(Closed) How to Negotiate with Videographer

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I woudln’t recommend treatening to use another company. Or really trying to haggle. Just be honest that this is what you want to spend and you’d really like to cameramen, is there anything they can do? Maybe they could cut back on the hours some. Or maybe they have a discount? Or maybe you’re getting married on a non-Saturday or during off season so they could cut you a deal? But I wouldn’t expect the same service for less money. I’m sure they put lots of thought into their pricing so don’t expect them to throw it out the window. It never hurts to ask, just be flexible when you do!

Post # 4
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17 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@lookingglass:  

I haggled with all my vendors. Initial fee for DJ was 1375,  got them down to 1250. Original videographer fee was: 2000, got them down to 1500.

 

How I got them down?

Look at the specific. Do you need ALL the hours they are quoting for? Are they using two people? Maybe just ask for one…. ect. 

 

At the end of it , I just said that it wasn’t in my budget and if they could come down to ” ______” to let me know. almost every vendor came down. NEGOTIATE.

Post # 5
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1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@lookingglass:  If you are asking for a discount you are going to have to give something up in return, unless your wedding is during off-season or on a weekday when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to book a customer at their standard rates.  You can have only 1 camera person, you can reduce the number of hours they shoot, or you can reduce the length of edited film that you receive – take your pick.

Post # 6
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Asking them to drop their price without offering them any incentive in return (ie asking for fewer hours, fewer camera men, etc) is not fair and is really likely to fail.

Videography is expensive for a reason – the equipment is really, really expensive, and the edits take a long time. If you want the best, you should pay them a fair price.

Post # 7
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80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I also was able to negotiate the price of our videographer, and we were able to keep our 2 camera option as well.  His price for that package was $1600.  My budget was $1300, so I told him that I really loved their work but that I did not really want to go above $1000.  So he said, I can meet you halfway and offer the same package for $1300, which was perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

And I agree wtih zoomba0214 , NEGOTIATE!  I was also able to get our photography package from $1600 down to $1200, and our florist from $1700 down to $1400.  I just had to ask!

Post # 9
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1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

When I was negotiating with my videographer I told them that we had a better offer from another company for essentially the same package. It was true that the packages were the same but the other company was actually MORE expensive than the videographer that I told this to. Not only did the videographer drop his price to the same number I SAID the other company gave us, but he threw in an incentive to choose him instead.

In conclusion… we are getting EXACTLY what we want (and then some) for $1000 less than the videographers advertized price.

*disclaimer* the videographer had a sale going on when we negotiated with him so we really “only” got him to drop his price about $350.

 

So… definitely negotiate…

 

Post # 11
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295 posts
Helper bee

Examples of negotiation with DJ:

 

ME: the DJ services are $950 …. but I want that 2 light package for $125 and the monogramming on the floor ($300) which comes to 1375. is there anyway to get it down to 1200? I may be able to get you the deposit this week if so..

 

Them :

I can’t get down quite that low but I can get it down to $1250 for you.

 

 

 

Examples of  photographer negotiations:

me: $2,000 is over out budget right now

them: Please feel free to share your budget with us and we’ll try our best to match it orsuggest you options that will make your decision easier.

me: We dont really  want to spend more than $1300 on photography….

them: Goodnews – I am available for your date! Since it is early March I will try to match your planned budget of 1300.

 

 

Examples of videographer negotiations:

them: It seems that you would be most interested in the “THIS Package” which includes: 2 cinematographers, full wedding day coverage, a 4-5min highlights film, a 15-20 minute feature film and 1 DVD with customized menus, covers, etc. for $2,200.00 plus tax. 

me:Hi, the other quote we have  from another company is for 1300, so its a big difference for us, we will have to think about it. Maybe one videographer would cut costs?

them: We can cut one shooter, leaving the rest of the package the same and charge $1,500.00.

 

during negotations with our venue, we got free wine service, an added 3 entree selection, and a sushi display ๐Ÿ™‚

as a side note— none of the florist we contacted were negotiable.

 

hope this helps you ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
Member
295 posts
Helper bee

@yellow7404: 

 

 negotiation with photo booth:

 

them: Thanks for contacting us! We still have an opening available for your date and would love to help you celebrate your special day! $1195 for 4 hours

me: thanks but more than we wanted to spend

them: No problem. I’m not sure what your budget is, but if you’re interested I can offer a discount for your date. Would $250 off any package help? There’s no other fees or charges.

me: The lowest quotes we have gotten was about 750. We were hoping more like 650

them: Let’s split the difference. $700

 

 

Post # 14
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6543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

You can try and negotiate, but don’t be upset if it doesn’t work. A videographer is like photography, you get what you pay for. Don’t expect them to just come down on their price for no reason, you’re probably going to have to “give” a little. Less hours? No second camera?

Sure some vendors might be desperate, but A LOT of work (and expensive equipment) goes into a wedding video. I totally understand how crazy expensive weddings are (it makes my heart palpitate every time I pay a bill) but it’s really no different than if your boss came to you and wanted to haggle your weekly pay. You’d most likely tell them to “f off”.

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