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5 Key Questions to Ask Before Getting a Wedding Videographer

We know how hard it can be to find the perfect videographer for your wedding. If you’re anything like the hundreds of couples we talk to, as soon as you get engaged (and maybe even before it) you get really excited and gorge yourself on wedding films. 

You love how they make you simultaneously laugh and cry but at some point, they all start to look the same and you move onto other things like vacation, work, school, or you just plain burn out on them. 

If that sounds like you right now, then you should keep reading because we have the five most important questions you need to ask yourself before you do ANY of that so you can save yourself a whole lot of time and be laser-focused (while still having fun planning). 

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1. How fast should you book a videographer for your wedding?

This will depend on two things. 1. How important video is to you? 2. When is your wedding? 

PROTIP: The most popular dates for Cape Cod weddings are Saturdays in September. Followed by June, May, and October. 

So if you’re having a wedding in any of those months at least 12 months in advance (and don’t delay if you’re a 2021 and 2022 couple—current events are making those dates fill up especially fast).

2. Is a wedding film a high priority to you?

People who consider wedding video a priority find that it’s absolutely critical to book the right videographer for them. Booking 18 months in advance is common when you want to lock-in that special crew. 

For couples who don’t consider it to be a high priority book anywhere from 1-6 months in advance. Booking last-minute runs the highest risk of having to book with your lower-tier choices since prime companies typically won’t have a date open by then. At that point, a large company that hires freelancers to shoot multiple weddings per day might be your best option. 

3. What’s most important to me about my experience with a wedding videographer?

Just like your photographer, you’re going to be with this team all day. How do you want them to make you feel? That’s going to be just as important to consider as what you want your film to look like. 

PROTIP: You want a videographer that films your memories but doesn’t necessarily become a memorable part of your wedding day. You do want to love your team and have fun with them. But you don’t want to remember your day because your videographer got stuck on the Sagamore and missed your ceremony. 

4. What’s my budget for a wedding video?

This ties in a little bit to how high of a priority is video to you. If your wedding film is a high priority and your memories are vitally important, allocate a healthy budget to video. Expect a high-quality videographer to cost the same as your photographer. 

If it’s not as high of a priority, you may not mind hiring someone who is just starting out or someone who is studying film in college. Just remember that you are compromising on your experience. They may have the film skills but weddings are intense and deeply orchestrated events. 

5. What’s my wedding video style?

While you were watching all those wedding videos, there was probably a style you connected with the most. You probably gave it closer attention and swooned a little more. 

Colors and styles have a huge impact on your emotions as you watch a film. The film should make you feel comfortable and excited to watch it. It should feel like YOU. 

You’ll know it when you see it. If you have a light and bubbly personality, a studio that specializes in dark films probably isn’t going to nail the vibe you’re going for. 

Hurray! This is your foundation for your wedding videography research.

The answers to these five questions will give you a strong foundation on which to start your research. 

Now you know your price point, how important a wedding film is to you, how you want it to make you feel, the kind of vibe you’re looking for in a studio, and how soon you should get serious about making a video commitment. 

If you’re still not quite sure where to start in all of this—we’d love for you to reach out and ask us about our Cape Cod and New England wedding videography services. We’re here to help you have an incredible experience from start to finish! 

If this sounds good, drop us a line using our Contact Page—we can’t wait to hear from you!

For more tips about wedding videography, check out some of these other articles we've written on how to hire the right videographer for your wedding!

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