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.
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
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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.
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:
- lighting technician
- sound person
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
DVD and lets you
wedding video online.
When Should I Book a
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.
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.
How to Choose a Wedding Videographer
Here are some the basic questions that you
need to ask when you are selecting your
professional wedding videographer.
Questions for Your Wedding Videographer
You've invested lots of time into
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
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.
>> Read Wedding Video Budget
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!
>> Read Wedding Video Styles
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
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.
>> Read Wedding Videographer Contract
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
>> Read Share Your Wedding Video Online
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.
>> Read Share Your Wedding Video on Video iPod
You've invested lots of time into
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.
>> Read Must-Have Wedding Video Shots
Browse our 50-state listing for StashSpace.com Partner Videographers.
>> Search for a Wedding Videographer
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.
Do-It-Yourself Wedding Video Production
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