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To plan the wedding of your dreams, you have to figure out how to get the perfect venue, color scheme, and hire vendors that fit within your budget. Couples scour the internet reading articles that end up causing more wedding planning stress than answers, and we want to help! Here, we’ll answer the question “Do I need a wedding videographer?” given average costs and a hiring timeline.

1. Never Miss A Moment

Your wedding is going to fly by, and you may wake up the next morning feeling like the day was a beautiful blur. Between getting ready and the emotions of the day, you won’t see everything. A videographer captures reactions during the ceremony, hilarious dance moves, and so much more, guaranteeing that any missed moments were captured on video so you can rewatch them for years to come.

2. Share Your Joy

Wedding videos are a great way to share your special day with those who couldn’t attend, and some packages give you a short video to be shared on social media with extended family and friends.

3. Have A Seriously Unplugged Ceremony

During the ceremony, you don’t want to look out to a sea of iPhones, we promise! A wedding film allows you and your guests to be completely present, as they get the perfect shot without ruining the visuals of your day. 

4. Wedding Videographer Costs

Staying on budget is important in the wedding planning process, on average videographers charged $1,000-$5,000 depending on time, editing, extras, and finished products.

5. Time

The time a videographer is present impacts their costs. Want your videographer to cover other wedding events, like your rehearsal dinner? This will increase cost, as more time is more money.

6. Team

If your wedding videographer needs a second shooter or assistant, this affects their costs. Save by finding a photographer who doubles as a videographer as you’d be hiring one vendor to capture the day. However most videographers work as a team, so expect to add a second shooter.

7. Finished products

Videographers provide an edited highlight reel and wedding film, and some offer candid b-roll footage. This takes time and effort to create a film that’s perfect for you, and it’s worth the money to get it right

8. Extras

Nowadays, many videographers offer drone footage, Super 8 films, USB drives, and other extras which are additional charges

9. Travel

If your wedding videographer has to travel to be present at your wedding, assume you’ll have to pay for their fuel, airfare, hotel, or other travel-related expenses. 

10. Wedding Videographer Hiring Timeline

Try to book your videographer near the same time as your wedding photographers. Professionals always appreciate it if you reach out as early as possible, many couples start planning as early as 13 months out! There’s nothing wrong with planning earlier or later, but if you have a much shorter timeline, be prepared to reach out to a few different wedding videographers.