This is the big question. Is price the most important thing? I hope it isn't. While budget seems like the most important thing, you should think about a few other things as well!
1. What style do you like? Do the photographer and videographer have a style that resonates with you? Is their style consistent? Do they have up-to-date content of real weddings? It is important to to make sure they have these things before moving forward. Sometimes if the price is too good to be true, it is just that - too good to be true.
2. Who will be shooting your wedding? Do they have a team? Or is it one person? If it is a one person show, do they have a backup in case they get sick or there is an emergency? If it is a company with a team, does everyone look presentable and have professional vibe? Make sure you know, so you're not surprised on your wedding day. Communication is key here. We have a team that has been shooting for us for several years, so we can ensure their professionalism and their reliability. As business owners, we continue to shoot as well, as it is the reason we started our business in the first place! It also keeps our company relevant to be out on the front lines.
3. Do they have clear expectations for what you will expect on your day? For what you will receive? Ask these questions and make sure you both are on the same page. I always tell my couples they'll receive their video within 12 weeks of the wedding, but typically sooner. The week after the wedding, I send an email reminding them of this, so they know! You never want to be that person who got ghosted by their photog/videog.
4. Do you like them? Do you vibe? If you're going to give someone your business... I don't know maybe it's just me - but I want to feel excited about giving them my business. It's a big investment, so make sure you are confident in the business!
I hope this helps and enjoy our newest wedding video we filmed in San Clemente at Wedgewood.
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Nikki Lopez contributes articles about wedding videography that are funny, fun, and useful to couples as well as other videographers. She hopes to educate and inspire.