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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.

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.

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.  

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. 

Reviews for Columbia Heights videographers
Claire K.
quick turnaround, professional videographer brought lights and gear.
Metro Teleproductions, Inc.Metro Teleproductions, Inc.
Abdallah H.
Malcolm is a great and reliable videographer. He assisted me with an event and he was great
MjrVisuals_Washington D.C. Video ProductionMjrVisuals_Washington D.C. Video Production
Odaiche O.
Great video trailer created for my photo shoot. Videographer was punctual and responsive. Thank you
Big Dog Video ProductionsBig Dog Video Productions
Avalisa E.
Big Dog Video Productions was by far the most professional videographer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He was thorough and I cannot wait to see the finished product.
Big Dog Video ProductionsBig Dog Video Productions
David S.
When I contacted Dave and told him I needed a videographer asap (in 2 hours), he didn't even flinch. And boy did he come through. He and his videographer were on site by 10 AM. Dave and Tiffany definitely saved the day. Our project continued and with great success. Thanks to Dave and Tiffany for their professionalism and quick response to our team. When we are in the DC area again, we will be using this great company.
Metro Teleproductions, Inc.Metro Teleproductions, Inc.
Rashaida M.
Mark is a great videographer. He filmed a video for my company DivaDance DC. The video was high quality and we received the finish product in a timely manner. During filming, Mark made suggestions and was encouraging to my dancers. I highly recommend Mark. You won’t be disappointed!
Marsh Kove MediaMarsh Kove Media
Sarah K.
Liory’s is the only videographer you should consider for your event or ceremony! They were amazing with everything! They rapidly responded to every question, text and email. They were prompt and professional day of, incredible about getting some amazing shots at a not traditional ceremony and made a beautiful highlight video! I am so excited to see the feature film!
Liorys Productions LLCLiorys Productions LLC
Sloane S.
I was looking to hire a videographer for a conference in DC. We didn't end up hiring Dave with Metro Teleproductions as a colleague had already booked someone else, so I can't comment on the work product. I can however comment on Dave's responsiveness and flexibility. He was great to work with, very timely on email responses and I honestly would have hired him if the situation had been different.
Metro Teleproductions, Inc.Metro Teleproductions, Inc.
Minnie S.
We had Luis for our intimate vows ceremony back in March for videography. Before/during/after the ceremony, Luis was always very responsive, and tried to understand what we wanted for the video of our special day. It was great working with him and his team during the ceremony. The video came out great and Luis did a fantastic job editing! If you need a videographer for a special occasion, don't hesitate to hire LG Design!
LG Media LLCLG Media LLC
Flo A.
Mikael is the go-to-guy, period. He took pride in perfecting our video and insuring the project was of optimal quality. Honestly, he heeded every single one of our requests, which I can tell you, were definitely a lot, and he made the project happen in a very impressive timely manner. Very fun to work with and his professionalism is admirable. This is by far the best experience I’ve had working with a videographer and I foresee many more between us. Our project came out exactly as we’ve imagined. Needless to say, you’ll be fully satisfied working with Mikael.
Mikael ImagingMikael Imaging
Tony B.
Words cannot adequately describe the brilliance and professionalism of this videographer and editor we recently hired for a major event, and we were absolutely blown away by the spectacular results. He artfully wove together the raw footage creating a stunning highlight reel that encapsulated the spirit of the event in the most magical way. The transitions were seamless, the pacing was perfect, and the music selection was nothing short of inspired. The final product was a cinematic masterpiece that left a lasting impression on everyone who watched it. We absolutely recommend him to capture your video needs and turn them into an incredible keepsake.
JP Collection (Photo/Video/MUA)JP Collection (Photo/Video/MUA)
Ivanice T.
When I first contacted Sandro I was on the fence on whether or not to hire a videographer for our wedding and I’m SO GLAD WE DID! Sandro was very easy to work with and captured exactly what I wanted for our wedding video. He arrived very early, was very professional and made us feel very comfortable. We got married on Friday and we had the edited video by Monday night. The video is absolutely beautiful, I was able to share it with our family members who could not assist due to Covid and it brought tears to everyone’s eyes. Don’t look any further and hire Sandro, you will not regret it!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Jason could not have been more accommodating and professional. I had him film a presentation I gave and he showed up with patience and flexibility of the space, sound, audience, etc. I was impressed that he showed up dressed so sharply with a tie and hat. I didn't expect this and was proud to have such a professional videographer who really valued the venue and overall experience. The people who invited me to speak could see the level of quality in choosing a good person to film the event. The quality of the final product was fantastic and he even made a few edits after I viewed it to add in the slide images in addition to me in front of camera. All communication was thorough and made me feel that he definitely understood my vision. I will be using him again in the future.
3041 Media/Realty Vids3041 Media/Realty Vids
Alexsis B.
I hired Scene Clearly Films to film my boyfriend's surprise 40th birthday party. Darryl and his team were a joy to work with! They were incredibly professional and timely. I was quite busy during the party planning process, as well afterward, but Darryl was very accommodating. He made some very helpful recommendations, including having two videographers onsite - which allowed them to capture the party from multiple angles. The end product was gorgeous and seamless. I also needed them to create a promotional video for my business, and they did a fantastic job. I will definitely be hiring this company again for future work, especially as I get started in rolling out my new event planning business! Thanks Darryl and team for capturing so many memories!
Scene Clearly FilmsScene Clearly Films
Tasheema P.
My startup hired Pretty Electric to shoot an interview video for our online learning community and needed a videographer that would be able to produce a high-quality product. Ronnie and Pretty Electric Company exceeded our expectations. In addition to going above and beyond to provide me with all the information I needed to make my decision, Ronnie was very professional and the quality of our interactions and end product were amazing. He showed up on time, was very professional during the entire process, answered any questions I had, responded very quickly to any of our inquires, and made the entire process quite stress free. As a startup and small business, we were very pleased by Ronnie's rate which allowed us to develop great content without exhausting our budget for production.
Pretty Elektrik CompanyPretty Elektrik Company
Thumbtack Customer
Malcholm is hands down the best videographer that I've worked with and I've worked with a lot. His passion, skill, and attention to detail puts him heads and shoulders above everyone else. After seeing the incredible portfolio online, i called Malcholm and we talked a couple times via phone to discuss my project. I was impressed with his perspective regsrding the filming of my event as well as his promptness in replying to my emails. On the day of the event, Malcholm arrived earlier that the job required to connect with me and to get perspective on where he would be able to capture the best footage. The day after the event, he had all of the recorded footage sent to me! The earliest that I have received my footage in the past was a week. Malcholm is the real deal. Saying he exceeded my expectations is an understatement. Hoan Do Author, Speaker, American Ninja Warrior
MjrVisuals_Washington D.C. Video ProductionMjrVisuals_Washington D.C. Video Production
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