Does cheap wedding videography really exist? When planning your wedding, it’s only natural to look around for places to cut corners in order to save money. After all, with the combination of global recession and wedding costs still high, budgets are going to be squeezed. Almost every couple is going to be looking at how to claw back some cash somewhere.
Wedding videography is an area which often hovers under the money-saving axe. After all, it’s far easier and so much cheaper asking your friend to do it, isn’t it? Very possibly not – you might end up very disappointed indeed.
So are there really any ways to achieve cheap wedding videography while still using a professional? The key answer is that when looking for a cheap wedding videographer, you should search for the best value for money, not the cheapest. It’s a case of buyer beware at the bottom end of any sector of the market, and the same goes here.
The cheapest wedding videographers are the cheapest for a reason – they’re either professionals with little or no experience, or not actually professional at all! And that’s no better than your Uncle Paul anyway. So, set as high a budget as you can afford, contact all videographers within that budget, and thoroughly review their work. Choose the most experienced, talented and highly recommended individual you can afford.
That makes it sound even less likely that you can save money when hiring a wedding videographer, doesn’t it? In all honesty, there is no substitute for an experienced professional, and there is no way of getting round the fact that that costs money.
Save Money on Videography
The way to save money is in the way you negotiate the package. Most videographers will offer several levels of service. It’s rarely necessary (unless money is no object) to go for the highest tier on offer – after all, do you really need to see your mother putting her shoes on, or Great Aunt Enid chomping on her cake at the reception?
Think carefully about what you might be able to cut out – preparation at bride’s house/groom’s location beforehand is a common area which you can pare down. It’s also not necessary for your videographer to stay for the whole reception – time is money, after all.
If you’re desperate to save money, you could just have the videographer do the ceremony and a friend the reception, or vice versa. There’s rarely such a thing as cheap wedding videography with no strings attached, but if you’re clever you can still reduce the cost of capturing your special day.
This article was written exclusively for STL Weddings by Chloe Wilson whose Wedding Video Hints website offers advice to those about to get married on what to expect from professional wedding videography services.