<p class='rich_intro-pg-center'>When it comes to planning your wedding, hiring a Videographer to capture the special moments of your big day is an important decision. A good wedding videographer can help you relive the memories of your wedding for years to come, but it's important to make sure you're choosing the right person for the job. A great way to filter through the vast wedding media market is by asking the right questions upfront, so that you can find a company you connect with and trust to execute on the vision of you and your significant other perfectly.</p>
<p class='rich_intro-pg-center'>At Sonder Media House, we're always looking to provide value to couples as they navigate the intense reality of the wedding planning phase. So here are 10 questions to ask your prospective wedding videographer to ensure you're getting the best quality video and service.</p>
1. Are you available on my wedding date?
There's nothing worse than getting emotionally attached to an artist's work, all to find out that there is no availability in their schedule. To save you the heartbreak, it's essential to confirm they are available on your wedding date before you begin discussing details with a videographer. Once you have established their availability, you can move forward with discussing other important details.
2. Can you share your videography packages and pricing?
Similar to our first point, it's important to have transparency when it comes to packages and pricing with your media team. You may love a Videographer's work, but if their starting price is $10,000 and your max budget is $3,000, then you'd probably like to know that before wasting your time with an inquiry. It's important to have a clear understanding of what services and options are included each of a Videographer's packages, that way you know exactly what you can expect from your investment. Having this information will help you to make an informed decision and stay within your budget.
It's quite common for media companies to require that a couple sends an inquiry to receive their packages list and pricing. We prefer to provide transparency upfront to save everyones time. You can view our prices and packages Visit our Packages page.
3. What is your storytelling style?
At the end of the day, wedding cinematography is an art-form, and every Videographer has a different approach to storytelling. Ask your videographer to describe their style and how they plan to capture the emotional moments of your wedding day. This will help you envision how your final video will look if produced by the fellow creator, and help you decide if your visions align.
4. Do you have experience shooting in my wedding venue?
While this is not a groundbreaking factor by any means, it can help if your Videographer has experience with your venue of choice, especially if your wedding venue has unique characteristics or challenging lighting. This will help ensure they are prepared and able to capture the best shots.
5. How many cameras and videographers will be present at my wedding?
These details should be listed on a Videographer's packages page, but if not, make sure to ask how many cameras and team members they will have on site during your wedding. This will give you a better idea of the coverage you can expect and help you decide if their team is the right size for your wedding. Additionally, this will help you decide if you need to request additional accomodations if your wedding requires.
6. Do you customize your packages?
Every wedding has its own needs, and sometimes a single list of packages might not align with your vision. If this is the case, it's important to ask your Videographer if packages can be altered or upgraded in order to fulfill and accomodate your needs. Alternatively, sometimes a media company will offer Add-on services that can be appended to a desired package, such as drone footage, a highlight reel, or ceremony coverage as an added component to your wedding film package.
We've created a list of additional services we offer to couples who are looking to customize and create their perfect wedding media package. View our Addons.
7. Can you provide references or testimonials from previous clients?
Having a good reputation in the wedding industry is crucial to long-term success. One way to find if a Videographer is credible is by reading testimonials from their previous clients. Positive reviews will ensure an individual is reliable and can be trusted to execute on your wedding day.
One thing we want to mention here - everybody starts somewhere. Sometimes a newly-established videographer might not have reviews yet. In this case, it's important to see their work to decide if they are of the quality standard you're searching for. More often than not, a new Videographer will be willing to go above and beyond on your project in order to have a solid portfolio to use in the future. If you're willing to be their guinea pig, this might be a great option for you!
8. How long after the wedding can we expect to receive our final video?
This is one of the most important points in this entire blog post. Wedding videography can be a time-consuming process, and each individual has their own post-production strategy. This is why it's crucial to ask your videographer about their turnaround time so that everybody is on the same page and you can avoid setting unrealistic expectations. Knowing when you can expect to receive your final video will also help you plan when you'll be able to share it with family and friends.
9. What shots will be captured throughout the day?
Not every wedding is the same. Outside of your standard wedding shots (aisle walk, first looks, the big kiss, etc..), some weddings have unique traditions and scenes that need to be captured to represent the uniqueness of your love story. It's important to communicate these desires with your Videographer so that they don't miss any of those special moments.
One way to guarantee your Videographer is aware of everything is by sharing your wedding itenerary. Having a list of important events with timeframes will set your Videographer up for success.
10. Are you insured and do you have backup equipment available?
We'd all like to envision the perfect scenario where everything goes perfectly. But it's nessesary to have the proper safety measures in place in case anything ever goes wrong. It's important to make sure that your videographer is insured and has backup equipment available in case of any legal/technical difficulties. Many modern-day cameras offer dual-SD card shooting, that way if an SD card were to fail you would have a backup and not lose all of your precious memories. Finding out this information before-hand will help give you peace of mind knowing that your wedding media team is protected and your content is in good hands.
For every wedding we film, we use dual-SD card slots to ensure your videos are not lost in the case of a card failure.
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Asking these questions will help you gain a better understanding of the videographer's experience, style, and flexibility. Choosing a wedding videographer is an important decision and by asking the right questions, you'll be able to make an informed choice.
At Sonder Media House, we believe that every love story is unique and beautiful. If you are looking for a professional and experienced videography team for your big day, we offer a free welcome call to anyone whos interested in our services and would like more information.