Why Does My Videographer Cost an Arm and a Leg?

I’m going to be completely honest. I’m the type to go to a Texas state fair and check all available food booths for the cheapest batch of fried Oreo’s to purchase. What can I say? I don’t want to get ripped off; I work hard for my money. If I make an investment on something, I want to know why it costs the amount it does, especially if it’s more than I budgeted for. This is why I can see where couples can feel alarmed whenever they hear the cost of video and photography (or any service) for their wedding day. I feel like I’m very transparent with my business, so I’d like to share a bit of behind-the-scenes on how videographers come up with their quotes. I cannot speak for all videographers, but I can at least speak for my own and maybe this will give you some insight for other business as well!

Every season is not wedding season. According to the Knot, in Texas, fall is the most popular time to tie the knot and winter is the least (pretty sure it’s because of the weather, but that’s my guess). That being said, I have to prepare financially for those slow seasons. The amount videographers charge is spread throughout the year as an average income. If I don’t save enough for those slow months, I’m in trouble.

Before I can pay myself, this list needs to be taken care of first:

  • Camera, drone, mics and other equipment like lighting, stabilizers, and batteries.
  • Assistance, Insurance, and Contracts **Do not use a videographer who doesn’t have insurance or a contract! Big No-No!**
  • Advertising and Website – so you can find me!
  • Adobe software and song licenses – gotta have Ed Sheeran!
  • Travel expenses – gas, hotels, etc
  • Education – continuous
  • Desktop/Laptop
  • USB flash drives/subscription to Dropbox
  • Taxes and other random day-to-day costs

Once equipment is paid for, that’s not the end either. They need to be upgraded every 5-6 years because we all know just like our phones and computers, times are always changing and you gotta keep up! So as I figure out how much I need to charge my client, I have to make sure all these expenses are in the equation as well. I wish the list wasn’t so long, but I want to make sure my business stays trustworthy and I give my absolute best.

Time is very valuable and since I have my own business, I can work twice a week right? No way. If I worked that little a week, I would have some angry clients wondering where their video was. The hours are longer now (at least 75 hours/week) than when I actually worked for another company, but the benefit is I can plan out months in advance the days I want off to go on vacation or holiday. As much as I would love to provide $500 videos for my clients, I simply can’t afford the time to take care of the things listed above. I would have to work double to keep my business running and worse than that, spend less time with my husband and 10 month-old.

$500 videography is possible, but there are some risks. Of course everyone knows you risk your video quality, but there are other precautions to keep in mind like insurance and contracts. You want to make sure if a drone is flown into your venue or a guest trips over camera equipment, there’s insurance to pay for damages. It doesn’t matter if your videographer costs $100 or $10,000, they need to have insurance and a contract. You want to be sure they do show up on your wedding day and you will receive a video after everything is over with. I’ve heard horror stories of vendors not showing up or running off with couple’s money; it’s the worst and it breaks my heart every time. So when searching for a videographer (and this goes for all) here are some tips on what to ask:

  • For examples – highlights, teasers, drone footage, etc.
  • How music is chosen – do they choose or do you and do they have a license to those songs?
  • What their insurance covers as well as a contract.
  • What all video you are actually given – do you receive your whole ceremony, dances etc?
  • To meet in person (at least a phone call) – make sure they are a legit person and that you mesh well with them.
  • If the owner will be filming your wedding – it can sometimes be conflicting if you like the owner, but they send someone else to your wedding.
  • About any hidden fees or expenses.

I hope this relieved a sense of curiosity some may have when they receive a quote from me or any other wedding professional! Preparation, expenses, time and personal earnings are everything a wedding professional or any small business needs to put into consideration when setting up their prices. With that being said, I absolutely love what I do! It’s a lot of work, but you are all worth it! Everyone has a story; not just the fame and fortune on television. You are my inspiration and it’s why I love doing what I do.

– Sarah🌻

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Reina and Casey Sepulveda | The SPRINGS Event Venue in Brookshire, Texas

On February 23, 2019, Reina and Casey Sepulveda made a pinky promise to one another at the Springs’ Tuscany Halls; an old-world Italian styled venue in Brookshire, Texas. The couple chose Skys the Limit Production to both photograph and video their special day.

Reina wore a white strapless long A-line dress that created a medium length train on the ground. Her outfit came with a long veil and a bouquet of red and white flowers. Casey wore a light grey suit with a classy red bow-tie. Before walking down the aisle, the couple chose to do a first touch on the corner outside of their venue.

The weather was clear skies for the outside ceremony. Two by two, the bridesmaids and groomsmen happily walked down the aisle to reach their destination underneath the giant wooden arbor. The flower girl made sure every little bush she passed by had a flower petal on top; she then cautiously made her way to the aisle. As the couple exchanged their vows to one another, the crowd couldn’t help, but join in with their sweet chuckles and tears. My personal favorite was Casey calling Reina his queen, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the funniest promise was not to take the last Oreo.

It certainly felt like a February wedding whenever you walked into the room with the red, blush pink and glittery gold all over. Reina surprised Casey with his own Mario cupcakes. The couple respectfully visited each table in the reception hall to thank their guests for coming. Going with tradition, the groom danced with his mother and the bride danced with her father, but to add to those special dances, Reina decided to dance with her mother as well. The night ended with a tender dance between the newly weds. Reina and Casey, thank you for having us capture these moments for you two!

Mr. & Mrs. Sepulveda wedding day.

Vendors:
Planner –Β Polished Occasions by Aiyesha
Officiant – Moses Waddel
Dress –Β David’s Bridal
Photography & Video –Β Skys the Limit
Catering –Β D&A Heavenly Que & Catering
Hair – Mirror Mirror Beauty Studio
Flowers –Β HEB Blooms
Linens –Β Linens and Events
Photobooth –Β EventPros Houston
DJ – Mobile Express DJ

Randa and Dustin Medows | Book Nook Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lumberton, Texas

Randa and Dustin Medows were wed inside the Book Nook Inn; a modest and charming bed and breakfast in Lumberton, Texas. The couple chose Skys the Limit Production to video their special day on December 29, 2018.


Photo Cred: Kate Carmichael Photography
Wedding Reception at the Book Nook Inn in Lumberton, Texas

Randa wore red high heels and a long white dress that brushed the ground. Her outfit was personalized with a black leather jacket as well as a red glittered “Medows” placed on the back. Dustin wore a simple white shirt with the sleeves rolled up. This was accompanied by black suspenders and a red plaid tie. The couple decided to throw out tradition and have a first look before the wedding outside by the lake. Dustin’s face said it all when he turned and saw Randa; he couldn’t wait to make her his wife.

Photo Cred: Kate Carmichael Photography

The ceremony was special in every way especially since Randa’s grandfather married the two. Everyone smiled when Randa’s grandfather shared his favorite story of the bride and her BB gun. In the couple’s own words, they shared their vows to one another. The ceremony ended with a simple first kiss with an approved grandpa saying “there ya go!”


Photo Cred: Kate Carmichael Photography

The ceremony room was transformed into the reception room. It was a festive wedding filled with holiday plaid decorations and desserts (of course!) All watched and applauded the newlyweds as they made their grand entrance; Randa lifted her bouquet of ornaments as the cheers continued! Because of the colder December weather, the couple made sure guests were kept warm with smores and blankets. Later in the evening, after the groom tossed the bride’s garter, the single men were puzzled. The winner of the garter toss seemed to convince all the second-placers the garter disappeared before revealing the champion. The men laughed and everyone joined the floor to dance.


Photo Cred: Kate Carmichael Photography

In 2014, Dustin and Randa met at a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. Later, again in Fuzzy’s, Dustin asked Randa to marry him. Can you guess what caterer the lovely couple chose for their wedding day?


Photo Cred: Kate Carmichael Photography

Watch the couple’s wedding day highlights.

Vendors

Venue – Book Nook Inn Bed & Breakfast
Photography – Kate Carmichael Photography
Dress – Cookie’s Sewing Creations
Hair – Maximillian Hair Designs
DJ – Nancy Fleming Borne
Cake – Carson’s Bakery
Catering – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Haley and David Louis | The Manor at the Springs Rockwall

Haley and David Louis got married outside one of the beautiful Springs’ venues, which is a colonial venue with southern charm in Rockwall, Texas. Skys the Limit Production had the honor of capturing the couple’s wedding day on December 16, 2018, through videography.

David exuded confidence, the warm oceanic blue complimented by a dark crimson tie. Haley’s dress clung to her body, accenting the hourglass shape she had, the lace covered her dress like a map. They looked as if they were both made for this day. Before seeing each other at the aisle, they both chose to take communion and prayer with their sisters and brothers.

The ceremony was a gorgeous service underneath an enormous covered platform held together by white pillars. To make the occasion all more special, David’s father married the young couple. Haley and David each read their own solemn promises to one another and ended the ceremony by sharing their very first kiss to one another. How much of a privilege it was for me and everyone to witness!

The reception was held inside the manor and it was full of class with a few touches of rustic wedding. David and his boys performed a dance in front of everyone with the song “Rude”. The newlyweds had an intimate dinner with family and friends and received kind words, unforgettable stories, and advice from their loved ones. No one could forget – or resist to huddle together for the Aggie fight song. The night was then finished off with lots of dancing and laughs all around.

If you’re planning a shabby chic wedding of your own, get in touch!

Vendors

Venue | Springs Event Venue in Rockwall
Coordinator | Marvie Dumancas 
Linens | Lena’s Fine Linen Rentals
Decor Coordinator | Alicia Haight 
Photographer | Winfield Creative Portraits
DJ | Brandon Wolfe 
MC | Brian Martinez
Catering | Charlie’s Cakes and Catering
Makeup | Myah Day 
Hair | Image Nation Salons & Med Spa

Lauren & Sean |The Barn at Four Pines Ranch in Crosby, Texas

As many girls do, growing up Lauren had dreamt of meeting a β€œtall handsome man with a pickup truck”. Five years later that dream turned into a reality.

On the 26th of May 2018, Lauren and Sean were wed at The Barn at Four Pines in Crosby, Texas. Skys the Limit Production was present for videography, capturing the beautiful moments of this love story for the couple.

The Bride’s hair was carefully pinned up to perfection, her skin glowing like sweet southern honey, and her dress clung in a beautiful white silhouette. The groom wore an ashy grey suit with his hair clean cut. His smile radiated as bright as the sun. Their beautiful dog Penny was also a member of the wedding including the ceremony.

After Lauren’s dad gave her away, the two exchanged their own daddy and daughter tradition and gave each other a pat on the head; telling the other that they love them. The couple wrote their own promises to one another during the ceremony. Sean revealed Lauren was a part of his bucket list, that she would be the only one he would want to ride life’s roller coaster with, and she will always be worth it. Lauren vowed to always stand by Sean’s side during the lightest and darkest of times, to take care of him when he’s down, to be faithful and respectful and most of all, to love him unconditionally.

The guests cheered and clapped as the newly weds made their grand entrance into the reception hall along with their “best” dog. Toasts were made by the Maid of Honor, who let everyone know the back story of Lauren’s love interest in Sean, and the Best Man, who shared how happy Lauren made Sean and what that meant for him. Both those special people welcomed the couple as family. After the cutting of the cake, Lauren smashed the cake into Sean’s face directly following in the roar of the crowd’s laughter; he playfully paid her back. The reception was a sea of joy, during which the guests sang β€œHappy Birthday” to Lauren’s Grandfather. The night ended with rain, but that didn’t faze the newly weds or the guests; they embraced the good luck and watched the weather outside underneath the opened barn.

Skys the Limit Production would like to thank the couple and their family and friends for allowing us to capture such a beautiful union.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Towey!

 

Vendors

Venue | The Barn at Four Pines Ranch

Coordinator | Marcia Marie Holt

Photographer | Jordyn Cowan Photography

Hair and Beauty | Empire Faces

Rentals | EB Inc Event Rentals

Baker | Vernele’s Bayou Bakery

DJ | Incredevents

Bar Service | Isaac’s Bar Service