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When it comes to planning the wedding of your dreams, you’re often trying to fit everything you want within your budget, including having the perfect venue, color scheme, and team of vendors. And while you’re scouring the internet for help, you might be finding a lot of articles that are causing more wedding planning stress instead of providing answers to your questions. 

We hated those stressful articles too so we’re here to actually help. Within this guide, we’ll answer the question “do I need a wedding videographer?” We also have average costs, a hiring timeline, and more. So sit back, relax, and scroll down for everything you need to know about wedding videographers.

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Reasons To Hire A Wedding Videographer

As with any major life event, videos capture the moments that photos just can’t. It’s said that pictures are worth a thousand words, so videos are definitely worth more. From candid moments to the sentimentality of it all, here are a few reasons why you should hire a videographer. 

1. See Moments You Might Have Missed

Your wedding day is going to go by in a snap of a finger. You’re going to wake up the next day and wonder how time flew by so fast. In the midst of you getting ready with your wedding party and all your emotions of the day, you won’t see every memorable moment. 

Your videographer will be able to capture your guests’ reactions during the ceremony, adorable moments from the wedding party, hilarious dance moves, and so many more. When you hire a videographer, you can almost guarantee that moments you might have missed will be captured on video for you to rewatch for years to come. 

2. Relive And Share Your Day

If you’re a sentimental person, hiring a wedding videographer will let you rewatch your special day over and over, and even share it with family and friends later on. Whether it’s an unexpected unity ceremony or a wedding day surprise, a video will allow you and your partner to relive those fond memories forever. 

A video is a great way to share your day with family and friends who couldn’t attend or those who might have had to leave early. Plus, if you get the right package, you might get a shorter video to share on social media—a major plus!

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3. Hear Your Vows Again

If you plan on writing your own vows, then you definitely want a videographer to capture the ceremony. Sure, you can ask your guests to record your ceremony but a videographer can share your declarations of love in a cinematically beautiful way. Plus, if you or your partner’s words brought everyone to tears, video offers the chance to relive that moment anytime you choose.

4. Have A Seriously Unplugged Ceremony

You want an unplugged ceremony, we promise. Hiring a videographer will capture the moments that you and your guests were able to be completely present for, without all of their dang phones in the way. Not only are videographers professionals who know where to stand to get that perfect shot, but they won’t ruin the visuals of your day to get it. 

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Wedding Videographer Costs

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to hire a videographer, the next step is to work them into your wedding budget. On average, wedding videographers can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. What does this average cost entail? Well here is a breakdown: 

  • time — how long your videographer is present at your wedding definitely impacts their cost. Some wedding videographers create specific packages that include both the amount of time that they’ll spend at your wedding and then editing costs to create your video. More time is more money. And if you want your videographer to cover other wedding events, like your rehearsal dinner, this will cost you more.
  • a second shooter if your wedding videographer needs a second shooter or an assistant, this might make their costs go up. If you’re able to find a photographer who doubles as a videographer, you might be able to get a lower rate since you’d be hiring one vendor to capture your day. However, keep in mind they’ll likely work as a team if this is the case, so you should expect to add a second shooter.
  • the finished products after all the filming, your videographer will provide you with an edited highlight reel and wedding film, and you may even get some b-roll footage. This takes both time and effort for your videographer to create a film that is perfect for you.
  • extras —nowadays, many videographers offer drone footage, Super 8 films, USB drives, and other extras. Depending on what type of film you want, you may have to pay a little extra.
  • travel—If your wedding videographer has to travel a long distance to be present at your wedding, you’ll probably have to pay for their fuel, airfare, hotel, or other travel-related expenses. 

Wedding Videographer Hiring Timeline

You’ll want to book your videographer near the same time as your wedding photographers. Many couples start planning as early as 13 months, but there’s nothing wrong with planning earlier or later. However, wedding professionals will appreciate it if you reach out as early as possible—the sooner, the better. For couples who have a much shorter timeline, prepare to reach out to a few different wedding videographers. 

We know that all this planning for your big day can feel like a full-time job. We’re here to help ease your worries and provide you with as much help as possible, like our wedding planning tips and our  Junebug-approved vendors. Now that you’re ready to start your wedding videographer search, check out some of our favorites here. Happy planning! 

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