A complete guide to hiring Utah wedding videographers
Everyone hires a wedding photographer, but now brides are also hiring wedding videographers. Of all the purchases you make for your wedding, only the photo and video last. So it's worth it to find the right people to document your special day.
Wedding planning can be stressful, especially when making decisions on the more expensive purchases, like photo and video. I searched all over before finding the right wedding videographer, and guide is everything I learned in the process.
HOW TO DECIDE ON A VIDEOGRAPHER
Know what style you want
Video is an art, which means you need to find a videographer who is already shooting in a style that you like. Do you want something light and airy? Colorful and playful? Moody and romantic? Decide what would fit best with your wedding aesthetic, and begin searching for a videographer that is already shooting in your style. The best way to find a videographer is through word of mouth: ask the people you trust who they know of. Otherwise, it's best to search through google, Instagram hashtags, and local wedding buy and sell Facebook groups.
Once you've found some videographers that you are interested in, you need to check their availability. You should begin contacting videographers a few months before the wedding.
WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER PRICES
What factors into the cost
The cost of a wedding videographer differs depending on their experience, skill, the equipment they use, and if they work with the photographer or alone. Some videographers shoot a wedding solo, and others have a second shooter with them. If you are expecting the videographer to also capture audio (toasts, vows, etc.), then this usually costs more. Also, the videographer charges for the time spent at the wedding, and for the time spent editing the final videos. Some videographers offer their brides several videos ( a short highlight that's best shared on social media and a longer video for personal use).
DETERMINE PACKAGE AND PRICE
If you’ve found someone available with a style you like, you can request to see their price packages. Their prices are likely dependent on how many hours they will need to be at your wedding filming it, the amount of coverage you want, and the number of videos you want.
Videographers commonly offer different types of wedding videos; first look, ceremony coverage (with or without capturing the audio of the speakers), reception coverage, interview with the couple recording the story of how they met and got engaged. They can do a 1-2 minute highlight reel or a 4-10 minute video that includes the full speeches and more stuff.
TALK IN PEROSN
Make sure to either meet your videographer in person or set up a time to chat with them on the phone about your wedding. Let them know about you and your partner, your styles, what you like, how the wedding will go and what’s most important to you on the big day. It will give the videographer some ideas about what to include in the video based on your personality and preferences.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
Before your wedding, your videographer will likely explain to you some basic shots that they will be wanting to get. They will also ask you for some time with just you and your partner after you've done your family photos, to make sure they capture some video of only the two of you enjoying your wedding alone. If you want your videographer there for your first look, make sure to schedule that with them.
When can you expect to see your wedding video finished? This should be in your contract, but it usually takes anywhere from 1 week to 2 months for a videographer to edit the video. Editing video takes a lot longer than editing photos.
A wedding video is one of the most worthwhile purchases you’ll ever make. The day passes in a blur, the clothes will go out of style, people will forget what they ate, friends will change throughout the years, but a wedding video captures most authentically the spirit of the day and what happened. I hope this guide helps! If you’re interested in my wedding video services, please message me! I’d love to chat.