Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I decide on how many hours I need?
A: Most couples opt for 8 hours of coverage, but every wedding is unique. We’d be happy to look over your itinerary and make a recommendation based on the timing of your key events. When choosing between spending your hours on getting-ready footage or end-of-the-night dancing we always recommend leaning towards the earlier end of the spectrum. Pre-ceremony prep footage is really quite priceless and usually plays a large role in our videos. Of course we’d prefer to stay and shoot for as long as you’ll have us, but we can generally get enough good dancing footage for your highlight reel within about 30 minutes of the dance party getting started. You can always add hours to your package up to and including your actual wedding day, so you don’t need to commit to anything more than our 6 hour package to begin with.
Check out this sample timeline for a better idea as to how we work on a typical day. Click to enlarge:
Q: Can I split up my hours over the course of a day?
A: All packages are based on continuous hours of coverage starting when we arrive. If there are multiple locations, travel time between venues is included as part of those hours.
Q: Your base package looks great, but thats really more than I need. What if I just want a highlight reel?
A: During the process of creating our highlight reels we automatically go through and sync the multiple cameras from the ceremony and toasts. It’s part of our workflow and we have to create the separate videos in order to get to your finished highlight reel. If you truly don't want or need those videos, you may want to consider our new service, Merryweather Simple.
Q: Wow, thats more than I wanted to spend. Do you have a cheaper option?
A: Pricing for our standard packages is based on hiring professionals to capture a multi-camera, multi-microphone live-event as it happens with no do-overs. The same people who shoot a Merryweather Films wedding work on commercials, corporate videos, music videos, and independent films. Additionally, you’re paying a professional editing team to spend a minimum of 20 hours sifting through footage to create a series of well paced, fun and romantic videos. But I'm sure your uncle will do a good job too!
We understand that these packages are a significant investment, which is why we're happy to offer Merryweather Simple as a more affordable option.
Q: Why a three person camera crew? Wouldn’t one camera person be less conspicuous? I don’t want to feel like I have paparazzi at my wedding!
A: It may seem counter-intuitive but having more people covering your wedding actually allows us to be more discreet. Each member of our crew has a specific role to play and that allows each of us to remain on the sidelines getting continuous coverage. We are often told that our couples barely notice us and we like to keep it that way. Having a solid crew that works together well is a huge part of making that happen.
Q: Can you be in two places at the same time? My fiancé and I are getting ready in two different places.
A: Of course we can! That's just one of the many perks of hiring a crew rather than relying on a single shooter to cover your wedding day.
Q: How do you dress on a shoot?
Q: How do you get audio for the ceremony? What do the microphones look like?
A: We put a small black wireless lavalier microphone on both the groom and the officiant. They are very discreet and allow us to get really good clean audio of the vows. We also use on-camera condenser mics to capture room sound. Finally, if given permission by location management we will also tap directly into the house PA system.
Q: Can I meet with you to talk more about my wedding?
A: We'd be happy to meet with you to discuss the details of your wedding and answer any further questions that you may have. We can meet with you in person in Narberth or via online video chat depending on your preference.
Q: What is the turnaround time? How soon can I see my video?
A: Our teaser videos are delivered within two weeks of your wedding date and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube so you can easily share it with friends and family. Our highlight reels and ceremony edits are delivered in six months or less. We do offer a “rush edit” as an add-on. For an additional $600 you can have your videos delivered within 3 weeks.
Q: What types of events do you shoot?
A: The majority of our shoots are weddings, but we also shoot Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, birth announcement videos and parties. Our sister company, arsenal mediaworks, produces marketing and brand videos and does work for organizations like Penn Medicine, Movado, and The University of Pennsylvania, among others.
A: We are based in Narberth, PA, so the majority of our shoots take place in the greater Philadelphia area. We have captured weddings and mitzvahs in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Connecticut, and we are happy to discuss both local and destination weddings. Any additional travel costs will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Q: Where do you shoot? How far do you travel?
Q: Do you provide raw footage?
A: Yes! We will provide the unedited raw footage on an external hard drive for an additional $250. You can select it as an add-on at the time of booking or order it afterwards. The footage will be delivered in sub folders on the drive and organized in chronological order. For example, a folder entitled “01 Getting Ready Footage” with 50 clips followed by ”02 Pre-Ceremony Establishing Shots” with 25 clips, ”03 Wedding” with 75 clips etc.
Q: What do you mean by "Custom URL"? Who will be able to see my videos?
A: In addition to sending you DVD's and a flash drive, we upload your videos to a page on our website created just for you. These pages are designed to make it easy for you to share all of the videos with friends and family. The site address will look something like merryweatherfilms.com/jane-tom
Your privacy is incredibly important to us, so we allow you to select what is publicly viewable and what is private. Generally everyone loves to show off their highlight reel and teaser videos, but often the toasts can be very personal. Your personalized page is not listed anywhere on our site, and it's up to you to decide where and with whom to share it. For extra privacy, we can password protect individual videos or your entire page.
A: Of course! Merryweather Films is an LGBTQ friendly wedding video company!
Q: Do you shoot gay and lesbian wedding videos?
Q: How do I know if he/she is the right one?
A: Unfortunately, as a video company we try to refrain from giving relationship advice. We can, however, guarantee that you receive a beautiful document of your special day. Our videos have been statistically proven to increase feelings of affection between partners by an average of 250% [citation missing]