(Closed) how much does a videographer actually cost??

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is a videographer really worth it?
    Yes! you will not regret it! : (9 votes)
    45 %
    No, you can live without it : (4 votes)
    20 %
    Just have a family member record it and live without the super cute reel : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Only if you can get it for the right price : (5 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I think it depends on a lot of things… if you are just looking for a documentary edit (straight up taping of the ceremony and key parts of the reception) you can probably do $500 – $1500 … if you are looking for a cinematic edit where they put together a highlight reel, make it look like a movie set to music etc. (which usually also comes with a documentary edit), it could run you anywhere from $1000 to $8000 depending on the quality and average pricing of your location.  And of course you can look on Craigslist, advertise for local film students, or go with a wedding specific vendor (which are the ones that will charge on the higher end of the scale).

    If you can get it into your budget though, I  think it is an amazing record of your wedding!!

    Post # 4
    Member
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Good video costs as much or more than good photography.  In a major metro area like Baltimore/DC I would suspect that starting prices would be in the 3000 range.  A lot of people prioritize photos first (which as a photographer I appreciate), but I’ve worked with some amazing video people who really should be thought of as cinematographers.

    Post # 5
    Member
    11753 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @MrsB22:  It’s worth it to me.  Our package was around $7000 but I’m sure there are ranges of pricing like anything else.

    Post # 6
    Bee
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

    Absolutely worth it!! I watch mine over and over and over again. Although we love our photos, it’s wonderful to have the full ceremony, the toasts, first dances, etc. We snagged ours for $1500 and it was worth every penny.

    You will find a range of prices for videography and a lot of it depends on your geographic region and what kind of video you’re looking for.

    Good luck!

    Post # 8
    Member
    3825 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Around $1000-$2000 in the Baltimore area. I wanted it at first but it’s been cut from the budget. Rather put the money into really really great photos ($3,000-$4,000)

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    16217 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Ask your photographer for recommendations. We booked a videographer based on a referral from our photographer. Our videographer gave us a discount because he and the photographer love working on weddings together! 🙂

    Post # 10
    Member
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @Gemstone:  This is a good point.  I have a videographer that I work exceptionally well with, and together we creatively elevate each other instead of competing for time.  Book us together and we offer a small discount, but the real advantage is having professionals who work well together.

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    16217 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    @continuumphotography:  Oh, I absolutely agree. I should clarify that we didn’t book the videographer *because* of the discount, although that was a perk. It felt SO great going into our wedding day knowing that our photographer and videographer were a true team and could work together seamlessly. As an aside, we also chose one of their “preferred” DJs/Master of Ceremonies, so we went into our wedding day feeling like we had a “dream team!”

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