Yes. Yes and YES!! Hiring a videographer is definitely recommended. So much time and money is spent on this one special day, and then it’s over in a flash. It almost seems like a waste. But when the entire day is captured including those special moments you don’t get to see, it’s all worth it.
There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes: You get to see your spouse’s jitters as they get ready hours before the ceremony; your wedding party strolling down the aisle; bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girl/boy, your guest’s reactions as you say your vows and “I do’s”; your grand entrance from your audience's perspective, the full scope of the dance party during the reception. I can go on and on. Not only do you get to relive your memories but you get to create new ones over and over. This can be a day in your life that can live on for generations to come.
With that said let’s face it, video packages can be pricey, so here are a few tips that may help keep cost down:
Consider a package deal:
Try to find a photographer with an in-house videographer or vice versa. You may find two-in-one can be less expensive and you don’t have to worry about them not getting along or working well together. If you’ve already made a choice on separate vendors, make sure they communicate prior to the wedding date. It’s important they understand each other’s needs and style before the big day.
Request an itemized proposal:
An itemized proposal should list out what you are being charged and at what rate. You can then decide if there are items you are being charged for that you may not necessarily want or need.
Save money by cutting down the length of the video time or being specific about what you want. For example, you may want to exclude photo montages of the two of you growing up or during your dating phase. Instead keep it simple and focus on the actual wedding. Something else you can do without: guest interviews. The more specific you are about your wants, the less time will be spent shooting which in turn means less footage to edit equaling savings.
Watch the clock:
Some videographers charge an hourly rate. If you don’t have a wedding planner, designate someone to keep tabs on start and end times. Vendors tend to round off.
Fairs are had to attract new clients and make connections. Use that to your advantage and work out some deals or discounts. They want your business so don’t be afraid to negotiate.
Do it yourself:
Request the raw footage and edit the video yourself. This may be a fun project if you have the time. There are tons of online tutorials on editing. You may have a friend or a referral of someone who will charge you less. My only advice here is make sure you know who you’re dealing with. The last thing you want is to hand over your footage to someone who will sit on it for 2 years.
All in all, a video is the a great way to capture your wedding and relive your wedding day over and over for years to come.