Choosing a wedding videographer is no small task. Your wedding footage is an investment in the opportunity to look back and reflect on the happiest day of your life! With that being said, you’ll want to conduct some research on the exact qualities of the company you’re looking for to create the most beautiful representation of your big day.
We’ve rounded up a list of six things you should consider before booking a wedding videographer to make your search just that much easier! Scroll on for our tips, along with gorgeous footage from some of our very favorite local Oklahoma videographers!
ONE // Check Out Their Portfolio
Checking out a wedding videographer’s portfolio is an absolute must. Sure, they can all talk the talk, but a quick look at their work will tell you if they can truly walk the walk. Most vendors will have clips of their films posted to their company website, but YouTube, Vimeo and Instagram are also great places to look into as well. With more than a decade of experience and over 500 weddings shot, Redeemed Productions believes your big day is more than just a wedding. It’s you. Their team takes pride in the ability to serve you on the most important day of your life!
TWO // Know What Coverage You Want
The amount of coverage you’re looking for on your wedding day will determine the type of package you select. If you’re dying for that epic confetti-toss exit at the end of the night, your videographer will need to stick around for a while. You might also consider whether or not you want to capture the moments leading up to the big walk as you and your partner-to-be are getting ready. John and Rachel Dewberry of Dewberry Cinema have found a passion for working together to create beautiful videos. Their team specializes in music-video style highlight reels that you’ll want to watch again and again!
THREE // Think About the Entire Wedding Weekend
Including your rehearsal dinner may be more important than you may think. Most times, a rehearsal dinner will include a few heart-felt toasts that you won’t want to skip out on when it comes to your wedding video. Weston Waugh of Stout Multimedia specializes in creating intimate, personal wedding videos. He finds enormous value in watching his clients smile as they view his work. If you’re interested in a fabulous experience with a more personalized touch, as opposed to working with a large company, Stout might be the perfect fit for you!
FOUR // Understand Package Details
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to establish your budget in the video department from the get-go! Wedding videographers will likely offer multiple packages for you to chose from, and you need to understand how much requests, like staying overtime, will cost you. Also, if you’re only wanting to capture the ceremony, you might not necessarily need the initially proposed film package that will cost you your first born child. Ben and Connor Ripperton of Ripperton Films have a passion for storytelling. They believe their couples have the greatest story to tell, and through cinematography, they’re able to tell a couple’s unique love story in a way that can be passed down for generations.
FIVE // How They Capture Sound
Let’s be real. We’ve all been subjected to attending a wedding where an obnoxious videographer is shoving a boom-mic in the faces of the bride and groom. You’ll want to make sure that your videographer’s style of capturing sound is subtle, yet affective. Pen Weddings believes that you have personality, and your wedding film should too. Their work combines documentary and cinematic styles. It’s their passion to create emotionally engaging wedding films that capture the moments you missed, and the ones you never want to forget.
SIX // Style
No wedding video is the same, and going in with a knowledge of the type of style you want is probably the most important aspect of choosing your videographer. Sure, there is a very special talent that comes along with capturing your precious moments, but the way the footage is combined and your story is told carries the most weight. Styles range from documentary, to storytelling, to short form and many more. Atria Creative is a small team of friends who have been shooting photo and video together since 2008. They love the variety that comes with shooting weddings: the backyard DIY potluck wedding excites them every bit as much as the diamond studded gala wedding.
Featured Image // Ripperton Films