the last newsletter I talked about saving money by having friends and family
tape your wedding and reception. Today, though, many brides and grooms are having
very creative videos made of their wedding and for their wedding. With this
in mind, it is my opinion that if you are going to pay a significant amount
of money for something, then you deserve a quality product in return. This issue
is dedicated to the quality side of cost-effectiveness in a wedding videographer.
had an extensive conversation with Roy Chapman of the Wedding & Event Videography
Association International (Check out their Bride's Guide at http://www.weva.org).
He shared with me a few ideas for wedding videos and some questions you should
be sure to ask a videographer.
you get excited about the following though, I want to warn you - you can expect
to pay anywhere between $1,000-$10,000 on these, depending on how crazy you
want to get and how many cameras it will require (and the people to operate
those cameras). Before you interview videographers decide how much you are willing
to pay and STICK TO IT. It is very easy to get out of control with the following
One idea that was new to me is making a wedding DVD. The cool thing about
this is that you can have different chapters on your DVD. One chapter could
be a highlights video of your wedding, while another could be the entire ceremony,
and still another could be interviews with guests at your wedding.
Another idea is to create a "Love Story" video to show at your reception.
A videographer can interview you and your fiancÚ before the wedding about
how you met, the proposal story, and any other romantic stories you might
want to share. Then they can edit it together in a format of your choice -
for example, you may enjoy "The Wedding Story" on TLC and want to have a video
like they do. Or, you may want it more like an MTV interview.
A third idea,is to have a video of still pictures of you and your fiancÚ
as babies, growing up, from throughout your dating years, and your engagement.
Matt and I did this, and our guests really enjoyed it. Most of my relatives
had tears in their eyes from remembering me and my siblings as children and
I really enjoyed sharing that with them.
to ask a Videographer:
Interview 2-3 Videographers to ensure that you get the most for what you
pay. And ALWAYS be sure to view entire videos done by that videographer. If
you don't like what you see, no matter what they say, you probably won't like
your video either.
How do you record audio at the ceremony? - If your ceremony is being held
in a large church, you may want your musicians to have a microphone, along
with your officiant, soloists, and yourselves.
Ask for a price quote - this should not cost you a cent.
What is the price difference between having just one videographer and having
2 or 3? (Or, what is the price difference between using 1 camera and using
Ask to see the equipment that the videographers will be using. You may
want to take into consideration the size and obtrusiveness of the equipment.
If the cameras are simply huge, they might be distracting to your guests if
they are at the front of the ceremony.
Ask for 3-4 recent references - AND CALL THEM! The best place to find out
about your videographer is from someone who has experienced their service.
(In fact, if possible, ask for the couple whose wedding they did the week
before - everything will still be fresh on their minds.) Ask the references
what they liked and disliked, what they would have changed, and whether or
not they would recommend this company.
you find the videographer that is right for you, be sure to tell him/her the
The type of ceremony you will be having.
The approximate length of your ceremony
The number of guests that will be attending your wedding.
Any special details of your ceremony/reception that you would like to make
sure they record.
The style of video you would like - if you viewed an example of one of
their wedding videos and have chosen that videographer because you liked the
style, make sure to get it in your contract that you want the same person
who taped that video to tape your wedding. Often, companies employ a number
of videographers. Just because you liked one of their videos doesn't guarantee
you will get that videographer.
number one recommendation is that you make certain that you are getting a quality
video if you are going to pay such a high price. Part of being a cost effective
bride is knowing when it is worth it to pay a little more to receive infinitely
more in quality, but also knowing when that high quality just might not be worth
that extremely high price.
always, I wish you much luck in all the decisions you are making and a wonderful