Wedding Videography – Affordable That You Won’t Regret!

by Don on November 17, 2010


Hello, I’m Don Samples with Midnight Magic Studios and I’m today’s guest blogger. 

I thought in light of the economy and the fact that everyone is concerned about where their money is going, especially with weddings, that it would be a good time to discuss planning a wedding on a budget.  Videography usually is one of the last things a bride considers and by the time she gets to it, her budget is gone and……?????????????????

Look on any bridal message board and you will see any number of threads talking about wedding videography.  Most of them say the same thing; “save your money or buy a cheap video camera and let a family or friend shoot your wedding”.  Sure, you can do that, but then you’ll be one of those brides who post on the message board that you never watch your wedding video because it’s so bad or it’s just hard to watch.

You can have a professional wedding video and you don’t have to spend a ton of money.  First, stay away from the guys who say they can shoot your wedding for $500 or less.  These guys are not videographers, they are just trying to make some money on the side. You would be better off having Uncle Bob shoot your wedding.  Most professional videographers have a budget package that they don’t advertise.  Think about it, if they advertise they have a budget package, that is all they would do.

First, find a videographer you like. You like their work and after meeting with them you feel really comfortable with them.  At the end of your meeting, the videographer will go over all their packages and offer you the chance to pick your favorite.  This is when you tell the videographer that you have a really limited budget, you really want to use them, you just want to know if they have a budget package that would fit more into your budget. 

You have to be prepared for this package to be bare bones, most times it is just coverage of the ceremony and the reception and will have a very limited amount of time, in some cases it could be as little as 3 or 4 hours and may only include one DVD.

You could also contact your local community collage.  Most have a video production program.  They may be able to put you in contact with some students who want to make some extra money and get the experience of shooting a wedding.   If you go this route you have to know ahead of time, you won’t get a professional video.  You’re going to get a video made by a student who is still learning.

The video is going to be a living record of one of the most important day in your life. When your wedding day is finished, the flowers will fade, the food will be gone, and the dress will hang in the closet but the memories will live forever on video.  Just imagine sharing your wedding day with your kids, or your grandkids someday.  Wouldn’t you love to see your grandmothers wedding day? 

Don Samples has been shooting video since high school.  He has had a love of video for as long as he can remember.  He started doing wedding videos back in 1999, when a family member asked him to shoot her wedding.  That lead to another one and another one and so on.  He did his first paid wedding video in 2001 and was hooked.  He has worked for two major cable companies in video production.  He is a certified editor with Final Cut Pro and has been named “Top Wedding Videographer” in Knoxville 2 years in a row.

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