Many couples have the dilemma of whether or not to do a First Look on the day of their wedding. I am actually a great person to ask because I don’t have a dog in this fight. You will definitely have an incredible film whether you do one or not. However I have some thoughts on it for sure… Let me break it down for you…

First Lets Start With What Is A First Look…

A First Look is when you see your soon to be spouse before the actual wedding ceremony. Your Photographer finds a fantastic well lit location and stages your First Look to get your reactions when you see each other for the first time. Then you spend the next hour or so taking your photos together as a couple. As the Ceremony time approaches you separate and go get ready with final touches before you greet each other down the aisle again.

Why Do A First Look

First of all it helps with your timeline. If you get your First Look done and the majority of your couples photo session done before the Ceremony it allows for you to take family photos and be done. It allows for you not to fall into a time crunch with photos.

Once the sun is going down we are chasing the light. If you don’t do a First Look we have a very limited amount of time for couples photo session. Which means we can’t move you around the property as much and be as creative because we are up against the clock and the setting sun. It truly allows your Photographer to be at their best creatively when they aren’t rushed.

First Looks are very private and emotional and make for some of the best footage from the entire day. Your Photographer and Cinematographer shoot it from a distance so it is a moment just for the two of you and it is beautiful.

First Looks get rid of some of the nerves… There is a lot of pressure to see your spouse at the end of the aisle with 100+ pairs of eyes on you. When you do a First Look you get out some of those nerves and jitters. It has a real calming effect. I promise he or she will still look as good at the end of the aisle even though you saw them just a few hours before.

Doing a First Look allows you to attend your Cocktail Hour. If you are wanting to enjoy Cocktails with your family and friends then doing a First Look allows for that. If you don’t do a First Look you will be wrapping your photos just in time for your Grand Entrance.

Check out Alexandra and Charlie’s First Look

Wedding Planner: Impact Events // Venue: The Sanctuary // Photographer: Keith + Melissa // Florist: Avant Garde Studios // Cake: A Bake Shop // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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So many of our couples have never hired a videographer before so it can be a bit overwhelming as you shop around. Wedding Videographers all offer pretty much the same options but often times call them different things. I’d like to demystify the terminology for you to help educate you on the process and hopefully make it a bit easier on our couples as they shop around for wedding filmmakers.

Wedding Movie Trailer

A Wedding Movie Trailer is a teaser film. It is just like what you see when you go to the movies when you watch the coming attractions. It is meant to to draw you in and make you want to see the Feature Film when it comes out. It is generally a couple of minutes in length and will have lots of the “Wow”, “Shazam”, “Eye Candy” shots that leave you wanting to see more.

Feature Film or Highlight Film

A Feature Film or Highlight Film is a summary of your wedding day. It is all of the major events from your wedding day summarized into a customized story. Serendipity films have lots of audio in them so you can hear what was said and what people were feeling that day. Some companies do more of a music video with limited audio in it. Feature Films or Highlight Films are edited to music.

Documentary Style Film

A Documentary Style Film is a specific part of your wedding day edited in its entirety. For example a Ceremony Documentary Style Film is your entire Ceremony edited from beginning to end. How that is different from a Feature Film is the Feature Film is only going to have snippets from your Ceremony. The Documentary Style Film is your entire Ceremony. Most companies will offer many options for Documentary Style Films including a Ceremony, Documentary Style Film, Toast Documentary Style Film or First Dances Documentary Style Film.

Raw Footage

Raw Footage is all of the footage from the wedding day. But it is unedited, it is Raw.

Interactive Menu

This is how Serendipity delivers a wedding film. It looks like a DVD but it is not the clunky technology that is a DVD. It is a cloud based technology with each film being downloadable and easily able to be shared. It is the new latest and greatest in wedding film delivery technology. DVD’s and USB’s are a dying technology.

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Only 50% of couples hire a videographer for their wedding day and I am often baffled how in all the years I have been doing this that that statistic hasn’t shifted much… especially with the invention of social media, You Tube and entire shows are dedicated to videos on the internet. There is a reason Instagram started allowing 15 second videos, then Stories on their platform and has recently introduced IGTV to feature longer videos and why Facebook years ago allowed embedding of videos and more recently live videos. Video is the reason some people have careers with some You Tubers making millions of dollars now… Video is where its at… Think about what the first thing you look at online is when reading an article or consuming your media. Is it an article?? Or do you watch the video… Yet couples often times still see a wedding film as either a luxury or an item they will add at the end if budget allows. Sadness… Tear… So I am going to give you my very best pitch on why every couple should have a wedding film.

How often do you have every person that you love in one room together…

That moment needs to be documented… The love, the laughter, the emotions. It is one of the happiest days of your life and those around you are there sharing in that celebration. That celebration needs to be documented. Who is apart of your wedding day may not be in your life 10 years from now. Life happens… parents and grandparents get older. You can’t take for granted that those that are at your wedding will be with us forever. Take advantage of this moment to be able to remember it and celebrate it with your family and children you may have one day.

Photos and Video go hand and hand…

Of course you are going to have a Photographer. But a Photographer catches moments, snapshots. What a Wedding Film will give you is the sound from the day, the emotion in real moving moments. They go hand in hand. A Wedding Film allows you to see your wedding day in a totally different medium. We document your day so differently than a Photographer and show you often times totally different moments you didn’t know existed. I have never had someone say that they had too many memories of their wedding day by hiring a Photographer and Videographer.

Video is just so easy these days…

With how easy it is to upload and share videos online why would you not have a wedding film?? You can send it to all of your family and friends who attended and to those that didn’t. So more people can share in the memories!!

Wedding Videos are not what they used to be…

Now they are films… Customized stories of your wedding day that are both cinematic and emotional. They are interesting and they draw you in. They are something you will enjoy watching for years to come.

I promise you’ll watch it…

Some people say they will never watch it… I disagree… They watch it at the minimum on their wedding anniversary. But more importantly don’t you just want to have it… just in case… for that day when you do decide to watch it. I wouldn’t want to feel the regret of wishing I had something that I never could do over or get back. That panic would be awful.

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When a couple cries when they see their wedding film then we know we have done our job and done it well… As filmmakers we want authentic and meaningful moments that happen organically. We don’t want to stage moments. We want them to be real, true and meaningful. But we also want to invoke emotion on a wedding day because there is nothing better than watching a sentimental love story of a couples most perfect day. I want to share some moments we have documented on a wedding day that help create authentically emotional moments so that your wedding film can be as memorable as possible.

Hire A Wedding Planner…

Hiring a wedding planner is worth its weight in gold… It allows you to come into your wedding day knowing all of the details are handled… and if they aren’t the Planner will take care of it. The more relaxed you are on your wedding day the more you will be present and truly in the moment. It allows you to truly absorb the moments shared with your family and friends without worrying about the little things. You can focus on the day and relax if you hire a Planner to facilitate your vision. A Planner also helps create an element of surprise because often times couples opt to do a grand reveal of the reception or haven’t seen spaces being set. So we are there to capture your reactions when you see those spaces for the first time and it makes for the best footage to see smiles and tears of joy.

Do Bride And Groom Interviews

Bride and Groom interviews are exclusive to Serendipity. No one else in town does them. They are our absolute favorite part of your wedding film. This is where we sit each of you down and interview you separately about how you fell in love, what you love about one another, what the proposal was like and what you are most excited for on the wedding day. This is some of the most raw and intentional footage of the day and makes for an incredible memory years from now when you look back at your wedding film.

Do 3 Types Of First Looks…

A First Look With Your Bridal Party

This is all the rage right now… You line up all your girls and they all turn around at the same time to see you in your wedding gown. We position our cameras to get their reaction to seeing you for the first time. It is awesome… There are smiles and tears and lots of “You look sooooooo beautiful”!! I mean who doesn’t want to hear that in their wedding film…

A First Look With Your Dad

I adore a First Look with your Father… It is soooooo emotional. Something about daddy seeing his baby all grown up and getting married… A dads reaction to his daughter in her dress is priceless and generally involves a lot of tears. And who doesn’t love to see grown men cry. This moment is right out of a Hallmark movie…

A First Look With Your Partner

These are mainstream these days, a First Look with your partner but they are my FAVORITE moments of a wedding film. So much anticipation and emotion. I love the reaction and sweet kisses and tender moments a First Look creates. It makes for some of the most sentimental footage of the wedding day.

Write Your Own Vows

Nothing makes you a blubbering mess more than writing personal vows. Those inside jokes or innermost thoughts about your love bring on the waterworks. While the ugly cry isn’t super pretty it is emotional and real and needs to be documented as such.

Choose Your Toasters Wisely

Who gives a Toast at your wedding is a VERY important decision. If you pick the wrong person the Toasts can take a turn to terrible town really quick… and remember these moments are on video… FOREVER… So you want to choose wisely… Choose someone who is first and foremost articulate and well spoken. Choose someone that you have a history with but will only share appropriate parts of your history together with the crowd… Don’t make it open mic night. Limit the Toasts to a few meaningful speeches rather that a slew of “Congratulations we love you guys”. And finally pick someone who is not going to life their entire Toast from the internet. Someone who will take the time to write something meaningful and sentimental.

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I am going to start this blog post out with a quote I heard years ago that stuck with me and is so unbelievably true…

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten”.

Photos By Andrew Jade Photography

I write this post after a string of inquiries I have gotten as of late that had couples budgeting way too low for a wedding film. I read today on The Knot that the average amount a couple spent on their videographer in 2017 was $1912. I about threw up… Now I am not a fan of “national averages”… There are too many factors to consider for that to be an accurate amount to spend. But judging by the inquiries I have been getting lately for couples wanting a quality wedding film for $1500 the information is out there somewhere that this budget is doable… I am here to tell you that in Phoenix Arizona it is not… Not for a quality wedding film at least. When we started in 2005 we started at $1500 and that was 15 years ago… I would like to the think my sector of the wedding industry has increased pricing even if you are a new videographer on the scene. When planning a wedding you don’t know what you don’t know. As vendors it is our responsibility to help guide you and educate you about wedding world. Let me break it all down for you…

You Get What You Pay For

With a wedding film no words have ever been truer… Can you get a wedding film for $1500??? Probably… But will you be happy with the finished product and experience… The only two things that you get at the end of this momentous day is your photos and your wedding film. Do you really think it is wise to invest minimally in the one thing you get to preserve this day in your life history? And for $1500 do you think you will get an amazing experience? Be serviced properly? Have your entire day documented? Get the deliverables you are wanting? And at what level of experience… Generally in this price point you are getting a weekend warrior or a newbie… Again is it wise to take a chance on a lack of experience with your wedding day? Point blank… the more you invest the better your experience and finished film will be.

What Exactly Are You Paying For

Often times what videographers do and how we do it are unbelievably downgraded… “What’s the big deal… You show up, you hit record and then you edit it… I have an iPhone, I have iMovie… It’s not that big of a deal”. What we do is far more complicated that that… First let’s start out with our equipment. We have to have far more cameras and far more lenses and far more equipment than your Photographer does. We also have to have cinematic tools like sliders, drones and Osmos. All things that create those pretty cinematic and moving shots our couples love so much. All of that equipment costs… a lot… and we constantly have to upgrade it… Then there is the wedding day… We have two cinematographers to document this blessed event. Labor isn’t free… Then there is the bulk of what you are paying for… our editing time, our creativity and our filmmaking expertise. We use professional editing programs that they edit Hollywood films on. It takes an average of 40 hours to complete a fabulous wedding film. That doesn’t include our time meeting with you, prepping for your wedding or wrapping up the details of revisions to your film once we’ve shown it to you. All and all it is a lot of time to create wedding day masterpieces… and our time isn’t free nor should it be cheap.

So What Should You Expect To Pay For A Fabulous Wedding Film

To be direct… For a fabulous wedding film??? Nothing less than a minimum of $3500 in Phoenix. For something more simplified, music video style with less deliverables and less hours of cinematography on your wedding day you can get by with a $2300-$3000 investment. Truthfully anything under $2500 I would ask A LOT of questions and look long and hard at the work. If video is not a priority to you in your budget then you can choose to invest less. However I caution you… You need to think about how much you will have wished you had invested 10 years from now when maybe your grandparents are no longer with you or heaven forbid your parents or other family or friends. You will never regret an investment in your memories. But you will significantly regret it if you choose not to invest appropriately.

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Choosing a wedding venue can be one of the hardest decisions you make when it comes to your wedding. A wedding venue sets the tone for the type of event you are going to have. And so many decisions about the event itself are hinged on this one decision. It can be so stressful. We are going to show you some of our favorite wedding venues in Arizona and tell you what we love about them. But first here are some tips on how to choose the perfect venue for your wedding.

In This Case Size Matters:

The amount of people you are planning at your wedding determines the number of venue options you have… Having over 150 people at your wedding basically limits you to 5 properties in town. So think long and hard about that guest list because having over 150 may mean you are limiting yourself to resorts with larger ballrooms.

What’s Your Wedding Style?

Next you have to determine what your wedding style is… Are you going to for a garden wedding? Do you want the whole barn look? Are you a contemporary clean lines couple? So many choices… Determining your vibe will help you narrow down your options.

Where Are Your Guests Coming From?

Next you need to think about where your guests are coming from… Is everyone local or do you have a lot of out oft owners. Local guests open your venue options to places other than resorts. If you have a lot of out of towners then you need to think about accommodations. Having it at a resort or near a resort would be important to accommodate those traveling to your wedding.

And Then There Is The Money…

Weddings aren’t cheap… In fact it’s a billion dollar industry. Every couple has a budget they are generally working within. So that has to come into play when you are selecting your venue. Most resorts have what is called a food and beverage minimum that you have to meet. Meaning a certain level of spending of food and beverage to even have the event there. During peak season it can be even higher than the average minimum. Other types of venues don’t have a food and beverage minimum but they have a total cost or fee for having an event there. Often those venues are a flat fee but then you need to hire a caterer to provide food and a bartender to take care of the drinks.

So Many Choices… Let’s Take A Look At Some Of Our Favorites.

The Four Seasons

I mean come on… Who doesn’t want “The Four Seasons” to be listed on their wedding invitation. This property is stunning… It is quiet, tucked into the desert, and away from the hustle and the bustle of the city. We love that it has multiple ceremony sites and the option to have your reception indoors or outdoors. We have seen it done both ways!! It also has accommodations for your guests with lots of activities for them if they come in for a weekend. Plus its a Four Seasons so the service and food are incredible.

El Chorro Lodge

El Chorro Lodge is rich in Arizona history. It dates back to 1934 when it used to be a girls school. It was renovated in 2009 and has quickly become one of the valleys premier wedding venues known for its exquisite food, most especially its sticky buns and Paradise Valley exclusivity. Its got an incredible lawn for your Ceremony and a fabulous patio for cocktails complete with a fireplace. The ballroom is a blank canvas that can work for any color palette. It is a one stop shop for your vendors. Since it is not a hue resort it is really easy to navigate and move guests about. Its backdrop is Mummy Mountain, the backside of Camelback Mountain.

The Sanctuary

The name speaks for itself. This resort built into the back of Mummy Mountain is just that… A Sanctuary. It is quiet and peaceful with only one wedding per day allowed there. Perfect for the couple looking for that contemporary, sleek and clean lines look for their wedding. It has some of the most picturesque locations for photos. You can choose from the Praying Monk as your backdrop, Mummy Mountain or Paradise Valley down below. The sunsets are absolutely incredible and can be enjoyed by your guests during cocktail hour.

The Royal Palms

If you are wanting a garden wedding this is your venue. It has one of the most private and lush gardens in all the valley to say “I Do”. The Allegria Garden at The Royal Palms is spectacular. Nestled in the property its lush foliage makes for a wedding that could come right out of a storybook. The garden is gorgeous but the grounds themselves make for the perfect backdrop for photos with lots of nooks and crannies to sneak away with your partner to get some romantic snapshots.

Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows is the valleys newest luxury resort and property. Its backdrop is Camelback Mountain with a sprawling lawn looking up at the mountain. It’s stunning. It also has an awesome rooftop patio for your cocktail hour. The design of this resort is very contemporary and chic. Lots of white so it’s crisp.

The Paseo

The whole get married in a barn thing is big right now… And do we have the barn for you… But it is “barn chic”… The Paseo… It has an incredible view of the Superstition Mountains and the location is in the desert so the photo session will have that classic Arizona look. The reception site is “barn” so to speak but classy barn. It is a blank canvas so you can do whatever you want with the space. It will come out looking just like the barn wedding you designed on your Pinterest board!!

L’Auberge De Sedona

The red rocks… I can pretty much just end this post with that. Oh L’Auberge… views of the red rocks or be creekside… You can have both… You don’t have to choose!! Lots of couples want a destination wedding and you only have to drive 2 hours north to get that!! Your guests will love it because the event becomes a weekend affair. Your photo session will be a stunner if you choose Sedona as your destination location.

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Hi! It’s that time of year where couples are in the thick of their wedding planning and are on the hunt for their perfect wedding vendors, we know it can be stressful, so we wanted to take a little time to introduce ourselves. Maybe we are the perfect videographer for you! We are Serendipity Cinematography! A group of super rad female wedding videographers in the Phoenix area. {Who love to travel for destination weddings, might I add!}

Who you hire on your wedding day can make or break your wedding day experience. Especially when it comes to who documents your wedding day memories. Hiring the right videographer to tell your love story will be the biggest decision you make. These women below tell the unique stories of our amazing and incredible couples, and create a life long memory to share with your friends, family, and future children.

We are a team of women! Which if you think about it, who better to tell the story of a wedding than a team of women? Girls just get weddings. We get what is keeping you up at night, we get being torn over two different linens that are basically the same shade, just slightly different textures. We understand the details you spent months pouring over. Us women understand the emotion of a wedding day and what is most important to capture. We get weddings, and treat every single one as if it were our own.

So meet a few of our lead videographers, editors, and our owner in our film below! & If you’d like to get to know our individual videographers a little more, check us out here!

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Most couples have never hired Wedding Videographer before, so they are not sure what they are looking for or what questions to ask to make sure that it will be everything they are dreaming it will be. Here is a little guide on how to select the right Wedding Videographer for you as a couple:

style:

The first thing you need to identify with is the style of the videographer. Take a look at their website samples and review their blog. Ask to see films from the venue that you are getting married at, but don’t bypass that videographer if they haven’t filmed at your venue. That is often times a good thing because they see it as a blank canvas and it can stimulate creativity to be able to film at a new location. If you are finding yourself sending who you want to hire samples of other videographers work, then hire the videographer that you are sending samples of. If you are asking to change that videographers style then they aren’t the videographer for you.

experience:

It is really important to look at the experience of the company you are hiring. How many years have they been in business? How many wedding seasons have they gone through? Do they specialize in weddings or all video production? You want to work with a company who specializes in wedding films. Weddings are a very different production than commercial video production because they are live events. You can’t rewind the first kiss as a couple because your videographer wasn’t ready. We get one chance to get the shot, so live event experience is a must!

videographers:

Who will be filming your wedding? Do they have a staff of videographers that are trained to film weddings or do they just hire freelancers to shoot the weddings booked? Be very aware of this. Freelancers can operate cameras just fine, but they may not be trained in filming weddings. Again weddings are live events and require a specific level of expertise and experience. It is important that your team of videographers is in sync that day and has experience with one another. You don’t want a couple of random hires to film your once in a life time event.

a one camera package, its never a good thing:

The offering of packages with one camera and one videographer is never a good thing. Do not purchase this despite the temptation of the low price. It is very dangerous for your wedding film for so many reasons. When you do this you truly are selling you, and your wedding film short.

  1. What if something happens to the one camera they are filming on? Then what? All filming stops while they figure out a solution?
  2.  What if something happens to the one card they are recording on? If your wedding is filmed with one camera and one data card and the card fails… then what? Your whole day that was filmed is lost and can never be recovered.
  3. So much is missed when filmed by one person because they can’t be in two places at once. Getting ready of the couple, cocktail hour and reception detail coverage, both reactions during the first look, and so much more.
  4. You only get one angle of everything..

service:

Who will you be working with throughout the process? Are you working with a sales person who just sells you on the service and passes you off? Will you be working with the owner or have access to the owner should the sales person leave? Your wedding film is a very important investment. Who is servicing you and how they are servicing you is of utmost priority.

investment:

You truly get what you pay for with wedding videography. There are a lot of low cost providers flooding the marketplace with some very cheap packages. A quality wedding film is definitely something worth investing in. If a company is significantly less than others in the marketplace, there is a reason why. You need to look long and hard at their product and what your experience will be like with them. Quality wedding videography is not cheap and owning a wedding videography company is not cheap. There is a reason the pricing is the way it is for a legitimate company that may cost more. You need to be concerned about the low cost providers, and their ability to still be in business by the time your wedding comes if the price point is so low.

watch out for fluff:

You need to look at the meat and potatoes of the collection or package you are purchasing. There are many things that videographers offer to make a collection or package look like you are getting so much, that is truly of no value to you. What matters most is what is going to be delivered and these are what you need to be asking for:

  1. How many hours of videography am I getting?
  2. How long is the Feature Film going to be?
  3. Am I going to receive a Wedding Movie Trailer?
  4. How many videographers will be at my wedding?
  5. Will I get any Documentary Style Films showing me entire parts of my day in full?

How the company delivers a finished wedding film is important. Are they delivering on old outdated technology like DVD’s and Blu Ray’s or Thumb Drives? Those are both dying technologies that in a few years won’t be around. Asking for a DVD is like asking for music on a cassette tape or CD. Everything is going towards streaming, downloadable file
This is how you should be delivered your film at this point.

delivery:

Overall we want your wedding videography experience to be all that it should be! Check out our blog and feel free to email us if you’re looking for a wedding we filmed at your venue, to see our style. We would love to capture your special day and we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy wedding planning!

Vendors: Venue: El Chorro // Planner: Blossoms and Grace // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Photographer: Ryan Nicole Photography // Florist: Garden Gate Flowers // Rentals: Prim Rentals + Material Girls Weddings // Linen: La Tavola Linen // Entertainment: The Beat Booth // Cake: Mae Flour Cakes // Beer Donkey: Wedding Burro

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Being a wedding videographer, we get to meet the most amazing couples. Each couple has their own story, their own unique personalities, and fun personal touches they add to their wedding day. We honestly have the best job ever! 

One of our favorite moments in a wedding day though, is the first look. What is a first look you ask? Well it is a time prior to the ceremony where the couple gets to see each other for the first time. I know what you may be thinking, wait.. aren’t we supposed to wait to see each other for the first time under the alter? Waiting till the alter is a very traditional approach, and still very much respected and can be done. A first look though, definitely has it’s own perks. Lets talk about them!

1. You are free to have sincere authentic emotions and thoughts:
When you do a first look prior to ceremony, it is just you and your significant other. (And your paparazzi of course) But ultimately it is just the two of you. Both free of judgement and free to openly express how you feel about one another in that moment, your thoughts about marrying each other, and your love. When you wait for the alter it’s hard to express those emotions fully while your officiant is holding your ceremony. So it truly gives you time to just soak in that moment together intimately and privately.

2. You are able to get the bulk of your photos out of the way: Ever wonder how couples are able to enjoy their cocktail hour with their friends and family? First look! By having a first look it gives your videographer and photographer time to capture couple portraits, bridal party photos, and family photos before the ceremony even begins! Giving you some time to capture a few couple portraits at sunset after the ceremony, and then enjoy cocktail hour with friends and family.

3. The feelings don’t go away: If you’re worried that having a first look will make the feelings and emotions go away during the ceremony, it’s not true. If the feelings and emotions are there, then they will be there regardless. I have seen so many amazing ceremony reactions, moments after a first look. If you don’t want to give your whole look away prior to ceremony, but want to have a first look, consider saving your veil for the ceremony. It is something different for your groom to be looking for. Either way, nothing can take away from the moment you walk down the isle toward your significant other to commit your life to them forever.

Either way, whatever you two decide on, it will be perfect for your wedding day. We are ultimately just so grateful to be there to capture it. Let us know if you have any other questions on First Look’s!

Vendors: Venue: The Paseo // Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Monique Hessler Photography // Rentals: Lace and a Barn // Florist: The Floral Theory // Cake: Piece of Cake // Entertainment: Got You Covered // Hair: Harley Does Hair // Dress: Strut Bridal // Tux: Men’s Warehouse // Officiant: 1st Officiant // Photo Bus: The Foto Bus // Cookie Favors: T and Cookies

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How To Hire A Wedding Videographer


Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography

Most couples have never hired Wedding Videographer before, so they are not sure what they are looking for or what questions to ask to make sure that it will be everything they are dreaming it will be. Here is a little guide on how to select the right Wedding Videographer for you as a couple:

STYLE:

The first thing you need to identify with is the style of the videographer. Take a look at their website samples and review their blog. Ask to see films from the venue that you are getting married at, but don’t bypass that videographer if they haven’t filmed at your venue. That is often times a good thing because they see it as a blank canvas and it can stimulate creativity to be able to film at a new location. If you are finding yourself sending who you want to hire samples of other videographers work, then hire the videographer that you are sending samples of. If you are asking to change that videographers style then they aren’t the videographer for you.

EXPERIENCE:

It is really important to look at the experience of the company you are hiring. How many years have they been in business? How many wedding seasons have they gone through? Do they specialize in weddings or all video production? You want to work with a company who specializes in wedding films. Weddings are a very different production than commercial video production because they are live events. You can rewind the first kiss as a couple because your videographer wasn’t ready. We get one chance to get the shot, so live event experience is a must!

VIDEOGRAPHERS:

Who will be filming your wedding? Do they have a staff of videographers that are trained to film weddings or do they just hire freelancers to shoot the weddings booked? Be very aware of this. Freelancers can operate cameras just fine, but they may not be trained in filming weddings. Again weddings are live events and require a specific level of expertise and experience. It is important that your team of videographers is in sync that day and has experience with one another. You don’t want a couple of random hires to film your once in a life time event.

A ONE CAMERA PACKAGE, ITS NEVER A GOOD THING:

The offering of packages with one camera and one videographer is never a good thing. Do not purchase this despite the temptation of the low price. It is very dangerous for your wedding film for so many reasons. When you do this you truly are selling you, and your wedding film short.

  1. What if something happens to the one camera they are filming on? Then what? All filming stops while they figure out a solution?
  2.  What if something happens to the one card they are recording on? If your wedding is filmed with one camera and one data card and the card fails… then what? Your whole day that was filmed is lost and can never be recovered.
  3. So much is missed when filmed by one person because they can’t be in two places at once. Getting ready of the couple, cocktail hour and reception detail coverage, both reactions during the first look, and so much more.
  4. You only get one angle of everything..

SERVICE:

Who will you be working with throughout the process? Are you working with a sales person who just sells you on the service and passes you off? Will you be working with the owner or have access to the owner should the sales person leave? Your wedding film is a very important investment. Who is servicing you and how they are servicing you is of utmost priority.

 

INVESTMENT:

You truly get what you pay for with wedding videography. There are a lot of low cost providers flooding the marketplace with some very cheap packages. A quality wedding film is definitely something worth investing in. If a company is significantly less than others in the marketplace, there is a reason why. You need to look long and hard at their product and what your experience will be like with them. Quality wedding videography is not cheap and owning a wedding videography company is not cheap. There is a reason the pricing is the way it is for a legitimate company that may cost more. You need to be concerned about the low cost providers, and their ability to still be in business by the time your wedding comes if the price point is so low.

 

WATCH OUT FOR FLUFF:

You need to look at the meat and potatoes of the collection or package you are purchasing. There are many things that videographers offer to make a collection or package look like you are getting so much, that is truly of no value to you. For example the raw footage; everything that is usable is going to be in your film, trust us, you do not want the raw footage. When you get the raw footage there isn’t a mountain of memories that was missed because if it was good, it would have made it into the film. Almost all of the raw footage that didn’t make the film is generally because it was a practice shot and then also out of focus stuff. There is no value to that, plus are you ever going to really look at hours of footage? What would you do with it? What matters most is what is going to be delivered and these are what you need to be asking for:

  1. How many hours of videography am I getting?
  2. How long is the Feature Film going to be?
  3. Am I going to receive a Wedding Movie Trailer?
  4. How many videographers will be at my wedding?
  5. How many cameras will the videographers be filming with?

DELIVERY:

How the company delivers a finished wedding film is important. Are they delivering on old outdated technology like DVD’s and Blu Ray’s? Those are both dying technologies that in a few years won’t be around. Asking for a DVD is like asking for music on a cassette tape or CD. Everything is going towards streaming, downloadable films, or URL based delivery methods. These are how you should be delivered your film at this point.

Overall we want your wedding videography experience to be all that it should be! Check out our blog and feel free to email us if you’re looking for a wedding we filmed at your venue, to see our style. We would love to capture your special day and we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy wedding planning!

 

Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Planning: Revel Wedding Co. // Venue: Arizona Biltmore // Florist: Carte Blanche // Linens: La Tavola // DJ: Desert House Productions // Officiant: Father Gary Regula // Hair & Makeup: Heather Van Houten // Invitations: Celebrations in Paper // Dress: Lillian Lottie {custom design}

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