Keep yourself safe with our 5 point checklist!
It has come to our attention recently about a number of engaged couples who have been let down or all out scammed by their wedding videographer or photographer.
The stories vary, but its the same old thing over and over:
“We paid them a deposit and then never heard from them ever again.”
We find this quite annoying as it puts the Wedding Videography industry that we are part of, in a terrible light and I personally would hate to be in the same society as the people who do these horrible scams.
So to keep yourself safe and ensure that you don’t fall foul for these scams, here is OYFE Productions 5 point checklist to consider.
Number 1 – Check out their work THOROUGHLY!
Before engaging a wedding videographer or photographer take a good, hard look at their work – is it done well, does it match up with your style and the kinds of things that you like?
For videography, look at a wide selection of their videos, are they consistent, do they have a similar feel and vibe to them? For bonus points check their logos and any info they put at the end or start of their videos, do these logos match the company logo that they work for?
Number 2 – Check out their social media!
If you’ve found someone who seems AWESOME and you want them to shoot your wedding, it pays to have a poke around at their social media. Are their videos consistent across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram?
Have a deeper look, how long have they been posting/tweeting for? Anything less than 6 months or a year should be a warning sign!
Have a look at their reviews and any testimonials they have shared, are they unique?
Do the names match up with videos they have shared, do they seem legitimate?
Number 3 – Book in a meeting
I know that we live in an immediate world and we can get stuff instantly, the scammers will always prey on the people who can’t wait. So before handing over a penny to anyone, meet up with them first, either in person or on Skype so you can see who is potentially filming your wedding. When you do meet them, challenge everything and ask them questions, maybe ask them further details on their videos that you have seen – you will soon tell if they are legit.
At OYFE Productions we always meet up with clients before their wedding to discuss all the plans, and if distance is a problem, we always get our people to Skype us or use Facetime for an ‘in-person’ chat.
Scammers do not want you to see their face.
It is also an idea to randomly give them a call and ask about their wedding services, if there is no answer or response then you know who you are dealing with.
Number 4 – Check contact details
Always find out who is involved with a company or business that you engage for your wedding videography and keep a note of name, address and contact numbers, emails etc of who you spoke with when you booked.
There is no point trusting Facebook to remember everything for you, Facebook pages can be deleted in a flash leaving you with no recourse to contact a scammer who has done a runner with your hard earned cash.
Number 5 – See a contract or terms of service document
To have a leg to stand on in a court situation, if you have a contract that a company has failed to deliver on then you can seek compensation.
Before paying a deposit, see a contract. A good company will send you a videography contract that has been signed and details everything that they are going to do for you and how much and all the other (rather boring) terms of service.
Get a contract, read it carefully before signing and keep copies. No contract, no booking.
BONUS Number 6 – The best way to avoid scams
We hope that you find this article useful and we can’t help but point out that you can save yourself a whole load of hassle by simply getting in touch with Adam from OYFE Productions. He will book you in professionally, take care of you, give you a wedding videography contract, deliver all the things you ask for and you will get awesome wedding videography into the bargain!
Be safe out there and you know where to find us if you need us!