Creating that once in a lifetime moment is the reason for all of the planning. Capturing the moments with wedding photography and videography is imperative to cementing the memory of it. Finding quality, experience and style on your budget can be a challenge. These tips should help you have it all.
Budgeting for Wedding Photography and Videography
Since the wedding budget is the decision maker for a lot of the wedding planning, we are beginning with the budget. The average couple spends about $1,900 on their wedding photography, and about the same for videography. This number is not necessarily the average cost of these services, but more reflective of the trend that couples are trying to save and buy smaller packages. While the average couple is trying to save and buy small, trends tells us that if the budget allows, couples are willing to spend $7,000 on saving the memory of their wedding day with photographs and video.
How Much Should You Spend?
Photography packages alone cost about $2,000 to $3,000 on average. Wedding videography packages can cost the same. Depending on skill level and experience, these services can range from $3,000 to $8,000. Booking photography and videography with one professional can create bundle savings; however, not every photographer does videography, and not every videographer does photography. It is very common to purchase these services from different wedding vendors.
So how much should you spend? This question is more about your budget and finding the right artist. You can easily answer the question about what you are able to afford to spend on wedding photography and videography, but there are some things to consider before deciding if you are willing to spend it. After all, we only pay what we believe something is worth.
Make Sure They are Worth It
Valuating the work of a photographer or videographer will begin with experience level and a review of their portfolio. How do you know how much they are worth? They will ultimately tell you how much they are worth, since we naturally set a value on our own services and sell those services based upon that determination. But how much are they worth to you? Make sure you find that level of excellence and quality in their images and video, their personality and services. Determine whether they have the talent and the style to deliver your vision, and ask yourself if you are willing to pay for the experience.
Find Your Style
What is your vision? . Are you looking for an elegant documentation of your wedding day with positioned poses or do you want a documentary style with a more candid experience? Are you seeking that artistic flair to your photos that create a work of art. Make sure the artist can provide samples to demonstrate their capability of delivering what you want.
Planning with a Wedding Photographer and Videographer
It is important to have consultations and communication with your wedding photographer and videographer during the planning process, especially just prior to your big day. You must establish what time the photographer should arrive. Do you want them their in the morning as the day is just beginning to capture those photos before the wedding? Are you more interested in just the ceremony and the reception? Most couples want to commemorate the process of getting ready for their wedding, such as when the bride gets her makeover and the bridesmaids help the bride adjust her dress. Knowing when they should arrive is just as important as knowing how long they should spend covering your wedding day. Talk about the timeline and the cocktail hour. The cocktail hour is usually a time for capturing formal wedding photography. Some packages are limited to a certain number of photographs. Make sure to discuss what points of the day will be captured on film and what parts of the day the photographer should ignore.
Making a Decision About Wedding Photography and Videography
Making a decision based solely on the budget will result in the sacrifice of quality. To avoid this, it is best to choose talent with reasonable prices and the level of quality, experience and services that meet industry standards. Remember, just because a wedding photographer or videographer is affordable, it doesn’t mean they will deliver poor quality, and just because they are expensive, it doesn’t mean you will receive the perfect images and video. It is important to find the talent that provides a good balance of affordability and quality.
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