Will I ever find a videographer that I can afford AND love?

posted 3 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m not from Nor-Cal but I was in your same shoes. The videographers in my area were either crazy expensive or reasonable but i did not like their style. I ended up finding a videographer 5 hours away that fit within my budget ($2500) & I loved his work. I called him and he said that he would give me a discount price that included travel costs (it would originally be $200 for travel but he is traveling for free now). Have you looked at videographers outside of your area? I’m not sure how close you are to the OR border but it might even be worth looking there to see if the travel costs would be worth it. My stepsister is also getting married and her DJ is traveling 2 hours for her wedding and it is still cheaper than DJs in her area. It is worth checking out! 

Post # 4
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

*Also, I have found that if I tell vendors my budget and ask if they can find something to work within that budget, they are very willing to give discounts. For instance, my photographer gave a $1000 discount since I booked her so far in advance and because I told her I really wanted to work with her. She made me my very own package. If I would have given up on her just by looking at her online package prices, I would not have been able to afford her. 

Post # 5
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had to wait longer than I wanted to to get the final product, but overall I was really happy with my videographer, Carmen, from one-day pictures. We only hired her for 2 hours because it was a last minute addition and we didn’t want to spend too much, and we had a small wedding without a typical reception but you can check out our video here. For 2 hours, 2 videographers and one stationary camera, all raw footage, a Blu-ray and online short video we paid about $650. Hope it helps!

Post # 6
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@talia.teresa:  Not from there but I feel your pain… we ended up spending about $1,300. We get full day filming (start to finish), Fulll High Definition (1080p hd), 3 Cameras, 2 Camera Operators, Groom Microphone. 6-10 Minute Edited Highlight Video, Full Ceremony Edited Video, Edited Reception Videos, Dvd & Blu-ray Discs Included. The only other expense from him is that we have to pay for their meals.  He travels too! lol

Post # 8
567 posts
Busy bee

@talia.teresa:  I have some who is amazing and would do it for under your budget!!  If you are interested let me know:)

Post # 9
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

They are out there! We found one for $2,000 that does coverage throughout the day, makes you a copy of all of the footage, and of course the highlight video. We found our guy through our photographer, actually, and we would have never found him otherwise. Perhaps you could ask your photographer (or any other photographer in town for that matter) who they recommend? They’ll not only tell you who they’ve worked with for past weddings, but also people/companies they LIKE to work with. Which is important! (:

In my experience, finding an individual photographer (even if they’re a little bit newer to the field) is cheaper than going to a big company. If you can find someone that’s a little less well-known, you can still get great quality for a great price, you’ll just have to search a little bit harder.


Good luck!

Post # 10
36 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

Try Jenson Videography. I got a pretty good rate with them.

Post # 15
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@talia.teresa:  Hmmm maybe our wedding planner negotiated a discount. It would appear to be the case as I know we didn’t pay $4,000. Sorry!!!!

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