June 24, 2020
We all want the most for our money and we all like to feel like we snagged a great bargain. But you miss out when you only use price and packages to guide you. What you miss out on the most important component to your videography—your video EXPERIENCE. That puts you on uneven footing right out of the starting gate.
I know firsthand what it’s like to have to deal with price right off the bat. I had two different receptions for each of our families. And I know how “great deals” can pull you in like a tractor beam.
But 10 years later as a wedding vendor, I can honestly say if you don’t consider anything other than the price, you’re susceptible to some bad decision-making. (Which can lead to major regret.)
So, let’s talk about those irresistible deals out there. And why you need to consider more than getting the best price you can find.
OK, the easiest way is to walk you through a scenario, so let’s fast forward to your wedding on Cape Cod for a moment.
You’ve hired Joe Filmmaker to film your wedding. His work is stunning and he’s only been filming weddings for a couple years. He was nice enough on the phone but mainly you couldn’t believe what a bargain he was at $1500. Joe Filmmaker lives off-Cape but assured you getting to Chatham from Boston on a Saturday in late June won’t be a problem.
Now it’s the day of your wedding. You get a call from Joe Filmmaker, he says he’s stuck on the Sagamore in bridge traffic. He’s going to be late (he’s very embarrassed and sorry, btw).
He misses you getting ready. Now it’s 90 minutes later and he still hasn’t shown up. You and your photographer decide to go ahead with the first look without Joe Filmmaker. If you wait any longer for him to show up, it’ll impact the ceremony.
Joe finally shows up 30 minutes before the ceremony. Joe decided to stop and get lunch before getting to your wedding. So that’s why he took a little bit longer than anticipated. You and your photographer are furious. (Like, eyeballs popping out furious). And then you get ready to walk down the aisle to get married.
(That’s a true story from 2019, btw.)
So besides the obvious parts where Joe Filmmaker missed the things he was contracted to film—the more subtle part is you’re walking down the aisle angry and distracted. That’s hella hard to get out of your mind (and consequently, off your face—which shows up in pictures).
So now your wedding memories are imprinted with: “Holy shirtballs, I was pissed at my videographer when I walked down the aisle. And then for the rest of the night!”
When you first hired Joe Filmmaker, you didn’t think your wedding memories were going to have anger and regret attached to them. You were excited that you got a bargain. And that meant getting some extra money to play with or put toward your new home—um, hello? KitchenAid, I’d like to upgrade my order, please).
But Joe Filmmaker didn’t turn out to be a bargain. Because now, instead of having delightfully pure wedding memories; your experience with Joe Filmmaker is a part of your wedding memories now and forever.
Even if he refunds you, he can’t fix your memory of that.
OK, that’s an extreme example. Let’s talk about some more common traits you’ll bump up against.
Sometimes narrowing down the kind of person you want to work with is easier when you know the kind of person you DON’T want to work with.
Who, after booking them, you don’t see or hear from again until a day or two before the wedding and then disappears after your wedding leaving you unsure when (or if) you’ll get your wedding film.
They aggressively film your wedding and are way too close to you all the time and in everyone’s way. Chances are you already know these guys. Their only concern is their art. They don’t give a hoot if they’re in your photographer’s shots or are annoying your grandmother.
They doesn’t know the ins and outs of a wedding timeline. These teams know how to create a great film but filming a wedding is a highly specialized talent. No other filming condition can prepare you for the high intensity, fast-pace wedding day. And these teams tend to have a domino affect on other vendors jobs.
This person wears cargo shorts, flip flops, and a wrinkled shirt to your wedding as they film it. Which may not be terribly offensive in and of itself, but when they become the talk of your party, it’s a whole nother thing.
This team comes from a company that books multiple weddings a day and hires freelancers to film all of them. And sometimes those companies can be really good. But sometimes they overbook and you end up getting whoever they can hire that day who’s able to stand upright and hold a camera while remaining conscious. How do we know this? Sean started out (waaaaay back when) as a freelancer for some of these companies. And having a complete stranger film you can be weird.
Get on that consultation call and you ask them questions and pay attention to their answers.
And specifically ask what they wear to their jobs, who will be filming you that day, what their process is before, during and after your wedding day, and specifically where and how they film.
Then pay attention to their answer (and how they answered it). Ask follow-up questions if you’re not satisfied with the answer.
Considering your photos and videos will be the only thing left of your wedding after it happens—it’s worth making the investment in them.
OK, ok, ok… but what if you just don’t VALUE video enough to make a big spend on it? What if you just value photography more?
If you’ve invested $10,000 in a world class photographer but decide your videography is only worth $1,000. You’re going to get exactly the kind of service that a $1,000 videography team can provide.
There’s also a good possibility it’ll interfere with the world class photographer that you invested in. Therefore ruining your big investment and making your photographer’s job harder.
These are things most people don’t consider starting out. So don’t worry if you’re late to the game on this.
You might get lucky—but bargain companies are a less expensive for a reason. You’re making a trade off of quality, experience, or both when you go for the bargain. And let me say—there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all.
But understand the unspoken risks and consequences if you go that route.
Now, friend! Go forth, bravely, and research videographers like there’s no tomorrow. Find that videographer that’s perfect for you and hang onto them for dear life. (And by that, I mean, book them ASAP because we book just as fast as photographers do).
You don’t HAVE to hire us… I mean, we haven’t even talked—you don’t know us yet. And we don’t know you, we could be a terrible fit… (but we could maybe also be the PERFECT fit).
If you want to just poke around our site and see what we’re all about, I know we’d love that.
We’d be super flattered actually. And if you’re feeling good that we’re straight-shooters who are transparent about our process and packages, we’d love it if you’d fill out the form at the bottom of this page and introduce yourself!👇
I’m crazy-fast at responding, you’ll probably hear back from me right away—at most—no more than 24 hours to receive a delightful response in your inbox.
Hi there! We're the Caugheys—husband & wife video team, narrative storytellers, vendor confidants, and some of the worst dancers in human history. We have a sixth-sense for perfect moments and love, Love, LOVE being our couples biggest cheerleaders.
When we're not filming weddings on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Boston, or heck, anywhere in New England—we're snuggling up with our rescue animals. And it's possible that Cindy's currently asleep on the couch "watching" one of our favorite shows on Netflix right now.
If you're considering getting a wedding film—we'd love to have a chat and talk about what that looks like to you and how we can best be of service!
Husband and Wife Video Team of Harborview Studios, Sean & Cindy
Located in Barnstable, MA
on Cape Cod
filming weddings all across New England
Wedding videographers serving fun-loving couples with a special connection to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston, Newport, Providence, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, and all of New England.