Wedding Videography vs Wedding Photography: Which is Right For You?

Getting married is undoubtedly one of the best moments of your life. It’s not just a day – it’s an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. With that in mind, it’s little wonder that both wedding photographers and videographers are in high demand. 

But with the average wedding costing almost £30,000, budgets are stretched more than ever before. Budding couples face a dilemma: should they hire a wedding photographer, a videographer or both? 

Let’s take a look at what each can do for your special day…

Wedding photography

A wedding photographer’s role is to capture photographs of your special day. They typically sell in ‘packages’ whereby they will shoot parts of your day depending on your budget. For example, some photographers will just shoot the ceremony by itself, while others offer packages that involve the wedding breakfast, ceremony and afterparty. 

Obviously, the packages that involve more of the day mean a higher cost – but why? It’s about both the time spent during the day itself AND the editing time, which is naturally going to be far longer the more photographs taken on the day. 

For some couples, getting quality wedding photographs can be more affordable by focusing on the ceremony itself. This allows the photographer to do the ‘main job’ of using their talent and editing on the essential parts of the day. The happy couple might set up a photo booth or supply instant cameras to capture afterparty moments to cut costs. 

A wedding photographer typically delivers a digital photo book or a fixed amount of physical prints. Pricing will depend on many factors, including the location of your wedding and the output of the day. Typically, you’d pay somewhere between £1000 and £1500 for a full day of wedding photography with digital photos in the North East. 

Wedding Photo

Wedding videography 

Wedding videography is a field growing in popularity – as more people embrace the ‘YouTube’ generation of digital videography and become accustomed to high-quality videos to remember their events. 

A wedding videographer has quite the task at hand: they must shoot the day’s events and then edit what can be hours of footage down into the key moments. Most people don’t want to see an unbroken retelling of their day (often called a ‘Traditional Wedding Film’ which stems from the invention of portable video cameras). Instead, they want to see a beautifully crafted highlight reel depicting their best moments. 

That means a wedding videographer often spends more time editing than you’d expect, having to make choices regarding music, transition and which footage to cut or include. 

While a video may not be as easy to display as a photograph (you can’t really play a video on your mantlepiece), there are still options for getting a physical memento from the shoot – for example, a USB drive with all of your video stored on it, or a special Blu-ray of the day. 

Unsurprisingly, wedding videography can be more expensive than photography due to the work involved. Costs are typically £1500 on average. 

Which is right for you? 

Videography and photography are two different things that ultimately result in two very different keepsakes. Deciding between them is a question of what you think is best for you – whether you’d prefer a quality video that shows the day in motion, or would prefer stills to display around your home. 

Remember that in a world where everyone has a smartphone, you may be able to compensate for not having video or photography at your wedding by asking guests to snap pictures or shoot video – but you’ll never get professional results with this, so it’s only worth doing for the service you don’t hire someone for. 

It comes down to budget and taste – but the right option may also depend on your actual wedding. For example, some venues or ceremonies may just not suit a videography project. You need a professional who can help guide you to the right choices through experience. 

I’m pleased to be both a wedding videographer and photographer. I can use my experience in this industry to consult on your day and help you choose either videography or photography so that you get both what you want from your special day and achieve the best result. Click my weddings page to learn more and book. 

Wedding Videography vs Wedding Photography: Which is Right For You?

Getting married is undoubtedly one of the best moments of your life. It’s not just a day – it’s an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. With that in mind, it’s little wonder that both wedding photographers and videographers are in high demand. 

But with the average wedding costing almost £30,000, budgets are stretched more than ever before. Budding couples face a dilemma: should they hire a wedding photographer, a videographer or both? 

Let’s take a look at what each can do for your special day…

Wedding photography

A wedding photographer’s role is to capture photographs of your special day. They typically sell in ‘packages’ whereby they will shoot parts of your day depending on your budget. For example, some photographers will just shoot the ceremony by itself, while others offer packages that involve the wedding breakfast, ceremony and afterparty. 

Obviously, the packages that involve more of the day mean a higher cost – but why? It’s about both the time spent during the day itself AND the editing time, which is naturally going to be far longer the more photographs taken on the day. 

For some couples, getting quality wedding photographs can be more affordable by focusing on the ceremony itself. This allows the photographer to do the ‘main job’ of using their talent and editing on the essential parts of the day. The happy couple might set up a photo booth or supply instant cameras to capture afterparty moments to cut costs. 

A wedding photographer typically delivers a digital photo book or a fixed amount of physical prints. Pricing will depend on many factors, including the location of your wedding and the output of the day. Typically, you’d pay somewhere between £1000 and £1500 for a full day of wedding photography with digital photos in the North East. 

Wedding Photo

Wedding videography 

Wedding videography is a field growing in popularity – as more people embrace the ‘YouTube’ generation of digital videography and become accustomed to high-quality videos to remember their events. 

A wedding videographer has quite the task at hand: they must shoot the day’s events and then edit what can be hours of footage down into the key moments. Most people don’t want to see an unbroken retelling of their day (often called a ‘Traditional Wedding Film’ which stems from the invention of portable video cameras). Instead, they want to see a beautifully crafted highlight reel depicting their best moments. 

That means a wedding videographer often spends more time editing than you’d expect, having to make choices regarding music, transition and which footage to cut or include. 

While a video may not be as easy to display as a photograph (you can’t really play a video on your mantlepiece), there are still options for getting a physical memento from the shoot – for example, a USB drive with all of your video stored on it, or a special Blu-ray of the day. 

Unsurprisingly, wedding videography can be more expensive than photography due to the work involved. Costs are typically £1500 on average. 

Which is right for you? 

Videography and photography are two different things that ultimately result in two very different keepsakes. Deciding between them is a question of what you think is best for you – whether you’d prefer a quality video that shows the day in motion, or would prefer stills to display around your home. 

Remember that in a world where everyone has a smartphone, you may be able to compensate for not having video or photography at your wedding by asking guests to snap pictures or shoot video – but you’ll never get professional results with this, so it’s only worth doing for the service you don’t hire someone for. 

It comes down to budget and taste – but the right option may also depend on your actual wedding. For example, some venues or ceremonies may just not suit a videography project. You need a professional who can help guide you to the right choices through experience. 

I’m pleased to be both a wedding videographer and photographer. I can use my experience in this industry to consult on your day and help you choose either videography or photography so that you get both what you want from your special day and achieve the best result. Click my weddings page to learn more and book. 

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