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There are essentially two forms of wedding event production: short form, or long form documentary style. There are a million other names for them and others will likely pipe in here with corrections, but the “essential” forms are along these lines.
Short form can be any combination of time-shift techniques, narrative-heavy with vows and toasts under various elements, interspersed with vignettes or montages of the rest of the activity. Or highly creative treatment with not only the wedding itself, but portions of photo and music and narrative underscore, and the overall event highly truncated. The self-proclaimed ARTISTS among us usually charge a premium price for such productions while IMHO not giving the bride and groom an accurate representation of their wedding day. These have been as short as 12 minutes (so claimed by some who feel that “less is more”) and perhaps upwards to 45 minutes. The longer one, I think, probably offers a more fair representation of the event as well as a better value for the bride’s buck (or her Dad’s bucks 😉
I tend toward the documentary, interspersed with vignettes and montages and usually one and one-half hours, give or take. Often I will have two DVDs, one focused on a shorter, more creative production with just the absolute highlights of the event; and a second one with limited editing (more than cleanup, less than the short form) that includes some pre-ceremony stuff in a montage; procession, all the vows and ring portions (usually with the communion, if a Catholic ceremony with Mass, and Mass portions given minimum footage) any special message pertinent to the bride from the minister or officiant but most of the SERMON removed; candle lighting usually by the mom’s then the subsequent single camera lighting by the couple; THE KISS OF COURSE, and often from more than one angle if I’m using more than one camera; the announcement “for the first time” and the recessional. Some of the stuff that goes on if there’s a receiving line, rice, birdseed, or whatever fanfare.
Then I include some pre-reception elements in a montage, full two-camera production of the first dance, single camera (usually) limited production of the B&F, G&M, and bridal party dances, and some representation of the party with portions of one fast and one slow song played under them montage style.
I also usually montage the cake cutting, bouquet tossing and garter (removal) tossing elements. If there is a demonstration dance by the B&G, I of course get that in its entirety.
There are other things, and other elements, and I don’t always do ALL of the above … it pretty much depends on how many hours they want from me, and how much they spend with me.
But essentially I offer the two approaches, but instead of JUST a short form the B&G also receive a lengthier documentary of their entire day with the appropriate live audio of vows, toasts, etc.
By the way, I also usually edit Looooooonnnnnnnngggggg toasts to the salient points, and/or whatever generated the most reaction or any goofy antics, etc. RAW video, something that is usually a provocative subject, with the stuff I DON’T want seen or heard removed is available for a substantial fee. Otherwise not.
I start at $1,500 and go as high as $6K, but on average I get bridal budgets of about $3K which includes most or all of the above. And I often do weddings based on an all-inclusive hourly rate with a minimum of six hours at $200 per hour, including editing. I’ll be updating my wedding website to reflect some serious changes ASAP. I don’t go for naming packages after gemstones, precious metals or romantic topics and will likely go for straight hourly coverage with a BASE package all inclusive, or a package that removes all barriers for something like $6K or better. I plan to no longer have anything, other than the hourly with 6-hour minimum, package-wise for under $3K.