"Should I hire a wedding videographer?" You’ve asked yourself this, and with good reason.
The short answer is yes, if you can afford it. Nothing can beat the experience of hearing and watching yourself in live motion while reliving your big day over and over again, not to mention seeing your close friends and family members being happy, catching up and having a great time.
In fact, forgetting to hire a wedding videographer is one of the biggest regrets of many recently married couples.
So why is it that many people are doubtful about having their wedding captured on video? Well, there are several reasons for this and we'll try to consider them all below.
Cost is the main concern for most people. Having a wedding is really expensive in the first place. The cost of all services adds up and, before you know it, you're spending a fortune. The average cost of hiring a professional wedding videographer is between $2000 and $4000. There is definitely no argument that it's pricey so, if you're on budget, it's important to prioritize. Think about all your other wedding-related expenses - perhaps you could save on something else?
The good news is this: if you look around and do some online research, you can probably find a somewhat more affordable wedding videography service that might work just fine for you. For example, our wedding video packages range between $600 and $1500. Most of our clients spend about $900, which is not that bad in comparison to the average.
Another big concern for some people is how often they would watch their wedding videos. Is it really worth it to spend all this money if you're only going to watch the video a couple of times? Well, if you have a good video and you like watching videos in general, most likely you'd end watching it over and over again.
Even if you're not a big fan of movies, Netflix, TV shows or YouTube videos, you are still likely to enjoy seeing yourself and your loved ones in the video. And think about your parents or grandparents or even future kids and how much they would appreciate watching your wedding video.
Last but not least, some people are concerned about their videographer being obtrusive and getting in the way of things. There are many different ways to film a wedding so this really depends on your actual videographer. If this is your concern, you might want to bring it up and see what your potential videography provider tells you.
For example, in our wedding videography planning form, we let our clients choose how close we can get. The more freedom we have, the more touching the video would be. However, some people want us to be as transparent as possible and they’re willing to sacrifice those close-up shots, which is totally fine with us.
To make a long story short, hiring a wedding videographer is definitely worth it. Over the years, many of our clients have told us they've gotten more joy out of watching their wedding videos than looking through the pictures. Chances are, you'll realize it was worth every penny.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly videographer in San Diego, please feel free to check out our video samples and, if you like them, contact us.
Hello, I'm Charlie Walkrich. I own several different weddings brands including Golden Gate Sunrise Entertainment, San Diego Sound and Lighting, Cheap Wedding Videography and Dirt Cheap Wedding Photography. In this blog you can find useful wedding videography related tips, articles and answers to some of the most common questions provided by a budget-friendly videographer in San Diego.