Post # 1
3 months out from our wedding, Fiance and I have decided to go ahead and get a videographer. We weren’t going to get one before due to budget, and we felt that pictures would be enough, but after hearing so many regrets from other couples, we are going for it. However, I get a mini heart attack each time I receive an email from a videographer and their cheapest package starts at like, $3500 for a 2-3 teaser film, basically. I know videography is a lot of work, but these prices seem excessive. I’ve found some more affordable ones, but their work shows it.
So I’m curious – how much did you pay for your videographer, and what does your package include? Please also include where you’re from 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
MrsMore14: We paid $2000 for 2 videographers for a ~12 minute video, but I think we got an absolute steal. Her cost is now $2950 base…and other videographers in the area were starting right where you are finding them.
Might want to try your local boards, see if anyone has any hidden gems they can recommend!
Post # 4
I just booked and got it for $2000… for a teaser AND half hour film.
It was actually $2500, but I said I “had a family friend willing to do it for 2k” and the company doing my photography said they’d match the price haha.
Post # 5
It’s definitely a case of “you get what you pay for” in my eyes. A great videographer can tell a story with your footage, not just replay it back to a soundtrack. The editing of course is extremely time consuming, but the ability to capture the important moments on-the-fly taking into account lighting and everything else really takes talent.
So, I was able to find a great cinematographer that offers a package of only raw footage for $1500, no editing. I get the beautiful shots, I just have to put my own time into editing. I am fine editing my own footage, so I found this to work the best for me. This way, I got the quality of footage I wanted, at a price I could stomach.
Post # 6
We were going to get a videographer either but a friend of mine who is a videographer moved back from California and is offering us a great deal! We are going to pay him $1000 to do the videography. That includes 2 people shooting the whole time, editing and shooting from the time I start getting ready til we leave.
Post # 7
$2500 for a feature film, something called a”highlight” film, raw footage, 2 videographers day of and they stay for the entire day.
Im sooooooooooo looking forward to it, its my favorite thing about the wedding so far.
Post # 8
We paid $2900 for our videographer. I had two videographers, a wedding highlight video and full coverage of my ceremony, reception and Vietnamese tea ceremony. I was also given a USB for all the videos and VERY cute packaging. I had to pay $500 for travel fee since they were out of town; $250 for each videographer. My videographers came at 800a until midnight. 🙂
Post # 9
Our videographer’s base package was $1599 (10 hours, 2 videographers). We added 2 additional hours, travel fees, and upgraded to blu-ray so came around $2300 after taxes and everything. We got a highlight video, full ceremony footage and reception footage. In the 2 years since we booked them, their base package has increased to $3500. We probably couldn’t afford them now but are SO happy with our video!
Post # 10
MrsMore14: I’m in Philadelphia and was also getting quotes for $3500+. Fiance and I refused to pay that much. I found a husband and wife team on Craigslist for $695…we are meeting with them in a very public area lol in a few weeks to go over the details. Their work isn’t on the level of the $3500+ videographers but its not horrible either.
Post # 11
$2000 and worth every penny! That was 17 years ago though!!!!
Post # 12
MrsMore14: I am paying $750 in Puerto Rico for a 5 min highlight and a 30 minute recap of the night.
I feel your pain, I went through every single videographer that I could find in the area on google, and the “cheap” ones looked just like that- really cheap, and everything else was $1000+. I was going to go with a $1000 one which included full wedding, two videographer and highlight but I wasnt sold on his style (it was beautiful and he does a good job, but it didnt have the fun and lively element we wanted). So I went back to the drawing board and searched more through pages on facebook (I found mine because he did a video for a wedding decorator and I was looking at her page and saw her mentioning the videographer in the video description). It was $600 for just a video highlight but for $150 he added another video camera and a longer video. And I love his work and think it matches us without it breaking the bank!
Just search and search until you find someone who really captures your eye. There were some within our small budget but they were so terrible that I would not feel comfortable spending money on such bad quality. But there may be someone out there who is really good and more affordable, but when you look just at the more popular ones that everyone goes to, it may be more expensive…
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for your feedback! I think Fiance and I need to reassess and see if we want to make it a priority item and how much we are willing to spend. At this point, I think I am leaning towards a more inexpensive, so-so one, considering we weren’t even going to get one anyway.
Post # 14
MrsMore14: I thought the same way initially. I didn’t think we really needed one, but everyone says the day goes by so fast so I’ve been searching. We finally made our decision and ours videographer starts at $3000 with 3 videographers, 3-4 min highlight and 30min documentary. Although people normally don’t watch the documentary film, that’s actually really important for me. If anything, I do advise about being careful choosing a so-so one. A friend of mine went the cheaper route ($1000) and she was very unsatisfied with her video.