The wedding video is a timeless detail that can bring lasting memories for years to come There's a list of questions you should present to several wedding videographers prior to selecting ‘the one.' You can consider it an interview, where you are the boss that is looking to hire the right candidate for the job. And that's exactly how it is: you need someone to perform a task for you. Is this person qualified? Can they be trusted? Will they be able to deliver everything they're promising?

Instead of throwing your trust on the line, the following questions should let you know if this wedding videographer is ‘the one' you want to hire for your wedding.

How long have you been a wedding videographer?

Anyone with a camcorder can call themselves a ‘videographer' because they video-taped their kid sister's recital. You want to make sure you're dealing with a professional. How long has this person been in the business? How many weddings has this person documented? You want to make sure that you're hiring someone that's long-term, not here today-gone the day before your wedding.

Are you the same person that will videotape my wedding?

While this question may seem irrelevant, it's really not. Basically you're trying to find out if this is the person that will be documenting your wedding. Wouldn't you be surprised if someone else showed up? It actually happens. Confirm that this man/woman is the same person that will be taping your wedding video on your wedding day.

What kind of lighting do you use?

If they say natural light, walk the other way. This doesn't sound like a professional. Some videographers use lights on their cameras, others use stand-alone soft box-like lights.

What type of microphones do you use?

The quality of sound is just as important as the quality of the wedding video. What good is a videotape with muffles, echoes, and inaudible mumbling? Most modern grooms and brides wear wireless microphones on their tuxedos and gowns during the wedding ceremony. This way the exchange of vows can actually be heard. Make sure to discuss microphone placement with your videographer prior to the big day.

Can I have my Video on DVD instead of VHS?

It's a standard question. Many modern couples find VHS out-dated. Nevertheless, while DVD quality is much better, Videotapes can withstand a little more. If your DVD gets scratched, it may skip. Despite this, many videographers can customize their DVDs with wedding chapters, scene selections, and a customized case that displays your wedding picture.

How can I obtain a sample of your work?

Ideally, you want to see an actual demo VHS/DVD in person. However, it's a very contemporary trend for videographers to send you to their websites to view a polished sample of their recent work. Let the videographer know that you'd prefer to see an actual demo VHS tape or DVD.

Your John Hancock, please!

Ah, signing the contract. Before you put the tip of your pen to that paper, make sure that all of your verbal agreement coincide with what is written in print. Ask how much of a deposit is required and make sure that your deposit is removed from the final balance. Bring a close friend or your fiancé to witness the signing of the document. Never ever EVER pay for the total sum up front. You may regret it later.