How to conquer your fear of getting a bad wedding video

I love a good scary story.

Whether it’s a spooky tale told around a crackling campfire, a creepy novel that makes you sleep with your lights on, or a good horror movie, I just love the thrill of being scared.

Yet there are certain things that are even more terrifying than fiction.

Like erratic drivers, unidentifiable food in your refrigerator or your high school yearbook photo. And, of course, bad wedding video.

Yes, perhaps you yourself know a loved one who has suffered from such an unfortunate experience. By now we’ve all heard the stories. You may have even seen it on your nightly news or on Good Morning America. Because you only get married once, there’s only one chance to get your video right.

Your wedding day is unlike any other day.

No revelation there. Which is why I always try to tell my brides-to-be that this investment is one that you keep forever, so it’s important to get it right. You could try a new restaurant and you may not be happy with the meal.

And that’s fine, you can go always go back to your favorite place next weekend. Or maybe you buy a pair of shoes and after a few days decide that they don’t look good with any of your outfits or they pinch your toes. You can exchange them for new ones.

However, there’s no returning a bad wedding video and getting a whole new one.

Just like restaurants and shoes, there are many options for where to get wedding videos.

A new video company seems to be added to the already crowded field every week. I can understand how a bride can get a little overwhelmed while considering her options.

So how do you make the right choice?

Start by going to their website and take a few minutes to look around. View the samples they have posted on their website or social media pages and bring your inner film critic out.

Get a feel of their artistic style.

Do the samples look like they were filmed in the 90’s? Do they have cheesy graphics edited in? Is their camera work dark and shaky?

If that’s the case, sure they may be an affordable option but it’s not likely the kind of timeless film you’ll treasure for decades.

Take a little time to try and get to know about your potential videographer's personality a bit.

After all, they (along with your photographer) will be with you all day long and you’ll want to be sure their personality is a good fit for you. Sift through their blog, their Facebook page, interact with them over email or the phone and see if they have a personality you can gel with.

Find out if their filming methods going to be suitable for the day.

Some videographers will flood you with obtrusive lights and be very present while a good videographer will melt into the background while capturing your whole day. Some insist on interviewing the party guests, others do not.

You’re also going to want to confirm that they utilize the latest equipment so that the film you receive looks as good as it can. A good DSLR camera is the way to go and don’t forget to ask for a full length sample before deciding on whom you’ll hire.

Most wedding cinematographers will post sample trailers on their website and social media pages but you’ll want to know exactly what your final, full length film is going to look like.

A talented and experienced professional can create something that not only will you treasure for the rest of your life, but it should be something your friends and family will enjoy just as much.

So grab your popcorn and leave the scary stuff to Hollywood.


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