We hear time and time again how people wish that they had their wedding filmed - after the event!! People don't realise how fast the day goes and how much they miss during the 'whirlwind' which is your wedding day.
So much money and time is spent on a wedding….to have a DVD which encompasses the feelings, emotions and the magic of your day is priceless.
DVD's are watched over and over again, and last forever. They also make special gifts for people who are unable to attend, or for future generations to look back on.
Choosing a videographer - Choose a videographer who, ideally, has been recommended. Alternatively, can you watch a demonstration of their work on their website?
Do they have any unique ideas? For example at White Pebbles films we use two camera operators so we can catch moments that may otherwise be missed. We can capture both the bride and groom's expressions during the exchange of rings or during the vows. Or for a civil partnership we can set up shots that really transmit the emotion of the occasion.
Meet with them beforehand - You have to feel comfortable with your videographer and 'like them'….they are going to be attending your wedding! You must feel that you can share your expectations and also any concerns you may have. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Any videographer will understand you may be reluctant to be filmed, lets face it its not something that happens every day! At white pebbles films we take time to reassure you about the filming schedule.
Unobtrusive – It is important for your videographer to be unobtrusive, but also trust they will capture all the special moments. The best videographers are almost forgotten about on the day!
At white pebble films we have specialist equipment that means we can get close up shots without intruding into the intimacy of any ceremony or special event. This is also something to consider if you are having a photographer record your special day too. We will work on tandem with them to ensure you get great shots as well as a superb DVD!
Costs and Packages – Costs will vary. Talk about your budget and what you would like from a DVD. When choosing your videographer bear in mind they all come from different backgrounds and will either be 'Uncle Mick with his camcorder', or experienced camera operators who have the expertise to produce an exceptional product. This will obviously reflect in the price of your final DVD. Talk to the videographer about their background and experience before making your final decision.
Extras – There will always be extras to consider. Ask questions like – 'How many camera operators are present on the day'? 'Can I have my own choice of music on the DVD'? Do you want credits or messages from guests?...there are lots of extras, which can be added to make your DVD very personal.
Preparation – Ask the videographer if they attend the wedding rehearsal or visit the venue beforehand? Good videographers should ideally do both; it is important for them to have a good relationship with both the bridal party and the venue organisers or church. Be aware that some churches require a filming licence and this should be organised in advance.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you must feel comfortable with whoever you choose.
It is fantastic to have a reminder to look back on. Photographs only capture a moment; a DVD captures the entire day.