Before you decide which videographer you want to hire for your wedding day, make sure to ask these important questions.
Below are the best and worst questions that you should ask your videographer before making such an important decision – I’ve updated the questions in June 2014 so that they are even more relevant.
The BEST questions to ask your wedding videographer:
1. The most obvious question – Do they have your wedding date available? Most good videographers will book popular dates at least 12 months in advance.
2. How will they co-ordinate the filming of you wedding with the photographer or other vendors?
3. Will the videographer you’re speaking to be the one who will be filming your wedding? If not, make sure you speak to the person that will actually video your wedding.
4. Are they a full time professional or part time weekend warrior?
5. What parts of the wedding day do they capture?
6. How many cameras and operators will they be filming with during the ceremony and reception?
7. Do they use additional lights during the reception? Can they confirm the lighting will be un-intrusive? Can the lights be dimmed?
8. Does the final video use dialogue from the wedding day or is it more of a music video?
9. Is there a charge for staying later in the evening if something important comes up?
10. Will they go to a location (like the beach or a park) without additional charge?
11. Will the videographer have an assistant at the wedding?
12. What is your cancellation/refund policy?
13. How long will it take them to edit the wedding video? You don’t want to be waiting 6 months to view your wedding film.
14. Is the final film delivered on a DVD, Blu-ray, USB or online?
15. Are they delivering in HD if they are filming in HD or possibly 4K?
16. How long will the final product be?
17. How many copies of the final film will you get?
18. Who owns the copyright of the final wedding video?
19. Do they have backup equipment in case of gear failure?
20. Can you make changes to the film once you’ve seen it for the first time?
21. How much is the deposit and when is the remaining balance due?
22. Can you select the music for the wedding video?
23. Can you use commercial/popular music in your wedding video?
24. What is the videographer’s style; documentary, cinematic, vintage etc?
25. Can you keep the film private for only your family to see?
26. Is the film watermarked or does it have the videographers logo?
27. What is your process for backing up the footage immediately after the wedding?
The very best way to choose your wedding videographer is to look at as much of their recent work as possible and meet with them to chat face to face before booking.
The WORST questions to ask your wedding videographer: (taken from other pages on the web)
1. How many other weddings is the videographer shooting on your wedding day or weekend?
Unless your videographer has a time machine, it’s impossible to film more than one wedding in a single day.
2. Do you offer Non-Linear Digital Editing. Request an explanation of the technological process.
Unless you work in the film industry, don’t waste time learning about the benefits of Apple ProRes 422 HQ codecs and other unnecessary details. Focus on important things like their style and quality.
3. What types of cameras, tapes and microphones do they use?
It’s important to know that the gear is both modern and professional quality, but unless you know a lot about cameras and microphones you probably don’t wouldn’t care if they are using a Sennheiser MKE-400 Shotgun vs a Rode VideoMicPro Shotgun microphone on their camera.
4. Do you shoot in color and black & white?
If you see this question in a bridal magazine it’s written by someone that was around when black and white film was common. Either the article and magazine is covered in dust or they don’t understand modern technology.
5. Do you deliver on VHS?
VHS tapes are ancient history, if you visit a videographers website that mentions VHS you should leave now!