Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have any other questions then please feel to contact me by phone or email.
Will you be unobtrusive when filming our wedding?
Absolutely! The last thing you want during your wedding day is constantly having a video camera in your face. Also filming you and your guests in a discreet manner leads to more natural shots that truly capture the essence of your wedding day.
I can honestly say that after every wedding I’ve filmed the couples have commented in some way that they didn’t recall seeing me very much throughout the day.
An important point to add is that I do not use any additional lighting on my video camera, preferring instead to use the existing light. In this way you are not being distracted and/or blinded by spotlights.
Do you film the preparations of the Bride and Groom?
When I film a wedding I like to tell the story of the day. Setting the scene with shots of the venue followed by the arrival of the Groom and guests. The most important shot for me is then the grand arrival of the bride. This is the first time the Groom gets to see his bride and so I like to reflect this in the DVD as well.
To film the preparations of the Bride would, in my eyes, take away the excitement of the Brides arrival.
I also feel that the Bride and Groom generally have enough to think about prior to the wedding without having a video camera there in addition to the wedding photographer.
If you decide however you would like me to film the preparations I would be only too happy to accept your request.
How far do you travel to film weddings?
There is no limit to where I will travel to film a wedding and I welcome the opportunity to film in different locations. I simply charge for fuel costs and, if necessary, the cost of basic accommodation for one evening.
When will we receive our wedding DVD?
You will receive your wedding video by recorded delivery within 1-3 months of your wedding day, depending upon my current workload.
I don’t rush when making videos… it’s a creative process that takes care and attention so hopefully you will understand.
I find that my clients, whilst keen to see the video, are often happy to wait as it gives them something else to look forward to once the honeymoon is over and the photographs have been delivered.
When do we pay?
I take a £300 retainer to secure my services on your wedding day. A second payment two weeks before the wedding day and a final payment upon delivery of your wedding DVDs.
How many copies of the DVD do we receive?
You will receive 3 copies of your wedding DVD as part of the package. Additional copies of the DVD can be purchased at any time for £20 each.
Can we choose the music used in the wedding film?
Music is very, very important in a wedding video and I spend a lot of time trying to get the ‘right’ piece of music to match the scene and your own individual personalities. What’s right for one person isn’t necessarily right for another.
Therefore any input you can put into choosing music is very helpful. In particular we need to choose music for:
- Highlights Video
- Arrival of the Groom/Guests
- Arrival of the Bride
- Signing of the Register
- Departure of Bride & Groom
- Drinks Reception
- The Photoshoot
- First Dance (also used on the wedding DVD menu)
- The Evening
It often works best if you can provide me with a CD containing a dozen or more of your favourite songs. In this way I can understand your musical preferences and have a wider choice to use throughout your video.
How long will our wedding video be?
Generally speaking your wedding DVD will be about 1.5 hours long, but this entirely depends upon what happens on your day, the length of the ceremony, speeches etc.
Do you require food on the day?
I would be most grateful if you could provide me with a meal at the reception and soft drinks/water throughout the day to be served in an adjoining room.
I don’t wish to sound antisocial – I will be up and down from the table throughout the meal catching extra shots and would not like to disrupt your guests as they are eating their meal.