Tips On Finding The Right Wedding Videographer

As wedding season vastly approaches, many engaged couples are starting to plan out their special day. From searching venues to finding that right cake, all the little details matter. Last time I wrote about the value of hiring a videographer to capture your wedding day. Today I will be offering some helpful tips in what to look for when choosing the right videographer. 

1. Look at their portfolio/ previous works. Know what their style is like and see if it matches what you are looking for.

2. If you like what they have to offer, meet with the videographer.  Having a sit down with your videographer(s), or any vendor for that matter, is a good way to see if you both parties are compatible. It allows for each party to be comfortable around each other and build a relationship prior to the wedding. The better the relationship, the easier things will be come the day of the wedding.

3. Ask them what services or packages they offer. Each videographer will have a base packages with a certain price point attached to it. Ask in details what each package includes such as hours of coverage, how many cameras or videographers are included, what final product do you get? (documentary edit, highlight, teaser, etc) and what kind of format will you be getting them in? (digital file, dvd, blu-ray etc). Find out any extra costs or add-ons such as extra hours, video love stories, or other services that aren't in the packages. 

4. If you have a specific budget in mind, communicate that with the videographer. A lot of videographers will have packages available but if there is a specific budget the client has in mind then they can tailor it to fit their needs. Be mindful of your timelines as this is the biggest factor in how much video coverage they will charge their clients (i.e. 6 hour, 8 hours, or 10 hours).

5. Ask the videographer if they will be shooting your wedding or will it be someone else. During the busy season many studios will book more than one wedding on the same day due to high demand. If that's the case, ask if that particular videographer is available on your wedding date. Be clear on who you are expecting to film on your wedding day. Companies will disclose if it will be them or another member of the company. 

6. Be aware of the turnaround time for your video. Depending on the high volume of projects they have, make sure you are clear on how long your video will take to be completed. Some companies offer 4-8 weeks turnaround, while others may take as long as 6 months or longer. I have talked to some videographers that are a year behind! Just take this into consideration so you aren't anxiously waiting for your keepsake to be ready.



Wedding Invite - Envelope Addressing Etiquette

I know what you are thinking, what a boring topic to write about! And I agree, it is a very dull topic. But it is one topic every bride will think about before addressing away, if she decides to address her envelopes herself. This dull topic is not taught in school (thank goodness right? We would all be napping 5 minutes in) but there is some etiquette that is helpful to know. This particular niche of information can be difficult to search for or find someone who knows the rules. So... for our blog readers I will be quick and to the point and hopefully be a good reference tool for you when the time comes. 

Now this is for addressing the out envelope only. I won't be discussing invitation wording, not in this blog post anyway. Stay tuned as I may go into detail about that on another date. 

  • Spell out street, drive, avenue, ect. 
  • Spell out unit, suite, apartment, ect. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. are abbreviated
  • Spell out doctor, judge, military officers, ect. 
  • If one member of the couple has a title and the other doesn't, the one with the title is listed first 
  • Names of married couples are on the same line
  • Unmarried couples are on two separate lines with the person you know best first
  • If you know both equally well, ladies first! Same sex couple? Alphabetical order
  • Family? Couples names on outer envelope and all parties can be listed on the inner envelope. List oldest sibling to youngest sibling. Not using inner envelopes? Simply write: Couples name and family 
  • Avoid inviting "and guest" if you can. Write in guests name 
  • Write your return address on the back flap of the envelope, not the upper left corner
  • Buy wedding postage from your local post office when mailing invitations and for the return RSVP envelope

That wasn't so bad was it? Just a few simple rules and we are done with this topic. Now, with these key steps in mind you are going to impress all your friends and family with your killer official wedding address etiquette. Happy addressing! 

- Delisa