Wedding planning can be an incredibly challenging process bound in an entanglement of details and tasks which all factor into the ultimate success of the wedding altogether. One of the most important factors in the process is the person you hire to record the events of the big day using any given method of documentation. It all depends on your budget, if you prefer to have two forms of media, there is no specific rule against it anywhere that we have read. Perhaps, you do not have the budget space as most people do not, and will have to make a decision. Perhaps you would rather have a DVD than a photography book. For whatever reason you have chosen to hire a videographer, Washington DC has a great swath of professionals who are more than capable of capturing your wedding for later viewing. Here is a helpful guide which should help you find the perfect candidate for the job.
The first objective you should look to complete will be to research the styles which videographers use to capture weddings. There are two prominent styles among the industry, documentary and fly-on-the-wall. The fly-on-the-wall approach has videography similar to that of a reality television show. The videographer will simply be there to capture the events, their goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible. The documentary style is a bit more intensive of an approach, and may cost more than the other approaches, as it features narration and guest interviews. The styles range from professional to professional, as some videographers will blend styles for their own unique brand, or upon customer request. Discuss with each candidate you interview what their style strengths are, and what your vision for the style of the videos is.
The second objective you will look to tackle is to start your search for a videographical candidate by getting some suggestions and recommendations from family, friends, and close colleagues, or anyone you know who has been recently married, or has helped someone plan a recent wedding. It is also advisable to ask your contact at your venue if they have any recommendations. It is worth it to ask them because they may provide you a list of exclusive vendors, or at the very least, they should provide you with a list of suggestions. Another great resource for your search will be on line directories specializing in wedding vendors. Directories like these are excellent sources of information on vendors, with details on company services and pricing, and honest customer reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more! The key thing in your search is to focus on professionals that specialize in weddings, with experience comes the ability to capture all the small nuances that bring about a personal touch to your wedding film. When you have gathered a solid list of possible candidates, narrow down the list by calling them and seeing which ones are available on the date of your wedding and around that general period. It is important to book appointments with vendors that are available on your wedding date, and you might even consider narrowing your list down further to those videographers that re not incredibly busy around the date of your wedding so they can spend due time on your specific needs (i.e., editing).
The third objective is to start the appointment process with each candidate. You will want to come prepared with a plethora of questions for each candidate, and will be important to share your specific vision. You will want to ask how much experience each candidate has, and how many weddings that they service in a given year. You should also ask if they have a rapport with the venues of your ceremony and reception respectively, and if they would be willing to take a visit to each location to get a feel for the best angles. It will be wise to ask about the copyrights of the film, the various formats of the film, and most importantly, how long it will take them to edit the footage before you will receive the finished product. Asking each candidate about their equipment, and their knowledge of it will be beneficial to the process as well. Another thing you might be curious about is how the final product will be delivered to you. Will you have an online gallery or hard copy? It is important to become acquainted with each videographer, and determine if you will be able to trust them implicitly with the duties. It is crucial to have a good line of communication with this person, you should be comfortable with them in their handling of the task you have hired them for. Be certain to ask for a sample invoice from all of the vendors you meet with! This is important, as you will want to compare the costs of each videographer side-by-side to determine which one will give you the most glitz for your glam.
The fourth objective is once you have completed all the interviews, deliberate with your partner, and see which one will be the best options for you. Trust your instincts, and sign a contract with the videographer you are confident will be proficient at the task. Once all the legalities and details are neatly taken care of you can rest assured tonight knowing your wedding will be recorded.