3 Things to Know Before Hiring a Wedding Videographer

“Too Many Choices!”

The wedding date is set and you began your search for your wedding videographer. Where do you start? With so many vendors in the market, it sometimes feels like finding a needle in a haystack.  Here are 3 simple guidelines to make that search for the right videographer a simpler affair.

1) Style

They come in all shapes and sizes and it really depends on you where your sensibilities lie. Some like it sentimental and romantic while others like it cheerful and upbeat. Is your wedding film going to be music driven or one that has recorded audio from the church vows and gatecrash? Having a rough idea of the style of wedding film will help in narrowing down the number of choices.

2) Investment for a Lifetime

Video vendors require an investment from $600 to $8,000, dependent on the quality and professionalism of the company/individual. Weddings are usually dynamic events that require vendors to be in position and capture those “once in a lifetime” shots. Experience counts. The more professional vendors have distinctive styles, offering unique services and often giving you a customised video. Some production houses are even able to include your solemnization in the evening into the same day edit video for the evening banquet.

3)  The Shangri La Experience

The wedding industry is in essence, a service industry and wedding production houses should be no different.  As vendors, we want to take your worry off the wedding video so that you can focus on more pressing matters aka “The Guest List”. Having a vendor that is prompt with your inquiries and going the extra mile such as attending church rehearsals should give you the insight to the service levels of the vendor.

“Start your search now!”

Keeping these three points in mind will make your search more focused and hopefully take some of the stress away. It also allows you to make the decision much earlier as your preferred vendor might not be available if you book them late. The right vendor is waiting for you out there, why don’t you start searching now?

 

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We talk, eat, sleep and dream about weddings so much, we have become experts at capturing weddings on reel and print! We see things others don’t. Grooms trust us for advice on the surprise song to delight the Bride with, or rely on our insights on achieving the best visual effects for the tea ceremony. We know that for your wedding, it’s personal service you need, not a “standard package”.

Yusheng and Wedding Videos

Recently, I went to a Lunar New Year party. The party was at a dear friend’s house who had been married for over 15 years. Like any good party , it was a good time of hanging out with great food accompanied by the ubiquitous yusheng.

Out of the blue, my friend flashed out her wedding video. Wedding videos and yusheng were an interesting combination, to say the least. It was interesting for me, being in the wedding scene to see how wedding videos have progressed from the beta cams of the past to the contemporary DSLRs.  The wedding video was really a time capsule of a time, capturing what was considered trendy, 15 years ago. Beehive hairstyles, floral dresses, the works. It was really hilarious to see my friend in the video, sulking as her husband arrived ….without the bouquet of flowers. 15 years later, she still chided her husband over the “missing bouquet”. We were all in stitches over the incident. Good memories.

The wedding video also showed her beloved mother-in-law mingling with the guests. Those recorded images were one of the only videos of her. She had recently passed away and my friend was really grateful that she could still see her in the wedding video.

The current trend of wedding companies nowadays is to produce the highlights. I sometimes wonder if 8mins of a wedding highlights video, often with an overpowering soundtrack that masks over the voices of the wedding day, is really enough to encapsulate an entire day’s events. Images and music, is that enough?

We believe in giving to our clients a wedding documentary alongside our beautiful wedding highlights video.  We strongly believe that in time to come the wedding documentary might be watched more than the highlights video itself as we capture that special day for years to come . While time may pass and memories become fussy, you can always bring out the wedding documentary during the Lunar New Year and watch it again over a plate of yusheng.