Not having a wedding video to cherish after the big day is one of the most common regrets felt by today’s real brides. We take a look at why couples overlook these amazing memory makers.

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When you start your planning, a wedding videographer might not be on the top of your list of priorities, but it really is the best way to capture people’s emotions on the day. We hear time and time again that brides book their videographer at the very last minute with any spare cash they’ve got left, but we really think it’s a wedding essential and something that you should have budgeted for, right from the start.

Wedding photographs are essential, of course, but actually being able to hear the speeches, laughter and the emotion in your guest’s voices is truly priceless. The majority of camcorders and mobile phones are unable to capture the same quality that professional video cameras can and because this is a film that you’ll want to treasure for the rest of your life, it’s worth allocating some of your budget to make sure you get the best possible footage.

7 top tips for hiring a videographer

We’ve asked top videographers LimeFlicks to give us some top tips for choosing your perfect wedding videographer.

  • Check show reels, these will show the style of the videographer’s work.
  • Specify the editing style (contemporary, documentary, etc), you really want to have a film that tells a personal story about your big day.
  • Check price lists before arranging any meetings with videographers and confirm with them what they offer within the quoted package.
  • Ask the videographer what type of equipment and lighting they will use during your wedding.
  • Check if your package includes the use of an additional video camera. If you did want an additional camera, ask how much it would cost.
  • Ask the videographer if they will have a written contract that both parties will sign, ask for a sample copy before booking.
  • Check how much the videographer will charge you for additional hours beyond the agreed contract or filming at any locations other than the wedding venue.

Want to know more about hiring a wedding videographer? Check out our exclusive wedding videographer section.

12 COMMENTS

  1. We didn’t have a videographer at our wedding and have no regrets. Photography was so much more important to us than a video. After all how often are going to sit down and watch your wedding video? Whereas your album you are much more likely to pull of the shelf and look at. Wedding photos are a much important investment. We spent a lot of money on our photographer and felt that it was money well spent. Jay x

    • Jay, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but one day you may lose a loved one like we did with my wife’s father. With video, we weren’t able to just see him, but hear him. Hearing his laughter is priceless.

  2. Sound advice and as its a once in a lifetime occurrence I feel it is an essential component of a wedding.

  3. We didn’t have a videographer at our wedding and we have no regrets, We didn’t want to see each other arriving at the venue as my hubby arriving and meeting the registrar was his personal part of our wedding just as my dad and I arriving was our last moment together as dad and unmarried daughter and that was our time which was precious and private to us and having a video would have intruded on “our” time together. As for the rest of the wedding we do have formal and informal photos which are enough for us.

    • Sounds like you had a fantastic day Jeanette!

      We can see your points, but do feel though that video captures something that still images don’t – Little things like the nervousness of the couple saying their vows, the little bits of the speeches that people may forget but were still funny. Some of these things can’t be captured by a camera alone. Anything that enhances your memories of your big day is a must for us xx

  4. We thought that having a video was quite cringe-worthy and were not going to have one. That is until we saw the work of our videographer, who makes the films into more of a music video / film. We really loved the style, and we hired him. The style of cameras they used were so discreet that most people assumed he was a photographer and so they were more natural then they might have been. All I’d say is that if you look at styles of film, and find someone filming on the right sort of device, you can get an amazing result – not too cringeworthy! Indeed, now we’ve seen the result, we still find the real-time sections (speeches, ceremony, first dance) pretty excruciating to watch, but all the stylised bits were well worth the money.

  5. Jeanette, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but one day you may lose a loved one like we did with my wife’s father. With video, we weren’t able to just see him, but hear him. Hearing his laughter is priceless.

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