Now that you’ve established you need a wedding videographer, the biggest question is: How do I choose the right one? Should I pick one based on pricing only? Area? Reviews? Referrals from family, friends, or wedding venue preferred vendors?
Let’s take a look at the following 5 steps that can help you choose the right videographer for your special day:
Step 1) Set your budget.
As part of your wedding plan, you need to set a budget for your wedding video. Please be realistic! Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, you should have an idea of the average cost for a wedding videographer in your area. For example, if the average cost for a basic package is about $1,000, ideally you would want to set your budget a little over that price. Setting your budget under the average cost is setting yourself up for tough negotiation.
Once you set your budget, stick to it! Now it’s time to search for videographers that fits your price range. Even though most videographers won’t show their packages price until you contact them, they will at least tell you their starting price.
Step 2) Watch their wedding video style.
Watch at least 2 or more of their sample wedding videos for consistency. You must do so to see their style of filming and editing. Pay attention to their quality of images and sound. By doing so, you will start eliminating those that don’t match your taste. Once you've selected the videographers that matches your vision, move on to the next step.
Step 3) Confirm their services.
Even though you’re impressed with the videographer’s wedding videos, you still need to make sure that he/she offers what you envision for your wedding style. For example, if you need a drone to capture your outdoor wedding near an ocean, then you would need to see this type of service in the videographer’s wedding service information. And do the same for other services that you want for your special day such as multiple cameras, wireless mics, 2 videographers, low light cameras, and etc.
After you find the videographers under your price range, you like their videos, and they have the services that you’re looking for, you've narrowed your options! Now you’re closer to pick the right videographer.
Step 4) Read their reviews.
A videographer may be excellent on producing wedding videos, but their customer service and professionalism suck! Or they may have great customer service but their video quality sucks! Therefore, reviews will tell you on what kind of videographer you’re dealing with. This will help you to decide whether or not to move on to the last step.
Step 5) Check their availability.
After you’ve found your candidate videographer(s), it’s time to contact them and check their availability for your wedding day. This step is very important for your choice. Why? Even though they’re available for your wedding day, pay attention to the followings: how long it takes them to respond back, do they show professionalism and respect throughout their emails. Also, are they pressuring you or not, do they show interest in what you need for your wedding day, are they honest with what they can offer or not, are they telling you something different than what they have on their website, and etc.
Remember this saying: Believe what you see!
I hope these 5 steps can help you choose the right videographer for your special day. Also don’t rush in thinking a very expensive videographer is automatically great or an affordable one is the best deal. Please do some research on your own. You may also use these steps to pick your right photographer and other vendors as well.
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