UPDATED Jan 2018
The short answer: The average couple in 2018, who gets married in Ireland, spends €26,015 overall with €1,283 of that going towards the wedding video cost, according to a survey by weddingonline.ie in early 2018* The minimum you’ll likely pay is €800-900 and the higher-end videographers will be €2,000+
The most common enquiry every wedding video supplier gets; ‘Are you available on X date and how much does your wedding video cost.” It’s a reasonable question, but a price is built up of many factors and no two videographers offer an identical service or have the same style. If you’re looking for bargain basement prices, don’t worry, they are available from a limited number of suppliers, however weddings videos cost what they do for a good reason. Below we discuss the factors that generally make up the wedding video cost and what you can get for your budget in Ireland.
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Biggest factors for wedding video cost:
1. Number of videographers
Delivering a great wedding video is possible with just a single shooter, however there are many advantages to having two or more available, similar to having two photographers – but as you can imagine that comes at a premium.
2. Traditional vs cinematic
Cinematic wedding videos are becoming more and more popular, usually require more expertise and time to produce. This, of course, comes with a price premium. Read more about the difference between traditional and cinematic wedding videos >
3. Amount of coverage
Arguably, the next biggest factor for wedding video cost is the length of coverage, couples don’t usually realise, but staying until the first few dances usually means a number of hours waiting around, especially if speeches are before the meal. A full day, from prep, in both house, to the first few dances is usually 12+ hours of coverage.
What you can get for your budget:
New comers | €0 – €500
Everyone starts somewhere. Every so often you’ll see a new videographer starting out and they will either be free or for a nominal charge usually around €250-€500. Ideally they will have at least some sample footage, probably not of a wedding but that’s fine. You can find some gems here every so often. They are generally looking for couples that really want a video, but couldn’t afford it, rather than someone who can afford one but is looking for a bargain. Give them the freedom to get the shots they want and don’t take advantage.
Low budget | €500 – €1000
There are a limited number of very low budget videographers out there. By some accounts they do an effective job according to the recommendations we’ve seen in Facebook groups. They generally shoot a high number of weddings, sometimes more than 50+ weddings per year or have a full-time/part-time job on the side to make ends meet. The devil is in the detail, so always pay attention to what is covered in low ball offers. Want a full day coverage? Ensure it’s included for this price. Watch out for the use of music without a license. At this range it’s mostly traditional style videographers with some exceptions.
Medium | €1,000 – €2,000
The vast majority of suppliers come in under this price range. This is a more living wage price for professional videographers. Most will be single shooters with the exception of a few who shoot with two at the higher end. This range is a mix of cinematic style and traditional. Some are also transitioning from traditional to cinematic.
Higher end | €2,000 – €4,000 +
There are a limited number Irish suppliers at this rate and all come with at least two videographers and shoot in a cinematic style. Sometimes this is a collaboration between different videographers to accommodate bigger productions. The wedding video cost is usually justified, just have a look at the sample footage, but there is obviously a diminishing return at a certain point.
Just like anything wedding related, you can spend as much money as you like on any part of it. The average couple in 2018, who gets married in Ireland, spends €26,015 overall with €1,283 of that going towards the wedding video cost, according to a survey by weddingonline.ie in early 2018*. This figure is an increase of 21% over the previous year when couples were spending €1,062.
No two wedding videographers are the same, each have a different style. Don’t be surprised if the videographer you like the most has prices well above the average.
Photography on average comes in at €1,597, up from €1,562 in 2017.
The best advice is to watch the samples and check availability of two or three that seem within budget. Want a wedding video that’s better than average? You will likely need to budget more than the average sticker price for it.
*weddingsonline.ie survey was an online survey conducted in January 2017 primarily by emailing a survey link to a database of couples, sharing on social media channels including a closed wedding Facebook group. It also featured prominently on their website – according to the website more than 1,200 people participated