BéBé Video Productions Weddings

On this page, you will find a price list of our wedding packages. But the list is only a suggestion. You can customize any package to fit your needs or design your own. You may want other events related to your wedding recorded, such as, showers and parties. You may also like a special video made to be presented at the rehearsal dinner/party, all about the couple and how they met. This kind of video makes a great wedding gift for the couple. I can record as much or as little as you would like. If you don't see what you'd like on the list, just contact me by email, chris@bebevideoproductions.com , or by cell phone, (337) 224-2004, and ask for Chris. Let us know what you want so that a price can be quoted for you. We are located in Lafayette, Louisiana but do travel outside the local area for an additional charge.

We are members of the Wedding & Event Videographers Association International.

 

Please see the FAQ section below for details about my packages and other important information.

 

Click here to see a sample of what we do. The clip is about 3.5 minutes long.

 

Picture above is Chris Tanner of BéBé Video Productions.
If you'd like to know the story of BéBé Video Productions, please see the ABOUT US page.

 

OPTIONS (add to package)

Extra Time at reception - $100 per hour (not available for Basic Package or Simple Package)
Couple Music Video (click here to see sample) - $300 (only available for Complete Package; already included in Ultimate Package)
Closing Credits (click here to see sample) - $300 (only available for Complete Package; already included in Ultimate Package)
Photo Montage Music Video - $300
Film Bride and Bridesmaids preparing
- $100 per hour
Extra Copies of the DVD - $15 per copy
Extra Copies of the Blu Ray DVD - $20 per copy


Anything not listed that you want captured that day or any other - Call Chris (224-2004) or Email for a price quote.

 

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ALL PACKAGES MAY INCUR ADDITIONAL TRAVEL CHARGES IF OUTSIDE OF OUR LOCAL AREA (Lafayette, Louisiana)

 

Bronze

 

NEW PACKAGE FOR 2017!!!

SIMPLE PACKAGE - $500 (Standard Definition)

SIMPLE PACKAGE - $600 (High Definition - on BluRay Disc)

PACKAGE CONTENTS: Wedding ceremony and 1.5 hours of the reception

PERFECT FOR THOSE ON A LIMITED BUDGET!!!

ADD ONS AVAILABLE: Bridal Prep ($100/hr) and/or 1 extra hour of coverage at the reception ($200)

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION: This is our new "Simple" package. It is for those on a tight budget. This package still uses all of our high end cameras and recorders but the recording technique is simpler than our packages below. For this package, the ceremony is shot with one camera only and one videographer only. A wireless mic is placed on the groom to pick up the vows clearly. All other sound will be from the microphones on the cameras. How does this differ from our packages below? All of our other pacakges use more thorough techiniques to record the wedding, such as, using 3 to 4 cameras and separate mics on the readers, musicians, and the celebrant. Naturally, this gives a much nicer finished DVD. But these techniques also run up the labor cost when the final footage is edited. This package is intended for the bride who still wants professional coverage but has limited funds to use toward a videographer. We keep our recording techniques simpler, which enables us to lower the cost on this package. We will also record up to an hour and a half of the recepetion (the time starts when I arrive at the reception venue) covering the following events only; the first dance, the father/daughter dance, the mother/son dance, the bridal party dance, the cake cutting/champagne toast and the bouquet/garter toss. NOTE: These events will be recorded only if they occur during the first 1.5 hours of the reception. These are the only events that will be recorded at the reception.

If you are seeking coverage with multiple camera angles and better audio for the ceremony, please choose one of our packages below. But if you just want "simple" coverage so that you can enjoy viewing your wedding whenever you want and still have a cherished keepsake of your big day, then the "Simple" package is what you're looking for!

 

 

 

Bronze

 

BASIC PACKAGE - $400 (Standard Definition)

BASIC PACKAGE - $500 (High Definition - on BluRay Disc)

PACKAGE CONTENTS: Wedding ceremony only

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION: The BASIC PACKAGE consists of recording the wedding ceremony only. No coverage of the reception is included in this package. Your ceremony will be recorded professionally with 2 to 4 cameras, depending on what the church or venue allows. We will also use wireless microphones to pick up the vows, readers and musicians. Sound from the various microphones we will place at the venue will be recorded on a 8 track recording system, independent of the audio recorded by the cameras. The cameras used will be Sony HVR-Z5U and FS100U for standard definition and high definition. Other Sony and Canon cameras may be used in addition to those already listed for the 3rd and 4th camera positions.

 

 

SilverCOMPLETE PACKAGE - $1200 (Standard Definition)

COMPLETE PACKAGE - $1400 (High Definition - on BluRay Disc)

PACKAGE CONTENTS: Pre-wedding music video, wedding ceremony, up to 3 hours coverage of the reception

INTERESTED IN SAVING $200 ON THIS PACKAGE? Click here for details.

 

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION: The COMPLETE PACKAGE consists of recording of the wedding ceremony and the reception. Also included is a pre-wedding music video to set the scene before the wedding. Your ceremony will be recorded professionally with 2 to 4 cameras, depending on what the church or venue allows. We will also use wireless microphones to pick up the vows, readers and musicians. Sound from the various microphones we will place at the venue will be recorded on a 8 track recording system, independent of the audio recorded by the cameras. In addition to the ceremony, I will stay up to 3 hours at the reception. I will capture all the important moments, cutting the cake, the toast, all the 1st dances, the bouquet toss, money dances, the guests dancing, etc. I will also try to capture as many guests as possible on camera so you can see who was there. The cameras used will be Sony HVR-Z5U and FS100U for standard definition and high definition. Other Sony and Canon cameras may be used in addition to those already listed for the 3rd and 4th camera positions.

Add my "extra time option", if more than 3 hours is needed at your reception.

 

INTERESTED IN SAVING $200 ON THIS PACKAGE? Email me, chris@bebevideoproductions.com and ask how!

 

Ultimate

 

ULTIMATE PACKAGE - $2200 (Standard Definition)

ULTIMATE PACKAGE - $2500 (High Definition - on BluRay Disc)

PACKAGE CONTENTS: Rehearsal coverage, rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding music video, wedding ceremony, up to 3 hours coverage of the reception, closing credits video, special music video of the couple

The ULTIMATE PACKAGE consists of recording of the wedding ceremony and the reception. Also included is a pre-wedding music video to set the scene before the wedding. Your ceremony will be recorded professionally with 2 to 4 cameras, depending on what the church or venue allows. We will also use wireless microphones to pick up the vows, readers and musicians. Sound from the various microphones we will place at the venue will be recorded on a 8 track recording system, independent of the audio recorded by the cameras. In addition to the ceremony, I will stay up to 3 hours at the reception. I will capture all the important moments, cutting the cake, the toast, all the 1st dances, the bouquet toss, money dances, the guests dancing, etc. I will also try to capture as many guests as possible on camera so you can see who was there. The cameras used will be Sony HVR-Z5U and FS100U for standard definition and high definition. Other Sony and Canon cameras may be used in addition to those already listed for the 3rd and 4th camera positions.

I will also be at the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner capturing all the excitement of the day before the wedding. I'll record the rehearsal which I usually turn into a music video and I'll get all the fun of the rehearsal dinner, with gift giving and any toasts and other special things that go on that evening. The couple will love seeing their final moments as an engaged couple before the big day.

And if that isn't enough, this package also includes our two most requested options... both the special music video of the couple and the closing credits at the end. Words cannot describe these options properly, it's best to see them for yourself. So please see my samples page to see why the options are so popular.

Add my "extra time option", if more than 3 hours is needed at your reception.

 

FAQ

BéBé Video Productions WEDDING FAQ

Q. What else is included in your wedding packages?
A. All wedding packages include the following:

              • Custom editing of all footage
          • Custom designed DVD cover and artwork
          • Custom designed DVD disc artwork
          • Full menu system with chapter selection on the DVD
          • Up to 5 copies of your DVD, even for my basic package

Q. Do you only work in the Lafayette area?
A. While I do most of my wedding work in the Lafayette area, about 50% is done outside of Lafayette. I can work at any location but extra charges will apply. Weddings within a 25 mile radius of Lafayette will incur no extra charges. So if your wedding is in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Carencro, Youngsville, New Iberia, Crowley, Opelousas, Abbeville, the prices listed in my packages would apply to your wedding. If you're outside of the local area, just contact us for a quote for your location.

Q. In your package descriptions, you mention the model numbers of the cameras you use. Why should I care?
A. Yes, you can record with any camcorder from a local electronics store but those cameras will disappoint when faced with the difficult situations that arise for weddings. The number one problem is the low light levels at receptions. My standard definition cameras can film to 1 lux (that is almost no light at all) and the high definition are rated to 1.5 lux. With a consumer camera, you'll either get a dark grainy image or you'll have to use external lighting. But who wants a light shining in their face? All other inherent problems with weddings require manual adjustment of the camera. Most consumer cameras are totally automated and no adjustments can be made. But with the high quality cameras I use, I can adjust on the fly when the camera chooses to focus on something in the distance instead of on the bride. If a bright window is in the background, a camera that is automated will adjust for the bright window. The problem is that anyone who is in front of or near the window will now be too dark to see. Once again, I am able to adjust as needed to compensate.

Q. You also talk about the separate 8 track recorder. Is that necessary?
A. I find that it is. When you learn the videography trade, one of the first things you're taught is that people will tolerate less than perfect video but they won't tolerate bad sound. If you are at all familiar with Catholic weddings, then you might know that videographers are almost never allowed in the Sanctuary. Some Sanctuaries are extremely large and I can end up being 20-30 feet away from the couple when they are saying their vows. At that distance, it is most likely that the on-board camera microphone will not pick up any usable sound. You'll see the couple saying their vows but you won't be able to hear it.

It is also very important that audio is separated from the camera. I recently met a groomsman who told me that they can not show their wedding video to anyone because of a major mistake made by his videographer. This couple, like most, tend to talk to each other during the ceremony. They're excited and they talked about personal things and about people who were in attendance. The videographer did great by putting a wireless mic on the groom. The problem was that he fed the audio to his camera. Once this was done, there is no way to take out their very private conversation other than to mute all audio at that time. This is why the audio should be kept independent of the camera and all audio tracks separated. Had the videographer done that, he could of just silenced the audio from the groom's mic and still had the other tracks available.

But even then, many professional videographers don't use separate audio recording systems. Why not? It is inconvenient, takes extra time and is another thing that has to be managed in the frantic time before the wedding. So why do I? One reason; I want to produce the best keepsake I can for you! I will not settle for good enough or mediocre if it can be better.

Q. Do I really need more than one video camera at my wedding?
A. Only if you want the finest memories possible. I'll typically have one camera on the bride and one on the groom during vows. During the readings, there'll be one on the reader but others will be following the couple or the people in attendance. Another might be located in the balcony capturing another unique angle. So, no, you don't need more than one camera but you'll want it! I know how much better it is with multiple cameras and it is the only way I film.

Q. Why do I need your services?
A. Because there is nothing like being able to see and hear all those special moments again and again. I know you've heard it before from other couples; their wedding day is a big blur. There is so much planning and attention to details to tend to that when it all finally happens, you hardly remember any of it. After spending all the money and time into making the day perfect. why would you let it all be gone in a few hours? The pictures will be great to look at but they won't show the groom who is unaware that the preacher just asked him for the third time to repeat the vows, turn beet red. With the video, you'll see his embarrassed expression turn to laughter and enjoy hearing the guests laugh along. I recorded grooms choking up as they try to say their vows to their bride and with the second camera, caught the bride tear up too as her groom can barely finish his vows because he is overwhelmed at the happiness of marrying his love. And there will be countless precious and hilarious moments at the reception that would be a shame to lose. And imagine 25 years from now at your big anniversary celebration, having the opportunity to watch when it all started. Your children will probably be in college by then and will probably laugh at how you looked so long ago. Can you imagine not being able to share that with them? Probably about a third of my customers were talked into hiring me by their friends or family. They were going to save money and not hire a videographer. And I understand that...weddings are expensive. But every single one of those people told me afterwards that they were so happy they got a professional videographer. They conveyed to me, that the video was much more important than they ever could have imagined. Remember that almost every decision you make on what to purchase for your wedding will be something that will be for that day only. My job, is to make sure that all the moments and excitement of the day, live on way past your wedding day.

Q. My cousin has a camcorder. Why shouldn't I just use him?
A. If you really can't afford a professional, then by all means, use your cousin. He may not be able to get the image straight, or in focus or exposed correctly or pick up the sound but it'll be better than nothing. And you can't beat free. But the old saying is correct, "You get what you pay for." But that's no guarantee that you'll ever see your video. The easiest part of recording a wedding, is doing the camera work. Even I find that part easy. The hard part is after the wedding when you sit at the computer for a couple of weeks to edit all the footage and make something worth watching. I have been hired before to finish a wedding for brides whose family members recorded it but after three years still hadn't seen her wedding because everything was still on tape .

Q. OK, I'm convinced that I want to use your services. How far in advance should I book?
A. My answer would be, "As soon as possible". Even if we discuss your wedding and you decide you want my services for a certain date, that date won't be guaranteed until I receive the signed agreement and deposit. Some people book their weddings over a year in advance and I have had some book me 5 days before the wedding. I've also had people who tried to book me 10 days before and I was unavailable. Other times, even though it may be months before the wedding, I'll have 4 different people ask for the same date, which happened on April 24, 2010. I could only take one. On April 16, 2011, I turned down 5 weddings. It is disappointing for the clients who want my services and even more so for me. So to avoid disappointment, make sure to book my services as soon as possible. As more brides recommend BéBé Video services to their friends, I have to turn down even more requests each year. In fact, for 2012 I have had to turn down 2 out of 5 couples who wanted to use my services because the dates are already booked.

Q. What is required to book your services?
A. For the "BASIC PACKAGE", you must sign an agreement and pay the total amount of the package as a deposit. For the "SIMPLE", "COMPLETE" and "ULTIMATE" packages, you must put down half of the total cost of your package as a deposit and sign an agreement. This will reserve this date and time for BéBé Video Productions to record your wedding and I will turn down any other requests for that date and time. The remaining balance is due by the day before the wedding.

Q. What is the refund policy for my deposit?
A. The deposit that you give me, reserves that date and time for you. This means that I have to turn down potential customers who would request the same date and time. This deposit is not refundable. The only consideration for a refund would be if you cancel the wedding and then I am able to book the same date/time that you requested. If I can book another wedding in your place, I will glady refund your deposit.

Q. What happens to my deposit if I have to change the date or time of the wedding?
A. If, and only if, my services are available for the new date and/or time, your deposit would then apply to this new wedding date/time. If I am unavailable at your choice of date/time, you will forfeit the deposit.

Q. How long will it take to get my video?
A. I don't guarantee a time for you to get your video but typically, you'll get your video within 2 to 4 weeks after the wedding. I don't like to keep people waiting. I know you'll be anxious to see your DVD and I'll do my best to keep the wait time down. On rare occasions it may take more than 4 weeks but this is not typical. Only once have I taken several months to get a DVD out and that was because my father was in the hospital for 2½ months. If you really want your video back fast, be sure to ask whichever videographer you use what their typical turnaround time is. Many brides in the Lafayette area are told by their videographers that it will take a year or longer to get their video! I also had two other couples tell me that they are still waiting on their videos more than a year after their wedding. And yes, they did use professional videographers. So inquire about the turn-around time if it is important for you to have your video in a reasonable amount of time.

Q. Why do you charge so much for 4 hours of work?
A. If you purchase the "Complete Package", it would seem like it is 4 hours work, about an hour at the ceremony and three hours at the reception. But here is my typical schedule for this wedding package. The night before the wedding, I'll attend the wedding rehearsal if I'm able. This usually last about an hour and with travel to and from, that would be an additional half hour. When I return home, I'll be checking my equipment to make sure everything is ready to go. This involves charging 6-8 camera batteries and another 20 batteries for the wireless mics and 8 track audio recorder. I'll clean all the lenses on the cameras and then get all tripods and mic stands together. It'll take about four loads just to get everything in the car. On the day of the wedding, I'll usually arrive about two hours early. I need at least an hour to set up all the equipment and then time to record what is going on before the wedding (the bride in hiding with her bridesmaids, the groom pacing the floor, the guests arriving, exterior and interior shots, etc.). I'll already have an hour of footage and the ceremony hasn't even started. Then it's time to film the wedding. After the wedding, I'll be rushing to get the equipment picked up and get to the reception location before the couple arrives so that I can capture that. I'll stay the three hours for the reception. After the reception, I'll return home and unload the equipment. Now the real work begins. I download all the footage to my PC and start editing. This can take from one to two weeks depending on the package you have chosen. Everything needs to be reviewed and uninteresting parts removed. Then all the clips are organized for the best viewing. Titles and transitions will be added. The musical segments will get the appropriate song selected and then synchronized to the relevant clips. Next I'll design a DVD menu and chapter system just for your wedding. Next comes the image design for the DVD disc itself and finally the cover design. Copies will be burned and everything assembled. Then I'll call with the great news that your DVDs are ready to be picked up. And all this did take a bit longer than four hours.

Q. OK, I know you're doing a lot of work but does your price represent a good value?
A. I not only think I am an excellent value but my customers tell me I am. After receiving their videos, I am constantly told that my work is worth much more than I charge. There are plenty of people who will record your wedding for less but is that really the best thing for you? Think about it... most brides spend months and months planning this once in a lifetime day. Every decision has to be made, from choosing the right people to be in your wedding party, to invitations, dresses, the venue for the ceremony and reception, transportation, flowers, decorations, food choices and the right professionals. In the end, you've got it just like you want and the big day arrives. Hours later, it's all over; the wedding has happened, tears of joy have been shed along with smiles and laughter of the spectacular day. Everyone has danced and feasted at the fabulous celebration. And when the last of the guests leave, it will be all over. You will be depending on your videographer to capture it all or it really will be "all over". Are you going to trust all this responsibility to the lowest price? Why is the price so low? It takes a huge investment in equipment to get it right. This is professional equipment that is used because of its superior quality. After the ceremony, I'll be spending days doing all the editing to get it just the way it needs to be. Now, I could just go to the local electronics store, buy a $300 camcorder, aim it at the ceremony, shoot the entire reception from beginning to end and then go home and just transfer the whole thing to DVD without any editing. There would be no mutliple camera angles, no color and lighting correction done to enhance the images, no editing to remove the boring things and I could charge much less. But anyone could do that. That's not why you're hiring me, is it? And there's something else to consider. In the Acadiana area, most brides do not hire a videographer. In fact, well over 90% don't. Yet, I am fortunate to be booked most weekends of the year. People like my work and it shows.

Q. I loaned my wedding DVD to Aunt Butterfingers and she accidentally inserted it into her blender instead of the DVD player. And the blender was running at the time. Now all I have is 500 pieces of DVD and I can't play it. I guess it's too bad for me...
A. Just give me a call and I'll make you a new copy for a minimal charge. I keep several backups of all the weddings that I record. I keep a copy of your wedding, just like you received from me. But that's not good enough for me. I also make a "gold" archival copy which should outlast your 75th anniversary. Finally, all projects are stored and preserved on hard drives. So, yes, I can make you another copy if ever you need one.

Q. I don't see my question here. What now?
A. Just call (Chris (337) 224-2004) or email me. Your questions are always welcome and you can call my cell phone anytime. If I don't answer, I'm probably on a job and I don't answer my phone when working. But please leave a message. I'll call as soon as there is a break and I am able. My priority is to the job I'm doing and phone calls come next. Then again, maybe you have called at 4AM and I'm sleeping. I don't usually answer then either ;-) But I'll return your call as soon as I wake up.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Chris Tanner, (email) chris@bebevideoproductions.com or (phone) 337.224.2004