Making a Great Wedding Video
The question for couples, “how much does a wedding videographer cost?” is one many people have wondered. The simple answer is, it varies from company to company and from city to city. If you are planning your weddings and trying to figure out how much a videographer costs, there are a few things that you can do to help yourself.
To begin with, the best thing that you can do is choose a videography company with multiple packages available. It would help if you also considered a videographer who offers different types of video equipment and crew members to make the production run smoothly. This will help ensure that your video comes out perfect without any glitches or errors since they will have more opportunities for success with this kind of crew.
Secondly, you should also inquire about what type of video editing the company does. Some videographers offer only a limited amount of video editing, which can drastically reduce your wedding video’s quality and final look.
In general, most good-quality wedding videos will range from $1,000 to $5,000. However, if you are willing to spend a little more money, you can get an excellent quality professional video that will be well worth the price tag.
What determines the price of a videographer?
1. Like other wedding professionals, the price of a videographer varies according to region. A professional videographer in New York City costs more than the same professional in Nashville because living costs are higher in NYC. If you are planning your wedding within your region or state, you can expect similar prices for services. If you are planning a destination wedding, you should budget the travel expenses for your videography and other expenses related to getting to your venue.
2. As with other professions, experience also impacts rates for wedding videographers. While certifications and degrees do not count toward experience levels which impact pricing, many companies require that their staff be at least one year out of film school before they are eligible to be hired. One year of experience can equate to a wedding videographer charging an average of 20% more per package. For the same reason, the more time a company has been in business, the more likely it is that their packages will cost more. Choose a new company for your wedding video if you’re on a budget.
3. Another factor impacting videographer rates is equipment and technology levels. Your videography will be as good as the technology used to film and edit your wedding video. Professionals who use standard definition cameras may charge up to $1,000 less than those using 4k cameras because HD equipment costs considerably more than standard-definition gear. This price gap between professional quality recording equipment and amateur equipment is quickly diminishing, however, so the rates for videographers using top-of-the-line equipment are dropping.
4. The amount of footage you want your wedding video to cover will also affect the price. Generally, the more hours of coverage a videographer provides, the higher the cost. Most companies offer packages that include anywhere from 2 to 8 hours of coverage, but some videographers will customize a package for you based on your specific needs. If you want coverage of your rehearsal dinner, the bridal party getting ready, or other pre-wedding events in addition to your ceremony and reception, be prepared to pay more.
5. Editing time also affects videographer rates. Your video editor will spend hours reviewing footage of your wedding day, then transferring that footage into a digital format for use in your video. The more footage you have collected, the longer it will take to edit because more work is involved in creating a polished, finished product. Editing time may add 30% to the cost of your final production.
What should you expect to pay?
As with any big purchase, it is always best to do your research beforehand to know exactly what you are getting for your money and so that there are no surprises when the time comes for the delivery of the wedding video. By doing this thorough research beforehand, you can ensure that your wedding videographer will have all the details they need to produce your ultimate wedding video. Not only does this make sure that everything happens smoothly on the day of the wedding, but it also gives them plenty of time to edit and create a truly unforgettable memory for many years to come.
In general, you can expect to pay around $1,000 – $5,000 for a professional videographer. The costs can go higher depending on some variables, including but not limited to: ceremony site location (whether indoors or outdoors), whether there are multiple locations involved in the shoot (venue + banquet hall), day-of coordination services provided by the company’s staff, photo booth rental, drone, and whether the company offers Blu-ray or DVD media. However, this price range can vary significantly depending on the services you require. Be sure to get quotes from several different vendors and ask about their experience, equipment, and services before making your decision. With a little bit of research, you can find the right videographer for your wedding day and ensure that you have beautiful video memories to last a lifetime.
Some videographers also provide DVDs with audio commentary (wherein they explain the significance of certain shots) at an additional fee; you can expect to pay anywhere between $500 to $2,000+ for this service. Other extras that may be provided include:
- Highlight reels (15-30 minute clip of your most memorable moments).
- Engagement sessions (a one-hour home shoot where the client’s surroundings are used as a backdrop for video shoots).
- Full-day coverage.
When determining how much you will pay a videographer, be sure to ask about any hidden fees that may not be included in the quoted price. For example, many companies charge for travel expenses if the wedding occurs outside of their main service area. Also, make sure to ask about delivery times and what format the final video will be delivered in so that you are not surprised with any additional charges down the road.