Assuming that you have asked all the questions you should be asking a videographer (check out the What to Ask Them article for advice here), that still leaves several questions which they should be asking you.
Outlined below are the main things that any videographer worth their salt should ask of you in advance of the day.
What is the timetable for the day?
Following on from your ‘are you available on our Wedding day?’ question, the videographer should look to identify exactly when and where you would like them to be. In order to produce an accurate cost, they will need to know both operational hours and the mileage involved.
Would you like me to explain Wedding Video processes and options to you?
Some videographers will say ‘hello’ and launch straight into the sales patter – trying to tell you about the history of videography, their in-depth knowledge and experience, their equipment in great depth, why they are better than everyone else, and so on. However, if you have genned-up on the whole videography field by reading books, magazines or websites such as this, then the last thing you want is someone who prefers the sound of their own voice to getting to know the wants and needs of the customer. All good videographers should find out what you know, then fill the gaps, not bombard you with spiel.
Do you know the kind of thing you are after?
Telling the videographer that you are after a classic or documentary style video is a start, but you should really expand on this. Classic movies done the ‘Hollywood’ way can be fantastic spectacles for some, but for others can be a little corny – so if it is a classic style you are after but without the ‘American cheese’ tell them this and don’t be afraid to do so. Likewise, if it is more fly-on-the-wall you are after, but would prefer that they do their best to make it as humorous as possible then tell them this also.