Choosing a great wedding videographer will guarantee that every little detail you meticulously planned for your special day will be captured forever. From that breathtaking moment, you glide down the aisle in your gorgeous gown to the cutting of your three-tier wedding cake to the moment your auntie Trina rhythmically enters the dance floor after one too many glasses of Prosecco! All of these moments (even the last one) deserve to be caught on camera and in a style that represents you. Most couples do not have much experience when it comes to finding the best wedding videographer and it can be a daunting prospect. How much should you budget? How long does the process take? What style of wedding film do you want? These are all valid questions and any good wedding videographer on the South Coast, for example, would be able to easily answer your queries from the first meeting. We thought we would fast track your quest to finding your dream wedding videographer by sharing our advice and tips, so you’re in the know before you even book your first appointment. Start with your wedding venue This is wedding planning 101, and it applies to every supplier you are looking to book. Before you start lusting over lace or getting giddy with ganache, book your wedding venue. It’s your baseline, as the availability of your venue will affect every other supplier and its location/type may bring extra travel costs. Do Your Research Sit down early in your wedding planning and take the time to look at all the talented filmmakers in your area. If you’re in NSW, search for wedding videographers in the Southern Highlands and look through each of their sites. Most of them will have their cinematography packages available to view online, which will give you a good idea of pricing – but don’t stop there! Look through all the other information they provide, including their about page. Just because X wedding videographer is cheaper than Y doesn’t mean that X is right for you, get a feel for their personality and make sure you’re a good match. Besides that, look at what else they offer. Do they have a team? How many hours of footage do they take and provide? Do they have drones? What are their testimonials like? Do you like their videos?! All of these points will help you decide whether they are worth putting into your ‘get in touch’ column. Find Your Style Just like photographers, wedding videographers take different approaches to their craft. Candid/documentary-style wedding videos present the events chronologically, without many special effects, while a cinematic film is generally more dramatic, using interesting angles for a Hollywood style production. These are just two options, there are many others and actually you may find you want elements of all of them in your film in order to represent your big day. Maybe a cool music video style shoot for the evening and a relaxed minimalist approach to the day time. It’s your movie and you’re in charge! Go Old School & Meet Your Wedding Videographer in Person As we said, there is a lot you can learn from a Google search of wedding videographers in the Southern Highlands, South Coast, and Hunter Valley but to truly know if your chosen supplier is right for you, you need a face to face. In your first meeting bring along as much information about your big day as possible, along with the things that are non-negotiable in your wedding videography package. For example, you may be willing to forgo the filming of that epic dance routine you’ve been planning for months if your videographer captures some amazing drone footage of your venue. Besides the hashing out of the final details, your first meeting in person will also tell you if you like them or not! This is really important as he/she/they will possibly be present throughout your special day, so you will want to feel comfortable and relaxed around them. A good wedding videographer will go unnoticed and blend into the scenery, but however good they are, if you don’t like them you’ll know they’re there! So make sure it’s a good match from the off. Look Out for Warning Signs As with any major purchase, check the T&C’s (no, actually check them this time!) and the professionalism of the service. If they don’t have clear terms and seem a little dodgy – maybe steer clear. Choosing a wedding videographer based on price will not always get you the results you’re looking for. Also, find out if they are a photographer and videographer combination. The last thing you want is someone juggling equipment in the background of your wedding all day! Ideally, you want a separate photographer and wedding videographer who can seamlessly work in tandem together. Capture the Sounds not Just the Sights of your Wedding One of the obvious, but sometimes overlooked advantages of wedding videography is that you have sound! You can relive your heartfelt vows, hear the little interactions between bride and bridesmaid on your wedding morning and listen back to your Dad’s awful jokes during his reception speech, forever. These magical moments deserve to be captured, and they will give your wedding film another level of narrative. So don’t be shy in asking if your videographer has the right audio equipment to capture the moments you want to be remembered. Also, it’s a good idea to introduce your DJ to your videographer before the big day, so they can coordinate all the necessary audio plug-ins. A Wedding Videographer Needs Post Production Time If a wedding videographer says that they can deliver your film back to you a couple of days after your wedding, move them into the red flag column. Post-production is as much an art as the actual filming itself, and it takes time. Your wedding video deserves to be nurtured by a professional who cares deeply about their finished product. Someone who is experienced in extracting those precious moments from hours of footage, in order to present you with a visual representation of your special day, just as you remembered, possibly better! To find out how long they will take to produce your film in advance, and agree on a timescale that is right for both of you. Good things come to those who wait! We would love to be your match in cinematography heaven, so if you’re looking for a wedding videographer in New South Wales or beyond, please feel free to get in touch via our contact page & also check out some of our latest weddings here. Let’s start planning your dream wedding, together.