July 22, 2020
Wedding videography price is one of the biggest concerns when booking wedding video. No one quite knows how much it should cost and I’ll be the first to admit, this is not a service that’s cheap.
(Preserving the memories of your best day comes with a lot of pressure and requires a lot of professional experience to get it done right—so it makes sense it doesn’t cost $500.)
You may know how important it is to have a wedding film. You know how much more is captures than photography—just the audio alone.
(Hello, hearing your dad’s welcome toast all over again? Can you say “priceless”?)
But still wedding video price is a major roadblock for many.
Trust me, if that’s the case, they’re not alone. And when they don’t get it, the price of wedding videos seem insane.
If they’re paying for your wedding (in part or in full) their job is to keep that budget from going haywire, and weddings can EASILY get out of hand once you start planning. There’s so much that goes into making your day unique and amazing. More than you ever thought there would be.
(In our experience, fiances usually just hate the idea of MORE cameras… it’s more of an overwhelm thing than anything.)
If you’re adding video on at the end of your planning parents tend to think you’re getting all FOMO on them. And you ARE. But not in the negative way they’re thinking.
Which makes it all the more important to explain to them what it is, why you need it, and why they need it, too.
At the end of this there will probably be at least one thing that you’ll look back on and feel like you didn’t need to assign such a large portion of your budget to.
But one thing that you’ll never regret spending money on is the MEMORIES of your wedding.
And it makes sense, you’re spending how many tens (or even hundreds) of thousands on your wedding? That is an epic night and you want remember everything you can about it!
Soak up every second because that night is unlike any other.
You’ve been planning and dreaming of what this day will look like for years. But the reality is that those memories are going to slip right through your fingers.
FOMO is very real when it comes to weddings. You’ll miss out on a lot of the incredible things you planned because you simply won’t be able to attend parts of it.
On top of that, your wedding day is a really intense day.
Adrenaline will hit you hard and fast. You’re the center of attention ALL day. You rarely get a chance to sit and take a breath—everyone wants a minute or two with you.
And then our friend “Alcohol” shows up. Alcohol LOVES to have fun singing and dancing—but you don’t necessarily remember much after spending a lot of time with that dear sweet friend.
Do you know which memories you’re willing to sacrifice?
Let’s pick a special moment to forget right now. Because photography can grab a tiny fraction of it for you—but it can’t give you the whole moment like video does.
Do you think you’ll be OK forgetting everything your dad says during your first look with him?
How about when you see the best man twirl your 98 year old grandma on the dance floor?
Or maybe all those little collective memories of you and your wedding party as you get ready before the ceremony? Like your flower girl handwriting a note to you and your fiancé and then reading it to you.
Those moments aren’t THAT important to keep forever… or are they?
You’ll probably have vague memories of these moments (if you were there to see them).
But when you have the opportunity to save them on video exactly as they happen so you can revisit these memories any time you want—why would you decide not to hire a videographer?
What is worth taking risk?
What are you banking on that you’re willing to risk these memories so you can save a little money today?
The chance that you might have a good memory as you get older?
That maybe you have a friend who said they would definitely take on that important role—so you feel cool with it.
But will they sacrifice having a good time that the party to do that? Or will they know that their phone might need charging in the middle of the toasts? Or maybe it’ll overheat in the hot summer sun during your beach wedding and turn itself off during your vows. (Variables kill amateur wedding videos and are you willing to risk a friendship over that? Because it happens.)
I’m not asking all of this so you’ll hire US. We may not be the right videographers for you (we’re not right for lots of people and there are lots of people who aren’t right for us, too).
But I am asking you this so you’ll hire a professional and save yourself regret later. Because nothing is worth that regret.
Why would you deny yourselves that—or even try to scrape by with something that’s just good enough.
But you know what… you’re parents aren’t the only ones—Maddie’s parents were like that, too.
Maddie’s parents felt photography had their wedding day covered and videography was overkill. More money being spent on more cameras at this point just seemed excessive and they were putting their foot down.
No wedding videography.
As the days crept closer to their wedding, Maddie knew she was going to miss a lot of the day she spent two years planning.
Video captures a wedding day differently than photography does. Pictures are gorgeous and you can certainly decorate your home with them, but film is dynamic, you see and hear whole moments.
Photos just can’t do that—and she couldn’t ignore the gut feeling that she’d regret it immediately if they didn’t get one.
Maddie & Doug decided they were going to pay for the wedding film themselves—which was a lot for them.
So it was really important that the video they invested in was AMAZING, in not just the final film, but the whole experience, all the way from booking their videographers to “here’s your final film, we hope you enjoy it!”
We had our consultation call and hit it off immediately. She was a nurse for the children’s burn unit and he was a Navy pilot who has one of the biggest, softest hearts.
We laughed (a lot), talked about their concerns (like how there is no room in their tiny historical church), noted the most important parts of their day that were absolutely critical to them (the big moments and the small details), and talked about how they wanted their wedding film to make them feel 20 years later.
Not only did Maddie & Doug love the multiple wedding films we made for them—but Maddie’s parents confessed to her they now understood why video was so important.
As a matter of fact, the entire family said they enjoyed the videos MORE than the photos.
Had Maddie listened to her parents and not gotten a wedding video because of wedding video prices—she would have missed so much of her own wedding.
She would have remembered that Doug was emotional but she wouldn’t have been able to remember exactly how choked up the moment made him. And she would have remembered how lovely her father’s toast was, but to HEAR her father tell her that Doug is perfect—how many daughters get to hear that?
These moments and memories that make up your best life. And it’s important to keep them as close as you can.
Don’t take it from me, though, take it from Maddie.
“There’s so much to be said for getting to feel those moments over & over again, and Harborview Studios is truly gifted at documenting those feelings. To anyone hesitating with booking a videographer—it was the best decision we made, and you will not regret it. These guys are the real deal, we loved them!!”
If you’re someone who is looking for an amazing videography team to preserve your memories so you can cherish them forever, I invite you to contact us.
We’d love to put your mind at ease and capture all the amazing things you have planned for your wedding. Contact us now!
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.