Choosing a wedding videographer...
What to do to choose the right wedding videographer in Toronto, GTA
Brides are faced with lots of
options when it comes to choosing a videographer for their wedding day.
So how can you tell which one will be the right one for you? The first
thing you need to do is forget the 5 hour long VHS wedding video
many of our parents got for their special day!
Welcome to the new world of wedding and event
You see, at the core, a modern
videographer is a storyteller who can capture the essence of a couple’s
love story. Forget about what type of cameras, lights or editing
software a videographer uses. Many wedding/event videographers are true
professionals who possess artistic and technical skills that allow them
to capture your special moments in digital video.
Ask them how they will tell your
unique story using moving images and sound.
Cameras change everyday.
Storytelling is forever. Not everyone tells your story in the same
Wedding event videography styles
Common styles range from Documentary
wedding video to Cinematic wedding video,
and it’s very important to understand the differences so that you
choose one and set your expectations accordingly.
video style is a chronological video presentation, a document
of the events as they happen during your wedding day. Many
videographers also include/create segments to show the lighter and more
fun side of the couple during the day. The editing will produce a
polished video of the wedding day and usually they run under 90 minutes
in length. This is how most of the videos were created when you parents
were getting married.
Cinematic wedding video
style is a more elaborate and polished way of capturing and
editing wedding day events. It may not necessarily include highlights
from all the events of the day. It will rather focus on specific
moments that capture the dramatic mood of the day. Some cinematic
wedding films can certainly emulate the look and feel of some
commercial films. Usually, they run under 30 minutes in total length.
However lines are meant to be
crossed, and it’s not uncommon to see documentary style weddings with
cinematic sequences. The important thing for you as a bride is to
understand the key differences and to be clear on what to expect from
So, how do you choose the right videographer for
Some of the basic points to
consider are whether you feel that the videographer has not only the
skills but also the right personality for your wedding. People skills
are always important in any job. After all, you are “inviting” him/her
to be around you and your husband for most of your wedding day. In some
cases, couples go out for dinner with their videographers before their
wedding day in order to get to know each other and create a comfort zone. But
at the very least, look for a videographer who listens to your desires
and provides positive feedback and realistic promises.
Your goal is to be confident
that his or her expertise and artistic sensibility can give you a
special video/film of your wedding day that you and your husband will
treasure for years to come.
Once you have decided that you
would like to hire a videographer/cinematographer for your wedding day,
you need to do your research. Ask to watch some of your friends’
wedding videos, pick up a Bridal magazine, attend a Bridal show, ask
around, and do an Internet research. You can visit wedding
videographers' websites and watch examples of their videos. You know
what you like, so let your instincts guide you. Just don’t go for the
first company that you come across. Compare not only styles, but also
expertise and costs. You don’t need to get a second mortgage to afford
a gifted videographer/cinematographer.
Once you decide on a
videographer, make sure that you are both clear on what exactly is
included on the package: how many hours of coverage, how many cameras,
how many edited copies will be delivered, etc. Get the details in
writing, including cost. It is a standard request for a videographer to
ask for a booking deposit when you hire him or her. Final payment is
usually due when edited DVDs are delivered. Make sure you and your
videographer are clear on the expectations.
Hiring the right people provides
you with peace of mind. Knowing that you are surrounded by
professionals who will help you achieve your dreams takes one worry
away so that you can just enjoy your special day.
Fandango Video Productions works hard to ensure
our wedding and event videography fits your specific needs and leaves
you deeply satisfied. Check out our Affordable
Wedding Videography Prices, view our video gallery below, and
call us at 416.894.7226. You’ll be happy you did.