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Old March 8th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #1
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Finally I got the opportunity to shoot a wedding video for the first time, and I'll willing to do at least 8 bridal shows for free. What do you think? Do you think it's a wise idea?

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Old March 9th, 2005, 11:14 AM   #2
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Does this mean you are going to do 8 wedding videos for free or 8 wedding shows or something else? I don't quite follow.
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Old March 9th, 2005, 01:08 PM   #3
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I think he means he's going to do 8 weddings for free. It can't be "bridal shows" because they actually COST money.

I'd suggest doing 1 or 2 for free and then start charging a very low fee until you feel comfortable and are able to produce a product that is worthy of a higher price tag.
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Old March 9th, 2005, 01:17 PM   #4
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Yeah, 8 for free, thats quite a workload without pay.

2 or 3 and you should have things down enough to satisfy people looking for budget videography

Just let them know your starting out and thats why your prices are low and they should understand.
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Old March 9th, 2005, 02:57 PM   #5
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I agree with Josh, Do 2 or 3 as freebies max. Give them the 'full service' and film as much as you possibly can; really knock youself out to give them the very best (you want referrals).
My advice (FWIW) is to make sure to do the 'Bride's Preparations' and try to get a 'Groom's Prep.' as well from one of the weddings at least. I try to make the Bride Preps romantic (but not in an old fashioned or 'tacky' way), and the grooms a bit funny or funky. That will give you enough material to build a fairly good reel and also to show that you're flexible.

I have not done many weddings either but I charged from the very first one (bargain rate though).

What I find 'sells' my services is the 'Brides Prep.' and 'Montage' more than anything. I have recently started visiting prospective clients in their own homes. I start by showing them a montage of one of my recent weddings set to music, then follow with the start of one of my films (typically the Brides Prep.) and almost always they have usually agreed to hire me by the end of the Brides prep. Currently running on 100% conversion on the visits I have made (4). Get this... one of them agreed to hire me before I told them how much I charged!!

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Old March 9th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for the correction, Glen. Yeah, I was thinking about doing at least 8 weddings for free. I feel that I really need some practice before actually starting out my wedding (and funeral) videography business.

Thank you very much for the suggestions and tips. I'll charge like $400 or more when I think I'm ready. (maybe after doing 3-4 weddings) Of course, I don't want to stay cheap forever because I want to make a living with doing weddings.
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