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What is a videographer and what do they do?

A videographer professionally films weddings and other events and edits the footage to create film keepsakes or marketing materials for their clients. Wedding videographers record all the key elements of your wedding day, ceremony and reception, and then edit the hours of film during post-production to make a wedding video, social media highlight reels, and any other film features you choose. Wedding videography captures, in live action, your vows, the cake-cutting, the first dance, reception toasts, the decor, the guests and all the details of your day. Many wedding videographers also interview guests (based on an interview list provided by the couple) and incorporate the recorded responses into the wedding video. Event videography typically costs less than wedding videography, as events are shorter with less detail. The national average cost for event videography is $500-$760, while the national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. A videographer usually does not need to be licensed, but it is important to confirm they have insurance and good standing in the business community, as well as good client reviews. A great majority of the work happens during post-production. The pros watch and blend together the hours of footage they took (sometimes from multiple cameras) to capture the story of your wedding day or event.

How do you choose a wedding videographer?

A wedding videographer will create a lifetime memory for you from edited video footage of your wedding day, ceremony and reception. Choosing a wedding videographer starts with looking online at portfolios of their past work. There’s no need to talk to anyone unless you love what you see. Next, make sure they have good reviews and past client experience; don’t be shy about asking for references if there aren’t any posted online. When you find someone who has a style you love, ask if they are available on your wedding day. If so, it’s time to talk pricing. Be clear about your maximum budget, and ask what kind of packages they offer. Pricing will depend on the number of crew needed for filming, the hours they are required to be onsite, post-production editing, and the length of the final product. Talk with several wedding videographers to get a feel for what prices are like in your region. Nationally, the average cost for wedding videography ranges between $990 and $1,260 per event. Once you agree on a product and have a plan, get everything in a written and signed contract. Clearly state the details of what is expected for your wedding day and from the final product. Be prepared to pay a deposit to reserve their services for the day, then pay the remainder upon receiving the video.

When do you pay your wedding videographer and wedding photographer?

Most wedding videographers and photographers require a set deposit when you hire them. Wedding season is a busy time and a deposit secures that vendor’s services for your wedding date. It also protects the vendor if the couple changes their mind at the last minute, and they can’t find a new booking and lose work for the day. The deposit may be anywhere from 20 percent to  50 percent of the agreed-upon total price. Always get a written confirmation that your deposit has been received.

The remainder of the wedding videography and photography bill may be due in the week before to your wedding or on the day of the wedding. Other vendors may require a second payment immediately before the wedding and a third and final payment after the wedding video or photos are delivered. Each vendor has their own policies, so before hiring be sure to read, understand and agree to payment protocols. There is no requirement for tipping wedding videographers or photographers, but if you do want to tip them, the end of the reception is the appropriate time. 

What should you ask your wedding videographer before hiring?

Finding the perfect wedding videographer doesn’t have to be stressful. Asking a few key questions upfront will help you find the right fit for your big day. Before talking with wedding videographers, research their work online. Look at their websites, business profiles and social media, and see what their finished wedding videos look like. If the style fits what you’re envisioning, it’s time to reach out. During initial contact, make sure you get along with the person. This is important since they’ll be interacting with you and your guests.

Your first question should be about their availability; there’s no point in going further if they’re booked on your wedding day. Ask to see references if they’re not readily available online. Next, it’s time to talk about money. Ask how they determine rates or what kind of packages they offer. When you settle on a rate and the services you want, make sure to have a written contract that outlines everything, including cost, length of time they film, what post-production will include, and when you can expect to receive the edited project.

How much is videography for a wedding?

Wedding videography is one thing many couples regret not paying for. It may seem like just another expense during wedding planning, but it’s really special to have a moving memory of your big day. The national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. Pricing can vary depending on wedding length, special film features, the amount of editing required, and how many videographers are needed to cover the event. Many videographers offer packages that provide different levels of service. A very simple wedding documentary could be $600 or more, while a full-scale cinematic experience involving multiple videographers could be $2,500 or more. Here’s an example of average package pricing:

  • Package 1: $1,400
    • Footage during and after the ceremony, including highlights requested by the couple.
    • Two cameras with audio equipment.
    • DVD including a 3- or 4-minute edit to a song of the couple’s choice and a 45- to 50-minute raw edit covering the entire event.
    • Recordings of guests’ good wishes to the couple.
  • Package 2: $1,800
    • Includes everything from Package 1, plus an additional videographer (2 total) and aerial videography.  
Reviews for San Jose videographers
James P.
Solid videographer. Works fast and efficiently and will definitely hire again.
Conner Stevens FilmsConner Stevens Films
Brandon L.
I was looking forward to working with Albert after speaking with him on the phone, but unfortunately received extremely unprofessional service from his videographer during our funeral service, causing additional stress to the bereaved family. In short, the videographer was 42 minutes late, which meant he failed to capture the pre-service and the first part of the service and also fail to set up audio to capture the speakers coming in through video. We unfortunately found the videographer quite unprofessional and his presence an added burden to the difficult circumstances. After sharing this feedback with Albert, we also did not find Albert to be very understanding or accommodating, leaving us with an overall strongly negative experience working together.
DeNoise Studios (please read profile)DeNoise Studios (please read profile)
Jessica L.
I’m very happy with the outcome of our wedding video. I requested a video very last minute as I had not planned to have videographer but I’m so thankful I did! On the day of our wedding it went by so fast I feel like We missed a lot but reviewing our highlight video and documentary made us so happy to see those moments that we where not able to take a mental picture of. Edmund was our videographer on site He arrived on time and was professional And I believe Albert was the one I was in contact with through the whole procedure He was responsive and patient and worked with us till we got exactly what we wanted. Our editor was jimmy and he did a great job putting the whole video together. Overall I’m so happy and thankful for all their hard work !
DeNoise Studios (please read profile)DeNoise Studios (please read profile)
Yue M.
Albert helped us with my wedding videography. I had an elopement wedding with just a few days to find a videographer. Albert replied promptly. He is very communicative. On the wedding day, Albert arrived on time and guided us with every step for the video. I received my highlight yesterday and was so impressed with the quality and the beautifulness of the video. I appreciate the help we received from Albert. I highly recommend Albert and DeNoise Studio for any similar project.
DeNoise Studios (please read profile)DeNoise Studios (please read profile)
Kevin H.
Would like to give the photography team here a big thumbs up. I had looked and done due diligence on 20+ videographers in the area, and ultimately made the choice to work with Tri & his team – I can honestly say that I could not have been better taken care of. Everything from our initial phone call, designing the requirements for our project, the professionalism shown during the shoot and editing was truly a step above the rest. Communication was clear and prompt – things were always explained so I was completely aware of what and why things were happening – above everything, I felt that I was always a priority and the team definitely makes you feel you’re in good hands. Can’t wait for our next project and will definitely be referring others!
Tri Nguyen - Commercial FilmmakerTri Nguyen - Commercial Filmmaker
Deepa R.
Vidu and his team are AMAZING! Such a pleasure to work with. Our videos came out so well - I must say we went through a lot of videographers ( at least 6 ) but none of them had the knowledge to create the set up of the pitch black background in our relatively small garage space. Vidu did it seamlessly in a fraction of the time taken by others , WITHOUT SHADOWS, so needless to say I am amazed by his videography skills. He listened to all of my feedback, made sure to incorporate the changes I had requested. Working with children takes a lot of patience and he was always courteous and professional with my 6 yr old daughter who was the star of our videos. I highly recommend NIKA 131 productions! I hope to hire them for many more videos in the future!
NIKA131 ProductionsNIKA131 Productions
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