Houston Videographers Guide

Finding a Filmmaker for Your South Texas Wedding

Anyone who thinks Houston takes a backseat to other Texas cities has obviously never been to a Houston wedding! Houston doesn’t have the name recognition of Dallas or the academic affiliation of Austin, but it’s got love in big, big spades. For your Houston wedding, you want to capture the whole thing in one hot marriage movie. Finding the perfect videographer for your affair is a matter of narrowing down your choices. Read on for sizzling tips.

Start searching for your Houston videographer about 9 months’ prior to your big day, and after you’ve picked the site. When looking, ask friends and relatives, as well as other vendors. Prices vary tremendously, depending on the style and size of your wedding, and the type of film you want. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000.

Unlike photographers, who rely on posed shots and periodic candids, videographers film almost continuously. A good Houston wedding videographer will cover your big day discreetly, so you’re not constantly aware of his presence. Many churches, however, forbid filming during the ceremony (as do some reception sites), so check ahead to avoid surprises.

Before you start interviewing, you should know that there are two general types of wedding videography: Photojournalistic (“documentary”) and Cinematic. The first style presents your day in news-like fashion, with an un-edited look that can translate to 3 hours of film. The second type is more like a motion picture, with heavy editing and a finished product that’s 30 to 60 minutes long.

When you’re ready to start interviewing Houston videographers, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Houston & East Texas Local Vendor Section for a great list of the best Houston wedding filmmakers.

When talking to Houston wedding videographers, ask to see a few DVDs to get a feel for their overall style. Find out their videography preference, and go over whether you want color or black and white or both. There are many extras videographers can provide, like creating a “love story” montage from your courtship, piecing together clips from pre-wedding parties, even airing the ceremony at your reception site. What you purchase depends on your personal style and budget. Get references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

Before signing the contract, make sure the guy you interview is the same one who shows up at your ceremony. Find out if you’ll be charged by the hour or the day, and how intrusive the cameras will be. All extras must be specified, so you don’t get charged for something you assumed was free. Finally, make sure you’re comfortable with the person you hire. He’s going to be a “guest” at your wedding, and it’s going to be difficult looking relaxed if you don’t like the guy who’s got a camera focused on you.

-David Toussaint

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