So you know you want to hire a wedding videographer – great! You know you should book sooner rather than later in order to secure your first choice and to get this essential item checked off the list. But where do you start? If you follow these 5 steps, booking a videographer to capture your big day will not only be painless – it will be a fun and inspiring stop on your journey to saying “I do!”
1. Set A Budget
It’s important that you set a portion of your budget up for a videographer right from the get-go. But there’s a catch – don’t base it off of national averages! Consult with your planner about the market rate in your area.
This stage may SOUND boring, but it’s actually the most fun! There are a ton of videographers out there, but it’s essential that you find one that matches your style, vision, and personality. Sit back and watch videos from every videographer in your area (you can find them easily using The Knot!). Take notes of the moments that made you tear up, or filled your heart with excited anticipation. What stands out as memorable to you?
3. Read Reviews
Great videographers are going to have great reviews! Take the time to read what previous brides and grooms have to say about their videographers. Keep an eye out for mentions of day-of interactions (“On the day of filming, our videographer, Larry, was awesome. He was kind and respectful and took amazing footage!”) raves about good communication (“From the very beginning the team was responsive and helpful with suggestions to help make the day one we would never forget.”) and accommodating editing requests (“During the entire process, she kept us in the loop, gave us a vast library of songs to choose from for our films, and most importantly, implemented any changes that we wanted to our films before we shared them with friends and family.”)
4. Ask Around
Consult with your planner or even other vendors you’ve already hired to see if they have any recommendations for phenomenal videographers. Wedding professionals are a great resource because they get to work with each other behind the scenes, and partner on weddings from start to finish!
Do you have friends or family that has gotten married recently? Ask them about their experience! Maybe they hired a videographer they absolutely loved, or talked to a few that may have been a good fit. (If they didn’t hire a videographer, you’ll hear about that regret too!)
5. Ask Questions
Once you’ve done your research, set up a few phone calls with different videographers. Of course, this is important so you can ask questions, but also so you can get a vibe for what it would be like to have them by your side on your wedding day. Be sure to ask lots of questions (we love this list from The Knot!)