Your Questions Answered
We're thinking about having a friend capture our wedding day. Why should we choose a professional wedding videographer?
Hopefully, this advice will save you heartbreak in the future. The biggest mistake you can make at this stage is leaving the job of a professional wedding videographer in the hands of a friend or relative. Chances are you wouldn’t leave your wedding photographs up to uncle Frank to take (unless, of course, he’s a photographer). If you want a stirring and elegant film of one of the most important days of your life, then choose a professional to capture it for you…
Be very wary of some photographers offering “the video” for a terribly low price in addition to your photographs. You’ll more than likely get what you pay for in this situation. It’s a pity than even today so many people, including other wedding professionals, still undervalue wedding films. I specialize in wedding films only. From experience, I would advise you to hire a photographer and a videographer who work separately — when one studio or person provides both services, one of the services usually drastically suffers as a result, as it’s just an after-thought, or the additional service is used merely for extra income.
If you’re looking for something quick and the best price around, then Bride & Groom Films is probably not for you. However, if you’re looking for peace of mind on your wedding day, and to know that you will have a beautiful wedding film to share with your partner and your families and friends for the rest of your lives – then you’ve come to the right place.
We're concerned about the videographer being distracting.
Richard’s job is to capture the flavors and emotions of the day as they happen and not to direct people, or make them pose or kiss, or take over the proceedings. It is a documentary style approach, with the end result being a mixture of documentary and cinematic styles. Couples are sometimes stunned by what Richard was able to capture, given his discreet, documentary style and manner, and most of the time they forget that he is even there. Richard comes dressed for the occasion so it’s easier for him to blend in and not be distracting.
We’re also aware that you want your guests to have a great day too, without being annoyed by having a camera “in their face”, as some put it. Richard utilizes HD-DSLR cameras and lenses. These are small and compact cameras, and have the appearance of still photography cameras (in fact, a HD-DSLR camera is a still photography camera too). Due to the size and appearance of the body of the camera, it’s not intimidating to people who are shy or self-conscious, and usually people are totally unaware of Richard “floating about” in the background, filming the day inconspicuously.
The trick, or dare we say the “art”, is to shoot your day in a fly-on-the wall reportage/documentary style, but then fashion a cinematic wedding film from that. The shots may look staged, but they aren’t – and that’s part of the event filmmaking skill required. Richard has a talent e for capturing natural, candid, raw emotions.
The goal is for everyone – particularly the bride and groom – to just relax and enjoy the day as if there weren’t even any cameras around.
What is a wedding video portfolio?
Are you going to have a DVD player in ten or twenty years? DVDs are not capable of displaying HD video, only a degraded Standard Definition image. It makes no sense to film and edit your wedding video in HD, and then for you to view a degraded DVD image. Formats change over time — this option is literally forever in the best quality possible. And it comes as standard with whichever package you book. See some examples.
One or both of us are well known and we would like you to sign an NDA to guard our privacy. Is this possible?
What should we base our decision on when choosing a videographer?
Can we have some sort of creative input into how our wedding film is made?
I don't know all the details of my wedding yet. Is it still okay to book?
How can we check Richard's availability and book?
Do you use good equipment?
Can you hold a date for me while I decide if I would like to book?
How do I pay?
Do you use wireless microphones?
Will you be using lights?
A light is never used in a church. Richard’s aim is to make your wedding film the best it can look, but also understands that a couple might be hesitant about “big bright lights”. The use of a small on-camera light always goes unnoticed, and when you sit down to watch your wedding video you will be amazed at the image quality. Richard shoots with the best of low-light cameras, but remember, “low-light” doesn’t necessarily mean “no-light”. All equipment used is small, discrete, compact and very mobile. There are no cables running along the floor, or lights on stands needed.
Will you bring any assistants with you on the day?
Do you film the entire ceremony?
Will you have back-up equipment in case something goes wrong?
Is it necessary to book a second videographer?
It may just be a matter of an individual videographer’s preferred shooting style. I shot weddings with other wedding videographers early in my career, and I feel that a second shooter slows me down. I work much better and faster alone. If I felt that the addition of a second wedding videographer would make better wedding videos — I’d do that.
If you feel you need a second videographer, that option is always there for you – we can talk about it and explore it further. However, I use a second camera, if appropriate, necessary and possible, at certain parts of your wedding day (like during the ceremony/speeches/dancing).
If we book you, who actually films and edits our wedding video?
What will be the running time/duration of our wedding video?
You can never tell what the running time of a wedding video will be until the editing is finished. You and I have no idea how long your ceremony or speeches will be, or how long the dancing and other elements of your day will be. Some wedding videos are one hour in length, while others can be 1 hour and 30 mins to 2 hours, or even longer. It depends on a various factors. Typically, our feature length films are 90 – 120 minutes, and the short film is 4 – 8 minutes in duration.
The emphasis is on providing you with a tightly constructed work, that you will be happy to watch again and again (and proud to show to others), without having to ‘fast-forward’ through hours of unedited footage to get to the part you want to see. One of our brides said in her e-mail to us: “Just love the way you captured the days best bits without intruding on people, and kept the video short and to the point.” When it comes to wedding films, less is more (more often than not), and it will serve you better upon viewing.
So the answer is “It will be as long as it needs to be.” It’s totally not the case that you’re getting more value for money by getting a longer wedding film – if anything, it’s more than likely the opposite!
Where are you based and do you travel to film weddings?
Do you charge a travel fee?
How will you interact with our guests on our wedding day?
Is filming the bride and groom's preparations included in the price?
What will our wedding DVDs and/or Blu-rays be like?
Your wedding DVDs and/or Blu-ray discs will be professionally authored and created. The discs are personalized to include the names of the couple and the date of the wedding day, and are branded with our imagery. Your discs are presented in a slick ‘Bride & Groom Films’ presentation box.
The DVDs are fully chaptered, allowing you to skip back and forth to key moments from the day.
For your ease of navigation, we have foregone the traditional menus found on DVDs and Blu-rays and have instead opted for an easy navigation system that allows you to navigate to wherever you want to go very fast. A chapter marker is set for every two minutes.
We recommend moving away from discs entirely. As standard, we provide our couples with their FULL wedding video, in HD, on their own custom online wedding video portfolio. It’s also possible to download your edit(s) in HD. You can also upgrade to 4K if you like.
Can we purchase additional copies of our wedding film?
Do you shoot in HD?
Do you shoot civil partnership weddings?
How long will it take for us to receive our wedding film?
We want our wedding video to be extra special. What can you recommend?
Do we need to provide a meal for the videographer?
It would be very much appreciated if you could tell your contact at your hotel that there will be a videographer present for the evening (this is so Richard will be able to get fed as quickly as possible). A lot of wedding venues are already accustomed to providing a meal to the wedding videographer when you are being served your meal.