wedding to their Video iPod. It's a whole new technology for you to take your special wedding video memories with you.
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Must-have Wedding Video Shots

You've invested lots of time into finding the right videographer for your wedding. Or maybe a professional wedding video is not in your budget, and you will handle your wedding video production yourself.
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Find a Wedding Videographer

Browse our 50-state listing for StashSpace.com Partner Videographers.
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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Video Production

So hiring a pro isn't in the budget. Times are a little tougher than you thought they would be at this point in your life, but your wedding will be magic, just the same. The problem is, you're only getting married once. Your life is a movie and this is the opening scene. You had better make certain these precious moments are still preserved on videotape. If you can't have a professional wedding videographer at your wedding, you MUST plan an alternative and handle your wedding video production yourself.
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