Couples come into our office all the time who are still on the fence about hiring any of our NJ wedding videographers for their big day because they’ve already booked their photographers and aren’t sure that they need both.
However, there’s a huge difference between wedding photos and videos. For more on that, check out this post, So, Do You Really Need Wedding Videography and Photography?, but being that money tends to be an issue most of the time, we thought we’d pass on a few tips for keeping costs down so you can get both.
Open a registry to help.
You can’t underestimate the value of your wedding video. While it should absolutely wow you the first time you see it, it’s really the gift it gives you of being able to go back and relive your big day years down the line that makes it so special.
That’s why, if you simply don’t have enough to swing it, one of the best ways to make it happen is to open a separate wedding gift registry where guests as well as those invitees who can’t make it can chip in toward your videography costs.
You can do that for general wedding and post-wedding expenses, too, but the point is that your wedding video will be something you’ll value for years to come, and this is one way to get the one you want when your funds are limited.
Book your wedding videography & photography at the same place.
Not every wedding videography company also does photography nor does every wedding photography company also do videography, but if you find people that do both and do both well, then you may want to seriously consider booking both services with them.
That’ll usually knock some money right off the top—it does with us. And it’ll also make the planning of those parts of your celebration a whole lot easier. Think about it, it’ll just be one less vendor to have to deal with.
The thing is, while booking both wedding videography and photography will usually save you money, you shouldn’t do it just for that reason. The company’s previous videos and photos should still be up to your standards, and their style should still align with your and your partner’s personalities as well as with your celebration.
Determine your ceiling and then shop ‘til you drop.
Okay, not really until you drop, but we’ve been doing wedding videography in NJ for years, so trust us when we tell you that you do not want to rush through the process of finding the right people for your big day, and that’s especially true when you’re trying to save money.
First, you need to figure out what you’re really willing to spend on your videography, no matter what that exact number may be. That way, you’ll know how high you’re willing to go and can then start with the right options.
Then, like mentioned above, you should look into as many of those options as possible. Compare their prices, yes, but it’s also very important to compare what kind of product they create for those prices. How much bang for the buck do they give you?
While your funds may be limited, if you start early enough, then your time shouldn’t be. So, make sure to give the process all the time it needs. It’ll definitely save you some money in the end.
We’ve been doing wedding videography in NJ for years, so we know where costs can be cut.
Yes, you can book your videographers for less time, perhaps even just your ceremony, and yes, you can hire less of them, even just one. Making decisions like that will save you money, but make no mistake, they require some sacrifices.
Those kinds of decisions will absolutely affect the love story your wedding video tells, which is why it’s so important to cut all the corners you can cut before making sacrifices you shouldn’t. We hope this post helps, and for some basic tips, check out this post, How to Get Your Dream Wedding Video When Your Budget’s Tight.
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of highly skilled NY & NJ wedding videographers and photographers who’ve been creating inspiring wedding videos and photos for years. At LPS, we always create to inspire, and you can check out our photo gallery and video gallery to see some examples.