NY/NJ/PA Bees…anyone suffering from sticker shock?!!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BurlapnLace:  where are you located? I paid less than $2,000 for my videographer and not one I contacted was anywhere near $9,000. My wedding was in north NJ so everyone I worked with was from NYC or north NJ.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@BurlapnLace:  I’m in Toronto and that sounds about right for a videographer. I priced them out from $4500-8500, which made me really sad! I want video, but its value to me isn’t worth the amount it’ll cost.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BurlapnLace:  I think WHEREVER you live, if you’ve never planned a wedding before, all of the prices appear astronomical.

My biggest shockers were live bands costs and photographers – not only the day of but the album production costs. Holy shit. I nearly died.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yup, these sound about right! If you want a high quality wedding video, definitely expect to pay $4,000+. The first company we asked back in 2011 started at $7K! That’s excessive. We ended up with our videography package that was just under $4k. It included a portrait video (basically an interview of how we started out and got engaged), wedding highlight video, and a full feature film of our day. Definitely worth every penny!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My photographer was 2k for 9 hours and most were in the 4-6k range.  I thought that was insane!  Video is an extra 1.5-2k.  I’m not sure I’m going to do it.

 

While I am working on a “budget” on the small stuff, my wedding is already insanely expensive.  I did not compromise on venue or food.  Those were the most important things to me and I figure good food, good atmosphere, everythign else will fall into place!  Therefore everything else is being budgeted to cut corners.

oh – my wedding is in Philadelphia.  My brother was married in Morris County so i feel everyone’s pain!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@BurlapnLace:  Are you in the city? I’m having a Philadelphia wedding and prices are definitely high. I expected some to be very high (and they are) but others have come with a bit of sticker shock. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BurlapnLace:  I know, I went through the same thing. We had our wedding Brooklyn NY.

The company for photography and videography we went with was Le Image.

We paid under $5K for 2 photographers, and 1 videographer. The package included an engagement shoot, we got to keep all raw material. Photos were all edited and photoshopped. Video was documentary style. They did a great job and we got great picture.

I highly reccommend them to people who are on a budget. they have a package for everyone

Post # 13
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508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

THe price of Morris County and Philadelphia (in the actual city) are basically the same in terms of venue, and costs for other things aren’t too different either – Philadelphia might actually be CHEAPER in Philly because you can get people willing to drive out who live in places like Lancaster.  That was insane to me.  My brother had a “rural” wedding and caterer and I was in the city – and the prices were almost identical.  Obviously not identical as a wedding in manhattan, but the fact that the county is SO high really shocked me.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think that pricing seems accurate.  Personally I would want to hire separate videographers and photographers, because I think the work is very different.  

Post # 16
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620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BurlapnLace:  wow – yes it’s definitely expensive but I found an awesome photog for $3000 (6 hours of coverage) so your quotes seem a bit high. We’re not having a videographer though, so idk. I have a really good photog that we are using for our wedding, and I researched like crazy a bunch of other great ones ranging from $1000-$3,000, so if you want more info PM me! I’m a photographer so I was super picky as well.

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