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How Much Does A Wedding Videographer Cost?

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Wedding Videographer Cost

How much does a wedding videographer cost?

According to BrideBook’s 2020 UK Wedding Report, the average price paid by couples for a wedding videographer in 2019 was £1016. This figure was taken from survey responses of 3000 couples getting married in the UK, who spent £16,005 on average for their entire wedding (not including the cost of the honeymoon or engagement ring).

This average cost to get a wedding filmed reflects the wide range of price ranges available to wedding couples looking for a videographer, showing that some UK couples are happy to settle for a budget, one-man team, whereas others would prefer a more high-end wedding videographer.

Do you tip your wedding videographer?

Whilst it’s become a custom in America for couples to tip wedding vendors on their special day, to thank them for their service, it’s not a standard custom here in the UK – although many videographers might wish this wasn’t the case!

How much do wedding videographers charge?

The style of wedding film you opt for will dictate the amount of footage that is shot, the amount of time spent editing the final products and the overall price of your videography package. Below are some example prices based on different wedding videography packages available to couples:

  • Unedited wedding ceremony

    £400

    If you’re only concerned with capturing the wedding vows and the ‘I do’ moment, then you may only have to pay for a few hours of filming.

    The typical cost of hiring one videographer is £100 per hour, however, most will have a minimum time that you can book them for, which could be 2-4 hours, depending on how far they have to travel.

    As just the essential footage will be captured, there’ll be little if any editing to complete the film, which should also keep costs down.

  • Documentary wedding film

    £800-1000

    If you’re happy to settle for a more DIY, documentary feeling wedding film, more reminiscent of something produced in the 80s or 90s then you could pay for a one-man team to film your weddings with one camera and then deliver the footage, raw and unedited, to you on DVD or hard drive.

    It would then be up to you to edit the footage if you wish, or just sit back and watch the full day from the cameraman’s perspective.

    In this case, you’d only be paying for the camera operator’s time, travel and cost of the equipment.

  • Cinematic wedding film

    £1750-2000

    A cinematic wedding film could feature footage captured from multiple cameras, including aerial footage from a drone and might also be delivered in a number of different formats. As more footage will be captured, more time will likely be spent in editing your final product, which should also be a polished, professional piece of video.

    You may also receive a shorter teaser, or highlight video in the run up to receiving the complete wedding film which could feature carefully timed music, slow-motion or other effects that combine to create a film that you’ll find yourself going back to year after year.

Why are wedding videographers so expensive?

A number of factors contribute to the overall price that a wedding videographer charges. When looking to hire a wedding videographer, you should consider these factors when weighing up the pros and cons of different vendors. Each videographer will have their own approach to setting prices, and those who charge much less than their competitors may do so for a reason.

  • Whilst most wedding videographers will travel nationally for a job, you should expect the distance that they have to travel to affect the overall quote. If a videographer has to travel three hours or more to reach the wedding destination then they’ll likely need to book accommodation near the wedding venue, so that they can crash out after the day and drive back home in the morning. If they have to drive less than two hours to reach your venue then they’re more likely to drive straight back after the day.

    Finding a wedding videographer that lives close to your venue can help keep costs down, but sometimes you may find that the videographer you have your heart set on may need to add travel expenses to your quote in order to make the job practical for their business.

  • As with other wedding vendors, your wedding date and the time of year will likely affect the overall cost that your wedding videographer quotes you. It should come as little surprise to anyone currently planning a wedding themselves to find out that wedding vendors raise their prices in line with demand, which rises towards the end of spring and drops off towards the end of summer.

    For example, the average cost of wedding peaks in June at around £18,500 and can drop to as low as £11,262 in January. Considering the 10% of weddings can take place in June, compared to just 2% in January, it becomes apparent why wedding videographers are able to offer more competitive rates during the off-peak season.

    You may also find that the day of the week affects the overall cost of your wedding videographer, for much the same reason. In 2019, the average cost of a wedding on Sunday was £19,367 compared to just £12,730 for those choosing to get married on Wednesday. If booking last minute, you may have more options to book your wedding videographer if you’re marrying mid-week and might also be able to bargain down to a lower price.

  • The amount of experience a wedding videographer should directly correlate with the quality of their work, the demand in their work and therefore the price that they quote couples. Of course, there are some videographers who may choose to ‘chance their arm’ with a high-ball quote, if they feel that they can get away with it.

    The best way to judge if you’re being given a quote that matches up with the videographer’s experience is to compare their sample work with others. As with most other decisions regarding organising a wedding, your final decision will be based on finding a balance between what you can afford and your priorities in terms of how you’d like the finished product to look.

  • The time spent filming your wedding is one of the main contributing factors to the overall cost you are quoted. Many videographers will have a set time that they cover weddings at, but will tend to be flexible if you want them to stay longer or start earlier.

    For example, a typical day could be 8 hours of coverage, including bridal preparation, guests arriving, the ceremony, speeches and a first dance. The cost of your wedding videographer would increase if you also want footage of the groom preparing, or if you want to have footage of the evening party beyond the first dance in your final film.

    If you’re on a budget, or are particular about what parts of the day you’d like filmed, you could arrange for filming for half the day, and bargain down the overall price. The less footage your videographer has to work with, the less time it will also take to edit down your final film which should also reduce the cost.

  • The more videographers that are at your wedding, the more angles, shots and reactions they’ll be able to capture. Whilst many independent wedding videographers travel solo and are perfectly capable of capturing the essential footage by themselves, paying for an extra set of hands can add an extra dimension to the final film. For example, whilst one camera operator films guests dancing, another could roam across the venue getting candid interviews from the rest of the party.

    A second videographer is often the difference between a standard wedding package and a premium package. As you’re having to pay for an extra person’s time and also additional editing time, the price will inevitably rise as a result. For this reason, couples on a tight might choose to settle with hiring a single videographer instead.

Location

Whilst most wedding videographers will travel nationally for a job, you should expect the distance that they have to travel to affect the overall quote. If a videographer has to travel three hours or more to reach the wedding destination then they’ll likely need to book accommodation near the wedding venue, so that they can crash out after the day and drive back home in the morning. If they have to drive less than two hours to reach your venue then they’re more likely to drive straight back after the day.

Finding a wedding videographer that lives close to your venue can help keep costs down, but sometimes you may find that the videographer you have your heart set on may need to add travel expenses to your quote in order to make the job practical for their business.

Your Wedding Date

As with other wedding vendors, your wedding date and the time of year will likely affect the overall cost that your wedding videographer quotes you. It should come as little surprise to anyone currently planning a wedding themselves to find out that wedding vendors raise their prices in line with demand, which rises towards the end of spring and drops off towards the end of summer.

For example, the average cost of wedding peaks in June at around £18,500 and can drop to as low as £11,262 in January. Considering the 10% of weddings can take place in June, compared to just 2% in January, it becomes apparent why wedding videographers are able to offer more competitive rates during the off-peak season.

You may also find that the day of the week affects the overall cost of your wedding videographer, for much the same reason. In 2019, the average cost of a wedding on Sunday was £19,367 compared to just £12,730 for those choosing to get married on Wednesday. If booking last minute, you may have more options to book your wedding videographer if you’re marrying mid-week and might also be able to bargain down to a lower price.

The Videographer’s Experience

The amount of experience a wedding videographer should directly correlate with the quality of their work, the demand in their work and therefore the price that they quote couples. Of course, there are some videographers who may choose to ‘chance their arm’ with a high-ball quote, if they feel that they can get away with it.

The best way to judge if you’re being given a quote that matches up with the videographer’s experience is to compare their sample work with others. As with most other decisions regarding organising a wedding, your final decision will be based on finding a balance between what you can afford and your priorities in terms of how you’d like the finished product to look.

Time Spent Filming

The time spent filming your wedding is one of the main contributing factors to the overall cost you are quoted. Many videographers will have a set time that they cover weddings at, but will tend to be flexible if you want them to stay longer or start earlier.

For example, a typical day could be 8 hours of coverage, including bridal preparation, guests arriving, the ceremony, speeches and a first dance. The cost of your wedding videographer would increase if you also want footage of the groom preparing, or if you want to have footage of the evening party beyond the first dance in your final film.

If you’re on a budget, or are particular about what parts of the day you’d like filmed, you could arrange for filming for half the day, and bargain down the overall price. The less footage your videographer has to work with, the less time it will also take to edit down your final film which should also reduce the cost.

Number of Videographers

The more videographers that are at your wedding, the more angles, shots and reactions they’ll be able to capture. Whilst many independent wedding videographers travel solo and are perfectly capable of capturing the essential footage by themselves, paying for an extra set of hands can add an extra dimension to the final film. For example, whilst one camera operator films guests dancing, another could roam across the venue getting candid interviews from the rest of the party.

A second videographer is often the difference between a standard wedding package and a premium package. As you’re having to pay for an extra person’s time and also additional editing time, the price will inevitably rise as a result. For this reason, couples on a tight might choose to settle with hiring a single videographer instead.

  • One of the most important questions to ask your wedding videographer is if they’ve ever worked with your wedding photographer, or if they have any preferred photographer that they’ve worked with in the past. When it comes to your wedding day, you want to ensure that both teams aren’t stepping on each other’s toes, so that you can get the best shots out of both packages. Combining your wedding videography and photography packages can help to reduce overall costs, if you are able to do so.

    Depending on who you’ve booked first, you might find that one vendor has a partnership with another, allowing you to get a discount if you book both at the same time. You might also find that your videographer offers a combined wedding photography package, allowing you to make a saving whilst also making any wedding photo or wedding video opportunities easier to manage on the day.

  • The cost of the equipment that your videographer uses might also affect the overall price you’re quoted for your wedding. Some high-end videographers use equipment costing thousands of pounds, whereas others might get by on cheaper, amateur equipment. The amount of money that videographers invest in their business will naturally affect the quality of their work, and the overall price they quote.

    For example, wedding videographers just getting started in the business might make do with GoPros and consumer-end mirrorless cameras. Meanwhile, seasoned professionals and large teams will likely have access to full-frame cameras and even drones to capture aerial shots. In very rare cases, wedding videographers could offer to film on 35mm which would dramatically increase cost, considering that a 10-minute roll can cost up to £800, without factoring in the laborious editing time.

  • The time it takes to edit your final wedding film will also affect the price you’re quoted. For example, if you’ve opted for two videographers then there’ll be twice as much footage to work through. Similarly, the style of film that you’ve commissioned will impact the edit time. If you’ve specified that you’d like guest interviews to comprise part of the film then the editors will have to sift through and edit even more footage.

    The turnaround time for editing could also increase or decrease the price you pay. Most wedding videographers will give you a promise of a 4-week turnaround so that you’re guaranteed to not have to wait too long to relive your wedding day, but there are some that offer an even quicker service – at a cost. If you’re willing to pay a premium, some videographers offer a same day edit, so that you can see a highlight reel of the ceremony before your first dance. A next day edit could give you an opportunity to see your friends’ and families’ reactions, or kind words whilst the memory of the wedding is still fresh in your mind.

  • The finished product and how you receive it may also impact the cost of your wedding videography. After your film has been edited you may receive the final product in a number of formats. The most affordable option for videographers is to upload the video footage to an online portal, which couples can access using a password and then download at their leisure. This link will usually only be live for a certain time before the videographer takes it down.

    A personalised DVD is one of the more common methods of delivery, as most households have a player and then couples have a physical item which they can store away with the rest of their wedding mementoes. Looking further into the future, some wedding videographers have moved away from disc media altogether and have chosen to deliver the final wedding footage in the format of a personalised USB stick. Using physical formats such as DVDs or USBs will increase the cost of the wedding videography, especially if multiple copies are requested as part of the package.

  • You may be able to bargain down the cost of your wedding videography package if you offer to pay upfront or in cash. In some cases, videographers might have strict policies on how they choose to quote and accept payment. Whilst most will require a deposit to secure the date, some could also offer the option to pay in installments in the time leading up to the big day. It’s worth asking your videographer if they’d consider cutting you a discount if you can pay for the package in one go. Small, one-man enterprises may also prefer upfront cash payments, especially if they are still looking to fill out their calendar.

Combine Video and Photography

One of the most important questions to ask your wedding videographer is if they’ve ever worked with your wedding photographer, or if they have any preferred photographer that they’ve worked with in the past. When it comes to your wedding day, you want to ensure that both teams aren’t stepping on each other’s toes, so that you can get the best shots out of both packages. Combining your wedding videography and photography packages can help to reduce overall costs, if you are able to do so.

Depending on who you’ve booked first, you might find that one vendor has a partnership with another, allowing you to get a discount if you book both at the same time. You might also find that your videographer offers a combined wedding photography package, allowing you to make a saving whilst also making any wedding photo or wedding video opportunities easier to manage on the day.

Equipment Used

The cost of the equipment that your videographer uses might also affect the overall price you’re quoted for your wedding. Some high-end videographers use equipment costing thousands of pounds, whereas others might get by on cheaper, amateur equipment. The amount of money that videographers invest in their business will naturally affect the quality of their work, and the overall price they quote.

For example, wedding videographers just getting started in the business might make do with GoPros and consumer-end mirrorless cameras. Meanwhile, seasoned professionals and large teams will likely have access to full-frame cameras and even drones to capture aerial shots. In very rare cases, wedding videographers could offer to film on 35mm which would dramatically increase cost, considering that a 10-minute roll can cost up to £800, without factoring in the laborious editing time.

The Editing Process

The time it takes to edit your final wedding film will also affect the price you’re quoted. For example, if you’ve opted for two videographers then there’ll be twice as much footage to work through. Similarly, the style of film that you’ve commissioned will impact the edit time. If you’ve specified that you’d like guest interviews to comprise part of the film then the editors will have to sift through and edit even more footage.

The turnaround time for editing could also increase or decrease the price you pay. Most wedding videographers will give you a promise of a 4-week turnaround so that you’re guaranteed to not have to wait too long to relive your wedding day, but there are some that offer an even quicker service – at a cost. If you’re willing to pay a premium, some videographers offer a same day edit, so that you can see a highlight reel of the ceremony before your first dance. A next day edit could give you an opportunity to see your friends’ and families’ reactions, or kind words whilst the memory of the wedding is still fresh in your mind.

Finished Product

The finished product and how you receive it may also impact the cost of your wedding videography. After your film has been edited you may receive the final product in a number of formats. The most affordable option for videographers is to upload the video footage to an online portal, which couples can access using a password and then download at their leisure. This link will usually only be live for a certain time before the videographer takes it down.

A personalised DVD is one of the more common methods of delivery, as most households have a player and then couples have a physical item which they can store away with the rest of their wedding mementoes. Looking further into the future, some wedding videographers have moved away from disc media altogether and have chosen to deliver the final wedding footage in the format of a personalised USB stick. Using physical formats such as DVDs or USBs will increase the cost of the wedding videography, especially if multiple copies are requested as part of the package.

Payment

You may be able to bargain down the cost of your wedding videography package if you offer to pay upfront or in cash. In some cases, videographers might have strict policies on how they choose to quote and accept payment. Whilst most will require a deposit to secure the date, some could also offer the option to pay in installments in the time leading up to the big day. It’s worth asking your videographer if they’d consider cutting you a discount if you can pay for the package in one go. Small, one-man enterprises may also prefer upfront cash payments, especially if they are still looking to fill out their calendar.

Wedding videographer price list

Silver Service offers a range of packages at a competitive price, all our wedding films are cinematic in style and offer complete coverage from the bridal preparations to first dance. Take a look at our wedding videography prices below and get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

  • Gold

    £1750
    • Bridal Preparation
    • Guest Arrival
    • Full Ceremony Coverage
    • Drinks Reception
    • Photographer Shadow
    • Speeches
    • First Dance
    • HD Digital Copy
    • Short Highlight Video
    • Full Wedding Video
    • 5 Personalised Copies of DVD
    • 4 Week Completion Guaranteed
    • Fireworks/Sparklers Filmed
    • Evening Band/Singers Footage
  • Platinum

    £2000
    • Bridal Preparation
    • Guest Arrival
    • Full Ceremony Coverage
    • Drinks Reception
    • Photographer Shadow
    • Speeches
    • First Dance
    • HD Digital Copy
    • Short Highlight Video
    • Full Wedding Video
    • 5 Personalised Copies of DVD
    • 4 Week Completion Guaranteed
    • Fireworks/Sparklers Filmed
    • Evening Band/Singers Footage
    • Fully Licensed Drone Pilot
    • Second Videographer

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