HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT VIDEOGRAPHER FOR YOUR SAME-SEX WEDDING
Advice by ANDREW COLLIN WEDDING FILMS
It’s not hard to see why wedding videography is becoming an increasingly popular choice for couples getting married. Many newlyweds complain that the day seems to go by in a flash and there were so many parts that they missed.
Sure, you’ll have the photos but you’ll never be able to hear your vows, your speeches or emotional reactions of your guests unless you document these with video.
After the wedding is over there’s few things that remain from the day itself after the flowers have wilted and the cake has been eaten, but with video you can relive your day in all it’s detail forever more.
With couples now placing an even greater importance on wedding videography, ‘The Big Gay Wedding’ supplier, Andrew Collin gives his ten steps on how to choose the right wedding videographer for your same-sex wedding.
1. Wedding videographers all have a different filming approach so it’s important look through the different options available in your area. Most videographers sit between a ‘Documentary Style’ where the day flows naturally and the video will be true account of the event, whereas others will work with you to create a story which will contain both natural and staged elements.
2. When you’ve shortlisted several videographers that you like, see if they have examples of work at your chosen venue and ask if they’ve worked with any same-sex couples before. This might help you imagine how you’d look appearing in one of their films.
3. A good videographer will tailor each video to the personality of the couple and the atmosphere on your wedding day. Looking through their examples, can you see unique and different approaches to each film? Many same-sex weddings are not bound by the same traditions as our straight counterparts so it’s a good idea to find a videographer who produces films that are as unique as you are!
4. Due to the equipment required and the time it takes to edit a wedding, videography is likely to be a significant proportion of your wedding budget. Prices can depend on quality of work and experience. If your budget is tight, you could consider a reduced ‘highlights only’ option, or find a new up and coming videographer who is likely to be more affordable.
5. Does the videographer have positive testimonials and reviews online? Previous customers will often leave reviews on their Google or Facebook pages and videographers will often share ‘Thank-You’ notes sent after the wedding. If you’re the age where many friends are getting married, perhaps they can give you a personal recommendation. Many videographers get business through ‘word of mouth’.
6. Once you’ve found a potential supplier, arrange a meeting with them either in person, or via video-call if distance doesn’t allow. Most videographers are happy to do this prior to booking and it gives you an opportunity to see if you click. This person will be creating a personal film about you both so it’s important they understand your requirements and that you feel happy to have them around on your wedding day. If you feel comfortable, your video will feel more natural.
7. When hiring a videographer it’s likely you’ll be employing a sole-trader who you’ve chosen based on their own individual style. But what happens if the videographer is unable to attend due to sickness or unforeseen circumstances? Every videographer should have a procedure in place should this unfortunate situation arise. For reassurance, make sure you’re happy with their contingency plans.
8. When you’ve decided on ‘the one’ and your wedding day is approaching, arrange to catch up with your videographer again and tell them which are the most important aspects of your day. Do you have children or elderly relatives that you’d like to feature prominently, or perhaps it’s the reaction to a surprise gift that you’d like to see in your film? This will help the videographer better tailor the production to your day
9. The wedding day has arrived and the videographer will capture the day as it happens. Make sure they have in advance, your wedding schedule and introduce them to a contact person such as a bridesmaid or groomsmen should they have any questions. A wedding can be a long day for both photographers and videographers so they’ll appreciate being fed, usually alongside your wedding breakfast. This natural break in the day will also give them time to refresh and prepare for the evening entertainment.
10. Your wedding is concluding and your videographer will likely approach you to say ‘goodbye’ for the evening. Now is a good time to ask for a rough estimation of how long your film will take to produce and edit. Weddings are often grouped in the summe, so you might find you’ll wait longer during these months, but it will certainly be worth the wait!
Andrew Collin is a wedding videographer based in Buckinghamshire, filming UK wide and internationally.