(Closed) Videographer – $ vs $$$$$

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We went with the less expensive option. On a scale of 1 – 10, with the most impressive $3500+  company I saw being a 10, I’d say her videos strike me as about a 7. Not as cool of shots/multiple angles/slightly less steady panning, but still really great (and getting better over time, I can tell).

However, she’s only $800 AND she is insanely flexible. She’s giving us all the raw footage (which was really important to me) on a hard drive in addition to the “highlights” video and the full edited DVD. She has an awesome attitude.

For us, the most important thing was having our loved ones captured on film. So this was the perfect option. If the most important thing is having a cinematic quality video of your whole wedding day, then the more expensive option might be better. It really just depends what your priorities are!

Post # 4
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I decided on the cheapest route: we’re setting up my dad’s camera on a tripod to record the ceremony, and that’s it! I realized that I will hardly ever watch the videos. My sister had a videographer 3 years ago, and hasn’t even touched the recordings.

I decided to instead upgrade my photographer to a double shooter and get all the bells and whistles there! I love to look through albums and see photos on the wall. With a good photographer, I can capure every moment perfectly and decorate the whole house with it.

But that’s just me! Good luck making your decision!

Post # 5
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

This depends on what you are looking for. If you just want someone to capture the day, then go with the cheapest route. If you want an artistic high quality film, you should go with the more expensive one. Often times, the price difference is the quality of equipment and editing skills. At least that is what we noticed when we were looking for videographers.

Post # 6
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It totally depends on what you are looking for. I was originally looking into a few local videographers whose packages started at $2500, but came across a student on Craigslist who is giving us 4 hours of coverage, all of the raw footage, and a highlights video for only $300 including travel. 

He does some pretty good work. It isn’t jaw-dropping amazing, but he really does do a great job and I am really happy with how much money we are going to be saving.  

Post # 7
27 posts

We went with less expensive, DIY cam rental because we couldn’t afford the $3000 for jaw dropping. I love their videos, but couldn’t do the price. I think the most important thing is really the watchability. Am I going to watch this every year on my anniversary? If it’s two hours long, no way!

That’s one difference we found with the less expensive videographers, they did a lot less editing which made for a boring video. If you can do the jaw dropping, go for it! Maybe you can see a full length video from one of the less expensive videographers?

Post # 8
1144 posts
Bumble bee

I say go all out if you can afford it. We’re shelling out $4,00 for ours but in our opinion it’s worth it – video will be one of the only visual memories we’ll have so might as well do it right. I had looked around and definitely saw a difference between our videographer and the cheaper ones out there quality wise for sure.

Post # 9
3770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

You 100% sure want a videographer — do you know why?  Do you want a record of the important moments of the wedding, or do you want a cinematic production?  If you’re looking for the former, I think a lower cost videographer will do the job just fine.  If you are aiming for the cinematic edits that are so popular these days, then you get what you pay for and the end result will justify the cost.

Post # 11
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@infinity092813:  I was in the same boat as you. We ended up choosing an AMAZING videographer who will shoot for 12 hours with all his high tech eqipment, and give us the raw footage. This saved us a LOT of money. In the future when our budget allows we will consider having it edited, but at least we will have the entire day captured in excellent visual and audio quality.

Post # 12
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I decided to skip it because it wasn’t important to me. If I had found someone in the 500-800 range I would’ve but everyone wanted 1000.00+ and that’s just not worth it to me.

Then again, there are some seriously awesome videographers and the videos they make are amazing.

Post # 15
389 posts
Helper bee

Bells and whistles are not as important as sound and editing ability.  I am a videographer (more of a documentary maker) and shot my sister’s wedding on a decent 3CCD camera (not HD) and had an editor edit and stylize it.  It came out fabulous without a whole crew, sound and lighting, etc.  It’s the way it’s shot and the way it’s edited that counts.  The editor charged me $800 and I shot it for free, so you see, she saved a fortune.  The video was soft, fluid, romantic with all the nuances you’d expect from a higher-priced video company.  These are the questions you should ask:

1.  Do you provide lighting? (for higher-priced videographers)

2.  Is there a sound mixer? (for higher-priced videographers)

3.  Do you utilize a steady-cam (for higher-priced videographers)

4.  I’m not concerned about a lot of equipment or bells and whistles.  Do you make sure every frame is color corrected and edited to our day, making it unique?  Do you incorporate any special effects, transitions and an overall montage?

5.  Can you utilize still photos as well as my favorite music to make it more personal?

6.  Do you do candids, like interview our family and friends and take a lot of dance shots?

My advice is if you have the cash, hire whom you trust and believe in.  If your budget is short, get a basic package.  Either way, you will love your video and look at it again and again and really cherish the memories.

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