13 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer
Updated: Sep 29, 2022
Hello, my name is Ariana and I'm the owner of Everness Films, a Vancouver-based wedding videography service.
Choosing a videographer for your wedding can feel a little intimidating. There are a million other things you need to worry about and some of the jargon makes it a little hard to understand.
These questions should help you choose the real deal. Before hiring your wedding videographer, make sure to ask these questions.
1. Why do you film weddings?
This is a great question to figure out if the business you're looking at is in it for the passion or not.
2. What are your favourite parts of your job?
Some videographers love shooting, some love directing, and some come alive in the editing room. It's nice to know what makes your videographer tick.
3. Describe to me a time when you overcame a challenge at a wedding?
Weddings rarely go 100% to schedule. Mistakes get made, things get lost, gear gets damaged, it's best to just expect the unexpected. With this being said, how does your videographer react to times of stress?
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
Make sure that you resonate with the artistic style of your videographer. Also, make sure you’re on the same page regarding the final film format (romantic and slow vs upbeat and fun).
5. Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
Usually, videographers will have a list of their favourite vendors from past weddings. If you’re struggling to find a certain vendor, don’t hesitate to ask.
6. How will you coordinate with my photographer?
Photographers & videographers both have one common objective; to capture your day as accurately & beautifully as possible. A big part of my philosophy is that creatives are meant to work as a team, so I always make sure to reach out to a photographer I haven't worked with before prior to the wedding!
7. What are your package options?
Every videographer should have at least three packages along with a list of “add-ons” that you can purchase to customize your package. Although, sometimes it may be cheaper to just purchase the higher-tiered package.
8. Will there be a second shooter at my wedding?
Although it is not necessary, it is usually recommended that a second shooter shows up. The second shooter not only acts as an assistant throughout the day but also as a backup in case something happens to your lead videographer last minute.
9. Do you include audio clips in the final product?
Most videographers include audio, but always make sure before you sign the dotted line.
10. What type of music do you use?
Licensed music is the only correct answer! In Canada, the cost of licensing a popular song will cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. The way to get around that is by licensing music from music-sharing platforms. Your videographer essentially purchases this music for a lot cheaper than pop songs would cost. Fortunately, pop songs tend to age quicker (and less gracefully) so this may be a blessing in disguise.
11. How does payment work?
Is it a lump-sum payment? Can you create a payment plan?
12. What if something happens to my videographer?
Your videographer should always have a contingency plan outlined in their contract.
13. Can I view a sample contract?
A contract should be able to answer all of your questions and more. It is good practice to read through the entirety of any contract you sign & make sure to ask questions.
Our Final Advice?
Go with a videographer who resonates the most with your heart & values. Obviously, they should also have amazing work but choosing someone you're comfortable around is crucial. These people will be with you the entire day, alongside your photographer. You want someone who will put you at ease. Read our blog post about how to choose the right videographer for you.
Did someone say Vancouver-based Wedding Videographer?
Hey, I’m Ariana, the lead videographer & owner of Everness Films, a Vancouver, BC-based wedding videography service.
I started my videography journey when I was just ten years old. Some may say it was a calling that I was unable to ignore.
A decade and a half later, here I am getting to capture couples on one of the most beautiful days of their life.
My ultimate goal is to create a film for you to hold onto forever & I want this film to be a perfect representation of who you were at the moment you got married.