QHow much of the day are you available to video?

AI am available for the complete day if needed (see package details).  As part of the package I would normally start filming preparations about 2 hours before the ceremony (depending on the distance to the ceremony venue if preparations are at a different place).  I would film up to the end of the First Dance (assuming it finishes around 21:00)

QShould we give you any food? 

AI do not expect any food; I normally sort out our own meals and refreshments...saying that, it is always nice when food is provided so I don't have to worry about it

QHow do we pay?

ACash, Cheque (payable to CMTV), BACS (Bank transfer - details will be emailed to you), PayPal or debit/credit card (via this web site, see bottom of page).  Details of payment will be given within the initial booking email - normally it's deposit on booking and final payment after the wedding

QWhy do some videographers charge a lot more than you, would I get more from them?


ABasically, because they can get away with it.  I am a full time cameramen and so we've worked out our costs and that's what I charge.  My equipment is professional and expensive, but more than that, I know how to use it properly.  Some will provide two cameramen - however, I set up at least two, normally three cameras at the ceremony

QHow do I make a booking?

AJust email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or return inquiry form below, asking if I am available for your date.  Assuming your date is available, I will email you the Information-Request-Form to fill out and return.  A non-returnable deposit of £300 is also required at that stage which confirms the booking

QCan I choose my own music?

AMusic is put on the Highlights Video, but not the Full Days video.  The Information-Request form includes a section for entering your music request - I would suggest the music of the first dance is used, but it is up to you

QDo you have all the correct copyright licenses for any music used or recorded?

AYes, I do have the correct music licenses in place.  For every DVD produced I have a Limited Manufacture & PPL License which covers the recorded music that is used in the final DVD/USB memory, including any music recorded in the church or played by musicians during the day or played in a disco type environment.  This is all included in the price (However, occasionally, mainly in a Church situation, an organist may play his own composed piece of work - there may be a cost involved in duplicating this, or an organist may require an extra cost for their playing to be recorded)

QWho owns the copyrights to the filming of our wedding?

AOnce final payment has been made, you will own the copyright to the videos of your wedding.  However, I do retain the rights to use recordings taken at your wedding for the promotion of Coventry Wedding Videos, but I cannot gain a profit from it.  Your Highlights Video may be put on my website for others to see, unless you request for me not to do this

QDo I need a video licence?

ASome venues, mainly Churches, require you to purchase a video licence before filming can take place within the premises.  This is by their discretion for the privileged of you having a film of their nice building and the costs incurred by them for this to happen.  To view the recommendations given to Vicars and clergy at Church of England Churches click here.  It is your responsibility to advise the venue that a videographer will be present, and also to pay any associated fees

QWhat kind of equipment do you use?

AEverything I use is professional equipment.  I use at least 3 cameras at the ceremony, radio mics, a rifle mic etc.  My main cameras include a Sony EA50 and we also use GoPro cameras.  My edit suite uses the latest edition of Adobe Premier Pro software

QWhy receive videos on a USB memory stick?hearts

AMore and more people are viewing videos from a computer rather than a DVD player.  The USB stick is an 8Gb memory stick and the videos are in .mpg format, so most computers will be able to view them, and it can be plugged into some smart TVs.  You will also then be able to edit and copy the videos.  I would suggest, as soon as you receive the USB memory stick, that you copy the videos to the hard drive memory of your computer; as a back-up.  But you can also use the memory stick for use on other occasions

QWhat video format do you record in?

AI record onto memory cards in widescreen High Definition (HD), PAL format.  Other formats can be used on request but may incur an extra charge.  The final DVD's are in widescreen standard definition (SD), PAL.  If you require High Definition we charge £150.00 extra - you will then get the video media in HD on a Blue-ray disc

QDo you use extra lighting?

AOccasionally - however, the better the lighting, the better the quality of the video picture.  I do have video lights we use for commercial filming etc., but feel that to bring in extra lighting to a wedding would distract from what is happening and change the natural atmosphere.  Also, as soon as I put a video light on the top of our cameras, people know that I'm filming them and are self conscious and embarrassed.  The upturn of this, is that some small portions of the final video might be 'grainy', a sort of black snow in darker patches - this occurs as the camera is trying to lighten a dark room or disco floor.  But occasionally I use video lights for the Cutting of The Cake and the First Dance if the room is very dark

QShould we totally ignore you on the day?

AIt’s up to you.  I appreciate that on your wedding day, with all your friends around, the last thing you want is to be bothered by the videographer, so I try and ‘melt into background’ as much as possible and just film the action as it happens naturally.  That said, it is lovely when people acknowledge the camera and wave or say ‘hello’ as it really gives your video that personal touch.  Please forgive me, but after introductions, I probably won't talk to you for the rest of the day - this isn't because I'm not sociable, but during filming if I talk it would be on your video

QDo you move around during the ceremony?

AI would normally set up my video tripod on the right hand side - as you look towards the front of the ceremony room.  The other cameras I use would be fixed in other places in the room for me to edit and cut shots from different angles.  It is also normal for the videographer to have a chat to the Registrar before hand, they normally ask me not to move around during the ceremony, up until the signing of the register. Also Vicars very often request that I don't move around during the ceremony - some Vicars don't allow us down the front of the Church to film...on rehersal it is worth checking with the Vicar

QDo you record the signing of the register?

AI are not allowed to have video cameras recording during the actual signing of the register if there is a chance of the register being on film - due to the possibility that other peoples details may be caught on camera. However, if the signing of the register is in a separate room filming will continue in the main ceremony room.  After the official signing has taken place, a mock signing is normally set-up; this I do film

QDo you travel?

AYes, I will travel to any wedding.  However, any distance outside the Midlands (within the Midlands is covered free) will incur a mileage and travel time charge, but at a reasonable rate - 40p/mile


QHow long will it take for my DVD to be finished?

AI aim to have your wedding DVD delivered to you within 3-4 weeks of your wedding day.  The Highlights video will be completed first and posted to Vimeo for you to view.  This shorter version can be edited twice; the final USB and DVD's are then produced.  Quite often it is quicker than this and I will let you know as soon as it is ready

QHow long (duration) will the final film be?

A It is normally around 1½ to 2 hours long, mainly depending on length of ceremony and speeches. If needs be, I limit the recording of both the Highlights and Full videos to one DVD's length - 02:40

QWhat happens if we need extra copies of the final DVD/USB memory stick?

AThe package price includes a FREE USB memory stick copy - extra USB and DVD's are available - see 'Package' page

To Contact Me

To find out if I am available for your date, please contact me either by email: Peter@coventryweddingvideos.co.uk or use the form below to send me the information I need.  Thank you.