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How Much Does A Wedding Videographer Cost

September 29, 2021 | riley

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Despite how much time goes into planning a wedding, the day seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. Before you can even begin to process what’s happening, the day is over and all you’re left with is the memories. That’s why we’re firm believers that a videographer is an absolute must-have for every wedding. 

Wedding videographers capture soundbites and intimate moments that you don’t want to forget, which we believe is absolutely priceless. However, if you’re on the fence, we’re here to break it down for you so you can understand why the extra wedding expense is worth it.

How Much A Wedding Videographer Costs

The average cost of a wedding videographer varies depending on your location, whether or not it’s peak wedding season, how many hours of coverage you want, and how experienced the videographer is. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000, with the average falling right around the $1,800 range.

What’s Typically Included In The Price

Videographers typically offer packages, although these can be personalized based on what you’re looking for. However, the four things that you’re paying for and can expect from a videographer are high-quality equipment, videography services, post-production editing, and a final copy.

If you find that the videographer that you want to hire doesn’t include extras that you’re interested in within their packages, ask them about a la carte additional services. These extras can include:

  • Drone footage – Drones are popular, especially at destination weddings. They have the ability to film hundreds of feet in the air which also makes your wedding video more unique. The extra equipment needed for this can cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000
  • Travel – Just because you’re getting married in a far-off place doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream videographer. Just be prepared to pay for their travel. You will likely pay for their accommodations, meals, and travel
  • Extra edits – Videographers spend hours editing your final wedding video, so if you request any additional edits, it’s likely going to cost you
  • Filming before and after the wedding – Whether your wedding is a weekend long affair or you host a brunch for your friends and family the day of the wedding, filming these moments is going to be additional cost. Discuss plans with your videographer as soon as possible so they can check their availability and they can give you a total for your wedding budget
  • Tipping – Tips are always welcomed even if they’re not expected. Your videographer puts in a lot of time and effort into capturing the beauty of the day, so any gesture of your appreciation will be welcomed.

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What Impacts Their Prices

As we mentioned earlier, there are a variety of things that can affect a videographer’s prices. Some of the most common include:

  • Time – This is going to be the one that impacts pricing most. Most packages include the time that they will spend filming. The longer they film, the higher the price 
  • Staffing – If you choose a well-established videographer, they may bring along an assistant or second shooter. This helps ensure that they’re able to capture every moment without missing a beat. The more staff present, the higher the pricing may be
  • Wedding season – If your wedding is taking place in peak wedding season–which is typically May to October–prices may be higher because of the demand

Why Hiring A Wedding Photographer Is Worth It

Having both a wedding photographer and videographer may seem like a bit too much, but we promise it’s worth it. Photos do an incredible job of capturing memorable moments, but they can’t capture everything. Videographers capture the emotions of your guests while you exchange handwritten vows, the hilarious speeches that your wedding party makes, and the epic dance battle that breaks out at the end of the night. That’s something you just can’t put a price on. 

To find your dream videographer, be sure to check out our directory of videographers from around the globe! And don’t forget to check our in-depth reasoning as to why you need a videographer.

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