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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 Austin videographers
Renee W.
Kawser is a great professional videographer based on website videos-who is responsive, and flexible. Price point & value is tough to beat!
Beige Corporation AustinBeige Corporation Austin
Paul M.
Jacob from The Customers Story was great to work with and very flexible with our project needs. The videographer Brandon did a great job filming what we needed in creative way. Would recommend and hire again.
The Customer StoryThe Customer Story
Shawna S.
Chris was amazing to work with at our conference! I have hired videographers many, many times all over the country and none had the kind of equipment that he has. He is well prepared and well equipped to capture a multi camera shoot from various angles. The raw footage he provided contained camera to camera transitions that no other videographer has ever provided. But most importantly, Chris was so easy to work with, so knowledgeable, and understood our goals because he asked all the right questions. I would absolutely hire him again and recommend you hire him without hesitation.
MVP ServicesMVP Services
Barrett B.
Fun and easy to work with. Jacob has great instincts. With just a little direction he catches on quick to the vision and brings his own creativity to the project. Jumps right in, not afraid to interact in a fun and respectful way with strangers. Great person to be around and very skilled videographer.
Hen's Bread ProductionsHen's Bread Productions
Michael G.
HIRE. THIS. MAN. I promise you won’t regret it. This quality of his work is amazing and miles ahead of the other videographers we looked at. Worth every penny! My wife was on the fence about getting video but she’s so happy now seeing the final product. Very professional quality all around but love the shot composition and editing!
Still Motion StoriesStill Motion Stories
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Stephen and Whitney was a great experience. We needed ~45 short videos of medical procedures shot in the Austin area. They were very professional and accommodating to all of our requests. They were able to give us the videos the same day, which no other videographer has done for us on previous shoots. The videos were well done and of very high quality. Plus, they are just fun and pleasant individuals to work with. I would use them again.
The Habit Of Seeing: Cinematic Visual StorytellingThe Habit Of Seeing: Cinematic Visual Storytelling
Saurabh p.
I have no words to describe the service I have received from Jacob.We worked everything online and over the phone since I am from STL The best videographer in Austin. I had tried many other photographers in Austin but no body gave such a excellent response than Jacob. Not only the service but his kindness, work and professionalism do match with his profession. He immediately understood and acknowledged my requirements in first time only. He is very responsive, reasonable with excellent service and next day editing. I would definitely recommend and hire for my next event.
Hen's Bread ProductionsHen's Bread Productions
Andrea C.
We immediately hired Kevin when we were able to share our (unique) vision and he was able to expand on the concept making it even better. He was patient with us through a few iterations and didn’t stop until we were completely happy with the final product. I think I have the BEST wedding video ever. Thank you for all the laughs along the way and making our idea come to life! The average videographer would not have been able to pull off this request, and we are so grateful that we get to laugh each year we watch our wedding documentary on our anniversary.
Kendrick MediaKendrick Media
Yajnaseni S.
The BEST wedding photographer and videographer we could have ever found!!! Be it how accommodating he was or how incredibly he captured our wedding, Vincent did a phenomenal job from beginning till the end. We had our wedding at a very short notice and on a yacht, we also required him to live stream our wedding to family in India (Covid wedding). He was extremely understanding of all our requests and did a remarkable job with everything (including the live stream which our family absolutely loved). Even though there was limited space on the yacht with the ceremony, the shots that he managed to take were breathtaking. Would definitely hire him again very soon.
Vincent Roazzi Jr Photo & VideoVincent Roazzi Jr Photo & Video
Heather T.
I needed to find someone to help shoot some video for our business and we had the hardest time finding someone until I connected with Jacob at Hen's Bread. He is such a nice person to speak with and more than anything, he was the ONLY person we vetted for the job that actually listened to what I needed. Every other videographer we contacted either didn't contact us back, asked for twice our budget, or they wanted to completely change our vision for the project to make it something we didn't need. Jacob and Clay did an amazing job on the day of our shoot. They arrived early, were very detail-oriented, and had all the latest and best equipment for the job. They made the process so easy and enjoyable. But again - most importantly - they helped me bring the vision I had in my head to life on the screen! Not to mention, they were so nice. I would highly recommend Hen's Bread for your video needs. I can't imagine you'll find a better, more professional team in Austin. They are fairly priced, great at communicating the steps of the process, accept all forms of payment and they turned around my video FAST. Hen's Bread will be our go-to from now on for all our video and photography needs. They also have an on-location studio to shoot smaller projects. I'm a very happy customer and can't wait to work with them again.
Hen's Bread ProductionsHen's Bread Productions
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