Having a videographer create a professional video of your wedding day is about a lot more than just documenting the event. Anyone with a camera phone could record the events of the day. A professional wedding videographer, however, is about taking the moments and creating a meaningful video that allows you to look back on your special day and relive it fondly.

Are you looking for a professional wedding videographer for your wedding ceremony and/or your reception? If so, here are five things to keep in mind during the process:

Look for someone with the same style
Like other creatives, videographers have different styles and different ways of interpreting the same thing. Some people enjoy capturing and interpreting the magic and the romance of the day, while others put more of a priority on candids and funny moments. There are so many styles of videography out there - you just have to find someone who creates what you want.

Before you look at different styles, think about what you want from a wedding video. Do you want the glamour and the romance? Do you want emotion and authenticity? Or do you want entertainment? Knowing what you want will help you choose a videographer who can provide.

Don’t only consider the price
Although it is important to set and stick to a budget, the price shouldn’t be the only consideration when hiring a professional videographer. You want to ensure that you’re getting a quality product from an established videographer. You also need to take the extent of services and any hidden costs into consideration. After all, why pay for a video that you don’t like, even if it cost you considerably less?

Additional information to request from the wedding videographer?

Another thing you may want to think about is the number of videographers that will be included in the package. A wedding isn’t staged - if something isn’t captured, it isn’t captured. An additional videographer can capture more at additional angles and give a side of the wedding that the first videographer alone may not have captured.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be long
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking length is equivalent to quality. This simply isn’t true. Although you don’t want a one minute video of an entire day’s worth of footage, you also don’t want a video that drags on and on until it loses its appeal. The whole point of the wedding is to capture the key moments and create a meaningful film that you’ll want to watch over and over again.

Make sure you schedule an in-person interview
An in-person interview gives you a look into your videographer that you’ll never get on the phone. It’s a better chance to understand the style of your videographer and the packages he or she offers. It’s also a good idea to go over the events of your wedding day and letting them know what you want from them. You can highlight the key events that you want to be captured so that your videographer has a better idea of what you want. Plus, it’s the perfect chance to get to know your videographer as a person. These people are likely to be with you throughout the entire day and will have a role to play in the biggest day of your life - you want to make sure it’s someone who you can vibe with.

Allow your videographer some creativity
Videography is ultimately a creative discipline. Allow your videographer creativity and trust in their artistic instinct. This takes some of the pressure off of them and encourages them to produce something amazing just for you!