After speaking to a Bride-to-be recently about her experiences with wedding videographers, I just want to highlight some key points that you may want to check when choosing a videographer and handing over a chunk of your wedding budget.
Choosing a Wedding Videographer
Firstly, the old adage of “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is” is very valid when choosing a wedding videographer. If you’ve seen a deal for £300 and they’re offering you the world, chances are that they’ll turn up on the day with uncle Bob’s camcorder from 1996 and deliver a PowerPoint presentation with elevator music thrown in.
Ok, I’m exaggerating – but you genuinely do get what you pay for and one important thing to bear in mind is that if someone doesn’t value their own work accordingly, why should you? I get that there are budgets to be adhered to and deals like this might look all the more attractive because they fit nicely in that budget, but please take care. Having said that, if you’ve seen all their work and like it then you can expect yours to be in line with that.
For reference, here are a few things you might want to ask when choosing a wedding videographer – after all, it’s someone who’s potentially going to film one of the biggest days of your life:
Do you license your music?
The Bride-to-be mentioned above was told that any music can be used, and no license is required because she would be using it for personal use. This is not true, and the use of that track would be completely illegal; if that makes you feel uncomfortable then I’m getting my point across correctly. Music needs to be licensed, or explicitly marked as free for all commercial use by the creator. Slapping a Barry White track over a wedding video might set the mood when editing, but that music won’t have such a romantic feel when it’s echoing around a prison cell. (This is worst case scenario for the videographer, by the way. It’s likely to be a fine and a telling off!). Videographers expect to be paid for their work, so it stands to reason that the musician/artist is too.
How do you capture the audio on the day?
Audio captured with the camera is tinny and riddled with hissing and background noise, if it can be heard at all. Luckily, most videographers I’ve seen use lapel microphones or other specialist equipment to capture clear voice. Audio is at least 50% of a viewing experience where wedding videos are concerned, bad audio cannot be covered up or excused.
Do you charge extra for staying longer if we need you to?
This is always good to ask – and there’s no right answer here, just one that you’re comfortable with. It’s not uncommon for videographers to have a set time at the wedding, then charge extra for any additional hours (circa £150 per hour usually). It’s always worth an ask! For the record, we don’t charge for this.
Do you charge if we want any changes made to the video when you deliver it?
Again, they may or they may not; or somewhere in between – if there is a lot of work involved then it’s reasonable to charge for it. As a rule of thumb, we don’t charge for this, but then again our amendments have been small and of the “Can you take the shot of this woman out please, she’s my uncle’s 6th wife and we only invited her out of obligation” variety.
Whether you’re considering booking with us or not, we’re more than happy to advise on anything videographer-related. It helps us in the long term if videographers are held in the regard commensurate to how most of us manage our businesses!
Mark and Chris