(Closed) How much did you pay for cinematography and what did it include?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We paid 2500 and got a 3-4 minute edited highlight film (set to music, a compliation of the best moments from the whole day) and a 25 minute fully edited filme (set to music, took us through the whole day from getting ready to cake cutting and the reception). We both both of them online, and we got the 25 minute film on 3 DVDs–one for each of our parents and one for us. Our videographer definitely travels, and I would highly highly recommend him. He was one of the least expensive people that we found, and we loooved our videos. PM me if you want to see our highlight video/full length film.

Post # 4
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our package was $5k. I’m in Los Angeles, so that may have to do with the costs as well. The package includes:

  • 8 hours of wedding day coverage
  • Bride & groom prep
  • Filmed in HD
  • 2 Manned cameras for ceremony
  • 2 Manned cameras for reception
  • “Feature Film” (wedding highlights) up to 15 minutes
  • Complete Documentary Style Ceremony Chapter
  • Complete Documentary Style Reception Chapter
  • 2 Edited DVD’s Authored w/ DVD Chapters
  • 1 Blu-Ray DVD
  • Includes five songs of your chosing
  • payment installations – final payment due upon completion of DVD’s

Here is the blog for the latest work http://impressivecreations.com/blog/

Post # 5
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We splurged on our videographer. We picked the videographer on the higher end of our budget because of his quality and end product. We are paying $2,695 for coverage of us getting ready, the ceremony, pictures with our wedding party, and the reception. Included in the package is a Feature Film (included is chapters of each section of the day, he says it is usually about 45 minutes to an hour or so in total), Highlight Montage (3-5 minute trailer), custom DVD authoring, and unlimited copies of DVDs (however many we ask for initially for family and ourselves).

They offered Super 8 and some other really cool options but budget-wise, we couldn’t swing any of those extra goodies.

Here is a link to our videographer’s samples to get an idea of his quality:


ETA: Oh and ours is in HD, as well! He will have two camera guys, too.

Post # 6
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re paying $1500 for ours. We get:

  • 8 hours coverage (includes prep, first look, ceremony, reception)
  • 1 – 1.5 hour video with very basic editing
  • Raw footage
  • Filmed in HD

I think that’s everything. We don’t have any cinematic montages or anything like that. I basically just want video proof of the day. LOL

Post # 8
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I cant find anyone to quote under $2500 for Cinematography in the OC/LA area, and thats for about 6 hours and usually 1 manned camera and 1 stationed. 

Its definitely something I’d love to have, but unfortunately at this time its not within our budget! =)

I think its super important to get your photographers take on it as well. Because I think they need to be able to work well together and not cut each other off or etc. If that makes sense! Best of Luck Ladies!!

Post # 9
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@hilsy85:  Hi…came across this board researching videographers.  Would you mind sharing your videographer with me?  I’m having a hard time finding one in our budget.  You can PM me if you like.  Thank you!

Post # 10
3045 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We paid 1400$ —


We get:


2 videographers full day coverage including bridal prep, ceremony, photoshoot, and reception.

One cinematic wedding highlight online as a downloadable file (the length of a song)

A hard drive with all raw footage.



Post # 11
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

well even though this is old… 

Full Day Filming

Full High Definition 1080p hd

 3 Cameras, 2 Camera Operators

Groom Microphone

6-10 Minute Edited Highlight Video

Full Ceremony Edited Video

Edited Reception Video 

3 DVDs and 3 Blurays Included

Digital Copy of Edited Videos




Custom Case Design

Post # 12
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@lynnielou33193:  what area is your wedding in? That sounds like a really good package for the price! I’m hoping we will be able to fit a videographer into our budget…

Post # 13
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

St. louis area! they also travel! 🙂

Post # 14
174 posts
Blushing bee

@Barbiestylez:  Would you mind sharing who your videographer is? I am also in Columbus and am trying to find someone reasonably priced! $1400 sounds pretty good.

Post # 15
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are paying $5200 for:

highlight film (4-5 min)

2 photographers for 12 hours

and a basic ceremony film 



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