You will find below a list of frequently asked questions and answers. Should you have any other questions or queries please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Are there any hidden expenses?

No - there's no hidden VAT or anything else.


Why are you less expensive, is this a weekend job?

No. I started working as a freelance filmmaker in 2002, and I’ve been making wedding videos since 2004. I update my equipment intermittently to make sure I’m using state-of-the-art equipment. As my show reel attests, I offer a great product at a much lower price than other videographers (in some cases, I charge less than half).


In order to keep prices competitive, I work alone (keeping the second camera on a tripod) and advertise through this website and through word of mouth - rather than more expensive channels such as wedding fayres and magazine ads.


Are videographers intrusive?

I’m not! My aim is to produce a film that captures the natural atmosphere of the day. This means I will stay out of everyone’s way, and won’t be asking guests to wave at the camera or film them while they're eating. The day is caught naturally as it unfolds. If the person leading the ceremony needs me to stay in a particular place without moving, I’ll capture the best footage I can while respecting his or her wishes. This is your day – I don’t want to invade on that.


How long do you stay for?

I will attend from the arrival of guests before the service through to evening celebrations after your first dance. This typically ranges between 7-9 hours, depending on your timings.


How long will it take for you to send me the finished film?

Providing I have everything you wish to include in your film (photographs, music etc.) then it won’t take any longer than three weeks, and might be less depending on how busy I am.


How long will my film be?

This will vary from one film to the next. It depends largely on the length of the ceremony, which can range from 20mins (if it’s in a registry office) and 1hr (if it’s a Catholic ceremony). Speech length will also make a difference. As a broad principal, a film will typically last more than 75mins and less than 2hrs including the edited highlights sequence.


Can I choose the music?

Yes. You can choose whatever music you like for the menu screen, the edited highlights and anything else you might like to use to underscore the film. But let me know in advance so the final film isn’t delayed.


Can you film messages from family and friends on the day?

As the day rolls on, guests tend to become more relaxed and are sometimes willing to leave a recorded message of warm wishes. I am happy to provide this, but help from one of your guests (or the best man) to help round people up will be appreciated. Also, note that while some guests are outgoing and enjoy talking on camera, others can become shy! So think about how confident your friends and family will be speaking to the camera.


What if I want something that isn’t listed?

If you want me to film the bridal preparations, or your wedding is outside Kent and London, or you want me to interview you both before the big day, email me to discuss it. I do my best to accommodate your needs, but there may be a surcharge.


Can I buy more copies of the DVD?

By all means – each additional copy is £15.


If you film in hi-definition, will we be able to watch it on my normal TV?

Yes. I film in the highest quality possible, and then export the footage so that it is viewable on any TV with any DVD player.


What equipment do you use?

I use a Canon XH-A1 camera, with a Rode NTG-2 microphone. I also use manfrotto tripods, and edit the film on a MacBook Pro. All of this equipment is industry standard. For the ceremony and speeches, I use a Canon HV30 camera as a secondary camera, which is also hi-definition.


How do I book?

Get in touch through the contact page, and let me know the details of your wedding. If I am free on that date and you’re within the catchment area, we can go ahead. I’ll email you a contract to fill in and sign, which you can print out and return with a 15% deposit. The remaining balance can be settled on the day, or prior to that if you prefer.


Alternatively, you can call me on 07786 917867 if you prefer to speak on the phone and I’ll be happy to address any questions you might have.


Are there other preparations I should make?

You would do well to check with your wedding ceremony venue as soon as possible that they are happy to allow filming of the service. Note that while it’s uncommon, some venues make an additional charge for the use of videographers and photographers.


Also consider in advance what music you might like to use for the summary of your day, and also what music you would like for the menu screen.


If you wish to talk through your plans for the day, speaking on the telephone works perfectly well. If you prefer to meet in person and you’re based in Kent, we should be able to arrange something.


Who runs Gold Band Films?

My name is Paul Taberham, I moved to Canterbury in 2007 and I’ve been working as a freelance filmmaker for nearly 10 years. I’ve been making wedding videos since 2004. In addition to working as a film maker, I’ve also taught Film Studies at degree level - first at Salford University while living in Manchester, and then at Kent University.





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