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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Madison and Ruben Alaniz | The Laurels in Beaumont, Texas

Madison and Ruben got married at an elegant plantation style venue on March 23, 2019 in Beaumont, Texas. The couple went with a stunningly dark and moody floral and decor for their wedding day. In the beginning, the two lovebirds actually went to the same high school, but when Ruben came home from the navy, fate brought them together again.

Wedding dress hanging from chandelier beside a brick venue in Beaumont, Texas in daylight.

Madison got ready upstairs in the venue with friends and family, and there was such an exciting vibe. She wore a smooth fitted dress, and looked so incredible. Ruben and his boys got ready downstairs underneath where the pretty women were getting ready. He wore everything black; shirt, jacket, bow-tie and shoes.

The ceremony took place on the other end of the Laurels’ venue. The ceremony area was filled with the most important people in the couple’s lives. Pair by pair the bridesmaids and groomsmen made their way down the aisle. The couple’s daughters had the honor of being the flower girls. When it was the bride’s turn, everyone stood when they saw her. The groom smiled while tears sneaked down his cheeks. The lovebirds wrote their own vows and promised each other forever. It was a special moment when Madison’s son had the honor of holding Ruben’s ring. It was a moving ceremony.

Wedding Party posing a silly photograph in front of the laurels venue in Beaumont, Texas.
Photo Cred: Lacey Monceaux Photography

After the first kiss, the newly weds made their way outside and were greeted seconds later by their wedding party. Everyone took photos in front of the Laurel’s house. The couple then mingled with their guests, which was the perfect time for us to get candid video clips of everyone. We got perfect video of guests taking shots, dancing and grabbing some rears underneath the hanging lights outside! The weather was calm and it was a beautiful night.

Bride and Groom dancing in the middle of the dance floor in the reception at the laurels venue in beaumont texas.

For the reception, the best man and maid of honor made a toast to Mr. & Mrs. Alaniz. Madison was surprised by a special strip tease from Ruben – which made the crowd blush and holler! Later as the music began to get louder and faster, the bride pulled in friends from all around to join her in the middle of the dance floor. Guests danced and sang out loud. As more people met in the middle, Ruben accompanied his new wife under the colored lights.

The night ended with all of Madison and Ruben’s loved ones lined up outside the venue. They each held a sparkler and cheered as the newly weds made their way down their own aisle of sparklers. Before they made it to their vehicle, Madison was swept off her feet by her new husband. The couple gave each other a kiss for the pictures and drove off into the night.

Wedding couple kissing at the end of the sparkler exit at the laurels venue in beaumont, tx
Photo Cred: Lacey Monceaux Photography

I absolutely loved the couple’s unforgettable red, blush and black theme. The mood and beauty was on point! If your getting married in Beaumont and need a wedding videographer get in touch! Here’s their wedding day highlight.

Wedding Video by Skys the Limit Production

Vendors:

Coordination | Wild Wood-TX
Hair | Hair&CO
Makeup | Makeup By Hannah Simmons
Florist | Swanky Occasions
Officiant | Mr. Jimmy Lane Mooney
Photographer | Lacey Monceaux Photography
Catering | Bloom 827
DJ | Big Daddy DJ
Dress | Sweet Romance Bridal
Suit | Ortiz Formalwear Nederland

Alicia & James Bowles | River Road Chateau in Anna, Texas

On March 21st, during a sunny Thursday afternoon, Alicia and James got married at the lovely River Road Chateau, which is a Texas chic venue in Anna. Skys the Limit Production captured the couple’s perfect day on video.

The ceremony was a beautiful service under the venue’s iconic chandelier, and the reception was held in the rustic ballroom, and it was a plum and spring inspired wedding. Mr. & Mrs. Bowles had lots of cake in the afternoon, and an intimate family dinner in the evening, and they finished off the night with lots of dancing.

If you’re throwing a week day wedding as well, get in touch!

Vendors:
Planner | Daydream Events by Jess
DJ | Arbūtus Entertainment
Catering | D Squared Catering
Photographer | Desiree Chapman Photography
Linens | Lena’s Fine Linen Rentals
Flowers | Blue Sapphire Weddings & Events
Baker | SamsClub

Katie and Bryston Schafer | The SPRINGS Event Venue in Terrell, Texas

Katie and Bryston were wed March 9, 2019 at the SPRINGS Poetry Hall in Rockwall, Texas. They had their ceremony outside of the venue, and the sun was bright and beautiful that day. Skys the Limit Production had the honor of capturing this special occasion through video.

Photo Cred: Gray Door Photography

The couple met at Texas State University in a study room. On the day Bryston proposed, he took Katie to her favorite spot on the river in San Marcos with their new puppy. She was skipping rocks when she saw that he got down on one knee.

On their wedding day, Katie wore a white strapless dress with a modest length train paired with a veil that laid past her back and she held a beautiful arrangement of white and blue flowers. Bryston wore a simple white shirt underneath his light grey suit with a classy blue floral bow-tie and brown dress shoes.

Before the ceremony began, Katie decided to have special moments with those closest to her. Her mother helped her dress while she had her bridesmaids wait to see her when she was fully ready to be married. After greeting with her girls (and touching up makeup), she met with her father who couldn’t stop telling his little girl how beautiful she was. Lastly, Katie shared a first touch with her groom to be.

Their ceremony was held under a giant wooden arbor; the decor was natural and simple, but also elegant. Bryston was as nervous as he could be, but kept his cool in front of family and friends. One by one each couple from the wedding party made their way down the aisle smiling from ear to ear. When Bryston turned to see his bride, for the first time on their wedding day, you could see on his face that this was one of, if not the best decision he’s ever made.

They exchanged their own written vows to one another and gave each other a special ring to wear for the rest of their days together. Guests cheered and applauded the couple after they shared their first kiss.

The cheers continued when the newlyweds made their grand entrance down the wooden staircase inside the elegant stoned hall. The couple immediately had their first dance underneath the chandelier followed by the traditional dances with their parents. Katie’s cake was a delicate and pretty bridal cake and Bryston’s was a mouthwatering stack of chocolate cookies. The DJ kept everyone young and mature on their feet all night long to songs both new and classic. When the night came to an end, the couple saved the last dance for each other.

After a tender moment alone, the love birds met their friends and family outside. Guests tossed flower petals in the air while the couple rushed through and made their way to the green vintage truck with a just married sign attached.

Photo Cred: Gray Door Photography

Vendors:
Officiant | Josh Acut
Planner | Daydream Events by Jess
HMU | Styles by Vero
Wedding Dress | Providence Place Bridal Boutique
Photographer | Gray Door Photography
Baker | Sweet By Design
DJ and Photobooth | Arbūtus Entertainment
Florist | Blue Sapphire Weddings & Events
Bartender | HD Liquid Catering
Caterer | D Squared Catering
Rentals | Marquee Event Rentals – Dallas
Transportation | Premier Transportation Services
Stationary | Basic Invite

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