There are times and events in life (such as birthday parties marking less significant years) at which it is perfectly reasonable to let an amateur videographer loose with an inexpensive home video HD recorder or an old camcorder, but a once-in-a-lifetime wedding is not one such event.
Wedding video production is a profession and brides and grooms who want the ceremony and reception captured on video or electronically should hire a professional. An experienced videographer will have filmed many weddings and will instinctively know where to point the camera to capture just the right moment. He or she will also keep the subjects correctly in the frame throughout the event. (It is practically a hallmark of amateurs to accidentally cut part of someone's body out of the frame at the worst possible time.)
Editing skills are essential as well. You've probably heard how Hollywood movies shoot many times more footage than is actually used in the final film. A wedding is no different. The camera operator will keep the camera running continuously, but you probably wouldn't want to sit through every second of the raw footage even if you are the star of the day. It will be much more enjoyable to view a sleekly edited wedding video involving transitions, sound effects, and the highlights of the wedding.
Competition for the best videographers is just as intense as that for the most popular venues. In other words, as you pick a date, you should begin your search for the best wedding video producer you can find. Just as with different venues, you may discover a wide range of pricing. Your best bet is to talk to previous clients if possible and to ask to view multiple examples of weddings that the person has worked on. It should be immediately apparent when viewing samples from different vendors which ones have the superior shooting and editing skills as well the style you prefer.
One consideration that is easily overlooked, but can make a huge difference in the outcome of the final video is the setting and the skill of the videographer to work in that setting. In other words, you need to make sure that the person you choose will be able to handle the specifics of your wedding. Shooting footage for an inside Church wedding with controlled or semi-controlled lighting is very different from shooting outside with the moving sun constantly changing the lighting conditions.
Wedding videos are memories in tangible form. Act accordingly when choosing your videographer and wedding production service.