Wedding Videography 101

If you decide to produce a wedding video, you’ll have a memento to treasure for years. And it doesn’t have to be just a straightforward chronology of events — your video can have all the flair, color and special effects of Hollywood filmmaking. Here we offer some tips to make sure that you receive the quality of video that you deserve.

Standard wedding planning video packages include the story of your wedding from when your family and guests arrive for the ceremony until you and your spouse leave the reception. A finished, edited wedding video usually runs from 1.5 to 2 hours.

Pre-staged segments can be edited into the wedding video, while your celebration’s special moments can be underscored with special effects, music and a range of camera angles. This is storytelling — your story — through the use of technology, creativity, editing skill and empathy. And for those who can’t be with you that day, it’s the next best thing to being there.

Good wedding videographers are in demand. Therefore, an important videography tip would be to book your choice six months or longer before your big day. It’s important to see samples of a videographer’s work so you know the style, editing skill and level of technology that will be used. Ask about available packages, whether one or multiple cameras will be used, who will actually edit the footage and what special effects will be used. Make sure you also cover things like total charges, duplicates and cancellation policies.

After the wedding video is complete, your videographer can take single frames from it to post on your website. Print out these wedding videography tips to take with you on your initial consultation. That way, when you discuss your expectations, you and your videographer will be on the same page.