20 Questions to Ask Your Videographer Before You Book
You've decided on your wedding videography style and researched some pros in the area. What's next? Interviewing your candidates. To help you get started, we've compiled a list of 10 questions to ask your wedding videographer before hiring them so that you can find your best match.
We recommend having a professional wedding videographer at your nuptials so they can document the candid moments that your photographer otherwise might miss. Your videographer will need to be around for the duration of the wedding, so make sure that you feel completely comfortable working with them. The best way to ensure that is by thoroughly vetting them, which is why we share 10 questions to ask your wedding videographer—before you commit.
1. Are you available on our wedding date?
Why You Want to Know: It may seem obvious, but before meeting with a videographer, be sure to ask about their availability on your chosen wedding date. If you're looking at a solo videographer and they're booked on your big day, that's a deal breaker.
2. How long have you been filming weddings? How many do you do per year?
Why You Want to Know: For years to come, you'll look at this video to remember all your favorite things from your big day, so you want someone who will catch every detail. Hiring an experienced videographer is one of the best ways to ensure that happens.
3. Are there any other wedding vendors in the area you love to work with?
Why You Want to Know: Good videographers in this industry tend to be pretty well connected. And, if they've worked well with someone in the past (like a photographer), you may want to hire that person too. It's also a good idea to check to see if they're members of any industry associations or if they've won any recent awards.
4. How would you describe your video style?
Why You Want to Know: This is one of the most important questions to ask your wedding videographer. Not only do you want to get a sense of the style your videographer uses (cinematic, documentary, vintage, etc.), but you also want to make sure their version of the style aligns with yours. If you want a romantic video, and you and your videographer don't have the same idea of what that means, you could end up paying for a video you don't really like. Asking for samples of their work will give you a sense of how professional your videographer is and the kind of work they do.
5. What input do you want from us, and what do you prefer to have final say on?
Why You Want to Know: Many videographers view each piece they create as an artistic endeavor, not just the story of your wedding day—so they have a specific vision in mind that could be at odds with yours (you might want a particular song in the video, for example, while they might be against using it). If you trust your videographer completely, this shouldn't be a problem. But if you have a certain idea of what you want in your wedding video, you may want to talk that over with them before you sign the dotted line.
6. How does your pricing work?
Why You Want to Know: Videographers typically charge a flat rate based on an amount of time. Others offer preset packages that also include other pieces, like a same-day edit or an extra shooter. Even if you're just buying a standard package, it's important to run through what's included. And if there's something you're hoping for—be it a short trailer to share with family or a hard drive with all of the raw footage—ask about it and get any agreements in writing.
7. How many hours of filming does your package include?
Why You Want to Know: A wedding videographer's packages likely include a certain number of hours of filming on your wedding day, anywhere from four to an unlimited number of hours, The more time your videographer spends filming your wedding, the more you'll pay, so you'll want to make sure that the amount of time and cost aligns with your needs and budget.
8. Have you ever worked with my wedding photographer?
Why You Want to Know: The photographer and videographer will have to work closely throughout your event to capture all of your moments in the best way possible. If they've worked together before, they'll most likely collaborate well again. If they've never worked together before, that's okay, but it's important they have a chance to meet beforehand to talk about the format and how they want to get it all shot.
9. Have you shot at my ceremony or reception venue before?
Why You Want to Know: Most videographers know how to find the lighting and angles in a given room. But if they've had a client at your wedding venue before, it will come very naturally to them. They'll already know where to set up the tripod or the best angle during your first dance.
10. Will you be shooting any other weddings the same day or weekend?
Why You Want to Know: If your videographer has several events to shoot on your wedding day, you'll want to be sure they have time for your wedding. Ideally, you'll have your videographer for the entire day, but big studios often schedule and manage multiple weddings per weekend. So in some cases, the person whom you speak with when signing your contract won't actually be the one shooting your wedding. If that's the situation, schedule a meeting with the assigned videographer to make sure their style meshes with yours.
11. What does your camera and lighting/sound equipment look like?
Why You Want to Know: Gone are the days of massive camcorders and intrusive lighting pieces. Most videographers get the job done with a camera no bigger than your photographer's. Ask about it either way so you know what to expect. Another good thing to see? The microphone they would use for your wedding ceremony—will it be a handheld or a clip-on?
12. Will you be the one filming on our wedding day?
Why You Want to Know: This is a particularly important question if you're interviewing a videography company who employs lots of pros. You'll want to make sure that the person you're speaking to will be the one who will actually film your wedding—or that you can meet that person before signing on the dotted line. It's essential to hire a videographer that you and your partner actually get along with, as they'll be at your side for most of your wedding day.
13. Will there be a second shooter, a stationary camera or any other backup cameras for our wedding?
Why You Want to Know: Without a second shooter or any other backup, it may be difficult or nearly impossible for your videographer to capture every moment on camera. Many times, a second shooter comes with the videography package, but just in case, it's good to ask.
14. What is your cancellation policy?
Why You Want to Know: This is a question that many couples forget to ask, but, especially in the wake of the COVID pandemic, it's an essential one. What happens if you need to cancel or reschedule your wedding? Is there a cancellation or postponement fee, and if so, how much is it?
15. Do you use drones?
Why You Want to Know: Drones are a relatively new trend in wedding photography and videography. These mini-helicopters can provide breathtaking aerial footage of your big day, but they do require training to operate. Ask your videographer about their experience with drones, if they think they'd be able to use one at your venue, and how much it would cost. They should also have special insurance in case of an accident.
16. How will you choose music for our wedding video?
Why You Want to Know: Music can really set the tone for your wedding day—and your wedding video! But when it comes to using popular music in a wedding film, things get a bit tricky. Because popular songs tend to be copyrighted, it can cost a lot of money to use them in a wedding video—and if you use music that's not properly licensed and post your video on social media, the video can be taken down and you and your videographer can be fined. Many wedding videographers use licensing services to help them access music selections for your video.
17. Can you explain how your editing process works?
Why You Want to Know: As you learn more about a videographer's style, you'll also want to ask about their editing process. How does the videographer take all of the footage they gather on your wedding day and splice it together into a short video (usually three to five minutes for a highlights reel and 20 to 30 minutes for a full wedding film)? Do they use live audio or mostly music? You should also check out plenty of examples of a videographer's work—both highlights videos and full wedding films.
18. What's your usual turnaround time?
Why You Want to Know: Editing a wedding video takes time, especially during the busy season. Most wedding videographers take about three months to complete their final film, but it can be longer or shorter than that depending on the videographer's staffing and schedule. It's important to ask this question to set expectations.
19. How will the final product be delivered?
Why You Want to Know: Your final video should be presented to you as a digital file, which will make it easy to watch and share with loved ones.
20. Are you open to edits/feedback from us?
Why You Want to Know: Many wedding videographers will provide you with a rough cut of your video so you can provide edits and feedback before the final film is produced. Talk to your videographer about how the feedback process works, and if additional rounds of edits are included in your package.