I always think educating community and clients about the wedding industry is very important. I totally understand of the general idea that wedding photography and videography is "pricey". It doesn't seem cheap for a one time service, but when you break it all down it makes more sense. Therefore, I want to help spread the knowledge of why it costs what it does.
Here's the first thing to consider:
Weddings are a choice and a privilege- everyone doesn't have the right to have a wedding. What we all have a right to is to get married. They are two different things.
Everyone has a right to go to the courthouse and exchange vows with their partner, legally sign papers, and be announced "married" without any fancy bells and whistles. No big buffet of food, no bringing all your family into town, and no having a big dance party. All of these things are what make a wedding so expensive because it is a lot of work to put together a party (especially when no one is buying tickets to attend to offset costs like other big events require).
This is why having a wedding celebration is a privilege. If someone wants a wedding to celebrate their marriage, they are choosing to pay the money it costs to receive each service desired, and each service is a lot of work for all those involved.
(Note: Having a small elopement is a great option to celebrate with close family/friends and save on money!)
So, if you decide to have a wedding and you want to capture it, when you hire us as your videographer, this is what you're investing in...
1- A college degree to learn the technical, artistic, and business skills in order to be able to provide you with an honest, beautiful, representation of your wedding day (.
2 - Professional camera gear to capture those moments with high quality.
Heres a quick list: professional canon cameras, multiple lenses, lots of lithium batteries, multiple tripods, multiple recording microphones, Mac computer, editing software, website hosting, USB's, hard drives for storage, and so on...
3 - Time spent connecting with you before the wedding and making sure everything is squared away and ready to go through email/video chatting/meetings
4 - The time working at the wedding, where our full attention is focused on the events and making sure everything goes smoothly. This equates to many hours on our feet holding and maneuvering heavy equipment.
5 - A music license for the song(s) used in each film - including the time to search for and pick the right one
6 - Editing the entire film to create a seamless storyline that includes music, footage, and audio all tied together (This process takes much much longer than editing wedding photos - I know because I've done both.)
7 - Choosing the boxes and USB's that your films go on, ordering them, and mailing them to your door.
SO, let's do some math here...
If it takes all that work for just 1 wedding
therefore I can film about an average of 15 weddings a year.
In order to make a living wage at the end of the year, each wedding has to cost at least $2000 in order to make $30,000 before taxes (which isn't a lot to live off of in our culture).
So when you see prices rise above the $2000 range for your photographer or videographer, you can rest easy knowing that they are working hard to make a decent living and not ripping you off.
Hope that helps!
And when it comes down to it...
Celebrate your marriage in a way that makes the most sense to you and your partner. A way that you will remember with joy and gratefulness.