Your wedding day marks the beginning of a lifetime shared with your new spouse, and for many couples, it's important to hire the right video professional for your wedding.
First, figure out how much you're able to spend on a video professional for your wedding. Costs can range anywhere from $100 for a film student to upwards of $2,000-$3,000 or more for a seasoned professional with multiple cameras.
Secondly, figure out what parts of your wedding you want the videographer to capture. Some brides opt to have a video professional at their engagement party, wedding shower, and even the rehearsal dinner. Other brides, however, prefer that the video professional capture just the ceremony and a few minutes of the reception. There is no wrong choice. Just keep in mind that costs will usually increase the longer the video professional is at your wedding.
Next, think about what sort of style you'd like your wedding video to have. Some couples prefer that their video end up being a couple of hours of unedited footage that includes the ceremony and all of the reception. Videographers have many styles. For example, you can choose someone who will include your ceremony on a DVD along with highlights of the reception with the sound muted and set to a three-minute song of your choice. Some video professionals might approach guests and ask them to address their camera with advice for the newly married couple or their favorite memory of you. To get a better idea on what style you might prefer, do some online searching for video professionals' websites. Many offer a portfolio of their work that can provide you with a better idea of what type of style you will like.
Finally, take some time to interview several video professionals until you find the right one for you. You can find videographers by searching online, looking in your local Yellow Pages, or even checking out vendor review websites such as theknot.com. When meeting with the video professional, ask several questions: what experience do they have? Can they provide references from previous weddings? Can you see their portfolio? What kind of camera equipment do they have? Find out what the video package cost is and if there are any extra costs that may come up later (such as fees for extra copies of the finished DVD), etc.
With a little preparation, you can make sure that your wedding will be preserved for years to come.