Post # 1
We are still trying to decide whether we want to hire a wedding videographer for our wedding. I found a videographer that has a package for $1300 that includes 4 hours of coverage, which includes a 12-15 minute “feature film.” That sounds really short to me!
The next package up is $1700 and includes 6 horus of coverage and a 16-18 minute feature film.
I guess I imaged that a wedding video would be ~30 minutes long. The most important part of the video to me is capturing all of the things that happen before i walk down the aisle that i’ll miss (the bridal party/flower girl entrance, etc.) and i want to have our vows on film, and maybe the toasts at the beginning of the reception. the rest isn’t really important to me to have on video because we will have pictures for those memories.
but, it seems like a 15 minute video would only be able to feature little snippets of all of those “important” moments. Am I wrong? Do you have a 15 minute video that you feel captured everything you wanted? Or is this too short?
Post # 2
We’re in the same boat – we’re paying $1300 for unlimited video coverage. There wasn’t a time limit on our video but it will only include the first dances, toasts, and full ceremony. We also get a 2-5 minute highlight video with the choice of buying the raw footage for an additional $200 – which I think we probably will.
Post # 3
bananastand: That is actually a good length. I had one videographer try to charge me $3k for a 7-8 minute film. I had a hard time not laughing into my phone.
We are paying $2200 for a 10-12 minute film of the entire wedding and we also get all the raw footage from the ceremony only. That is 2 videographers, as well.
I’d say you’re getting a good deal and you won’t find much for less than that if you want it to be cinematic.
Edit: we get our videographers all day. Meaning no set hours just from the beginning of the day until it’s all over.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
We’re paying $1,200 for 7 hours of videography, that includes a 3-10 minute highlight video and the raw footage in 1080p HD (we must provide the hard drive). I got a great deal on Thumbtack!
Post # 5
We paid $900 (we saved $150 by booking at a bridal show) and got 6 hours of coverage with two videographers, a 4 minute highlight video, and then the raw footage of the entire day. The package we chose said that the footage included would be about 40 minutes, but they gave us over an hour of footage 🙂 They were amazing! I wanted the entire ceremony recorded so I didn’t even look at videographers who didn’t include raw footage.
Post # 6
For $1600 I got coverage of the entire day from getting ready to the final dance. It includes the raw footage and an hour long edited video plus a 5-10 minute highlight video. I will say that I was surprised by his price as pretty much all of the other videographers I researched were around 3K, even though their videos weren’t nearly as good. I was very pleased that he is actually a professional camera guy and films commercials. If you’re in VA or nearby I highly recommend him- Chris Yeatts of CY Wedding films. There is also WedPics which is pretty affordable and will edit the video for you if you want
Post # 7
We paid $2000 and our video is an hour and a half, and they also gave a 5 minute recap video. It had the entire ceremony and the speeches as part of the video.
Post # 8
bananastand: We used the same company for photos & video. We booked in March 2013, and I know their prices went up since then, but it totaled 6k for 10 hours of photos, 2 photographers, 1 videographer, and 1 who did both, our acrylic album, 2 parent albums, our Thank Yous, & 4,000 photos. Our video is 1 hour and 40 minutes, the entire thing is cinematography style, with a separate 4 1/2 minute trailer video. They also gave us 3 copies of our DVD and ownership of all their work. At the time we booked, our video was only like $1,500 (included in the 6k).
Post # 9
Going to blow people’s minds here- I am paying $375 for One videographer, 6 minute highlight video, Full video from the day on DVD, Flash Drive of video, Editing included.
I live in the NOVA region so this is ridiculously inexpensive. How? The FH and I decided food/alcohol/photos were more important so much of budget is for those must-haves. We only want the basic highlights because really, when we will ever watch it multiple times?
While I did research for weeks to find an inexpensive videographer I couldn’t find anyone. I was fed up so I put an ad on craigslist looking for a freelance/new videographer. I put what I wanted and what I was willing to pay. I kid you not, I got more than 15 replies from legit companies- many of them were already pro photographers but were just expanding their videography services. We met the videographer, viewed her creds and website and we hired her on the spot.
If you’re like me and don’t care to have an MTV music video of your wedding, save yourself money and try the craigslist route!
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2015 - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
We paid $2500 on a HIGH discount for this great videographer in our area. They will be with us all day but are only giving us a 8 minute video. We have the option to purchase the ceremony footage for $500 and the toasts for another $500. Videography is so expensive!
Post # 11
I also went back and forth about hiring a videographer but in the end I’m so so glad I did. They day really did go by so quickly and as the bride you don’t get to see everything. We got full day coverage (about 8 hrs) with one shooter for $1600. That included a short highlight video, a 30 minute video which pretty much covers the entire wedding and reception, and the full uncut footage. That price was much lower than most other videographers in the area, although in my opinion our videographer was much more talented than most.
Post # 12
Style is definitely going to play a huge part in what you pay for videography.
If you’re looking for cinematic/artistic style (final product looks like a movie), it probably won’t be too far from the cost of your photographer. In terms of service and product, in both cases you have two people working 6-10 hours on the day of with professional equipment, an editor’s expertise and time editing your video/photos, plus customer service every step of the process. – $$$$
Basic videography (final product looks like home movie, has dated transitions/filters, little or no editing) will be less expensive because not as much money goes into the professional-status equipment and less time goes into the final product. – $$$ – $$$$
Craig’s List is the cheapest route but it’s also the riskiest. If they get offered a higher paying job on the same day, they might not show up. They have no obligation to deliver the final product because there is no where for you to write them a bad review. Be very, very careful. You only get married once and if someone who is inexperienced messes up, you could lose your wedding memories forever. – $$$
Wedding videography is one of those things where you typically get what you pay for. When deciding what pricepoint is right for you, consider how long you will keep the video and how many people will watch it in the next 50 years.
Also, don’t forget that some of the items included in a package are intangible, like experience and time. An inexperienced craftsman may make mistakes once in a while but a seasoned professional will get it right immediately every time.
If you’re having trouble justifying pricepoints, this article might help: http://nstpictures.com/cost-vs-value-of-a-wedding-videographer/
Hope this helps you make the right decision for you and your fiance! Good luck with your planning! xoxo
Post # 13
In NC I got 3 cameras, 2 videographers, a 6 minute highlight film, 1.5 hour fully edited documentary, 9 hours coverage, 3 dvd/blu-ray combo packs (couple and both sets of parents), and a flash drive copy, with taxes, tip, and travel fees included all for $2400.
Post # 14
We’re paying $3,800 for 2 videographers with a short “preview” film thats about 4-6 minutes long and then a fullly edited film that will run about 30 min – over an hour depending on the length of the ceremony. I was extremely picky when it came to picking our photographer / vieographer, I always knew I would spend a lot of money on it because this is what we will be showing our children, grandchildren, friends and family for years so I wanted it to be perfect. I STRONGLY reccomend that you look up The Shalom Imaginative, they travel all over the world too so they can go anywhere you are! Their work is incredible, I just cannot say enough good things about this amazing couple http://theshalomimaginative.com/
Post # 15
We paid $2500 and got a 3-5 minute highlight video and a 2.5 hour feature film that included the entire ceremony and all of the important parts of the day! So worth it! The whole thing was beautifully edited too!