Post # 1
The videographer I am looking at doesn’t have set wedding packages, they are all custom and charge by the hour. How many hours is typical to have a videographer for? I’m going to have a very short ceremony and ~3 hour reception. 1 hour of reception footage is fine with me, we won’t be having a grand exit so he doesn’t need to stay until the end.
Does 6 hours sound like enough? I’m so unsure!
Post # 3
@sjs8906: I’ve done over 200 weddings as a professional videographer and I can tell you that most of my wedding days run 8 to 14 hours. I have a package that is just the ceremony and 3 hours of reception and most times 3 to 4 hours of reception time is plenty. You say one hour is enough, I would advise aginst that, you will feel rushed to get things done, like the first dance or cake cutting. Go for just the ceremony and 3 hours of reception time. Ask your videographer what they are going to charge to edit your video? If they are only charging by the hour, does that include the edit time as well?
Post # 4
I refuse to pay the outrageous prices for a videographer!! I am more of a picture freak though anyway… so I am having a family member do video footage and then at the reception they can just keep it running in the direction of the dance floor on a stand! 🙂
Post # 5
Mine isn’t doing any pre-ceremony work at all, just the ceremony, a tad bit of the group pictures time, and then head to the venue to catch people coming in. After that, they are staying for the dinner and first dance. I think it will be 6 hrs in total.
Post # 6
I’m coming back to edit what I said.
I just saw the guy’s work before the wedding too. He showed the guys getting ready, interviewed the groom, then went to the women. They were so calm until just before they left and it was great seeing the jitters. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out with the guys.
We’re now going to do the full day. Our videographer is giving us a deal, so it’s only $200 more ($800) for the full day. Still a lot of money, and with a small budget, it freaks me out, but I figure we will appreciate seeing it all later. Some of our relatives are older and we just had two family members that had strokes, so we figure it will be priceless to have everyone recorded. Besides, how often do you have everyone you love all together at once, other than your funeral? lol