Essex Wedding Video - Philip Smith Visual

FAQ – How I produce my Essex Wedding Videos and Wedding Films
What are the prices?

The best thing is to first email me for all the info on prices & pricing structure. I’m based on the Essex / Suffolk border & travel all over the UK – but any Weddings more than 50 miles from my base will incur some minor travel costs – but we’ll talk all these through at the time of enquiry. If travel clocks in at more than 2 hours, I usually need accommodation the night before (so that I’m there early enough to film you getting ready). A simple Premier Inn will do, but again we can chat about this.

What is the booking process?

I’m really easy when it comes to the booking process & am always happy to chat through everything with couples. Some couples like to book straight away once they know their date is free, others like to talk through it all. I’m happy to do whatever makes you guys feel comfortable.

The first step is to email through & see if the date is free. If so, I’ll send over some info on the packages & prices for you to look over. Then we can chat or you can jump straight ahead & tell me what package you’d like to book. From there I’ll send you an invoice for the booking fee which is 20% of the total, along with some terms & conditions of booking. Once the deposit is paid we’re all booked in & good to go. I generally get in touch with couples around a month before the wedding, when I’ll send out the final invoice & the Plan of the Day form for you to fill out with all the timings & plan for the wedding. From there we’ll have a final chat to confirm the timings & locations & all the details then it’s good to go!

How long are you with us on the day?

The time that I will start filming very much depends on the specific timings of your day, but I will generally start filming around 3 hours before the service, up until after the first dance – but of course this is all dependent on the events you have planned on the day & the timings of everything. Generally I’m on site for 10 hours. We’ll chat through all of this during the process, but I always stay until after the first dance.

My venue has filming restrictions – can we work around this?

Always – although this is very rare, it is the couple’s responsibility to find out if any such restrictions are in place. If so, please let me know straight away & we can try our best to work around them. Some Churches ask for an extra fee to have the ceremony filmed, & again this is the couple’s responsibility to make this arrangement before the wedding.

When will we get the films back?

Filming the day is just the start of the process, the real magic comes in the edit. Even after I’ve edited everything together & made everything look stunning I then have to colour grade each shot before mixing all the audio, encoding the films & uploading. This all takes time. My aim is to deliver the finished films within 6 weeks, but sometimes this process does take a little longer.

Good editing takes time and I’d rather not rush the film back before it’s looking amazing

Do you have insurance?

Yes, I have full Public Liability Insurance which can be provided on request. I’m also a qualified First Aider – although I’ve never had to use this at at wedding.

How do I know you won’t lose our video?

After every wedding, I immediately back up everything I filmed that day onto an external hard drive. Then, when I get back to the studio, I back this up again onto another hard drive; for good measure, I also back it up to a third hard drive, which is kept off-site. That way, if anything happens to my local physical copies, there’s always another backup somewhere to make sure your footage is safe. Your finished films are uploaded to a separate server & are password protected so you can control who sees your films. 

Have you been to our venue before / worked with our photographer?

With almost 250 weddings under my belt, chances are that I have. If not, I usually do some recce-ing of the venue on the morning day of the wedding & look though images & films of the venue online to get an idea of the flow of the venue. Of course on the day keeping in close contact with your wedding planner always helps!

Photographer wise – again, I’ve met & worked alongside loads of brilliant people & I’m aways excited to work alongside a new photographer at a wedding – as well as the ones I know well. My aim is to make sure you get great images – be that photo AND video, so I always work closely with your photographer to make sure you get brilliant film & stills of your wedding.

Do we supply food for you?

This would be greatly appreciated. A wedding day is a LONG day to work – over 10 hours on your feet without a chance to sit & take time out. Most venues have supplier meals ready to go for you to order & any food that you provide to photographers & videographers is always greatly appreciated.  However, if this is not possible please let me know before the wedding.

Anything I’ve not covered here – do drop me a line and we can talk through everything!