Should I Hire a Wedding Videographer?
Short answer, yes! Most brides report they have a hard time remembering all the aspects and details of their big day, with everything moving at such a rapid pace. Of course, the photographer will be there to shoot stunning stills of you and your wedding, but the movement of film is truly the only thing able to capture all the emotions of a wedding day. Hiring a videographer is one of the best decisions you’ll make throughout the entire planning/wedding experience. To get an idea of what you can expect from a wedding video, watch mine here!
Hiring a videographer allows you to see all elements of your wedding in action, like:
- Getting ready with all your gals
- Stepping into your dress
- First Look
- Walking down the aisle
- Presentation of Bride and Groom
With a video you can replay the fun parts of your reception, like:
- Arriving at the reception
- First dances
- Cake cutting
- Seeing all of your friends that were in attendance
- Your send-off
How Much to Budget for a Wedding Videographer?
Put it in the budget early. I have spoken to many brides who can’t decide if they want a videographer at their wedding, and then it’s either too late in the game to book one, or there is no money left in budget. Every single couple I have talked to who skipped hiring a videographer says it is a decision they regret.
I would budget at least $1,500 for a videographer. That is the bare minimum and for this price point you may be getting a newbie who is trying to build their business. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; everyone has to start somewhere and who knows, he or she might be the next big thing with great talent! Just make sure you see examples of their work prior to booking, determining if you like their style. Middle of the road pricing ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 for a seasoned veteran, and prices for a long-time pro go up from there.
What is All Included in the Price of a Professional Wedding Video?
Typically included in the package price is 8 hours of the videographer’s time during the day of your wedding and all the post production work. The editing and adding sound can take as little as 2 weeks or as long as 2 months depending on their pace and their workload. Video lengths usually range from 4-6 minutes (lower budget) or 10-15 minutes (higher budget).
Once the video is complete, viewing it is quite simple. The videographer normally will post your video online to a secure site like Vimeo or YouTube. This offers fast access and is an easy way for you to share the memories of your special day with family and friends. For an additional cost, most professionals offer the service of transferring the video to a disk and shipping directly to you.
I hope this offers some insight about hiring a wedding videographer to capture your special day and if you have any other questions be sure to leave them in the comments!