By Lenni Stratton
It is relatively easy for most couples to decide not to hire a videographer. After all, most brides and grooms will already have a photographer at the event, so what can a videographer offer that isn’t already being covered by traditional still photography? But, opting to not hire a videographer might also be the wedding day decision that many brides and grooms regret most.
Imagine this: months (or years) after the wedding day, sitting down with your spouse (and maybe kids) and having the opportunity to remember the most precious aspects of your wedding day, not just in beautiful photos, but through video, sound, and music as well. Videography is the perfect complement to photography because it gives you the opportunity to fill in the blanks between the still images, and capture emotion and memory in a way wholly different from stills.
A good videographer won’t just film the event. A good videographer will capture real moments and put them together to tell the whole story of your wedding day in just a few minutes. Think of it as a highlight reel of the best day of your life. Think about how you’ll feel watching–and reliving–all the emotions from your wedding day, perhaps set to the music of your first dance, or the song that played as you walked down the aisle.
So once you’ve decided to hire a videographer, how do you find the best one for your day? As with all your vendors, find a videographer who will fit well with your personality and that of your fiance. Find someone that you can get along with, someone that makes you laugh, someone with whom you can feel comfortable and at ease. You want a videographer who will let you truly be yourself, a videographer who will be able to capture the real you.
A good place to start is by talking to your photographer, if you’ve already chosen one. Chances are your photographer has worked with great videographers on other events, and they may have suggestions about who you might like to check into. You may also get the added bonus of having a videographer and photographer who have already worked together and know each other’s shooting styles and routines.
As with any other vendor, always hire a reputable professional to take care of your videography. Check into other videos they’ve done, ask about the types of equipment they typically use, and read reviews. Ask lots of questions, and make sure you are hiring a videographer you can trust with your precious wedding memories.