Philadelphia Videographers Guide

Finding the Perfect Philly Filmmaker for Your Wedding

Your Philadelphia Wedding Story could take place among the historic sites that define our country, in a stately mansion, or in a five-star knockout hotel. Whatever you decide, you want to get all that chic glamour on film. Finding the right videographer for your Philadelphia wedding is a matter of searching for the outfit that suits your needs. Read on for free tips.

Start searching for your Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia wedding videographer will cover your big day in discreet fashion, so as not to get in your way. 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 three hours of film. The second type is more like a motion picture, with heavy editing and more “direction,” and a finished product that’s usually 30 to 60 minutes in length.

When you’re ready to start interviewing Philadelphia videographers, visit the Philadelphia Local Vendor Section for a great list of the best Philadelphia filmmakers.

When talking to Philadelphia wedding videographers, ask to see a few DVDs to get a feel for their overall style. Find out what type of videography he prefers, and go over whether you want color or black and white or both. There are many extras videographers can provide, like maintaining a montage of “love story” clips 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. Always 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 difficult to look relaxed if you don’t like the guy who’s got a camera focused on you.

-David Toussaint

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