7 Questions You NEED To Ask Your Wedding Videographer— 2019/2020 Weddings

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1) WE ALREADY have a photographer. should we still invest in a video?

Organizations that have experience in storytelling and capturing memories should understand the sensitivity and importance of preserving and capturing your special day. On one of the most important days of your lives’, you must justify whether its worth spending a couple thousand dollars to have a living breathing video. Is it worth the additional cost to have something to share with generations to come?
A well done video should give you chills— enabling you to relive the candid moments of your glorious day in real time and giving you a full spectrum of emotions every time you click play.

So, the question then becomes why do we put photography on a pedestal?
It’s because photography is beautiful. Photography captures us (when done right) at our highest highs, or lowest lows and shows the raw emotion from that particular moment. Think about a decision, experience, vacation, purchase or victory you’ve had in the past….. Really think about that particular memory. What makes it special to you? How does it make you feel? Why does it make you feel this way? Emotion. We are emotional creatures. Emotion drives everything. We’re impulsive. We care with so much intention. We cry… oh boy do we cry. And we love. My gosh do we love deeply.

Emotion is at the pinnacle of everything we do. It’s the driving force behind our purchases. Emotion is behind expression, education, empowerment and decision making. It’s why we choose to spend the rest of our lives with our significant other. The way something makes us feel is EVERYTHING. Imagine life without emotion for a second. It’s pretty desolate. The best events, memories and experiences in life all come back to one thing; the way it makes us feel. Video is about capturing a moment. GREAT video is about capturing and preserving a lifetime of emotion. Video should tell your unique story in a way that spotlights your love for your significant other, makes you cry, laugh and feel whole. It should bring back the tears of joy, the memories of arguing with Mom over the price of your dress and the napkins, and the joy you received after smashing cake into the face of your new husband (or wife).


From our personal experience, videography is something that is cherished and sacred to the families that invest in it. We often receive messages of gratitude from past clients who had lost family members, but their memory lives on through video. While no longer here in physical body, one family was able to relive the memories of Grandpa moon-walking across the dance floor. A son was able to listen to his Father tell him how much he loved him, even after he had passed.

We think videography is worth every penny, but ultimately the decision is now in your hands.

3) what should i be asking to ensure i am getting the highest quality video and trained videographers?

Here are a few questions to ask your videographer in regards to the quality, along with explanations on why these questions matter.

  1. What type of camera is best for shooting weddings?

    • We will spare you the technical jargon and just give you the details to ensure you get the highest quality video.
      DSLR cameras are great and they are very common in the wedding industry. The majority of photographers/videographers are utilizing DSLR Cameras including Nikon, Sony and Canon. A few years back, high quality cinema cameras were nearly unaffordable unless you were working on a Hollywood budget film. Now that high quality cinema cameras are becoming more main stream, we highly recommend you book a video company that has access to Cinema Cameras. Cinema Cameras are also able to shoot up to 120+ FPS (frames per second) allowing for true slow motion without motion blur and choppiness. That means Dad’s moves look even smoother on camera than on the dance floor.

    • A few companies that make high quality cinema cameras include: Sony, Arri, Black Magic, RED, Panasonic and Canon. We find the Sony A7S2 and RED Scarlet W 5K make for a beautiful pair. The Sony A7S2 does exceptionally well in low light.

    • If you have multiple videographers make sure they’re shooting on the exact same cameras OR shooting in LOG.
      What is LOG? All cameras have a different color temperature and the look will slightly differ. In other words, each camera has its own color personality. Shooting in LOG allows your editor to color match each camera PRECISELY to another. What that means—-you can have multiple videographers capturing different elements of your event and make the footage look identical as if your wedding was shot on one camera.

  2. Will you need LED lighting for your cameras to operate in low lighting?

    • As important as the type of camera is the glass your videographer is using. The higher the quality the lens (glass) your videographer has paired with their camera, the better and more crisp the images. Most high quality cinema cameras are NOT designed with nighttime and low-lighting shoots in mind. That being said, it can be challenging to find a videography company that does not require forced lighting.

    • A videographer that requires bright LED lighting throughout your venue and mounted on their camera is intrusive and takes away from the overall ambiance. Working with a videography company that invests in high end cameras and glass will likely eliminate the need for LED lighting at your wedding.

      Aim for better cameras.

      Aim for better lenses (glass).

      Aim for more experienced videographers.

      These major details are worth the extra money.

  3. Are you able to export in 4k or 5k?

    • 720p and 1080p will eventually become obsolete. If your videographer cannot export in 4k look elsewhere.

  4. How many video projects do you shoot per year?

    • The more projects, the more experience! Videographers typically book 6-8 months ahead of time. Find your preferred videographer and plan to book them right after your venue, photographer and entertainment.

  5. What videos do you work on outside of weddings?

    • When you’re only seeing things through one lens (no pun intended) sometimes your perspective and creativity becomes jaded. Look to videography companies that have experience in shooting videos outside of weddings. This will ensure you work with a well-rounded videography company that doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all mentality and portfolio.

4) how long are your wedding videos? is raw footage included?

  • Most wedding highlight videos range from 3-7 minutes. Once filming is completed, some videographers will offer to send over raw footage (unedited) to preview before editing begins. You’ll most likely never watch 5+ hours of unedited raw video. If raw footage will cost you extra (which it often will), we recommend investing in an additional longer video. Instead of paying for raw video, ask for two videos. One highlight video 3-7 minutes long and a second (longer) 30-60 minute video that captures your entire day in more detail.

5) Can we choose our own music?

  • You should be able to, yes. To some, this is an important element. However, may we suggest you do not choose your own music. Each video has a unique feel and story. An experienced videographer will choose music that fits your theme and love story. Most videographers pay to access a database of license free songs. This allows you to share without worrying about upsetting a producer, record label or agent.

    If you choose to use licensed music by popular artists, sharing on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms is often flagged and deleted.

  • Videographers put a lot of pride and joy into their artwork and love to showcase the quality of their end-product. Just because KE$HA’S-”TIK TOK” is your favorite song does not mean it belongs in your video. Your video company will have a knack for what belongs and what does not.

6) How many events have you shot? WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?

  • You should make sure that your videographer has captured other high-stress events that are time sensitive. Too many times have we heard the horror story of working with a family friend, a journalism major in his third year of college that has no real world experience. It takes preparation and practice to manage flow, timeline, and all of the important aspects of a wedding. Capturing a wedding requires intense concentration, experience and knowing where to be, when. Further, it takes a pro to manage all of that and edit in a timely fashion. There is no do-over. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture your special moment. Plan to work with an experienced videographer and don’t try to cut corners to save money.

  • Expect your turn around time to be within 60 days. If its more than that, might we suggest looking elsewhere. Your wedding videography company might make you pay more for an expedited edit if your request is same day / same week.


  • Increasingly popular is playing an introductory video - to be shown on screens at your venue before the official welcome of the new couple. This video can showcase the proposal video / pictures, and any memories of you and your significant other from before your wedding day. These videos typically range from 60-120 seconds. Ask your videographer how much they would charge to edit this if you provide the footage. These videos are a cute way to spotlight your love before your grand entrance.

11 Questions to Ask Your Wedding DJ


1. How far in advance should we book entertainment?

  • First and foremost make sure they have your date available!
  • Most couples start booking 9-12 months before their wedding. Obviously your venue should be the first on your list, but quality DJs tend to book up, so give yourself enough time to research.

2. How many weddings have you done?

  • You'll want someone with quite a bit experience.  While working with a friend of a friend might seem more cost effective, it could end up costing you more in the long run. It's probably not a great idea to use Uncle Joe and his Ipod playlist for your special day.
  • Going with a larger entertainment company could really save you some stress. We've heard horror stories of friends-of-friends DJ's canceling within days of a wedding and the bride and groom must frantically search for a replacement. 

3. Do you offer other services such as lighting design & decor, videography, or photo booth?

  • The average wedding couple deals with 12 vendors. What if one company could be your Event Planner and handle everything from your Venue, DJ, Band, Caterer, Decor & Design, Photographer, Videographer, Photo Booth, Florists, Dessert Options, Bar Services, etc? Those are the type of organizations you'll want to work with for a stress-free wedding day. If you aren't already on the knot it's a great resource for planning. 

4. Have you done parties at my ceremony/reception location before? If not, will you check out the power and best location to set up beforehand?

  • Your vendors should always plan a site visit with you. While most venues have ample power, making sure your floor plan is thoughtfully planned out will ensure vendors have the access to power they need. Don't leave anything to chance on your wedding day. 

5. How do you motivate a shy crowd to get on the dance floor?

  • There's nothing that motivates a shy crowd to get on the dance floor more than the bride and groom themselves getting on the dance floor. If the guests are there to celebrate you, they will feed off your energy. If you have high energy entertainment, great music, and a bride and groom on the dance floor, your wedding will be an energy packed, fun experience for kids and adults alike. 
  • Consider having an MC at your event in addition to your DJ. This allows your DJ the ability to focus on music and read your crowd while your MC  makes announcements, engages and interacts with your guests. When interviewing MC's always ask about their dancing ability. A fun crowd always loves an emcee that can spin on their head!

6. Do you have liability insurance?

  • Accidents happen. Make sure you cover your a$$.

7. How extensive is your music library? Are you able to offer the genre we're looking for?


Music changes very rapidly. Your entertainment company should meet with you months prior to your wedding and then again before your wedding to make sure your music taste, timeline, and structure of your event hasn't changed. 

8. How do you handle song requests?

  • An option is to submit a poll to your guests on songs they'd like to hear on the dance floor prior to your wedding. The last thing you want is for your DJ to get distracted with guests constantly going up to the booth.

9. What sets you apart from your competition?

  • Make sure the company you go with makes your event feel special and not just another number. Ask how their company differs from others.

10. If we choose to have a "surprise choreographed wedding dance" are you able to assist us with music ideas and/or dance routine?

  • Entertainment companies may have dancers that help choreograph a fun dance for those brides and grooms wanting to show off some skills!
  • Work with a company that is able to help you plan your wedding from beginning to perfect ending.

11. What are your payment options?

  • Work with an organization that is conducive to your budget, whether that be a payment plan or quarterly installments. Find out when deposits are due and don't forget to budget in tips for certain vendors.