How much to charge for birthday parties, bridal/baby showers, etc. at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Special Interest Areas > Wedding / Event Videography Techniques

Wedding / Event Videography Techniques
Shooting non-repeatable events: weddings, recitals, plays, performances...


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old September 4th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Detroit, MI
Posts: 31
How much to charge for birthday parties, bridal/baby showers, etc.

Hello everyone, I'm not sure how much to charge for these types of events. Do you all charge hourly or give packages for these events? Is there a difference in pricing a child's birthday, sweet sixteen, and an adult's birthday party? I just don't want to make a mistake and price myself too high or too low! Thanks in advance for your help everyone!
Ferlon Webster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4th, 2009, 05:47 PM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 8,222
Hi Ferlon

That's always a tough question because most budgets are a lot more limited on say, a kiddies birthday party. I did one solitary 40th birthday last season as I was free that weekend and basically charged the same hourly rate as a wedding. However it was virtually similar to a wedding reception and they even cut the cake!!!

It might be an idea, if you need the business, to make up a very simple package with say, one handheld camera and shoot some stills for them too. Baby showers and kiddies non formal events are almost confined to amateur videographers and you would probably have to charge a lot less and shoot on a far less structured basis!! A wedding is story-boarded for you but something like a party (apart from blowing out candles) is just casual clips so I doubt whether they would want to pay hundreds of dollars for a videographer!!

Does anyone else do "domestic" events?? I'm usually too busy with weddings!!

Chris
Chris Harding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Detroit, MI
Posts: 31
Thanks for the response Chris, I guess there is not a lot of money to be made doing these parties. I am too into Wedding Videography and that is where my eyes are truly focused right now, just trying to figure out if money can be made doing these events. But like you said it's more for amateurs on a less structured basis! Thanks again for your response!
Ferlon Webster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 5th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Lakeland Florida
Posts: 619
People have casually inquired about me doing these types of events. I haven't followed up on any of these, but if I wanted to do one, I'd just simply and politely ask them if they'd given any thought about what they'd be willing to pay and what they would expect for what they are willing to pay. Then I would simply and politely inform them about how much work it would take me to do what they want. If both of us are then still interested, we'd talk about it some more.

Now if it is a prospective BUSINESS client, asking me about a personal project, that puts everything in a different light. In some cases, working for free can make a lot of sense.
__________________
Roger
trueviewfilms.com
Roger Van Duyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 6th, 2009, 01:39 AM   #5
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Posts: 2,109
I usually charge these events first hour $300, additional hour $100. I have done a few birthday parties, wedding anniversary parties. I'm doing one next week for a 80th birthday party.
Taky Cheung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Detroit, MI
Posts: 31
Thanks Taky! I appreciate the response!
Ferlon Webster is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Special Interest Areas > Wedding / Event Videography Techniques

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:03 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network