If you are getting married and both you and your fiance have settled on a location other than where you grew up or where you currently live, planning can feel overwhelming at times. Although a wedding planner can be extremely useful, there are some things you can do on your own and finding your wedding photographer or videographer is definitely within your reach.
As with all of your wedding vendors, using recommended photographers and videographers can be a good way to go. However, if you don’t have any recommendations and you are not getting married somewhere that includes a package, there are a few simple steps you can take to find someone who will represent your wedding in ways that you will cherish for years to come.
First, consider whether you want both a photographer and videographer. If you know you want both, consider getting both from the same company. Businesses will typically offer a discount if you use them for both services.
Next, determine the amount you are willing to spend. The rule of thumb is to allow 5-10% for both the photographer and the videographer. Some people ask a family member or friend to take photographs or videotape the wedding. While that may be the option you choose based on your budget, it is usually better to go with a qualified wedding photographer and/or videographer.
Always choose someone who has a website that includes quality photos and videos. Choose someone who does photography or videography full time. Websites such as theknot.com or weddingwire.com can give you a starting point for your location of choice.
Once you find a website that includes videos and photographs that meet your style, contact a few different vendors. Compare prices and options. Be sure you are comparing apples to apples. If a package is based on the number of hours of coverage, additional hours may add up quickly.
With both photographers and videographers it is important to verify that the cost includes all editing and publishing after the wedding. Also inquire whether you get reproduction rights. If you must purchase photographs through the photographer, it will significantly increase your overall price after the wedding.
Speak to the photographer and videographer before making a decision. See if your personalities mesh and determine how responsive they are to your requests, questions and desires. If the photographer takes several days to get back to you when you ask a question, he may not show you the attention you deserve on your wedding day and may not meet timelines.
Choose a photographer and/or videographer based on personality and style. If at all possible go to their locations at least once before signing a contract and look at their albums and videos in person. This helps you to verify that the work posted on their sites is actually their work. Read the fine print before you sign a contract.
Once you have settled on your photographer and/or videographer, relax and have fun on your wedding day. The photographs and videos will serve as lifetime reminders of your big day.