Post # 1
I don’t care about fancy techniques, music videos, etc. We just want an end product that lets us really clearly see and hear our vows, speeches, and some dancing at the reception. It’s fine if that’s on a dvd of all the raw footage where we can select the “ceremony chapter” or “speeches chapter” or “dancing chapter” on the dvd menu- it doesn’t have to be some separate, special highlights film.
Initially, we wanted this for 1k or less, but now I’m wondering if it even exists for $2500 or less?
Post # 3
We live in Vancouver and we had ours done by a couple who was just starting out with wedding videography and they charged us $400 (plus travel and accomodations). You might be able to find a student or something similar who would do it at a discounted rate. Another option is to use a company like http://www.wedit.com
Here’s our video just to give you an idea: http://vimeo.com/46636037
It was six hours of footage and they gave us a preview (3 mins), a full video (9:15) and one of our ceremony, as well as the raw footage.
I hope this helps! Happy planning!
Post # 4
We negotiated for a lower price (in Chicago) by designing a more limited video package that still met our needs. It was 5 hours rather than the standard 8, but still included an edited DVD with music. We basically just eliminated all the pre-ceremony video. Our total package cost us $1900, including a half-hour edited version plus a second DVD with all the unedited footage. If your preferred videographer has a full-price client for your date, you’re probably out of luck, but if they don’t, I’m guessing they’re open to negotiation since they’d rather have a lower-paying client than no client at all. Good luck!
Post # 5
@awcm: thanks, your post definitely helped. since we want video, but it isn’t close to our top priority and I have some relatives who edit video, a co like wedit or storymix will probably work really well for us if there aren’t videographers I trust and like within our price range.
@spring-bride: good idea. I have been negotiating- I have a feeling that the videographers/cinematographers I’d consider have pretty high rates so there’s only so low I can get them when we’re over a year out from our date. these flipcam providing services are seeming more enticing by the minute because I could just tell the family friend what types of transition I want, what songs, all of that-
Post # 6
All major metro areas are not created equal. I’d expect places like Houston, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, etc to be priced quite differently than NYC, Boston, San Fran, LA, etc. Most videographers we looked at in San Diego that stayed the whole night were over $3k. If you only want the ceremony you’ll have more budget flexibility. If you want someone with less fancy gear/less experience you’ll pay less still.
Post # 7
Our photog/videog package includes a lot of stuff, and came at over $7K. I was prepared for up to $5K…but this kinda hit me like a ton of bricks lol. Luckily, it was a present from Future In-Laws and they insisted that we get “the best” so that’s what we did. I hope.
Post # 8
@crayfish: right. I don’t need all the editing for a highlight video, but I do want someone with a lot of experience and I’m pretty sure we’ll want a decent amount of the reception and not just the ceremony. We’re still a ways out, but this and a couple other budget items look like, in combination, they’re going to require a few thousand more than we’d budgeted. not fun
Post # 9
I’m in Southern California and one vendor we considered was around the $2k range (for a basic wedding video) and his was pretty good. The audio was clear and the camera wasn’t shaky. Was it AMAZING and tear-jerking? No, but for the price, it was quite good.
That said, everyone else below that had shaky footage and that is a deal killer for me. The lowest I could find was about $1.3k and it definitely was basic or a step above a first year film student at a good school.
Post # 10
I’ve read good reviews about Urban Wedding Company. http://urbaneweddingcompany.com
Apparently, they have videographers/photographers throughout different regions of the US and don’t charge a travel fee. Their most expensive videography package is $2K. I’m actually going to contact them for my Honolulu wedding.
Post # 11
If there is a film school around, you could try a film student. Sounds scary, but my wedding planner has one she’s worked with actually a few times, so she does have some chops…and only $1k in SoCal. I thought her video was quite good!
Post # 12
Mine was $625, I live in the capital of the state I live in and he does amazing work!
Post # 12
2BeeMrsE: Hi – would you mind letting me know the contact for the ‘film student’? Thanks!
Post # 13
Shkragoldfish: We negotiated ours down to just what we needed/wanted. My big things were the highlight video and at least 6 hours of coverage, but I still wanted full coverage of the ceremony and speeches.
6 hours of coverage with 2 videographers with full coverage and highlight reel would be $2,400.
I got her down to $1,900 by eliminating the 2nd videographer. You usually have to pay them anywhere from 100-300/hr, so that is a huge cost.
Forgot to mention I am in one of the largest cities in the US…just to put it into perspective 🙂