By Marissa McCormick and Faith Anderson with Richmond Weddings™

Having a videographer at your wedding has become a MUST, and for good reason! While your photographer will capture precious still moments, your videographer is the only vendor that will transport you right back to your big day. Gone are the days where you watch your video filmed by your uncle on a VHS player. Wedding videos nowadays are cinematic masterpieces that look more like movie trailers than what you’re probably used to. But without the right prior knowledge, your video might not turn out exactly like you’d like it to. We’re here to help!

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Paige Stevens Photography

MAKE SURE YOUR PERSONALITIES MATCH
When meeting with a potential videographer, it’s important to make sure you all click. Even more so than photography, it’s easy to freeze up in front of a video camera. By having a videographer that you connect with, it won’t feel so awkward. You and your sweetheart will feel like you’re with an old friend that happens to be filming you on the biggest day of your life!

MAKE VIDEOGRAPHY A PRIORITY
When looking at your initial wedding budget, be sure to include a videographer! Just like your photographer, your videographer should be one of the first things you lockdown.

DO YOUR RESEARCH
Look up wedding videos online to find a style that matches what you are thinking. Maybe you want something very cinematic with slow-motion shots, or maybe you’d rather have a film video, catering more towards the indie bride. Either way, there are thousands of wedding videos out there to help you narrow down your search. Plus, once you find your style, you’ll be able to accurately tell your videographer what kind of feel you’re going for.

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Emily Bartell Photography

ASK AROUND
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find potential vendors. Did your best friend have an amazing video? Send her a Facebook message and ask how her experience was. Chances are it will be amazing, and you’ll have real-life evidence of the vendor’s quality!

INCLUDE THEM IN TIMELINE PLANNING
Just like photographers, videographers will need some shooting time during your big day. Be sure to include them in all your timeline discussions with your planner. And be sure to connect your videographer and photographer! Together they can put together a timeline to make sure each of them gets the shots they want without getting in each other’s way.

When considering your videographer, it’s important to remember why you wanted one in the first place…to capture and remember the biggest day of your life.

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Nicole Adele Photography

LET THEM DO THEIR MAGIC
With all your prior research, it’s easy to think that you know the best shots and what exactly you want out of your video. But remember, they are professionals for a reason! Be open and flexible with their requests, because at the end of the day you know that the end result will be amazing!

When considering your videographer, it’s important to remember why you wanted one in the first place…to capture and remember the biggest day of your life. Not only will you be able to relive some of the moments, but you’ll also be able to hear your vows, or see the way your groom looked at you as you walked down the aisle. 25 years from now you’ll cherish looking back on these memories and stepping back in time to that glorious day.