If you’ve been researching potential wedding videographers for your big day then you’ve probably heard it already, and if not, then we’ll be the first to tell you that getting that wedding video you’ve been dreaming of won’t come cheap.
It’s just the nature of the craft. There are a lot of tools involved, and if you want multiple angles of all the special moments that make up your wedding day, you’ll need multiple shooters.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any ways to cut back costs here and there when working with a tight budget. You just have to know where and when to make the right sacrifices and compromises, and as longtime NY / NJ wedding videographers, we thought we’d pass on a few tips.
If you must cut it short, try to just cut the late-night partying.
While you absolutely have the option of only having your wedding videographers in attendance for your and your partner’s prep portion of the day and your ceremony, or even just the ceremony for that matter, make no mistake, your video will be missing some key elements if you take that route.
But if your budget’s too tight, it’s too tight, so you reserve that option. However, if you have to cut the amount of time your videographers are there to capture all your big day’s special moments short, then we recommend just leaving out the late-night partying.
Trust us, your video will still be missing something with that approach, but at least it’ll have your reception entrance—which can be pretty epic in some cases—your first dance(s), and maybe even your cake-cutting too.
Again, you’ll be missing out on all those crazy dance-floor moments, but your video will still have a plenty of extra moments which can then be used to tell a much richer version of the story of your wedding day, and that’s the whole point, right?
Also, you can always enlist the help of your guests to help supplement your content. After all, many of them will most likely be recording the celebration on their phones anyway, so why not put their work to good use?
Keep things simple.
As video production tools continue to evolve, it’s no surprise that more and more wedding videographers are offering special effects for added fees, but make no mistake, like any “small” fees, those kinds of expenses add up.
You’ll be adding more time to the post-production phase of the process, and that time won’t likely come free. So, when you’re working with a tight budget, it’s usually a good idea to avoid adding any special effects unless you and/or your partner believe them to be essential to your video.
Besides, we’ve been doing wedding videography in NY and NJ for years, and in our experience, it’s usually best to simply let your wedding’s memorable moments speak for themselves anyway. After all, you don’t want to distract from the central point of your video, which is to tell the story of your day.
So, try to steer clear of any and all fancy extras that you don’t believe to be essential to the viewing experience of your wedding video. Keep things simple and let your wedding’s authentic moments do all the talking.
Condense travel time and locations.
Now, it’s helpful to start thinking of ways to cut back your videography costs as early on in the planning process as possible for a number of reasons, one of the most important being the chance it affords you to condense your locations.
We know. Having your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue may not work for everyone, but if you can make it work for your big day, then you’ll not only save time, but you’ll also save on additional venue charges, rentals, transportation, etc.
On top of all that, by condensing your locations, your videographers will be spending less time traveling and more capturing your day’s big moments, and that extra time will allow them to get more creative with their approach.
Again, it may not work for you for a number of reasons, but if it is possible and you think of it early enough, condensing the locations at which your wedding takes place will go a long way toward cutting back videography costs.
Discuss your situation.
When looking for ways to cut back costs without sacrificing the quality and ultimate effect of your wedding video, it never hurts to discuss your situation with other couples with similar interests and sensibilities, and perhaps even a similar financial situation to yours and your partner’s who’ve already tied the knot.
That way, you can learn how they approached the situation and get a feel for their experience. How did they cut back costs? What did they sacrifice in the process? Are they happy with their decision and the results?
The point is that a simple discussion like that can save you a lot of time and hassle, and you can always watch their wedding videos yourself to see if you’d be happy with a similar video.
From there, you should discuss your situation and thoughts on it with the videographers you’re thinking of working with as well as. Remember, they’re the ones who’ve been doing this for a while, hopefully at least, so they’ll more than likely have some ideas and suggestions of their own.
You also may find that the videographers you’re thinking of working with offer a special deal if you book both videography and photography services through them, so if you’re going to do both anyway, that may be your best bet.
Calm down, you have options.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to cut back wedding videography costs. So, if you’re working with a limited budget, don’t get discouraged.
Just take a deep breath and explore your options. Speak with any and everyone who can help or who will likely have some helpful advice, because no matter the size of your budget, your dream wedding video is always possible.
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of experienced NY / NJ wedding photographers, videographers, and editors who’ve been making memories magical in the NY, NJ, PA, and CT area for years with dazzling wedding photos and videos. Check out our photo gallery and video gallery for some examples.