Understanding wedding video packages

When you’re looking for a wedding videographer the quotes you receive can vary dramatically, so it can be difficult to know what is reasonable. Many videographers put together standard packages so you have a clearer idea of what you are getting. Here are some of the elements that might be included in wedding video packages.

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The duration of filming

Find out which parts of the wedding your videographer will attend. Will they shoot some footage of the bride getting ready, or the groom arriving with his best man, as well as the ceremony and the reception? How long will the videographer stay at the reception; will they still be there for big moments like the speeches and the first dance?

In theory, the more coverage you get the more entertaining and varied the edited version of your wedding video will end up being. The majority of wedding packages include a specific number of hours of coverage, typically ranging from four to twelve hours.

Optional wedding video extras

For an extra cost you may be able to add extras to your wedding video package. This might include having a videographer present late into the evening to shoot footage of the whole reception, or having two cameras present to capture those special events from different angles and perspectives. You can also include extra copies of the DVD, perhaps with special covers to give to family and friends as presents.

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The video editing process

Videographers will get the footage of the wedding and edit it into a compact film, typically with a soundtrack. Find out how much of a say you will have with the final edit of your wedding video. Will you be able to pick the music for the soundtrack, and are you allowed to influence the balance between documentary style shots and reportage?

Check how long the edited version will be. Standard packages generally come with a final edit of between two and three hours. Wedding video packages might also come with a shorter highlights sequence of perhaps ten to fifteen minutes. This can be your wedding video trailer, and many couples are now selecting to post this online for guests to view after the event.

The wedding DVD

Your wedding DVD should come with professional menus and scene selection, and a number of videographers professional DVD covers and labels. Some packages include a two disc box set, one with the edited video and one that has a short highlights sequence. Some box sets even come with a third disc with all the footage shot by the videographer so you don’t miss a thing.

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