Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I have my wedding filmed?
Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most important days of your life. It is a time when all your loved ones, from both sides of the family are brought together to celebrate, have fun and witness an event that you've spent a lot of money on. A wedding film captures everything from the preparations on the morning to the first dance at night and everything in between. I film all those moments that only happen once in a lifetime - the moment you walk down the aisle and say your vows and the speeches that are delivered with humour and sincerity. I am a massive fan of still photography and most of the photographs I see from weddings are stunning, however photographs don't capture the emotion of the day and the sounds on the day.
A wedding day goes so fast and often couples are in a bubble. By having your wedding filmed means you can relive the day over and over again, share with people who maybe cannot attend your day, show it to future generations of your family and sadly remember the people who are not around forever.
Do you offer photographs?
We offer a package called social photographs which is where we take images from the film footage we shoot on the day and process them afterwards. This package is perfect if you are on a budget and want the best of both worlds - still photographs and also a wedding film. We will lead the day like a traditional photographer and get the all important group shots too. Our social photograph packages are ideal for posting on social media. Please note that the photographs are not high enough resolution to print large prints from, apart from the formal group photographs which are taken using as stills.
How far will you travel?
I live in a beautiful part of County Durham and can travel all over the UK and beyond for weddings. I am not far away from major transport links as well as Newcastle Airport for destination weddings.
Do you visit the venue before the wedding?
I don't need to visit your venue before the wedding day. My job is to capture the story of your big day. I do film the venue when I am there however do this either on the morning or when you and your guests are having the wedding breakfast.
DO WE SPEAK BEFORE THE WEDDINg?
You can contact me at any time in the lead up to the wedding with any questions. I like to follow couples on social media to find out more about their lives as I feel this helps when it comes to working together on the wedding day. About one month before the wedding I send a questionnaire to fill in with timings etc and a couple of weeks before the big day I arrange a telephone call.
What EQUIPMENT do you use to film weddings?
We don't bring along masses of equipment with us. We shoot with small Sony cameras on the day with various lenses and try to go unnoticed.
When do you arrive and when do you stay till?
I usually arrive around two and a half hours before the wedding ceremony to capture the morning preparations and am there until a few songs after the first dance. Prior to the wedding I always confirm the times.
We record the vows and speeches using small recorders. These are always clipped onto the groom and never the bride.
CAN I SELECT MY OWN MUSIC FOR THE WEDDING FILMS?
The music and sound design is one of the most important elements of the wedding film. I spend hours looking for music for each wedding. Unfortunately I don't give couples the option of selecting their own music as I know what works. Each year I pay a large amount of money for licenses to be able to use music in the films. Some videographers will use chart songs however this is illegal.
Are you insured?
I am fully insured to film your wedding and a copy of my insurance documents is available on request. Some venues do request a copy before the wedding. I'd recommend never booking a wedding videographer who cannot provide you with a valid insurance document.
What are your payment terms?
To secure the date in our diary we kindly ask for a £200 booking fee. A further £200 is required 90 days before the wedding and the balance 30 days. These payments come of your final balance.
How long will the films be?
At lot of this comes down to the length of the ceremony and speeches. I've had speeches that last around five minutes whilst some nearly an hour and a half.
When will we receive the wedding films?
I aim to have the highlights film to you within 3 days of the wedding. If it is a destination wedding it may be a little longer due to travelling time. The final film is delivered 2-3 weeks after the wedding.
Do you work alone?
I work on 90% of the films with my long term colleague and friend Keith Stoker. I met Keith over 22 years ago when he was my media production tutor and we have worked together ever since
If you request a quote I will always ask where the venue is before I give a quote. The quote will always include travel so there are no hidden costs.