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 free.
We keep your videos safe with us — currently forever. We'll let you know if that changes. But you can download and re-download as much as you want. Or order physical copies at any time.
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.
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.
Step 2. Decide what'simportant .
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.
Step 3. Start customizing.
Our website is designed to help you. Providing it information allows you to get information much faster than talking to Vanilla Support.
Options. Exploreto Get Started.
Samples are available under each videography type. So you can easily see the difference between our tiers of service. We want you to choose what's best for your situation!
Single Videographer — Vanilla Video
Multiple Videographers — Vanilla Multi-Cam
Cinematography —Wedding Films
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 try to persuade customers against ordering physical media. Not only is the Digital Download a higher quality, but it also never expires. Physical media degrades over time — we maintain active backups.
You will never have to worry about your DVDs and Blu-Rays not working after a few years of archival. Or your USB drives getting lost. Our delivery system is available 24/7 and is trusted by thousands — including Fortune 500 companies.
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.
Let's Find the Service that Best Fits You.
Let Vanilla Video make your Wedding Video.
Email Vanilla Support
Send us a quick email with questions.
A video professional from our team will answer all your questions and help you get started with Vanilla Video.Email Vanilla Support.
(866) 948-4336 — Press 1.
Or, let's have a quick chat on the phone.
Speak with our professional videographers. We are here to assist you anytime from 8AM - 11PM every day.Request a callback instead.
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.
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.
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.
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 $99. 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.
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.