Pricing and Packages for Weddings
Its up to you to decide how much of the day you’d like to remember, and what video(s) you’ll want to watch. Don’t be afraid to ask me for what you want. Scroll down to the bottom for an explanation of the different videos and offerings.
In the meantime, here are the most typical packages. “Don’t Miss a Moment – the entire day filmed” is by far the most popular. Out of the 20 weddings I filmed in 2016, 13 of them chose it.
I ALWAYS film with multiple cameras and with hidden microphones. This is to try and ensure the best view of all the important moments and so that you can, you know, actually hear what people are saying (like the vows… that really bugs me when videographers don’t bother with things like the vows… OK, rant over).
Prices do not include travel and related expenses for locations outside of the Red River Valley of the North.
Better than Your Cousin – Just the Ceremony filmed – $500
up to 90 minutes of coverage Ι Video of Entire ceremony Ι Digital Delivery
This is a simple option for those who want a good video of just the ceremony. Please note, no highlight video is included. Generally enough time to include people arriving, the entire ceremony, and at least some of the receiving line, or an exit.
The Essentials – Half the Day filmed $1495
up to 6 hours of coverage Ι Highlight video Ι Entire ceremony, speeches, and special dances Ι Digital Delivery
This is generally enough time to have everything from the ceremony until after the first dance filmed.
Add an hour $100 Ι Add a 2nd shooter $250 Ι Raw footage $125
Don’t Miss a Moment – The Entire Day filmed $2195
up to 12 Hours of wedding day coverage Ι Highlight video Ι Feature Film Ι Entire Ceremony, Speeches, and Special Dances Ι Digital, USB, and optional DVD delivery Ι Drone footage*
Usually plenty of time to start with hair and makeup in the morning, until an hour or two after the dance starts.
Add an hour $150 Ι Add a 2nd shooter $400 Ι Raw footage $175
More Than Just a Day – Multiple Days filmed $3700
Engagement Session and Interviews Ι Filming the day before the wedding Ι Up to 12 hours of Wedding Day Coverage Ι Highlight Video Ι Feature Film Ι Entire Ceremony, Speeches, and Special Dances Ι Digital, USB, and optional DVD Delivery Ι Drone Footage* Ι 2nd Shooter during the wedding day
A wedding is more than one day and this gives us the chance to memorialize much more of it. The engagement session and interview can also be used to make a Save-the-Date video. Filming the day before could be the rehearsal dinner (and speeches!), or perhaps other smaller moments from throughout the weekend (yes, the option includes the next morning).
Here is another recent example of an entire wedding day, as delivered.
What Are the Different Videos?
The Highlight is the 3-8 minute video that is made to share online with family and friends. Its purpose is to be exciting and fun. Its about how the day FELT rather than showing everything that happened. I choose and license the music for the soundtrack.
The Feature or ‘Wedding Film’ is usually 12-30 minutes. Its still highlights, so its still easy to watch, but it shows much more of the day. A little more honest than the short highlight, but still impactful.
The Entire Ceremony, Speeches, and Special Dances: This is a documentary edit with, well, exactly what it says. Some people mistake this for raw footage, but its not. Its the entire ceremony, as it happened, with the best possible view at any given moment. Same for the speeches at the reception, and the first dance and, if applicable, parent dances.
What About The Options?
The drone means aerial video. Usually of the scenery, possibly of a special moment. It is NEVER flown during anything that it would interrupt, like the ceremony. The drone is dependent on scheduling, weather permitting, and airspace being safe, as prescribed by the FAA. The operator, Robert Benda, is FAA part 107 certified, meaning it is legal for him to operate the drone.
A 2nd shooter means another person to help film. This is especially noticeable during the part of the day with everyone getting ready. One shooter is with the bride, the other with the groom. We get to see both sides as they start the day. It also means additional footage from later parts of the day, but prep is the most noticeable difference.
An engagement session and interviews can be used for several different videos. We love interviews with the bride and groom to get some stories told, like how they met. Family stories are also great, not for the wedding video, but as memories of the most important people in your lives. An engagement session can be similar to your photographer’s, but is just as likely to be used to make a ‘Save the Date’ video or other project.
Raw footage is absolutely every moment of footage I shoot during the wedding day. Recently, when I was there all day, it was almost exactly six hours of video, about 200GB total. If you purchase this, I supply the footage on a USB or external hard drive.