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Choosing your Videographer

A well made video will become a treasured reminder of our special day.However, it is one of the most difficult of video productions to undertake, requiring dedicated equipment and very special skills. It is unwise to entrust the task to a family member or friend who happens to have a camcorder and is longing to “have a go”.

A professional videographer will use a minimum of two cameras far superior to the average domestic camcorder plus specialist microphones and other ancillary equipment. Naturally, this all comes at a price and caution should be exercised when seeking a videographer. These tend to fall into 3 main groups:-

  1. Full time professional videographers
  2. Part time semi professional
  3. Hobbyist

Many true professional videographers will belong to a trade organization such as the Institute of Videography. All Institute members must adhere to a strict code of practice in the conduct of their business, have an understanding of legal requirements (eg copyright issues and Health and Safety regulations) and should also possess both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.

It is also very important for your videographer to be able to blend with your guests, work unobtrusively and not encroach on your privacy. It is normal for couples to be nervous on their special day and the videographer must be able to capture the moment without your being aware of their presence.

During your search you will notice large variations in fees charged. Bear in mind the costs a true professional must face when deciding a fee. Domestic camcorders simply are not suitable for the task so most professionals will use cameras costing from £5000 to £25000 each. Editing after the event will require many hours. We would suggest couples anticipate a minimum fee of £900, but this could increase to £2000 or £3000 depending on the equipment in use. Those who book early, at least a year
in advance, can often obtain a better price for early booking.

Our recommendations for your checklist:

  • Qualified member of a trade organization
  • Professional or part-time semi-professional
  • Fully insured
  • Copyright licences provided
  • Correct equipment and necessary skills
  • Sufficient cameras/operators
  • Sample video with correct exposure, no hunting for focus and no shaky shots. Also ensure it is their own work and not pirated
  • Expect to pay £900 minimum
  • Meet your videographer in person before deciding. REMEMBER It is not that latest, high tech camera that is making your wedding DVD, it is the person behind the camera.

Article supplied by videobymike

Top tips for finding the perfect wedding band to perform at your wedding

On average it’s estimated that if you’re planning a wedding this year, you can expect to spend approximately 250 hours bringing this most special and important day to fruition. How much time will YOU spend finding the perfect wedding band?

HARD TO HANDLE band are one of the busiest wedding bands working in the UK today. Try following our five top tips for finding the perfect wedding band!

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Take a good look at the type of band you may be interested in booking. It’s best to prepare questions to ask in advance. Are you sure that the eight piece band you have found will be suitable for the wedding reception venue you have booked? Do they play UK wide or are they based in one particular area? Will they provide you with a contract to safeguard your rights?


Not all bands are suitable to perform at wedding receptions. The band you see playing at your local bar may sound great, but will they be able to perform the type of music suitable for a wedding reception? Bar and pub bands play loud music often in one genre. That might be great for a little while, but bands that specialise in playing wedding receptions know that the key to success is a broad repertoire, from classic hits to modern music.


The venue you hire for your wedding reception will probably have certain requirements of the band you book. Many venues have installed sound limiters designed govern how loud a band can play. This means that if a band plays over a certain level of sound, electrical power will be cut. The result? No music! Ask the band you are interested in booking if they have experience working with sound limiters.


As with all the services you book for your wedding reception, you need to be sure that you are getting the best value for money. When you ask a band for their price, ask them if this is their final quote. Some bands will attempt to add extras fees to their quote at a later date – fees for accommodation, food, even hire of band


You wouldn’t entrust the repair of your car to a part time mechanic, or a call plumber who has a day job working in an office, so why consider booking a band that only perform part time? Many function bands only play once or twice per month as a hobby and work in “normal” weekday jobs. Do you really want to risk booking a band whose members may be stuck in rush hour traffic after finishing work on the day of your wedding reception?

Hard To Handle band are a highly versatile function band and have performed at literally hundreds of wedding receptions UK wide. With a wide ranging repertoire and top class musicians, the band is one of the most sought after acts performing in the UK today!

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