This is How Much Couples Spend on a Wedding Videographer Today

Because capturing your wedding is priceless.
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Feb 22, 2022

If you're on the fence about hiring a wedding videographer, consider this: While photographers will capture gorgeous stills of your big day, a videographer will document the touching soundbites and sweet moments you won't want to forget. While the cost of a wedding videographer varies among vendors, it's one that couples generally favor over time. If you're wondering how much a wedding videographer costs, we have the answer.

Based on an internal study of over 15,000 couples who got married last year, the average wedding videography cost is $1,900. This comes in lower than the average cost of wedding photography, but it's still a worthy expense if you want to relive your wedding day long after you say "I do." Last year, 40% of our survey respondents added a videographer to their lineup of wedding vendors.

Our data indicates that wedding videography could be a generational trend. In 2021, Millennials were most likely to hire a pro to film their big day (42%, to be exact). Additionally, the location of your wedding might also be a deciding factor when it comes to hiring a videographer—over half of all couples who hosted an international destination wedding added one to their lineup of pros. With such a memorable (and scenic) day, it comes as no surprise that couples are willing to take the extra step to document it.

Tools like The Knot Marketplace are essential for sourcing your vendors. While some wedding photographers also offer videography services, certain pros specialize only in one area. You might be able to lower your wedding videography cost by finding a vendor who offers both services in a discounted package. Or, if you're in the market for a videographer with a specific shooting style, it may be worth it to find different pros to fit your vision.

Typical videography prices also depend on the package you choose during the wedding planning process. Of course, you're paying for a certain number of hours of coverage on your wedding day, but the post-production editing process is even more time-consuming and costly. While the majority of videographers will produce an edited wedding movie, some may offer multiple clips at different lengths (like a wedding trailer for social media and a longer cinematic feature). Others might also be willing to give you the raw footage for your own personal use. Be sure to read your contract thoroughly before making any final decisions so you know exactly what you'll get after the wedding day.

It's important to have open communication with your pro regarding the type of video you want. Because there are so many video shooting styles, take the time to watch other wedding films (and check out your vendor's highlight reel) to make a list of the important moments you definitely want to have captured. Clips of your wedding ceremony and reception are a must—but also consider behind-the-scenes shots you'll want to relive (and if you'd like other events, like your rehearsal dinner, captured on film). Whether you want guest interviews or full wedding party speeches, work with your vendor to build a shot list that fits what you envision. Or, if you're not exactly sure what you want out of your wedding video, allow your pro to help guide the final product. (They are the experts with years of experience, after all.) Since a wedding videographer is a valuable investment, you'll want to take the time to make sure the final product is exactly what you want.

Keep in mind that the average wedding videographer cost is just that: an average. Prices will change based on your location, the number of hours the pro (or pros, if there's a second shooter) will be working, and the kind of wedding videography package you select. Though wedding videographer prices aren't necessarily cheap, they are worth it if you want to capture the best moments from your special day. After all, you won't be able to see and hear everything, but your videographer will be there to make sure your wedding day is archived forever. If it fits in your wedding budget, a videographer is a great addition to your lineup of vendors—because after all, re-watching your nuptials will be priceless.

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