About to get hitched? Congratulations!
Now, you obviously don’t want all those months of planning to go to waste, which means you likely need a wedding videographer to capture all those special moments and make sure you don’t miss any second!
That said, how much does a wedding videographer actually cost? And what are the benefits to hiring one instead of going DIY? In this blog post, we’ll go over the average cost of a wedding videographer, as well as what goes behind that cost and some additional tips.
Let’s get to it!
Before anything, you’re probably wondering, “my phone already has a high-quality camera, so do I still need a wedding videographer?” The answer, of course, is yes! Because while it’s true that your smartphone has a very good camera, you are not there to record the wedding, but rather enjoy the event!
This is where the wedding videographer comes into the picture, as they are tasked with capturing all the intricate details, spontaneous moments, and unseen instances of your wedding. What’s more, professional videographers are also storytellers in a way, weaving together everything into a cohesive narrative for you to enjoy later.
So, while smartphones are convenient, they simply cannot replace the skill and dedication that a professional wedding videographer will bring to the table.
In general, the average cost of a wedding videographer will cost you anywhere from $2,000-$3,500. The range itself depends on plenty of factors, which often includes the services that are offered with your package.
Packages itself range from basic coverage to an all-inclusive deal, which covers everything from the bride and groom preparing up until the end of the reception party.
While it varies, here are some of most common packages that wedding videographers offer for their services:
As the cheapest wedding videographer package (usually around $1,000-$2,000), this is ideal for couples who don’t want to shell out too much for their wedding. Usually, this covers the ceremony and the reception (around 6 hours), and includes a highlight reel that captures key moments.
Also called the mid-range deal, the standard package will cost you somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000. This typically includes pre-ceremony preparations alongside the ceremony and reception (around 10 hours). Of course, both the coverage and editing takes a step-up, and you can expect a more comprehensive wedding video.
Also known as the all-inclusive deal, this package includes up to 12 hours of coverage, and also usually includes advanced editing on both the highlight reel and full-length video. Depending on the package, it can also come with aerial footage, an additional videographer, and even same-day edit. Of course, expect to shell out a bit more in this package, as it costs anywhere between $4,000-$6,000, or even more.
Now, you’re probably wondering, “where does all my money go?” Good question! And in this section, we’ll explore all the factors that affect the pricing of wedding videographers.
Perhaps the biggest factor behind a wedding videographer’s pricing is their experience and reputation. Much like a decorated chef charging top dollar for a well-prepared meal, reputable videographers are able to charge higher fees thanks to their skills. After all, they’re the ones who have already brought results countless times, so you are sure that your money won’t go to waste!
An understated factor behind the wedding videographer fees is regional demand and the cost of living. For example, hiring a wedding videographer from an urban area where the cost of living is higher will net you a higher price tag. That said, videographers in urban areas may have more immediate access to better resources and equipment, which leads to better results.
Of course, the longer the wedding videographers stay to record videos, the higher their fees will be. On the other hand, having full-day coverage of your wedding is usually a great deal, as it means there’s plenty of footage that the videographer can work with. Of course, it still boils down to your preferences, and what you want to cover as their client.
Aside from the usual ceremony and reception coverage, wedding videographers also provide additional services that contribute to overall feels. This usually includes drone and aerial footage, multiple cameras, and even same-day edits so you can watch your wedding video right after reception!
Another factor that impacts pricing is the intricacy and creativity of your wedding video. Do you want it edited like a traditional wedding video? Like a Disney film? Or an emotional music video? Whatever your preferences may be, expect to pay a higher fee for the end result!
Unless you want your wedding video to look like it was filmed with a potato, you obviously want a wedding videographer that uses quality equipment to shoot, and that leads to higher fees. After all, quality wedding videos require quality equipment, and quality equipment is often never cheap.
Now that we’ve gone over the factors that affect their pricing, what exactly do you get out of a wedding videographer? Here are some top benefits that might convince you to finally go over the edge if you’re still undecided!
One of the best benefits of having a wedding videographer is because they’re tasked with capturing all the raw emotions, spoken vows, and reactions during the ceremony, everyone else (especially you and your partner) can fully enjoy the moment and be “in it.”
A professionally edited video provides a timeless memento that you can share with future generations. It’s not just a video, but an immortal proof of that special day you spent together!
Have some friends or family that unfortunately missed the big day? No worries, as you can easily share your wedding video to everyone so they too can enjoy it… or see all the fun that they missed, kidding!
Recalling memories of your special day is priceless of course, but why not have a high-quality video of it complete with cinematic quality? This way, you don’t just have photos to look back on, but an actual video to better relive your big day!
The best videographers (*clears throat* like our team at Video Kings) are skilled in capturing candid moments, behind-the-scenes preparations, and spontaneous interactions that may go unnoticed. You’ll be surprised by just how many of these special moments are captured in the final edit!
Finally, let’s go over some important tips to keep in mind when looking to hire your own professional wedding videographer.
Read reviews and testimonials from previous clients. Platforms like Wedding Wire can provide insights into a videographer’s professionalism and the quality of their work.
Additionally, you can also check the reviews of our very own wedding videographers on our own website, at your convenience.
Aside from reviews, it’s also recommended that you examine the videographer’s portfolio to ensure their style aligns with your vision. Look for diversity in their work to ensure they can adapt to different settings and preferences, such as yours.
If possible, schedule a face-to-face meeting (or a virtual consultation) and get a sense of the videographer’s personality. After all, you wouldn’t entrust your wedding video (and money) on a videographer that you don’t vibe with, right?
Request references from the videographer to hear firsthand about the experiences of other couples. Personal recommendations from other people can be invaluable in making your decision, as they are not there to sell you their services.
Clearly understand what is included in each package and any potential additional costs. Transparency in pricing ensures there are no surprises for you and your bank account later on.
Finally, make sure to take some time to carefully review the contract before committing. Pay attention to details such as the delivery timeline, the number of videographers present on the day, and any additional fees. This way, you’ll get a very clear grasp of what you’re actually spending for.
And that concludes our blog post on how much a wedding videographer costs! Just keep in mind that if you do eventually decide to hire one, you’re not just paying for a video, but a time capsule of a special day that you can relive over and over!
So set your budget, go over our tips, and look for the videographer that best fits your vision for your big day!
But just in case you don’t have time to go over every nook and cranny just for a wedding videographer, then consider our services here at Video Kings!
Whether you want a traditional wedding video or want to go all-out with all the bells and whistles, our team of talented videographers have the know-how to bring your vision to life, all at rates and packages that won’t make your wallet scream. We also offer friendly customer service, because we believe good business starts right when you first inquire.
So, contact us today or request a quote and we will immediately be in touch. Happy wedding planning!