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Introduction > Why DIY?

Why DIY?

Depending on your perspective, there are a number of reasons you might go for DIY photo or video. If you are the bride or the groom (or making decisions on their behalf), money and the type of project will be key factors in your DIY decision. If you are the creative given the task, the experience and the artistry will be driving factors for trying your hand at wedding documentation. Let’s take a closer look at some of those factors.

The Price Is Right

According to one report, the average American wedding in 2010 cost more than $26,000—and many available estimates place it closer to $30,000. That figure represented a slight decrease from the previous year, but an almost $8,000 increase in the last 10 years. Except for the reception, photography is often the most expensive line item on the budget, with an average price tag of about $2,500 (estimates vary). Videography doesn’t command the same fees as photography, but still carries a hefty average price tag of about $1,500, and can go as high as $10,000. Keep in mind these are average prices across the American market. Your local area could command rates closer to $4,000, and photographers to the stars can charge in the tens of thousands, offering multi-camera teams, make-up touch-up artists, helicopters for aerial shots, and sword-swallowing assistants. (Well, maybe not the sword-swallowing assistants, but certainly the team and the helicopter.) To find the costs for the professional services you’d want, look online and call around. Many aggregate websites, such as theknot.com and herecomestheguide.com, compile local listings of vendors as well as provide statistical data about what costs you can expect in your area.


  

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