Bride and groom with purple wedding bouquet
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Almost every couple plans to work with a wedding photographer, but many couples overlook the idea of a wedding videographer. But what could be better than have a personalized video capturing every moment of your celebration? Jump on the latest trend and hire a videographer whose work you love. Much like your other wedding vendors, you'll want to take the time to research your options before booking him or her. Here's what to ask as you narrow down your choices to the perfect wedding videographer.

How much is the deposit?

Don't assume that the quoted package prices include a deposit. You'll want to make sure that you secure your spot on the videographer's calendar by sending in your deposit on time.

Will you have one videographer or two at the ceremony and reception?

While one videographer can get a great product during your ceremony and reception, many couples opt to have at least 2 cameras rolling to maximize the angles and footage. The second videographer usually comes at an additional price, so you'll have to weigh if the additional coverage is worth the cost of another person.

How many DVDs come with your packages?

Always ask about exactly what comes in the packages and ensure that those details make it into your finalized contract. You'll want to negotiate at least one DVD in the price, but consider asking about the cost of the additional DVDs. You know that your parents and in-laws will want a copy of those precious moments, too.

How long after the wedding will I have my final video?

Quality videos take time, but you'll want to make sure you've got the final product long before your first anniversary. Understanding the videographer's timeline upfront will ensure that there's no tension later when the video is not done the moment you return from your honeymoon.

Do I have any input on the type of music used in the final video?

If you love the Beatles, but your videographer exclusively uses classical music in his or her videos, you aren't going to be 100% happy with the results. Make sure you're given choices to ensure everyone loves the final product.

How many hours of coverage is included in each package?

If you're looking to cut costs, you could negotiate a lower rate for just the ceremony and an hour or two of the reception. However, that would mean you wouldn't get any of the fun dressing shots pre-ceremony or the full range of activities in the reception (like your Grandma doing the Macarena).

What kind of backups do you have in place to preserve the raw footage?

In the off chance that something goes wrong with the videographer's computer during the editing process, you'll want to be assured that your footage is held somewhere safe. Ask how often he or she backs up the footage on a hard drive, and if he or she uses a cloud-based back-up system for extra safety and security.

What style of camera work do you gravitate towards?

Some videographers prefer a documentary-style approach, where they shoot everything in real time as it happens. Others prefer to include interviews from family and friends interspersed with non-linear shots from throughout the day. You'll want to make sure that the videographer's style meshes well with what you've envisioned for your special video.

Can I speak with some previous customers?

This is the best way to get an honest review of the videographer. You can speak with previous customers about the videographer's professionalism, punctuality, and timeliness of the final delivery.

Will I be able to cancel?

Just in case something unforeseen happens between the moment you sign your contract and the date of your wedding, you'll want to know what the penalties are for cancellation. Inquire about the cancellation procedure, the costs incurred if you cancel, and if you get your deposit back.

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