5 Important Questions To Ask Your Wedding Videographer
It’s important to know exactly what your wedding videographer will do when you’re booking them. We’ve written an article explaining what you should do before you hire a videographer for your wedding, but there are still a few questions you need to ask them, while you’re speaking to them. After all, you want to know that they know what they’re doing, and although their website might look flashy and professional, you still want to make sure that they’re professional enough. You don’t want to be stuck with a videographer who promises the fireworks and light show, and then gives you sparklers and a few spotlights. So, here are 5 important questions you need to ask your wedding videographer.
1. What’s The Editing Process Like?
While the filming might take a day, the editing process can vary. If you’re looking for a wedding video that has pulled out all the stops, the editors might have their work cut out for them, so it may take a few weeks or even months before your wedding video is delivered to you. Otherwise, you might have a simple video that has been edited using a template, in which case you may receive your video in a few days and is full of errors or isn’t the best quality you’ve seen. You need to find a compromise.
If you want a professional-looking video, one that you can be proud of, you’re going to need to be patient. Sometimes, your videographer’s editors might be backed up with lots of different projects, or they’re trying to create a unique template just for your video. So, don’t expect your video to be available to you immediately after the wedding or honeymoon. That’s why you need to ask about the editing process. Make sure you know what your videographer and their editor has planned for your video. Sometimes, their plan may have elements that can be redundant and unnecessary.
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2. What Style or Genre of Video Are You Making?
If you’ve already made a plan for your wedding video, you need to know that your videographer can compromise and create a video according to your style. It is no good relying on them for everything because they’ll have their own creative opinions. Sometimes they’ll force their opinions onto your video, leaving no room for your personal touches. Otherwise, they’ll come up with a plan, on the spot, which might not even be achievable.
So, make sure you and your videographer have similar styles and genres, and you can compromise with each other. It will do you both no good if you work together without a plan, and you hope for the best. And it is equally a bad idea to have your opinions undermined by their plans, without your input. That’s why you need to know if their styles and genre are agreeable to yours.
3. Will You Be Available For The Entire Wedding Process?
When it comes to planning a wedding, sometimes it can take a year or two to plan out. Sometimes it takes even longer, especially if you’re planning for a very luxurious wedding. It’s during that time that you’ll want your videographer, especially if you’re using video diaries and posting video invitations to your guests. Many happy couples will want to go on a special photoshoot to mark the big day before it actually happens. They’ll want photobooks and extra footage of themselves, to fill the video, if there isn’t enough good footage on an actual day.
So, that’s why making sure that your videographer is available not only during the wedding but also before it too. If anything, making sure they’re available during the planning process will ensure that any additions or changes you make to your wedding video can be discussed first before you implement it.
4. How Would Your Customers Rate You?
This is an important question because while experience matters, it is the reviews they get, from their customers that will tell you how good they are. Remember to read those reviews and compare them with the answer your videographer gives you. If the reviews are bad, and your videographer tells you otherwise, you’re dealing with someone dishonest. Your wedding day is one of the biggest events of your life, and if it isn’t captured correctly, then you’ll be left with very little to no memories of it at all.
Be certain that your videographer knows what they’re doing. Make sure that their customers are happy with their services. And be sure that your videographer and their customers have similar values to you. You don’t want to work with someone who you’ll always be at odds with. By knowing how satisfied their customer base is, and whether they have similar values and perspectives as yours, you’ll know that you can trust your videographer.
5. How Much Will Hiring You Cost Me?
Of course, this is the most important question you’ll want to ask but be careful when you do. Make sure you give your videographer everything they need to know, about what you expect from them. Negotiate what the plan is, and what compromises you will need to make because if you ask how much it’ll cost, before providing any details, they’ll be reluctant to work with you. It’s because you don’t have a plan, and you don’t know what you want. Whereas, if you provide them with some details, then they’ll be more inclined to help.
Be sure that you know what you want from your wedding video, before asking about the price. Similarly, you don’t want them to be vague about it either. So, make sure you don’t just get price ranges, and contracts that can be amended while they’re working with you. Setting a limit, and sticking to it, is a sign of reliability and good professionalism. If the price fluctuates while they’re working with you, or if they don’t set an upper limit, then you may find yourself in for a nasty surprise. Be careful when you’re negotiating price, and always get the agreement in writing.
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