Frequently Asked Questions

Won’t the cameramen be obtrusive and disruptive?
Will you use wireless microphones?
What if my church has restrictions on video?
When does your coverage start?
How much do you charge?
How long will the finished tape be?
Do I have a choice of music?
Can I make copies of my wedding video?
Should I provide a meal for the videographers?
What about those obtrusive interviews?
When will I get my finished videotape?
Can you send me a sample tape?

Won’t the cameramen be obtrusive and disruptive?

We have heard horror stories of bright lights during the ceremony and videographers being pushy and dressed inappropriately. The kindest compliment anyone ever gives us is, "I never even saw you all day". We make every effort to record your wedding unobtrusively, remaining stationary at the ceremony and using a documentary style in all of our taping. Except for rare occasions, we never set up shots or ask you to do something for the camera.

Will you use wireless microphones?

We use a very high quality lavaliere "clip-on" wireless microphone and it is usually the groom who is chosen to wear it. The microphone picks up sound within 5-10 ft.
No, we do not use it to record your personal conversations through the course of the ceremony. We only enable the mike for the vows and ring exchange.

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What if my church has restrictions on video?

It is the client’s responsibility to find out if there are any restrictions on videography wherever the event takes place, and to notify the studio well in advance. Many churches and synagogues have guidelines, such as no flash photography and no moving around during the ceremony, and understandably so. The place of worship is not a television studio.
We strive to place a camera in a position which affords us a clear view of your faces during the ceremony. This is not always possible, because some churches restrict the camera position to a limited area. And it is not always the best position from a cameraman point of view. Be sure to find out what is allowed before the day of the event and let us know, so we can discuss your particular situation.
Video Memories asks for access to the site of the ceremony 1 hour prior to the scheduled starting time in order to set up and test our equipment.

When does your coverage start?

We typically turn the cameras on 30-45 min. before the beginning of the ceremony.

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How much do you charge?

Our prices start at about $1,200 for a typical event. We have over 15 years video production experience, and use high-quality professional equipment. A selection of several packages is available to you, as well as a custom designed production. The price is affected to some degree by how elaborate post production editing is. We encourage you to shop around and compare, but please LOOK at the actual work, don’t just shop by phone.

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How long will the finished tape be?

We like to edit a complete production down to between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours. That would include an opening Photo Montage, pre-ceremony coverage, ceremony, reception and a highlight recap. We may shoot up to 3-4 hours of raw, unedited tape, so it can take us up to 25-35 hours to put the edited version together. We also can supply a VHS copy of all the raw footage for your archival records.

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Do I have a choice of music?

Yes, we encourage you to select music for the photo montage and the recap segment. The studio requests that you provide all music to be used (preferably on CD) and assume all responsibility in respect to copyright laws. We will help you with the music selection as needed.

Can I make copies of my wedding video?

Although it is illegal to copy a tape that has a copyright, we generally do not object to that, and do not treat duplication as a revenue source. But, we want you to know, that any copies that you make will suffer serious degradation. The colors will not be as vibrant and in overall there will be a loss in sharpness. All of our copies are made either from our digital editing system or the S-VHS edit master to provide for the best picture quality.

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Should I provide a meal for the videographers?

We are on the job for sometimes up to 10 hours between the time we arrive at the ceremony and the time we leave the reception. It is a welcome courtesy if you provide a meal for your videographers, and to provide it quickly so that we are ready to work again at a moment’s notice.
It is very important to do this the same time as when the main course is being served.

What about those obtrusive interviews?

We do not go around from table to table putting people on the spot to, "say something for the bride and groom". Rather, we set up a camera somewhere in adjacent room or in a lobby and invite people to come up and say a few words voluntarily. This puts your guests at ease, and they are more willing to participate. Be sure to let us know if you want interviews and if anybody in particular.

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When will I get my finished videotape?

Normal production time is 1-2 months after the event. We encourage everyone to gather all photos for the Childhood Montage, as well as all musical selections, and give them to us 2 weeks prior to the wedding. Otherwise we find that if you wait until after the event to get these materials to us , it results in unnecessary delays.

Can you send me a sample tape?

It is our policy to not send out samples of our work. We prefer meeting our prospective clients in person and to show several samples of our tapes. This allows us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. This is a very personal service that we provide and we feel that we cannot deliver our best work if we do not meet the principal people involved in the event. The great majority of our work is done by referral.

Please call us if you have any further questions.

Thanks again!

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