What factors are involved in the price of a wedding video?
With wedding films varying so much in price from hundreds to thousands of pounds, what is involved in the cost tins of a wedding video?
Cost Factor 1: Level of Production: There is a considerable difference between domestic equipment and broadcast. Whilst it is still true that an experienced cameraman with domestic equipment will get better results than an amateur with a broadcast camera! To purchase broadcast cameras and equipment costs 10,000s, so if you are after a high quality film that will last a life-time expect to pay a bit more.
Cost Factor 2: Level of Experience: The internet is great, yet it does allow part-time operators to appear the same as full-time professional companies, with customers finding it difficult to instantly tell each apart. Try to watch a variety of films, the less editing the better to enable you tell the positioning stability and camera control (lighting, focus) or the camera operator. For full-time professionals, who are not going to let you down, expect to pay more.
Remember a wedding is a live event, if an inexperienced cameraman missing anything, you won’t get another chance of getting it captured.
Cost Factor 3: The Location: Expect to pay a fair price for travel, time and any accommodation necessary. To get the right crew to your wedding location and these extra costs, should not put you off.
Cost Factor 4: Your Requirements: Wedding films range from one cameraman, to a multi camera shoot. With the use of specialist film equipment to produce a stunning film of your day. You may require someone to just capture the service itself or you may wish to see the whole day on film from getting ready until the last person leaves the dance floor. All these factors will have an impact on the cost of your film.
Cost Factor 5: Post-Production: The editing will often make or break a good film, great editors often are used to getting paid well! Bespoke menus and packaging will add considerably to the time spent, but is often worth it in the long run.
Cost Factor 6: Reputation: Prepare to pay more for companies with a good reputation.
Cost Factor 7: Deals and Offers: If you shop at the right time, you could catch a great offer. Pro Tip: Book wedding services together to get a great deal and book people who work well together.
Another one of our frequently asked questions answered with a short animation. We are often asked “What makes a wedding film cinematic?” or “ What is wedding cinematography and why does it cost more?”
What is a cinematic wedding film?
Weddings are a traditional event. From traditions of something old, something new... then to the cutting of the wedding cake and through to the first dance. The way these things are done change to reflect the current age. Just have a look at a wedding in the nineties, the cake design, dress fashion or the choice of first dance music and you will note how things have developed with time.
The age of a cinematic wedding film
Now browse the web for wedding video companies and you will see plenty of them who still film and edit the same as they did in the 1990's! You will also see plenty of part time videographer and then you will see some companies offering a new style of wedding videos emerging 'cinematic wedding films!'.
The standard video: Their are many people who still prefer the more traditional approach to filming a wedding, people who require just a record of the day filmed professionally, recording things as they happen. Then edited into a highly watchable video.
The cinematic film: Modern young couples tend to gravitate towards something special for their wedding film, something that turns their video into a personalised film, that reflects their characters and day. This bespoke service is now being offered by a variety of wedding video companies and is undertaken with varies degrees of competency!
The professional cinematic approach
Let it be bespoke and unique. This means that your wedding is not filmed and edited to a set format, where the videographer and editor go through the motions of creating similar looking videos. Yes everyone has a different wedding day and this will be reflected in your wedding film to a certain degree. Yet with careful planning, creative thinking and correct choices in shots, editing techniques and audio choice, a film can be created that is like a tailor made suit that fits to your characters, venue and day just perfectly.
A creative cinematographer
Naming yourself a 'creative cinematographer' may suggest you definitely have to be creative in ways a mere wedding cameraman wouldn't. This will usually mean the use of a second cameraman and/or a creative director helping to create/capture different styles of shots and moments that are overlooked by a traditional cameraman. Extra people may help be creative and this will free up the main cameraman to capture the day professionally, whilst the creativity can be handled by the second wedding cameraman using different angles, detailed shots and capture these using a variety of equipment.
A major aspect to this process is the post edit. This is a creative process of selecting, timing and colour grading shots to fit into the style and storyboard of the wedding day. The audio tracks (music and recorded soundtrack of the day) style needs to be in sync with the style of the footage and effects used.
We have created a short animated video to answer the commonly searched fro question “ Is a wedding video worth it? “ or “Is a wedding videography necessary”.
With many brides not noticing the importance of having their wedding filmed until its too late.
Why You Need A Wedding Video !
Why many wedding suppliers and previous married couples agree a wedding video is a must!
Many peoples pre-wedding mindset
So who wants a stranger hanging about on their big day shoving a camera in your face and turning your day into one big movie shoot! For many couples this is how they see a wedding cameramen, as intrusive, unprofessional and an extra thing to be worried about, as a lot of people don't like being filmed! Most people have only ever been filmed by a family member, or at a school play, or by a bad cameraman at someone else's wedding! Many couples are concerned about relaxing and enjoying their big day and see a wedding video as a detriment to this, however in truth its quite the opposite!
The truth about Wedding Videos
Ask all married couples about their day and the one thing they will say is how quickly it past them by! How they did not get to appreciate the church and its detail, the flowers and lace, the guests, the magician, the quartet, the grounds of the wedding venue/reception etc. Many couples would have spent many months if not years deciding on what suppliers to have at their big day, what cake to choose, what dress to wear and the day has flashed past, leaving only memories! (unfortunately memories are restricted to what you actually saw in the first place!)
Some of the suppliers may not even be seen or noticed by the bride and groom as they are so busy with the photographer or greeting guests they have not seen for many years. Its only afterwards when they speak with their friends that they discover that they were even there!
This is why when you ask married couples after the event their biggest regret is often not having a wedding video, especially if they have seen there friends wedding video, so that they can re-live their big day! Why do you think that brides who do have their wedding filmed are watching it endlessly for years to come!
Won't the video get in the way?
A good wedding videographer will in the most part, blend into the background. They will be fully briefed as to the running order of the day and be in place for the important moments before they happen rather than reacting to the moment. This way they will remain unobtrusive and discreet as a good, experienced videographer plans their position before each shot Very often the videographer will add to the running of the day as they know what should be happening and when and work with the photographer to keep to the timetable. More recently, there has been an upsurge of amateur photographers who, having bought a high quality digital camera have branched out into the world of wedding photography with little or no experience. The experienced videographer will notice how stills cameramen will often be missing for those important moments and look to guide and assist them in such instances.
What about the cost - its not cheap!
Many brides will prioritise their wedding budget on the things that seem important to her pre-wedding, such as the venue and dress. A recent survey has shown 54% of brides place their wedding film as one of the most important things (top 10) before the wedding, yet this rises when the bride looks back and assess each individual value to 79%!
80% of all past brides surveyed believed that a wedding video should be considered, this number rises to 95% when you only take into account brides who had their wedding day filmed.
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