Average Cost of a Wedding Videographer

By Mackenzie •  Updated: 01/11/21 •  6 min read

We all know that weddings are expensive. This is particularly true if you are having a big one with a lot of guests and at a luxury venue. While the venue is going to be the biggest expense you have, you are going to have a lot of little ones that add up. In particular, hiring a wedding videographer is going to cost some money. The price is going to change depending on a variety of factors. But here is an idea of what you can expect.

What Prices can I Expect for a Wedding Videographer?

A wedding videographer is a great way to capture the magic of your wedding. You want to enjoy the big day and not have to worry about capturing it all on film. That is exactly why you can hire a professional to take care of this for you. But you might be apprehensive if you do not know the price. So, here is a breakdown of what you can expect.

If you are on a budget, you will be happy to know you can choose an affordable wedding videographer. This can range from $1200 to $1500.  It will be important to note that they might have lower experience than some professionals and keeping the price down might mean only attending your wedding for a few hours. But it is possible to have a wedding videographer on a budget.

At the other end, an experienced wedding videographer can cost up to $20,000. The price is going to go up if they are also spending all day at your venue and you choose all of the additional services.


What Factors Affect the Price of a Wedding Videographer?

Of course, a lot of wedding videographers will set their own prices and will vary from cheap to very expensive. But they do not choose the figures at random and out of nowhere. Instead, there are several factors that are going to affect the price you can expect a wedding videographer to be. Let’s take a look at those factors.

The Videographer’s Experience

The skills and experience of a wedding videographer are going to be influencing factors when it comes to price. Indeed, as you would expect, if a wedding videographer is very experienced and operated for a number of years, they are going to be more expensive. On the other hand, if you choose an amateur or new wedding videographer, they are going to have lower prices.

If you are on a budget, this is a factor to take into account. But you also want to think about the quality you are going to receive. If you are worried a cheaper wedding videographer is not going to deliver the result you want, you might want to pay more for peace of mind.


The Number of Videographers

Some people will have a small and intimidate wedding. In other words, they are only going to invite a small number of people. This may only require one wedding videographer for across the day and to capture all of the best moments. However, if you are having a larger gathering, there is going to be a lot more ground to cover. To ensure that you capture all of the best parts of your wedding day, you might want to hire several wedding videographers. This is going to drive the price up and you can expect to pay more for each person you hire.

The Location

The location is going to be an important factor when it comes to cost. For example, if you live somewhere in a city, you can have a larger choice of wedding videographers. This can keep the prices down. However, if you are somewhere that is more rural, this can mean that a wedding videographer has to travel to your wedding location. This is going to cost more as they will add this commute to their pricing. They might even have to pay accommodation prices.

Essentially, to keep the prices down for your wedding, you need to find a wedding videographer you like that is near to the venue. This is going to mean less traveling time and hassle for them, which transpires to lower prices.

The Date of Your Wedding

Do you have the date of your wedding arranged yet? A lot of people do not realize that the date they have set can affect the price of a wedding videographer. For example, you can expect to pay more at times in the year that are popular for weddings, which includes the summer and fall months. But if you have your wedding in the off-season, this is normally winter, you will pay less. There are even certain days of the week that are better for a more affordable wedding. This tends to be mid-week and not at the weekend.

To ensure your wedding videographer is affordable, arrange your wedding carefully. This includes being during the off-season or during the week when weddings are less popular. This way, you can stick to your wedding budget.


The Filming Length

You will also have to consider the amount of time the wedding videographer will be filming for. Of course, the longer they are filming across the day, the more you are going to pay. The good thing is, you can choose the number of hours you would like your wedding videographer to be working. For instance, you could choose to film just in the evening to capture all of your guests. Alternatively, you may want just your ceremony captured. This is going to be up to you and how much you want to spend.

The Package

One way to be economical with your budget is to look for a good wedding package. This can bring down the price for a wedding videographer since you are combining a lot of different services into one. For example, you may find there is a wedding package for a photographer and wedding photographer together. This can help you save money and for you to still enjoy the services you want. Shop around and see what you can find to make your special day magical.


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Mackenzie is a freelance writer with over ten years of experience writing on all things weddings. She received her BA in English from the University of California in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing about weddings, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids (twin boys) exploring the beautiful California countryside. While in nature, she captures picturesque images of mountain lakes, the beach, and more. Mackenzie is also a pet parent to two Siamese cats. She appreciates their individuality and the fact they pretty independent. But they love to snuggle at the end of day, which is one of the things Mackenzie enjoys in the evenings to relax after a busy day at work.