As a wedding videographer who talks to couples almost every day about their wedding, one of the questions I get asked the most is “how much does wedding videography cost?”
Whilst I do have my wedding videography prices listed on my website, I can understand why this question gets asked a lot. It seems to be that every single wedding videographer will be offering a different package to the next, each with a plethora of additional options to choose from. Quite often too, you’ll be talking to more than one wedding videographer too, so it can be confusing to stay on top of who offers what!
Since stepping into the world of wedding videography, I’ve learned a huge amount about what couples decide to spend their money on. Each and every couple I meet is different both in their personalities, style, and wedding budget too. Regardless of this though, they all of course want to choose the right suppliers for their big day at a cost they can afford.
My aim with this blog is to assist you with how to budget for the cost of a wedding videographer, what my package is (notice I say ‘package’ and not ‘packages’), how much it costs and how to consider what you’re spending your wedding budget on.
Essential vs. Non-Essential Wedding Costs
At some point during wedding planning, a list will be drawn up to go through budgets and what it’s being spent on. It’s often at this point you ask yourself “how much does wedding videography cost?” . You’ll have items within your list that are essential; the dress, the groomsmen suits and bridesmaid dresses, flowers, and catering, by which point you’ll come to what you’ll feel are non-essential. Then the epic battle commences, the doughnut wall vs. the wedding videographer.
Videographer or Doughnut wall?
OK, so you may not have a doughnut wall, but you catch my drift. It’s the items you’ve added that you think will add to the day but happy to cut if the budget is getting tight.
What I will say though, is that this is where you need to consider “Is a Videographer Necessary for a Wedding?”, and OK I am biased, but I think wedding videography might be more important than the other non-essentials!
Hitched have written a great article on whether you should have a wedding videographer too, check it out!
Wedding Videography | A Cost or an Investment?
One of the best and easiest ways to ensure you’re budgeting and picking the right options and suppliers for your wedding is to understand if it will last for the duration of your wedding day, or if it’ll last a lifetime. Is it a one-off cost or is it an investment?
Wedding photography is a great example of a cost that will last a lifetime and is considered an investment in you and your wedding. You can look back on your memories forever and share them with friends and family. I believe that wedding videography should be considered in the same bracket.
Photography and videography can work hand-in-hand to provide you with memories to last a lifetime. Can you say the same about doughnut walls?
Disclaimer: This is in no way a disrespect to doughnut walls! I actually love them! I will sneak one in if there’s any left when I’m filming (sorry, not sorry!)
What Wedding Videography Package Should You Choose and how much does it cost?
There is no right or wrong here, and it’s entirely subjective. I know from my own experience of picking a videographer for my own wedding that I was overwhelmed with the packages that were offered.
Some keep it simple with two or three packages, some offer even more options and both will often offer upgrades and additions to these.
Get on with it, James… How much does wedding videography cost?
Wedding videography will typically cost anywhere between £700 and £10,000 per wedding depending on the videographer, and the package you choose. If you just want a ceremony covered, for example, I’ve seen packages as low as £350.
However, in general terms you can expect to hire a good, established videographer for between £1,000 and £3,000, just bear in mind that this varies a lot and good videographers can cost more or less or than this!
My 2022/2023 prices are set at £1,995 and more details about the package I offer can be found below.
What Wedding Videography Package Should You Choose?
When I decided to take my own journey into wedding videography, I wanted to keep things simple for my couples. Coming from a marketing background, I realise too much choice can be a bad thing!
I offer ONE package, which I’ve aptly named ‘The Package’ that includes two films. Both of these films seem to be the most popular with all of my couples (a highlights film and a feature film).
‘The Package’ includes:
A one-minute trailer sent soon after your wedding day ahead of the feature film.
A 10-14 minute cinematic film that captures the key moments from your day including audio snippets from your speeches and ceremony.
All Day Film Coverage
From bridal preparation (usually 1.5 hours before the ceremony) to approximately 30 minutes after the First Dance.
Professional Edit & Music Licensing
Full colour grading and music licensing to allow for online sharing.
Your Investment | £1,995
I do offer options and upgrades on this, but it means you can add these on rather than having to choose a package with these extra bits in just for the sake of it. However, these are purely optional and can be added on at any time, even after your wedding! Find out more about my wedding film package.
I hope you found this information somewhat useful! There’s so many other questions you may want to ask and no question is a stupid one, so please do just shout if you want to know the answer!
If you’d like to have a chat about your wedding day and videography requirements, I’d be delighted to hear from you. Please just fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.