A videographer is someone who is in charge of recording live
events for posterity. Their work involves video production for weddings, birthday
parties, sporting and music events, commercials, training videos, and so on.
When it comes to wedding videography, several factors go into the final cost. To ensure that
you arrive at an affordable price, below are some factors to consider when
looking for an affordable
First off, you have to consider the overall wedding budget. The
number of funds set aside for video and photo services should be at the
forefront of your decision-making. At the same time, shop around to get an idea
of the price range you should expect. Having a very low budget will limit your
options, especially if it’s lower than asking.
Rate of Pay
While some videographers charge by the hour, others offer day
rates or multi-day rates depending on your needs. They may also add on
additional charges for travel time, editing/post-production time, and so on.
When shopping for a budget wedding videographer, decide which pay structure
works best for you. Additionally, you can look for videographers that offer
multi-day packages at a discounted rate. This can be beneficial if you want
video of your proposal, bridal shower, bachelor
or bachelorette parties, the rehearsal dinner or other events around the
After shooting and recording the entire wedding, the final files
determine the value of the video. For instance, raw footage without editing
will be much cheaper than a fully edited wedding video, however, this footage
may not tell the story you are hoping to tell.
Post-production includes adding music, cutting unnecessary video, and piecing together shots in a seamless way, enhancing lighting and color, and
other adjustments for video clarity. All these processes add to the overall
cost. When booking a videographer, you will notice what post-production is
included in their overall cost. If you are happy with that price, you can ask
them in your inquiry about additional charges.
A one-person job won’t cost the same as a five-person job. A
typical videography crew has at least two
cinematographers, but there may also be a need for extra people to assist
depending on your event and your goals for the video.
Depending on the time required for the entire video recording,
even a budget wedding videographer may choose to add extra personnel to help in
the shooting and recording of the film. When reviewing what’s included in their
wedding video package, you should see how many people are included in the rate.
It used to be that the higher the quality of the videography
equipment, the higher the cost. These days, even a budget videographer should
have up to date tools and a professional set up, however additional tools such
as extra lighting, a drone or lenses
to work at night or in low light, or staging equipment such as ladders may add
to the cost of their standard set up.
When looking for an affordable wedding
videographer, experience comes into play. The cost of hiring a professional videographer
is much higher than that of hiring an amateur. A budget videographer may be
less experienced than the most expensive option available, but their work
should speak for them. They should have a portfolio showcasing previous works
including references who can vouch for their professionalism.