HOW DO WE GO ABOUT BOOKING YOU?
If you love what you see and would like me to join your wedding team, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. It’d be great if you could tell me your wedding date, your venue(s) and what package you’d like me to capture to make the booking process super quick. I’ll send you back a quote to check you’re happy with everything and a booking form which will just ask you for a few essential details for my records.
All you need to do to secure your date is to send back a completed booking form and a £200 deposit. I know full well how expensive weddings can be so I don’t ask for the rest of the balance until 14 days before you say ‘I do’. It’s as easy as that!
WHAT DOES YOUR PRICING INCLUDE?
It literally isn’t in my soul to surprise you with extra costs at a later date so when you first get in touch, the quote you receive from me will be the final total so you can lock it into your wedding spreadsheet with peace of mind! My package prices are inclusive of my time on the day including my travel to any venues within 40 miles of my home in Castle Donington, plus the time it will take for me to edit your videos afterwards. I provide all videos digitally on USB, all of which will contain your edited videos and the uncut versions of your ceremony and speeches. Music licences are also included in the price of my packages.
ARE YOU WILLING TO TRAVEL?
You’re talking to someone who has spent most of their life travelling up and down the country for fun so I absolutely have no problem with loading up a few of my favourite sing-a-long Spotify playlists and spending a couple of hours on the road in order to shoot your wedding day! I’m based in Derbyshire and will travel to any venue within 40 miles of my home address in DE74 for no additional cost. If your wedding is taking place a little further afield, that’s not a problem at all – I will ask for a bit extra to cover my fuel and depending on where your special day is taking place, I may need to book a budget hotel the night before as well because no-one wants to be worrying about me getting stuck in traffic miles away (it would be Sod’s Law right?!) on what should be the most enjoyable morning of your life! I’ll be sure to include any extra costs in my initial quote.
ARE YOU ABLE TO OFFER TAILORED VIDEOGRAPHY PACKAGES?
If your wedding is a little different than the packages offered, no worries! Please let me know what you’re after and I’ll put together a bespoke quote.
WILL YOU FILM SAME-SEX OR MULTI-CULTURAL WEDDINGS?
Of course! I currently have experiences of English civil ceremonies and church weddings so I am open to any guidance on weddings for different cultures and faiths to ensure I capture all the important parts of the celebrations!
HOW DO YOU WORK WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Before you secure me for your date, please double check that your photographer is happy to work with a videographer (some may have a term about this within their contract). In terms of how I work with them during your wedding celebrations, I very much let them do their own thing and would never stop them from executing their vision or style. All I ask is that they give me a clear shot straight down the aisle during your ceremony and a decent spot to film your speeches from. As I pride myself on filming your wedding day in an unobtrusive style, it works best for me if your photographer allows me to follow you for some parts of your couple’s photoshoot, just so I can get lots of lovely candid footage of you basking in newlywed bliss! However, if that isn’t possible, I will need to take you away for some additional shooting time if you wish to have footage captured of you as a couple.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY?
After I’ve locked your date into my diary, I’ll leave you to enjoy the rest of your planning until about two months before the big day. At this point, I’ll send you a questionnaire asking for some essential details about your celebrations so I know where to be, at what time and find out exactly what you’ve got planned so I don’t miss a moment. I will then arrange a video chat with you a few weeks before your wedding to ensure I’ve interpreted the information on your questionnaire correctly and really, just to say hello – you’re inviting me into your lives at one of the most special times so I don’t want to be a stranger! I understand that for that extra bit of reassurance that you may prefer to meet me in person – this is fine too. Just let me know and we’ll work out a time and location that suits.
WHAT HAPPENS ON OUR ACTUAL WEDDING DAY?
My day starts whenever and wherever you want me to begin, but at least an hour before your ceremony is due to get going so I can grab some gorgeous shots of the venue and capture the pre-wedding buzzes of excitement rippling through your guests. Then it’s all hands-on deck for the rest of the day – I’ll only down tools whilst you’re enjoying your wedding breakfast – until around 30 minutes after your first dance, the idea being that I can capture everyone having a jolly good knees-up before I leave you to dance the night away.
DO WE NEED TO FEED YOU AT OUR WEDDING?
I know weddings are never cheap so I certainly don’t expect you to foot the bill for me to enjoy the same wedding breakfast menu that you’re laying on for your guests. However, if you could offer some form of meal, that would be wonderful seeing as I will be with you for pretty much all of your wedding celebrations! Venues often have cheaper menu options which you can order for suppliers so it’s worth having a chat with them about this sort of stuff. If you can’t feed me, no worries – just let me know in advance so I can bring some munch with me.
HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE WE RECEIVE OUR VIDEO?
You’re going to have your film to look back on forever so it’s super important to me that I can take the time to get your video perfect before you receive it. Depending on how busy my schedule is, you can expect to receive your wedding video within six to eight weeks of your wedding date. As an ex-journalist, deadlines are in my blood – I’ll have a better idea of my commitments when we have our pre-wedding video chat so I like to let you know a more accurate time frame at that point. If my schedule means I’m likely to take longer than eight weeks, I’ll always keep you in the loop but you’ll never be waiting more than three months!
WHAT EXACTLY CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE CEREMONY AND SPEECHES FOOTAGE?
Put simply, it’s just footage pulled straight from our cameras so you have a raw memory of the most important parts of the day without fancy editing and music put over the top!
WE’VE NOTICED THAT YOU USE A COUPLE’S FAVOURITE TRACK IN SOME OF YOUR VIDEOS – CAN WE DO THAT TOO?
I have moved away from creating these types of videos since I started the business, preferring to take the narrative approach to my wedding videos to tell the story of your day – I find it so much more emotive! Licensing popular music tracks is also a bit of a minefield so instead, I have access to a range of royalty free websites to source the best track to compliment your wedding footage. Most couples trust me to do this for them, but I am more than happy to work with you before your wedding to choose a track if you would prefer to have a say in this aspect of the production.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE SHOOTING OUR WEDDING?
Even though I am the face of the business, Video Lou has evolved into a husband and wife team with my husband, Adam joining me on many shoots. I only ever commit to one wedding a day, but due to additional work schedules outside of the videography business, there may be occasions when only one of us will be shooting your day. If you’d like two shooters, please let us know when you make your initial enquiry so we can ensure we are both available to film your wedding.
WE’VE NOTICED THAT YOU USE DRONE SHOTS IN SOME OF YOUR VIDEOS. HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Adam is the only one who can fly a drone so whether drone shots are included in your video partly depends on his availability. We know how wicked drone shots can look as part of a wedding film so whilst we always bring it with us on shoots, but we can’t guarantee whether it will be safe to fly which is why we don’t charge for it: there are all sorts of factors we need to consider including weather, airspace and whether your venue is happy for us to fly. We prefer to not fly drones over you and your guests – Adam will fly before your wedding celebrations begin or whilst you’re enjoying your wedding breakfast.
WE’RE WORRIED THAT BOOKING A VIDEOGRAPHER WILL MAKE A MEDIA CIRCUS OF OUR WEDDING. HAVE YOU ANY WORDS OF REASSURANCE?
I have spoken to countless couples with this concern and it’s a totally valid worry to have. In fact, nothing is more important to me than ensuring you and all of your guests are happy and relaxed throughout your wedding day – if you are being directed or have a camera pointed in your face, I won’t be able to capture you in the most natural way and therefore I pride myself in taking a subtle and unobtrusive approach to filming your day. You won’t hear a single instruction from me and I simply go in whatever direction your celebrations take me. As someone who has been there, done that and very much got the t-shirt, I can assure you that there are times in the day when you feel like the only two people in the room. My job is to show you what everyone else was doing at that moment as well as being able to transport you back there again and again!
I also use compact equipment and DSLR style cameras (that look like photography cameras) so you and your guests won’t feel like you’re on a wedding edition of ‘Big Brother’!
WE ASSUME YOU WILL BE COVERED BY ALL THE NECESSARY INSURANCES?
Absolutely! I have Public Liability and Indemnity insurance.