It is so important for most couples to be able to look back at their wedding in retrospect, and recollect on how beautiful everything was and how fun the night ended up being despite the relative haste with which it passed by. There is simply no way you can achieve this unless you hire a professional who specializes in capturing weddings, either in photo, video, or both forms of media. It is all up to you and your budget in regards to what forms of media you would like to capture the event. If you're looking for just a videographer at this point, then you will have the convenience of an abundance of great professional wedding videographers available for your wedding in the great city of Grand Rapids. Here are some tips that should provide some use for you in your search for the best candidate.
Our first tip for you is to research the styles that videographers employ for weddings. There are many prominent styles that are utilized, but the two most common are the fly-on-the-wall style and the documentary style. The documentary style utilizes narration and interviews with guests and family, and has more of a National Geographic or Michael Moore approach to the way the video is captured. Let's just hope if you choose this style that your video will not be as controversial or bestial as those types of documentaries. The fly-on-the-wall style is more like the approach taken with reality television shows, where the videographer essentially is there just to capture the events, and not intrude on the proceedings. It may be easier to search for a videographer based on style, but style preferences is something you must discuss in nuance with your videographer.
The second tip we have for your is to begin your search now that you have style in mind. Start with the recommendations of candidates from your friends, family, and colleagues, in particular, anyone who has been recently married or involved in a wedding to some extent. Online wedding directories are also incredibly resourceful, as they are great at providing information on candidates such as pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, etc. You will want to focus your search on professionals who are exclusively wedding videographers, as they are most experienced at the way the events tend to flow. Once you gather your list, start calling candidates up and ask of their availability on the date of your wedding.
Now that you have a series of appointments with a handful of candidates, you should come equipped with plenty of questions. Ask the candidates of their experience, and how many weddings they do on average a year. Ask them if they have been to the venues you have booked, and/or if they would be willing to visit the sites with you in order to ascertain the best angles to capture the spectacle. You should also inquire into their equipment, what is the condition of it, and how well are they accustomed to it. You should also ask them about the production process post wedding, their editing skills, and how long you will anticipate having to wait for the finished product. There are other details you may want to cover such as copyrights and formats. You should also discuss the costs of the package, and any demands they may have. It's wise to ask for a sample invoice from each candidate so you can do easy comparisons side-by-side. At the end of each appointment, grab the personal contact information of the candidates you really are interested in moving forward with.
Once you feel comfortable with a particular candidate, you should make the choice, write up a contract that both of you will sign, and place your deposit. Now that it is all handled, go ahead and handle the rest of the wedding planning.