- $1,066 is the average wedding cost for Photography & Video Wedding Videographer Fee in United States
Roughly 29% - 39%
of couples purchase this
Note: Average Cost is based on the spending of couples recently married not wedding vendor prices.
This includes all types of weddings, event locations, purchases of both new and pre-owned items and purchases of services from professionals,
someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend.
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What's Typically Included in Photography & Video > Wedding Videographer Fee
- Videographer for the duration of your X-hour package, shooting ceremony and reception
- Videographer's equipment and filters
- Edited highlight video
- Complete edited video plus soundtrack
Additional Cost Items to Look Out For
- Multiple shooters capturing all the events and moments at your wedding
- 1 or more videographer's assistants helping with tripods, cameras, batteries, filters, etc.
- Video taken at multiple locations, such as your getting-ready spot in the morning, ceremony, reception, after-party, etc. Additional stops add time and travel to your videographer bill, plus extra editing fees
- Extra microphones at ceremony and for toasts at reception
- Any extra lighting needed for your wedding location so that video may be taken well in your setting. Videographer may advise on what to rent.
- Drone videography of the venue
- Drone videography of the ceremony
- Drone videography of an outdoor reception
- Editing time ($$$$)
- Editing special effects like color fades, inserting animation, etc.
- Additional highlight videos or full videos to give as gifts
- Feeding your videographer, additional shooters and assistants
- Tipping videographers and assistants
- Decorative or personalized cases in which to store wedding video DVD
- Labeling for DVD storage
- Laptop for displaying video of family events or moments in your love story
- Editing of special video displays at the rehearsal dinner or reception
- Travel to pre-wedding meetings with videographer
- Costs of acquiring music to use on your wedding video
Why Does It Cost This Much?
It's not as much the time spent shooting the wedding, although that certainly does play a part in the high cost of wedding videos. A large portion of this expense is in the time it takes to edit videos. True, a pro can move swiftly through an edit, but it still can take dozens to hundreds of hours to edit a wedding video, especially if your professional wedding video footage includes multiple events and multiple locations.
A videographer constantly has to get the best and brightest technology including cameras and editing bays, and they have a big shopping list of items they need on hand at your wedding to fulfill their job well. Multiple batteries (and these specialty batteries are pricy!) straps, tripods, and more.
And don't forget the emotional importance of the wedding video and all footage that doesn't make it onto the highlight reel, living on the master. These are scenes you might have missed while elsewhere on your big day, and video captures your loved ones having one of the best times of their lives. In the future, when loved ones are gone, you'll have this footage to remember them by. That's priceless.
And there is also a lot of detail you miss when you're nervous on your wedding day. Video captures the look in a groom's eye when the bride first appears at the ceremony, and she might not have a vantage point to see his expression. Video gets it. Just like it gets the looks on your parents' faces when you take your vows. That's truly priceless.
Videographers too interact with guests during the wedding day, which is something to keep in mind when checking prices of experienced vs. beginning videographers. There's a big dollar value in a videographer who is mingling with your guests and capturing the greatest moments. The best pros know how to be in the right place at the right time to get that perfect shot.