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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.

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 Bloomington videographers
Mary G.
Excellent work- we were very pleased with the video and the professionalism of the videographers.
Hard Copy Film Co.Hard Copy Film Co.
Julie W.
Rory captured my mom's 80th birthday recital. He was fabulous. I had a choice of professional videographers to use - and I am absolutely thrilled that I picked him.
Rory Thomas ProductionsRory Thomas Productions
Elizabeth B.
Tom was friendly, professional and willing to work with me on fulfilling my specific requests. All in all it was a smooth, easy experience. As I don't yet have the finished video, I am unable to comment on 'work quality' but I would expect it will be great. I would recommend Tom to anyone needing a videographer.
Vision Real Video, LLCVision Real Video, LLC
Abiose D.
I was very happy with the video recording Mike did for my wedding. It was my first time going online and searching for a videographer. I was optimistic and after reading the reviews for Mike, I was a little convinced. The quality was great. He was on time, dressed for the occasion which some people don't do unless you tell them. My guests loved him. Very professional and takes his work seriously. Please do not get infront of Mike's camera when he's recording. You might get a knock on your head. (Just kidding). But seriously, he's great. His work is exceptional, he is professional and the price is reasonable.
MJS Productions LLCMJS Productions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
What a truly amazing choice it was to have Nick and Sara capture our day in video! With a wedding video low(er) on our list of priorities we went back and forth on whether or not we should hire a videographer countless time. After a few meetings w/ Nick on our 'style' and wishes for the video, he was confident that he'd deliver exactly what we were looking for. It shouldn't be surprising to anyone, that is exactly what happened. Had we known how perfectly he'd capture the day and how spot on they edit the footage, a video would have been second on our list below the dress! The final product is a video that we will cherish and share for years to come - Keep up the amazing work MYM!
Steven L.
I needed a professional videographer for a formal event with very short notice. Tom Maertz of Volga River Video responded to my posting quickly and was one of the lower bids. With a brief description of my needs he promptly provided me with a detailed and accurate quote. He re-confirmed the location, time, and expectations prior to the event and arrived prepared and prompt at the venue with no need for any additional direction. He captured all aspects of the event flawlessly with no intrusion. Guests were mostly unaware of his presence. My event ran almost an hour over schedule which he accommodated without hesitation and with no added fees! I received the full footage of the event within days and there was an offer to provide additional editing but no undue pressure to utilize him for additional services. I would offer my highest recommendations!
Vision Real Video, LLCVision Real Video, LLC
Jennifer W.
What you get, is what you get. He showed up on time, and was easy to work with. He brought an additional videographer and a drone, which was cool. He provided a short 5 minute highlight and an extended 15 minute video. Overall, he had some good quality shots and produced an okay video. Unfortunately, even though I provided contact information, he did not connect with my DJ to ensure that he was capturing good quality sound straight from the microphone. Before signing the contract, I did check with him to be sure that we'd be able to make adjustments in post-production. When I sent my request for updates, he initially responded (after I followed up) that they would work on it. I wanted the 5 minute video to be all inclusive of the day, so my notes were to remove some duplicative moments and include shots from the reception. The full length (15 minute video) initially included a few moments with blue bar and an error note across the screen so I asked for that to be remove. I also requested a few adjustments to the music that was overlayed. Based on the product I received, there were a number of important events that were listed on my checklist provided to him in advance and again on the day of, that were not captured. In the little communication I had with him post-wedding, he said he'd send another video that had everything from my check list, but I never received that. Unfortunately after trying to follow up with him several times over the last nearly 3 months, I do not get any responses now. I have come to accept that what I got is all that I will get. It's a shame because the short length video doesn't capture the entire day (that I'd want to share with guests) and the full length video has a big blue bar half way through so I don't want to share that either. I'd still love to hear from him to get an updated video, but I'm not hopeful for that anymore. I'd recommend if you choose him, go with a deposit up front, and pay for the final upon satisfaction of a completed project.
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