- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I talked to a vieographer a couple months ago, and he quoted me $1600 and said he would hold my date. Note that nothing at this point has been signed.
Now, even at that point I felt the price was a little high, but I said I would contact him later thinking I could negotiate. Well since then, some of our financial help has fallen through, so I decided it would be a good time to try to negotiate. I emailed him over the weekend and told him we were having some financial troubles, and would he be willing to work with us on the price. Well this is what I got back:
Yes, I still have retained my HD cameraman for your wedding on June 9th. For the last several years he has average, about 50 High end weddings per year. He fly’s all over the world doing these weddings. The starting price is usually around $5000. The recording usually requires 8 to 12 manpower hours and the editing up to 30 hours.
A wedding video has different values to different people, and has a legacy value for your anniversaries and for showing to your children. When the cake has been eaten, and the flowers have wilted, all you have to show how they looked, and the excitement of the moment is the video.
The most common statement I have heard, in the last 20 years, about wedding videos, is the regret that they did not have one done, and the second most common is that they had a friend or relative record their wedding.
This being said, the price I quoted you, already has a built in discount of more than %50 percent of its actual value.
After ten years and over two hundred weddings Sue and I do mostly special events and dance recitals, because of the time invested in doing a wedding, is 4 or 5 times that of what we do the most of. We would love to make that special video for you, but would understand if you decide, in the next few weeks, that you do not want to do it.
I guess I’m feeling put off because on their website they advertise weddings at $1495, which is cheaper than what he quoted me. I never asked for the fancy guy they fly all over the world.
What would you bees do?