How long should it typically take for a videographer to return the final product?

My sister got married two years ago, and it took almost 6 months for her videographer to return the video of her wedding. I want a videographer at my wedding, but I'm scared it'll take the same amount of time to come back. Is 6 months normal to wait for your wedding video?

Louisa P

Question Asked: 24/04/2017 Wedding Date: 4/04/2018

Most Helpful Response

Hi Louisa,

6 months is a long time to wait and it will depend on the company you choose, what you agree to in the contract (and you should demand a contract!) and your expectations on the quality. At Wedding Movies you receive a short teaser within days of your wedding as we want you to have something immediate to share with your friends and family. Then once you have selected your music for your Full Length and Highlights version we take between 1 to 3 months to supply you an approval edit to review and sign off. It's important to note that we offer you a boutique service and all our edits are reviewed as part of our commitment to quality control and excellence prior to sending this to you for your comment and feedback. For an amazing result it's important to not rush the creative process and should you be working with an accredited Wedding Video company they should also keep you in a high level of communication before, during and after the wedding and have detailed documentation detailing the process.

Also I note that you are getting married in April 2018, so you should expect a faster turnaround as you are not getting married in the Christmas/New Year period which often has slightly longer turnaround times.

Kind Regards,

Ben Whimpey


NSW, Australia, Destination Weddings

(2) Posted: 25/10/2018

Usually its about 2 weeks. 

(2) Posted: 10/10/2018

It will vary from videographer to videographer. The most important thing is to get a solid commitment on the timeframe from them before you go ahead with them. We aim to have all videos back to you within two weeks of the wedding date.

Dreamscape Weddings

Mornington-Peninsula, Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Surf Coast

(10) Posted: 18/09/2017

That seems like an unusually lenghty amount of time. In the relm on 3-6 weeks would be the usual turnaround. It can also depend on the length of time that the wedding was filmed and if there was more than one camera being used.

If it was for 12+ hours, there can a lot of footage to go through and if you edit between two cameras, it can also take a bit longer. 



Studio Amori

Melbourne & Surrounds including Mornington and Yarra Valley

(4) Posted: 8/09/2017

We feel that a couple is entitled to their video (and their prints, let's not exclude the Photographers!) as soon as they return from their honeymoon!  That's, of course, a different amount of time for every couple, but whether it's two weeks or a month before they're back we feel that amount of time is perfectly reasonable.

Here at Studio Amori we see our edit usually finished within ten working days from the end of the Wedding, and we're super proud of our ability to meet those expectations nearly every time - but we'd be lying if we didn't occasionally encounter delays!  Our most common delay is waiting for our Printer to deliver the Premium DVD Cases that we offer- but the key here is communication.  We report updates to our couples whenever there are updates to report and we think anything less than that is poor practice!


Mornington Peninsula and surrounds

(4) Posted: 18/08/2017

I recommend giving the Videographer 1 to 2 months for editing. This way you will get the best out of your editing. I always give a wedding trailer 48 hours after the wedding so the couple can share it with there family and friends while waiting for the main edit to be done.

Adrian Eppel Films

Melbourne and Surrounds

(0) Posted: 9/05/2017

It shouldn't take longer than 6 weeks for a first look and 2 weeks after that for delivery of the final product.



Parallax Media

Melbourne + Surrounding Areas

(2) Posted: 28/04/2017

6 months is not normal at all. It should be in their terms and agreement on how long the video will take to be finished

At Parallax.Media its a turn around time of 4-8 weeks and that is above average on other Wedding Videography companies. The average is 8-12 weeks.

(7) Posted: 28/04/2017

Hi Louisa, Every videographer is different and the time to get your wedding video can depend on how busy they are. I know some that take over a year. Discuss it with your videographer prior to booking, so you know and ask for it to be included in your contract. Our contract states you will have your video within 8 weeks of your wedding, usually it is about 6 weeks. Based on chats with other videographers in forums 3 months seems fairly typical.


Sydney & Surrounding areas

(0) Posted: 26/04/2017

Hi Louisa,

I do believe that 6 months is definitely too long, even during a busy period.

I know that our editing process takes no longer than 4 weeks maximum, even when using our specialised 360 degree cameras for our virtual reality filming.

Hope this gives you a clearer insight and helps in making your decision for your special day.


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