Wedding Videography Breakdown | How Much Should I Pay?

Author: TLIC MEDIA | | Categories: Wedding Highlight, Wedding Video, Wedding Videographer, Wedding Videography, Wedding Videography Packages, Wedding Videography Prices

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Knowing the first thing about Wedding Videography and how much it costs is not something you get taught in school. This article will breakdown the cost of each videography service from “L/E” low-end (limited experience, no artistic value), “Avg” average (Decent Experience, average artistic value), and “H/E” high-end (High Level of Experience and Artistry).

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Understanding the Difference between a low-end, average and high-end videographers.

Pricing a Wedding Videographer is a lot like buying clothes. You can shop at the local Walmart, Designer Knockoff stores, or you can go directly to Rodeo Drive or 5th Avenue. Walmart will ensure that you have clothes but it won't look that good, Designer Knockoffs will seemingly look good but won’t be designer quality, the high end designer stores come with a high price tag but with the benefit of the best quality and most iconic names.

Hiring a videographer is the same. If you go with someone on the low end you will have a video but chances are you won’t look good in it. Average priced videographers come in two varieties, a small amount of experience with great artistic ability and a great amount of experience but an average amount of artistry. High-End Videographers usually have a degree of influence on the low end and average videographers around them, they create unique films and have a sharp eye for creative, emotionally engaging shots that will make your friends, family and future children say WOW or I want one of those.

To screen your videographer try asking them these questions.

Popular Wedding Videography Packages

In this section we will cover the 4 most popular package options videographers provide and the range of how much it will cost for low medium and high end videographers.

Wedding Day Coverage With Raw Footage (No Video Created)

What’s usually Included:

  • One Videographer
  • 5-8 hours coverage
  • 1-2 Camera Angles
  • Hard drive with raw footage.
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Why this package might be the right fit for you

  • If you are working on almost non-existent budget
  • You want to book a better than low-end videographer but can’t afford an average wedding videographers normal packages
  • You will have money in the future to pay for an editor to make your wedding films

Why this package might be a bad decision

  • Videographers (especially low-end) who are filming for raw footage will use a more conservative approach to film and get less creative shots.
    • This would make creating a film in the future plain and boring.
  • You won’t have anything to show family and friends that were not able to be there.

Breakdown of Cost

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Basic Highlight Film Package

What’s usually Included:

  • One Videographer
  • 5-8 hours coverage
  • 1-2 Camera Angles
  • 3-7 Minute Highlight Film
  • Hard drive with raw footage.
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Why this package might be the right fit for you

  • If you are working with a tight budget
  • You want a quick video that people can watch to get an idea of your wedding
  • You want to be able to remember the key parts of your wedding without making it an event

What you need to consider when booking this package

  • Ask your videographer if they charge extra for these things:
    • Drone Coverage
    • Vocal Overlay
    • Shooting in 4k UHD
    • Quick Production (Less than 1 month)
    • Travel Fees
    • Backing-up / Re-production of Footage
    • Corrections
    • Extra Hours
  • If they do not include these items in the package they are probably trying to seem like a cheaper videographer than they really are (the old bait and switch)

Breakdown of Cost

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Ceremony Package

What’s usually Included:

  • Two Videographers
  • 5-8 hours coverage
  • 2-3 Camera Angles
  • 3-7 Minute Highlight Film and/or
  • Ceremony Film
  • Hard drive with raw footage.
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Why this package might be the right fit for you

  • If you have family that can’t make the ceremony
  • If the ceremony is the most important part of the day to you
  • You want the benefit of having two cameras getting angles you would probably never see during your wedding day

What you need to consider when booking this package

  • Ask your videographer if there are extra charges (see Highlight Package)
  • You will want to know how they film the ceremony.
    • None of your guests want Chuck the videographer standing in the middle of the aisle during the kiss.

Breakdown of Cost

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Full Feature Film Package

What’s usually Included:

  • Two Videographers
  • 8-10 hours coverage
  • 2-3 Camera Angles
  • 3-7 Minute Highlight Film and/or
  • Full Feature Film
  • Hard drive with raw footage.
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Why this package might be the right fit for you

  • If you have family that can’t make the wedding and you want them to see it all.
  • If you want to have romantic movie nights with the spouse
  • You want the benefit of having two cameras getting angles you would probably never see during your wedding day

What you need to consider when booking this package

  • Most Videographers do not offer full films because of the amount of time it takes to edit them.
  • Ask your videographer if there are extra charges (see Highlight Package)
  • You will want to know how they film the days events
    • None of your guests want Chuck the videographer standing in the middle of the aisle during the kiss.

Breakdown of Cost

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Bonus Package: The Poparatzi Package $40,000+

This package was covered in our article “The Most Expensive Wedding Videography Package”

We hope that this guide will help you in pricing the perfect wedding videographer. If you are looking to learn more about the importance of videography in weddings, you can check out our other articles or give us a phone call! We would be happy to help!



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