Wenning’s Wedding Tip Wednesday
Wedding videographers are an essential part to the biggest day of your life, but how do you know if you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck? This breakdown of wedding videographer prices makes it easy to understand how and why they price their services!
ALL videographers price their services and packages differently
The average cost of a wedding videographer in the U.S. is $1,800, but the average range is between $1,000-$2,500
Prices can go up to $12,500 for a luxury videographer that can take your wedding and turn it into a quality, TV-ready star for the day
That’s a lot of money we’re talking about here, so what is included in the cost?
This is depending on what YOU want! The great thing is, is that you can work with your videographer to create and personalize your package to your wants and needs.
One more factor to consider is that between June and October, prices will run higher because it is wedding season during that time.
Packages usually include how much time you will get the videographer and staff for, but you can always request extra time. Extra time can cost around $200-$500/half hour. This is to pay for their time and their assistant’s time, extra editing, and video cards.
Extra services like drone footage or travel expenses can add additional costs as well.
What you’re really paying for is the final product and what goes into it
First and foremost, the videography service! Make sure your videographer matches your style so that the final product is everything you could have ever imagined and more
The post-production is something that people usually don’t consider either. This process is the most time-consuming part of making your dream video. Sometimes the videographer lets you make your own edits, but that could be an additional cost
Your final wedding video is the whole reason you even got the videographer in the first place. Your video will most likely be provided to you on a DVD, Blu-ray, or USB drive. Sometimes, a highlight reel may also be made for your video, and it can be made easily accessible via YouTube or Vimeo.
The last thing included in your cost is your videographer’s equipment. You only want the best for your wedding, and videographers only want the best equipment for their business. You are paying to use their high-definition cameras, lighting equipment, etc.
The last cost established with videographers is tipping and how much you should tip them. It is recommended that you tip the lead videographer $50-$100, and if they have an assistant, $50-$75 is acceptable.
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