Depending on your budget, wedding videography is one aspect of your day which is definitely worth investing in - so you might be wondering how much a wedding videographer costs.
Picking the right videographer is such an important decision, because you want their work to fit with your personal style and that of your wedding day. Your wedding goes by in a flash, so you’ll want to relive the big day for years to come. A wedding video brings your day back to life in a way photographs simply can’t.
But with so many videographers out there, it can be difficult to know how much a wedding videographer should cost. This guide is an excellent place to start, along with our round-up of questions to ask your videographer before you book, of course.
From the average cost of wedding videography to the factors which can affect your quote (and some inside scoops from professional videographers themselves), here is our breakdown of wedding videography prices.
How Much Does a Wedding Videographer Cost in the UK?
First thing’s first: how much does a wedding videographer *actually* cost? Well, who better to ask than the professionals?
Emma and Ritch, the husband-and-wife team behind Myriad Films said that £1,000 - £2,000 is a realistic budget for good quality wedding videography: "This does not exclude anyone budget-wise but also provides a high-end option for those that want the full video experience.
"Our most popular package is £1,500 and that mid-point price range includes two camera operators, full day coverage, drone footage, dedicated audio recording (lapel microphones) and a video gallery comprising of a main wedding film + a video of the speeches."
Professional videographer Leslie Choucard recommends that you should set aside 5%-10% of your total budget for your wedding videography. “My starting from price is £1,550 and that includes a full day of coverage, from getting ready until 30 minutes after the first dance. You also get a five minute creative highlights film of the day captured by your videographer.”
She continues: “Our highest videography collection is £2,600 and that includes everything stated above, as well as the film of the ceremony in full, the film of the speeches in full and two videographers working on your wedding day.”
“The only thing you have left after the wedding day is your photography and videography. Photos are obviously very important but videography, in my opinion, is the icing on the cake.
“It brings everything to life, and will truly take you back and usually make you shed a little happy tear!”
With the average cost of a UK wedding now sitting at £18,400, our latest National Wedding Survey revealed that the average cost of a wedding videographer was £1,150 - but bear in mind that this is an average and contains many variables. Discuss pricing with the wedding videographers you like to see how much of your budget you need to allocate.
What Factors Affect the Cost of Wedding Videography?
Wedding videography prices can vary greatly due to a number of different factors. From location to add-on features to the experience of your videographer, here are some of the main things that can influence your videographer prices:
Lots of videographers will cover weddings nationally, but if you want your videographer to travel a long way to reach you, you can expect a greater cost for your wedding videographer.
Adam from ALS Videography said: “If your wedding location is three hours away from where I live, I would need to increase my price to cover fuel and accommodation costs. If the drive is two to two and a half hours, I’d just need my fuel covering, and anything under two hours would not affect my quote.”
Base quotes may also vary depending on where the photographer is based. In short, a central London-based videographer is likely to cost more than one who lives on the outskirts of Leeds due to cost of living variables.
2. Your Wedding Date
If you marry off-season, i.e. in the winter, your wedding videographer may have a wedding deal you can take advantage of.
In addition, the day of the week you marry on may also have an effect. Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular days to marry on, and everything from your wedding catering to wedding venue hire is likely to be more expensive if you get married then.
If you’re open to having a mid-week wedding, there may be some wiggle room with your videography package.
Many couples book their videographer up to a year in advance and some videographers offer a discount if you pay in full up-front - ask your videographer if this is the case, or check their Hitched listing to see what deals they have.
3. The Experience of Your Videographer
Unsurprisingly, you’ll pay more for your wedding videography if your videographer is more experienced. Videographers who have reached a certain level of expertise will charge what is appropriate for their skillset and the standard of work they’re providing.
It’s all about getting that balance between affordability and quality, so factor this in when choosing the right videographer for you!
4. Time Spent Filming
Most videographers will have a set day length, and if you want to add extra hours, they’ll come at an added cost.
Adam said: “The longer I film for means the higher the quote. If I film for 12 hours on your wedding day, it’ll take me approximately 80 hours to edit and create a full feature and highlights film.” These additional hours are factored into the wedding videographer's quote.
If you don’t have a huge budget for videography, you can often hire a videographer to cover just a small part of your day. This is a great solution for couples concerned about what the videographer for their wedding will cost.
Perhaps you’d be happy with just hiring a videographer for during the ceremony and up to your wedding speeches? Or how about asking the videographer to come along and shoot the speeches up tunil the first dance? It depends on their availability and what you want to be able to watch back.
5. Number of Videographers
It’ll come as no surprise that you’ll pay more if you want more than one camera operator working on your wedding day.
Lots of couples favour this option, because it gives videos a whole new depth if the vows and speeches have been shot from a variety of different angles.
That being said, it’s not totally necessary, so this could be a way to keep costs lower if you are on a very small wedding budget.
6. Combining Your Videography and Photography Packages
If you want to cut costs, it’s often cheaper to find a videographer who can also offer photography, because they’re likely to be able to offer a discounted package price.
Leslie is a professional wedding photographer as well as being a videographer. She said: “We offer a discount for our couples who book photography and videography together.
"If you are looking for both, I highly recommend you choose a company that provides both for the best result possible. Having photographers and videographers working side-by-side on the wedding day (trying to get the same very important shots) that haven’t worked together before can get tricky.”
What's Normally Included in Wedding Videography Packages?
What's included in a wedding videography package can really depend on how much you're willing to spend. That being said, there are several features that can be expected in most, if not all, wedding videography packages.
Emma and Ritch offer their expert insight: "We would say that for less than a £1,000 a couple can expect one videographer providing a 3-5 minute highlights video of the day. The video could feature snippets of the ceremony and speeches but not those full events with multiple cameras.
"For between £1,000 - £2,000 a couple can expect a videographer and an assistant to cover separate camera angles. These two video perspectives are key! Not only can you capture more of the day’s unexpected special moments, but you can also feature both partner's reactions and headshots during the day.
"The wedding film may also be longer and offer extended edits of the ceremony and speeches.
"For over £2,000 a couple can offering all multi-cam filming, full versions of the ceremony and speeches in addition to the main wedding film, drone footage, audio recording and mixing. And also perhaps present the videos physically via USB as well as online.
"A couple can also expect to a detailed phone consultation or meet-up before the day to go over the events and really perfect every detail."
Why Should I Hire a Wedding Videographer?
The popularity of wedding videographers has skyrocketed in recent years - and it's easy to see why.
Having a wedding videographer can be an invaluable investment for many reasons. Your wedding video will be one of the most important and striking souvenirs of your day, as wedding videographers are skilled in capturing the small intimate moments of the day which otherwise can be too easily forgotten.
Wedding photographs are a great way to remember a moment in time, but a wedding video will enable you to relive your big day over and over again, as well as sharing your day with any loved ones who couldn't attend, plus future generations.
Another great thing about hiring a wedding videographer is that there's no need to pose! Wedding videographers typically work with a documentary-style approach, meaning that they'll capture you at your most natural and candid.
These are just some of the reasons to hire a wedding videographer - trust us, we could go on!
Why Is It Important to Invest in Good Quality Wedding Videography?
When it comes to wedding videography, it's all about the quality. Once you've found a filmmaker whose style you've fallen in love with, it's important to realise their value and put your money where your mouth is. After all, hiring a wedding videographer is an investment and you can't put a price on preserving the memories of your wedding day.
Emma and Ritch say, "Countless times we have heard that not having a video made is one of the biggest regrets following a wedding. Couples can re-watch their wedding videos many times, especially when spending time with friends and family who could not be present on the big day."
Hiring a good quality wedding videographer also means that your wedding video will be put in the hands of someone with the right skills, experience and equipment to produce a high quality video that you can watch again and again.
Emma and Ritch agree: "Having high-quality audio-video is a must. Yes, it is possible to film on your phones, but have you every tried to capture a bride or groom’s reaction from 20 feet away in the low light of a church venue? In this situation, multiple professionals are needed to deliver the level of wedding film couples expect in 2023."
Seb, the filmmaker behind Tell The Story Films, underlines the importance of choosing the wedding videographer with the right style for you: "The most important question is, who is the artist that will bring my vision to life? And from there, budget comes into play, of course, but at least you've narrowed it down to which artists are the ones that better fit your vision.
"To search only driven by price might lead you to get something you don't want. Maybe you went for the cheap option to save some money, but you're getting a film that's nothing like you wanted, and you're stuck with it forever!
"Sometimes you might be paying more just because you thought that 'expensive is better', but you didn't read what you were getting and in the end it was nothing like you wanted either."
Wedding Videography Price Lists and Packages
The price brackets below act as a rough guideline for what to expect when it comes to wedding videography prices, but remember that wedding videographer prices will be heavily influenced by the factors we mentioned above and will vary from business to business.
Less Than £1,000
When it comes to wedding videography, you absolutely get what you pay for. With some videographers, you might not get anything at all for less than £1,000, but others will offer their most basic packages for lower prices.
Emma and Ritch give their opinion: "We would say that for less than £1,000 a couple can expect one videographer providing a 3-5 minute highlights video of the day."
£1,000 - £1,500
Many of the more comprehensive wedding videography packages can be found in the £1,000 - £1,500 price bracket, and this is in line with the average wedding spend.
Emma and Ritch say: "We believe that between £1,000 and £2,000 is a great price point for wedding videography.
"Our most popular package is £1,500 and that mid-point price range includes two camera operators, full day coverage, drone footage, dedicated audio recording (lapel microphones) and a video gallery comprising of a main wedding film and a video of the speeches."
£1,500 to £2,000
"For between £1,000 - £2,000 a couple can expect a videographer and an assistant to cover separate camera angles. These two video perspectives are key! Not only can you capture more of the day’s unexpected special moments, but you can also feature both partners' reactions and headshots during the day," explain Emma and Ritch.
"The wedding film may also be longer and offer extended edits of the ceremony and speeches."
Opting for a larger wedding videography budget means you can enjoy a more comprehensive package.
Emma and Ritch agree: "For over £2,000, a couple can enjoy all multi-cam filming, full versions of the ceremony and speeches in addition to the main wedding film, drone footage, audio recording and mixing. Also perhaps present the videos physically via USB as well as online.
"A couple can also expect to a detailed phone consultation or meet-up before the day to go over the events and really perfect every detail."
How Can Couples Save Money on Wedding Videography?
Wedding videography can be a significant expense, but there's no need for couples with a smaller wedding budget to have to forfeit this service. There are plenty of options for couples on a tighter budget.
When choosing your wedding videographer, be sure to consider plenty of options. Shopping around and comparing prices is a great way to find wedding videographers that align with your vision and can offer you packages that are in your budget.
As with all elements of your wedding day, the earlier you book the better! Be sure to crack on with things ASAP, as if you book your videographer early on in the wedding planning process, you may be able to take advantage of early bird discounts.
Also, remember that you don't have to book your wedding videographer to cover your entire wedding day - many videographers offer partial or half day packages for a reduced price. And don't forget, lots of photographers and videographers offer deals for couples who book both services through them, if they offer both.
Emma and Ritch add, "Having something to look back on is the most important thing, and a cinematic highlights reel showing all the special moments of your day is still within reach. Most videographers understand that budgets vary and will accommodate this.
"We will happily have a phone consultation to discuss possible options for shorter coverage and will always try to deliver something within budget. All weddings are different and videography packages can be flexible."
Now you’ve decided how much you want to spend, check out our round-up of the best wedding videographers in the UK, according to real couples!