You don’t believe me now, but when your wedding is over, you will. Your video might just be your favorite “thing” from your wedding after all the dust settles. A friend told this to me and a week before my wedding, I was scrambling around to find a videographer. And, she was right! Because I was so last minute, our wedding video isn’t the most amazing or clever video, but I’m so glad that I got it done! I promise you that the wedding videographers in the DC area are not the stereotypical wedding videographer that you are thinking. They are creative, talented and discrete. I never even noticed the videographer on my wedding day. One such local videographer is Parker, owner of Citrus Cermonies in Charlottesville, VA. Parker is here today to provide some tips to help you select a wedding videographer. (You can also see his work below in this not-so-typical-wedding-video in Virginia!) Take it away, Parker…

Courtney and Josh from Citrus Cinema on Vimeo.

When it comes to picking a videographer for your wedding, there are a lot of different options for you to choose from. The wedding videography market isn’t quite as flooded as the wedding photographer market, but there are still plenty of decisions to make.  This can make the decision about which company to go with confusing, but there are a few great ways to find the vendor you’re looking for.

Professionals, Please

Let me get this out of the way:  we know you have a family member that offered to tape the ceremony for you, and shooting video is a hobby of his. We’re not your uncle. We’re paid professionals that shoot weddings all the time. Plus, chances are you want your uncle to actually see the wedding, be in pictures, and enjoy the reception. If he’s filming the wedding correctly, he won’t be able to do any of those things. I know your uncle will do it for free, but you get what you pay for in this business.

About the Cost

If you do want to have a wedding videographer, expect to shell out a lot of money. Yes, we know it’s expensive, but so is our equipment, and several hours of work go into every minute of produced video, almost all of which happens before and after the wedding. At the risk of repeating myself, this is an industry where you get what you pay for.<

Most prices for wedding videos in the Washington, DC area are in the $2000-3500 range, with higher end companies charging in the $4000 range. Generally, if you’re interested in budgeting for a videographer, take 80% of what you’re prepared to pay for your photographer, put it aside for video, and don’t dip into it. Put the funds aside, shop around for different studios, and pick one that you really love. This is a video produced for the most important moments of your relationship, and it’s probably not something you want to settle on.

Research

But now that you’ve selected how much you’re willing to spend, how do you find a good video company in the DC area? If you have a wedding planner, your job probably just got easier. Most of these wedding planners have vendors that they work with all the time, and they remember the ones that were hard to work with. Wedding publications are also a good resource, and will feature both a directory of vendors and also a list of featured weddings, with real couples talking about their favorite vendors from their wedding.  Oh, and regional wedding blogs, like United With Love, are also a fantastic way to find vendors, especially for destination weddings where you’re not as familiar with local businesses. [See: List of local DC area wedding videographers]

The Videos

And lastly, if a vendor doesn’t have videos on their website, chances are they’re not very good at what they do. Don’t give anybody money for a wedding video until you’ve seen some of their work for yourself, no matter how much your planner recommends them. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised.

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Thank you so much, Parker! If you are looking for a wedding videographer in the Washington DC area, please be sure to check out Citrus Ceremonies.

And, if you want to start your video search now, check out some of the local DC area wedding videos that we have featured thus far on the blog.

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