What's the average cost

of wedding videography in California

Written by: Erin Bell | Wedding Storyteller

A wedding video captures priceless moments. But the service comes with a cost that can vary. This may lead you to wonder, “What can I reasonably expect to pay if I want video of my wedding?”

The average cost of a Wedding Videographer

According to WeddingWire, the average cost of a wedding videographer in the United States is about $1,700. Typically, most couples are spending between $1,000 and $2,500 on their wedding video.

What impacts cost?

The first factor that impacts price is where you live. So for example in California, according to the same WeddingWire review, the average cost is $2,000, slightly above the national average, with most couples spending somewhere between $1,300 and $2,800.

Here’s what else can affect price:

Time:
Most wedding videographers will tell you the amount of time you can expect them to be at your wedding and how that affects cost. Obviously, the more time they are there, the more expensive it will be.

Staffing:
Depending on what you’d like your wedding video to look like, the videographer may need to bring a second shooter, which could be an added expense

Post-production:
Editing the final product is a time-consuming process that most people don’t consider. The good thing is that your wedding videographer will already have this worked into the price of each package, so you shouldn’t have to worry.

Final product:
Most videographers will provide you with edited wedding video. Perhaps you’ve requested a highlight video in addition to edited footage of the ceremony. The more that is provided at the end, the higher the cost.

Extras:
Do you want same-day edits? What about drone footage? Anything extra will come with a fee.

Travel:
If you’re asking your wedding videographer to travel a long distance for your wedding, you may have to pay gas mileage, airfare, hotel or other travel expenses.

How can I save money?

If you’re concerned about cost, talk to your wedding videographer. Maybe you can cut down on the time your videographer spends at your wedding. Perhaps you can do without extras or only need the raw footage. Communicate with your wedding videographer and you’re sure to find a way to save while still getting footage of your beautiful day.