Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully any questions you may have are answered below but if not please feel free to contact me with your enquiry, I'm always happy to help.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Rochdale. Lancashire. 30 minutes from Central Manchester

HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
I’m happy and willing to travel anywhere.

ARE THERE ANY TRAVEL COSTS?
I’ll travel anywhere within 60 miles of home for free, and anything beyond that is charged at 45p per mile.
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), and the night after (to make sure I can stay until the dancing starts). All I need is a room in a hotel somewhere nearby.

DO WE GET OUR CEREMONY AND SPEECHES IN FULL?
Yes. With both packages you also receive your full ceremony and speeches separately. These will be uncut and captured from at least 2 camera angles.

DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
Upon booking, a non-refundable deposit of £200 is required. The remaining balance is then due 4 weeks before your wedding date. Although you can pay in instalments if it helps with your plans.

CAN WE HAVE THE RAW FOOTAGE FROM THE FILM?
Of course! For an additional fee I will happily provide you with a timeline of everything I shot on your day. I also keep all raw footage from my weddings up to a year after, so this doesn’t need to be factored into your budget right away.

WHAT TIME DO YOU STAY UNTIL?
I will leave 30-60 minutes after the first dance, once I have plenty of footage of your friends and family joining you on the dance floor.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR EQUIPMENT FAILS OR BREAKS?
I always carry enough spares to replace any broken equipment within seconds, including cameras and lenses.

DO YOU RECORD SOUND?
During the ceremony I record the audio of the bride and groom using a small, discreet recording device clipped into the groom’s jacket pocket. I will also attach these devices to any lecterns or microphone stands to capture the readings during the ceremony. For the speeches I will again clip the recording devices to all the speakers where possible.

CAN WE USE OUR FAVOURITE SONGS FOR THE FILM?
Unfortunately, no. To use any music in your wedding film it needs to be licensed. For any mainstream music this could cost thousands. I use subscription websites such as Soundstripe and Musicbed to find the right music that fits the feeling of your film.

HOW LONG WILL THE FILM LAST?
I include two films in my packages. A ‘Highlight’ film which is 4-5 minutes in length, and a ‘Feature’ film which is between 15-20 minutes.

DO YOU OFFER PHOTOGRAPHY?
No, but I do work closely with a number of excellent photographers who I can highly recommend.


CAN YOU WORK ALONGSIDE OUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
Absolutely! More often than not I work alongside wedding photographers. In many years working as a wedding videographer, I have never had a problem working with a photographer. As professionals we can work together and around each other so that your day can run seamlessly, knowing that the all-important moments are being captured on film and in photos.

HOW LONG AFTER THE WEDDING WILL WE RECEIVE OUR FILM?
Your Highlight film should be ready for you to share with your friends and family within 2 weeks of your wedding date. Each wedding requires a lot of attention to detail, and that process can take time, especially during the busy months. However, I try to ensure your full wedding film will be ready within 16 weeks.

HOW WILL WE RECEIVE OUR FILMS?
The finished films are delivered to you online, with your own private ‘Blu-Ray’ style menu. From this menu you are able to download all the video files for yourselves as many times as you want and do with them what you please! You can also simply share the link I send you to your friends and family right away, and they too will be able to browse the password protected menu and watch the films straight from their laptops, Smart TVs, phones, tablets etc.
Wooden, personalised USB packaging is available for an extra, small fee.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BECOME ILL OR HAVE AN ACCIDENT BEFORE THE WEDDING AND CANNOT MAKE IT?
Unfortunately, these unforeseen things can happen. In the unlikely event, of which you will be notified as soon as possible, and a complete refund of all monies paid up to that point will be transferred. But no need to panic! I am a member of many Wedding Videography groups and will be able to send across a list of available replacements within a matter of minutes.

DO WE NEED TO MEET UP BEFORE THE WEDDING?
I prefer to but sometimes it just doesn’t fit into your schedule! A percentage of my couples don’t meet me face to face until the day of the wedding. However, I am more than happy to meet any couple wherever possible if they would like to see if I’m the right fit for them.

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
I book all my couples on a first come first served basis. The date is only yours once a booking fee payment has been transferred. The final balance is then to be paid no later than 4 weeks before the wedding date.
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HOW WILL THINGS WORK ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
Nearer to your wedding day, I’ll get in touch and ask for a more detailed running order so that I can be in the right place, at the right time to document your day. On the day itself, I will be as inconspicuous as possible, allowing the day to unfold naturally. You can trust that I will capture what is needed for your wedding video, so you can enjoy your day knowing you’ll be able to relive it in beautiful HD quality.