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Affordable Wedding Videography Quick Start Guide — For New Vanilla Video Customers

  • You Always get the Raw Footage.
    Raw footage is completely free. Always.

    Remember, Vanilla Video's standard technique means the raw footage will be watchable without any editing. We prepare shots for composition and aesthetics before pressing record.

  • Editing is Optional. It's an Add-on.
    We can edit your raw footage later on.

    Because of our special documentary filming style, the raw footage is immediately enjoyable. You can order editing now, next-week, or a year later. You may even have someone else edit your footage.

  • Digital Delivery is Standard.
    Download your videos online for 90 days.

    You can download, share and re-download as much as you want for 90 days. Or order physical copies.

  • We Are Flexible on Coverage.

    We allow scheduling on the half-hour. Our service is very accomodating. Please do not abuse it; we do not allow scheduling on the quarter-hour. Split-coverage must have a 3-hour gap.

  • Experiment. We Love Different.

    We've filmed thousands of projects for customers all over the world. We won't think your request is weird — if you want it on video, we can do it.

Step 1.   Tell us your budget for videography.

Due to the nature of video — you can literally spend as little or as much as you want. Let us help match you to the right level of services. Otherwise we'll be guessing, wasting your time.

Step 2.   Decide what's most important to you.

If you don't want to capture bride or groom getting ready, we aren't going to push it. Give us an idea of what's important to you. If you don't like deciding, we'll show common options.

Step 3.   Start customizing your video package.

Our website is designed to help you. Providing it information allows you to get information much faster than talking to Vanilla Support. Don't be afraid to interact with our site — it's smart.

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Samples are available under each videography type. So you can easily see the difference between our tiers of service — from basic wedding videos, to Cinematography and cinematic wedding films. We want you to choose what's best for your situation. Try customzing a package!

  • Single Videographer — Vanilla Video

  • Multiple Videographers — Vanilla Video Multi-Cam

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We don't require directives or meetings.

Though you are more than welcome to schedule a meeting with us.

  • We travel to any city within 300 miles of Chicago.

    Vanilla Video provides videography service to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Rockford, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri; and Northwest Indiana. Upon special request, our team can travel further. Despite being Chicago-based, we have worked with customers worldwide, from London to Australia and places in-between. At some point in the future, Vanilla Video will open other locations across the United States to better service customers.

  • Physical media isn't environmentally friendly.

    We provide digital downloads for all orders, and encourage customers to not order physical media. Not only is the Digital Download a higher quality, and doesn't degrade like physical media over time.

  • You can build exactly the package you want with us.

    We have a ton of add-ons, and some may not apply to weddings, but make sense for other customers. Keep in mind, Vanilla Video does video production full-time, year-round. And weddings only represent about 30-40% of our business.

    Our expertise across all purposes of video production is precisely what makes us so affordable — and higher quality than all the "Business-Only" and "Wedding-Only" videographers. Our videographers film between 80 - 150 times per year.

  • Working with other vendors isn't an issue.

    In fact, Vanilla Video is a highly recommended vendor among many event planners, venues, photographers, and DJs. We only provide video services, so we don't have an issue working or coordinating with other vendors. We know them. They know us.

    Our reputation is real merit, earned from our history in working with thousands of other wedding vendors. Since we've worked with so many vendors, they usually know our protocol and have a mutual respect for each other's duties at events.

  • Vanilla Video has been to nearly every wedding venue.

    Unless you are hosting your wedding in an obscure location or someone's backyard, there's a high chance we have been to that venue. Our videographers can easily reference past venue notes and footage, knowing what to expect before arriving.

    Our team maintains a humble and professional demeanor at all times. Rest assured that Vanilla Video will be one of your best vendors. From convenience, to employee friendliness, the overall experience with Vanilla Video will be satisfactory.

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A video professional from our team will answer all your questions and help you get started with Vanilla Video.
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Everyone you care about will be there.

Weddings are the best time to get video of your friends and family.

  • FREE — Raw Footage.

    You always receive everything we film as a Digital Download. A High-Definition copy of all the raw footage is complimentary with every order. Plus — the raw footage is all yours!

  • Clips — Of the Best Moments.

    Let us sift through all the raw footage. Our editors will find the best moments, and turn them into easy to share videos.

  • Professional Sound.

    We record two sources of audio and mix them in editing for best possible sound. We use a wireless lavalier for crisp audio of the vows, and another mic for everything else.

    If your DJ is able, we wirelessly stream their feed to our camera(s) during the reception.

  • Top-rated videographers.

    We come highly recommended by thousands of people across Chicago, Milwaukee, Northwest Indiana; with all cities & suburbs in-between.

    We're friendly. Just ask us!

    Don't hesitate to call or ask questions. If you are feeling shy, read our FAQs and browse our site.

Build your own Package in Seconds  

Just film it. Don't regret it.

We believe every wedding is worth filming, and that's why we offer wedding videography services for as little as $189. It's a simple idea — you choose coverage that works best for you.

Just remember this one thing. The more coverage you order, the more video you will have the next-day. There's no such thing as "too much video" — in fact, some of the best moments are the candid, unplanned moments.

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Film as much as possible.

We opt for a specifically-trained Vanilla documentary filming style by default. That means we shy away from artistic shots, and focus on the content. Our primary goal is to give you the best, most complete, and most accurate coverage of the day as it truly happened. Vanilla is true to heart — and real.

  • Stylistically: Less is More — You can't fix poorly shot video. Vanilla Video™ footage is perfect for couples on a budget. We ensure our raw footage shots are clean, well-composed and readily viewable.

    When you go on to edit your Vanilla Video™ footage, you can be confident it's viewable, usable in editing and cleanly shot by our team of professional videographers.

  • Raw Footage: More is More — With modern digital files, it’s easy to jump to just the moments you care about. All the extra footage is great for editing down the road. Trust us when we say, you’ll be happy to have all that additional Vanilla Video ™ shot raw footage later in life.

    For most weddings, we typically gather about 33-50% of the Coverage Time as raw footage. I.e., ordering six hours of coverage will likely result in 2-3 hours of raw footage.

Get Started. Let's film it.

Getting video for your wedding doesn't have to be a big deal or complicated. We highly recommend getting at least some coverage for your spouse, loved ones, and children.

Perhaps more importantly, let's film it for your own personal growth and reflection in life. Choosing not to film is a bride's number one biggest wedding regret.

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How would you like to proceed?

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Chicago Wedding Videographers / Cinematographers

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We usually respond within just a few hours. If you are looking for more immediate answers, try visiting our FAQs section, or browsing our website.
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Talk to one of our video pros about your wedding. Let's cover the details, talk, or schedule a meeting. If it's not a good time, request a callback.
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Design a Package

Customize it.

Easily place an order online through our video production package builder. If you aren't quite ready to order, just click "Ask for Help" and we will!
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Single Videographer Wedding Packages

Vanilla Video™ Makes it possible to film your Wedding.

  Affordable like None Other

We made wedding videography affordable. Vanilla Video™ is the only video production company that offers wedding videography for as little as $189. However, our average single videographer wedding package is under one thousand, with most customers spending between $900 - $1,800.

Please know, that while we do have affordable videography packages, and do cover $189 weddings from time-to-time, certain dates throughout the year are subject to Waitlisting due to heavy-demand. If you're planning a wedding on a budget — just understand that Fridays and Saturdays may be subject to waitlisting, or require a minimum order amount. It varies throughout the year (wedding season, etc.)

We truly do turn away hundreds of weddings per year due to our limited number of videographers. Please plan ahead — we do not offer holds on dates or reservations. We practice first-come, first-serve booking.

  Wedding Ceremony Video Coverage

We recommend an extra 30 - 60 minutes. If your ceremony is only half an hour, we still recommend getting a full hour of coverage. Likewise for hour-long ceremonies, we recommend 90 minutes. Yes — we want you to get more coverage. Here's why, and what you'll miss:

  • Establishing Shots of the Venue. When we arrive, we like to gather b-roll shots of the atmosphere, building, who's there, and any additional footage you may want for memory or editing later on.

  • Candids of Guests. Prior to the start of the wedding, we film guests naturally interacting with each other. If you want to remember who was there, this helps.

  • Photo Sessions Afterwards. Some of the best and funniest moments are in-between all the major events. Because we film candidly, we try to capture unexpected moments during the photo sessions.

  Wedding Cocktail Hour Coverage

Yes. Get cocktail hour video coverage. This is perhaps the best time to get candid video of guests. Your friends & family are at their peak during the cocktail hour. Guests look good, they're mingling with one another, smiling and having fun, and excited to see the night unfold.

Capturing candid video of guests prior to reception and enjoying dinner allows us more opportunity to gather B-roll footage for editing and memory later on. More video coverage is generally always better.

  Wedding Reception Video Coverage

Cover the main events, plus an hour of dancing. We recommend full-coverage of the wedding reception from start to finish, especially if you are having a fancy exit. If on a budget, we recommend covering all the main events of the wedding reception, with an hour of dancing footage.

  • Establishing Shots & Details. Having us arrive early to the wedding reception allows us to get establishing shots of the venue, and capture details / decorations.

  • Capturing the Speeches. By far the most important aspect of wedding reception coverage is getting the speeches. Enough said.

  • All the Main Events. Beyond the speeches and toasts, capturing any quirky events is always a good thing to have on video. The obvious things like the Bride & Groom dance, parent dances, cake cutting, and bouqet / garter toss should be covered too.

  • An Hour of Dancing. Once the night is in full party-mode, and there's nothing left but to dance the night away, you will still want to capture about an hour or two of the general dancing and partying.

  What do most brides choose?

Most brides choose 6 or more hours of coverage. A common combo is 90 minutes for the ceremony and 6 hours for the reception. Our 10 hour package is great if you are looking to capture some of the bride / groom getting ready. But there's no right or wrong way — so please feel free to choose what works best for you and your budget. Just get it on video!

With Vanilla Video™ you can customize the perfect coverage for your situation and budget. Our Video Package Builder puts you in control.

  • Photos are fake.

    Same smile. Same pose. Different background. Photos aren't enough.

    Video is the Truth. It's real.

    See your wedding day as it happened with our candid videography style.

    Hear the full story.

    Listen to the vows, the speeches, and all the emotions throughout the day.

    Editing is entirely optional.

    Our in-camera editing standard makes the raw footage readily watchable.

    Customize your coverage.

    We put you in control over coverage. We want you to receive the best value.

    Downloadable days after.

    Within about a week you will be able to download, share and enjoy your video.

    Easily shareable.

    Share away. Our video delivery system makes it easy to share with friends.

    Trusted by thousands.

    Vanilla Video single videographer has been tested by thousands of customers.

    Get all the raw footage.

    Everything we film is yours, free. You can edit the footage yourself if preferred.

    We keep a backup copy.

    Thousands of videos backed up our servers. Yours will be safe with us too.

    We are famously affordable.

    Vanilla Video™ is the only production company with 30-minute coverage.

    Better to Video. Than not.

    We truly believe that capturing your wedding on video is worthwhile.

    Experiment. Customize.

    There is no wrong way to order Vanilla Video™. Just start with video coverage.
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    Let's do Something Different.

    Want to film the rehearsal dinner? The day after? Getting the dress? We can.
      Ask our professional videographers

    Need some help deciding?

    Call us. Our video professionals will help decide the best coverage for you.
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    Or try — Vanilla Multi-Cam

    We recommend multiple videographers for weddings that can afford it.

    Or try — Vanilla Cinematic

    Ask to see some of our Cinematic Wedding Videos, just $229 more to go Cinematic.

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Ready to book your wedding videographer?

Vanilla Video™ has options for every budget.

Chicago Wedding Videographer Packages

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Send us a quick email with your questions. Be sure to include the basic wedding details.
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Multi Camera Wedding Documentary

Vanilla Video™ Recommends Multi-Cam for Weddings.

  Overall Better Experience

Highly Recommended for Most Weddings. When you choose multi-camera coverage, you can rest assured that our professionals will get the best shot. While it is possible to cover weddings with a single videographer, a team is better suited for the task.

Our videographers will self-establish goals, and divide tasks while at your wedding. That means better coverage for the main events, but also [1] Better Audio, [2] More Detail Shots, [3] More Candid Footage, [4] More Artistic Shots, and [5] a Higher Quality Viewing Experience.

  • Camera A — Primary. Similar to a single videographer, our Cam A videographer will get the "safest" shots, and take less risks when deciding position, framing, and composition while filming.

  • Camera B — Secondary. While Camera A is gathering candid footage, our second videographer usually gathers B-Roll along with detail shots of the venue, event, people, and nuances of the day.

    During the major events, the secondary videographer aims for riskier, more artistic shots; e.g., close-ups, pans, tilts, position changes, various other techniques. Our dual videography style results in more dynamic cuts in the editing room. Camera B usually gets "The Best" shot, while Camera A gets "The Safe" shot.

  • Camera C — Tertiary.  (Optional) Adding a third videographer seals the deal, so to speak. Our third video professional will typically take over sound and audio — alleviating stress from Camera A and B.

    Of course, during the major events, that third angle allows for an even greater degree of risk-taking, i.e., better and more artistic shots.

  How many guests do you have?

A good rule of thumb. For every 125 guests, you should have one videographer present. We still recommend multi-cam videography for smaller weddings. It's just better.

  On a budget — But still want Multi-cam?

Editing is optional. Vanilla Video™ allows you to hold off on editing until you are ready to move forward. It's common too, so don't feel awkward, we can cut the editing out — and still film a Multi-camera wedding for you.

  • Dynamic Scene Cutting.

    Watch some samples to see how we cut between shots during major events.

    Safer Wedding Coverage.

    With more videographers, there's less risk in missing shots and moments.

    More Professional Shots.

    Our secondary and tertiary shooters can make more artistic shot choices.

    Better Audio Quality.

    Setup and coordination with your DJ can eat up a significant amount of time.

    Separate Videographer Roles.

    With clearly defined roles, everything turns out better & goes more smoothly.

    More Candid / B-Roll Footage.

    You will typically end up with more candid footage, and detail shots.

    Better Viewing Experience.

    Having us edit a multi-camera wedding creates a better viewing experience.

    Less Videographer Fatigue.

    We are human, and we get tired. Playing tag-team helps prevent fatigue & stress.

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Wedding Videography up to 3 Cameras: We let you choose the number of videographers.

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Professional Wedding Videography in Chicago

Ask us by Email

We're experts.

We usually respond within just a few hours. If you are looking for more immediate answers, try visiting our FAQs section, or browsing our website.
  Email Us.

Contact our Team


Talk to one of our video pros about your wedding. Let's cover the details, talk, or schedule a meeting. If it's not a good time, request a callback.
  Call you Back.

Design a Package

Customize it.

Easily place an order online through our video production package builder. If you aren't quite ready to order, just click "Ask for Help" and we will!
  Design a Video.