Post # 1
Thanks in advance for the help.
We have found a photographer that we really love and are trying to decide on packages. Simultaneously to this my Fiance has decided that he does not want a videographer because he hates how they get in the way/are always underfoot and use continuous lighting (our reception hall is very dark and will be lit primarily by candles so that really wont help). He feels really strongly that we should not have a videographer. So instead we are thinking we would go with the photography package where our main photographer would take black and white film shots and one of the other photographers/his partner from the company would take digital color photos – both for a full 10 hours.
So – what do you think? Are we making a mistake by not having a videographer? (BTW my fiance also hates the idea of a guest/family member using a camcorder). Or will the 2 photographers be the way to go?
Post # 3
We’ll only be having a videographer for the wedding-& that’s going to be the FI’s younger cousin. We won’t be having anyone video for the reception- we personally don’t really see a point when there’s photos-the photographer will be doing that at the reception too. I mean, maybe for the speeches, but you can always just have them taped-not the whole reception.
That’s just what we’re doing 🙂 Good Luck!
Post # 4
We are not having a videographer either. Mostly because I know I’ll never sit down and watch it, nor will anyone else I know. I’m going to spread the word to my friends and family to take videos with their digis of whatever they find fun and exciting and send them to me. I won’t know what to expect and this will be fun for myself and the future hubs to see. I doubt I’ll do anything with them, so that’s why it really isn’t important to me. Pictures have always sufficed in the past for all of my important events!
Post # 5
That’s a decision only you can make in the end. Everyone has different priorities. But the most frequent regret that I’ve read about that brides talk about that they wish they could do over was hiring a videographer. I completely agree with your fiance about not wanting any of your guests to do that job since it takes away from them being able to enjoy themselves as a guest. If you wanted one, maybe check into a local community/technical college’s art dept and see if they have anyone available who is willing and able to do that and would like to expand their portfolio in exchange. In that case, since it’s a student, you won’t be paying the same amount as what the big companies charge obviously.
Post # 6
We had a videographer. She didn’t use bright lights and we barely noticed her. Our pictures are lovely, but there’s just something very different about being able to see us moving and laughing on our wedding day. We had a lot of awesome spontaneous moments at the reception… I mean, yeah, photos of someone randomly doing a backflip off the wall are great, but getting the video was even better haha!
Post # 7
Well actually, the money isn’t necessarily a problem… we are really under budget so we could pay for a professional. It’s just that my FH thinks it will be more of a nuisance than a positive thing.
Post # 8
We were also against a videographer at first, then reconsidered once I realized that my grandmother won’t be able to travel to our wedding. We found someone who completely changed my tune and made me think, “WE HAVE TO HAVE THIS!!!!” My point is this: videos don’t have to be of the wobbly-homemade-variety. They could be an important part of and wonderful way to remember such an important day that will likely fly by with so little remembered.
Check out these reels (Martin & Emma is in English – Nick & Unita is partly in English): http://www.mandelbrot.co.za/showreel.html
Post # 9
Another thing I’ve heard that they are great for is that if you have any older relatives in attendance, they are able to be captured on film as a lasting memory after they pass on. Million also makes a great point about being able to show it to anyone who isn’t able to attend.
Again, it boils down to personal preference. Some people want them and others don’t. Neither is right or wrong.
Post # 10
At the beginning I was totally against having a videographer because most of the ones I was familiar with were way too cheesy for my liking. One weekend FI and I went through a bunch of his old family home videos and stumbled upon their folks’ wedding. Yep, that changed my mind. There is something unique about having the chance to see it all in a few years.
If it’s something you really want, my suggestion would be to do some research online and find a really great professional videographer. Better yet, look for a wedding cinematographer because they have a style unlike anything I’ve seen before.
Post # 11
Exactly what catlady said — Click on the link I posted above and you’ll see showreels that will blow you away. This is what we’re having done. It’s a fully-edited film — they not only shoot the wedding day, but also interview you the day before and get the story of how you met, the proposal, etc. and weave it into a storyline that culminates with your wedding day. I can’t wait to get ours!
Post # 12
Oh my goodness!! I HAVE to chime in on this one! I didn’t want a videographer at all. I just wanted a super good photographer and I would be completely content with just photos from the day. We booked our amazing photographer and then as the day drew closer my husband kept bringing up having a video. All his family live in another country so it makes sense to have a video so they can see a bit of the wedding. We didn’t have a lot of money for it but told him it was fine by me if he could find someone. it was THE BEST choice we could have ever made. We put an add on Craigslist and found a guy to do a documentary style wedding for $450 bucks and it’s AMAZING! We’ve watched it at least 15 times in the last week. It’s only a 7 minute recap of the whole day but wow.. It makes me cry every time. It’s totally changed my thinking about boring videos. If you do decide to go with someone I would recommend someone who does documentary style. Oh and we didn’t even know the guy was there. He didn’t have his camera in our face and didn’t use any lighting. Anyway.. Just my 2 cents 😉
Post # 13
a lot of my friends who are also planning weddings dont want one for the same reason. i really want a video to watch with our future kids on our anniversaries…and also i have a great memory of watching my aunts wedding video with our whole family the night of my grandpas funeral. it was so amazing to see him so full of life and happy in the video as he gave away his only daugher on the day we buried him. my MOH got married outside of chicago and i didnt even know her videographer was there!
Post # 14
What’s wrong with having someone use a camcorder? We had that and i am just blown away by how awesome it is. It’s not fancy with music and stuff, but it’s perfect for us. we’ll probably only watch it ocassionally anyways. It’s over 30 minutes long! The guy who took it for us is one of my bridesmaids’ fiances. He didn’t know anyone at our wedding besides her, and she was extra busy all day, so he was perfectly content to play with his new technie toy =]
2 photogs is the way to go though.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I didn’t think I wanted a videographer at first because I thought I would *never* sit down and watch it again and it is just torture to make anyone else watch it! I remember at my Bat Mitzvah 15 years ago we had a video, and my mom watched it OVER AND OVER and over again, and made me watch it every time, and every relative who ever visited after that, for months. I hated it! It was so painful to sit through!
But a few weeks ago she brought it over and I watched it again for the first time in at least 13 years, and suddenly I was really glad I had it. It seems morbid to say, but my cousin, who was my age and who I was very close to, passed away about six years ago, and it seemed really important that we had this big event recorded, with her wishing me well and dancing with all of our friends. It’s nice to have these memories recorded, and you never know when you’ll wish you had it.
That said, if you don’t want to pay for a videographer, I think I would at least ask a friend to use a camcorder for parts of it. What is wrong with that?
Post # 16
I was in the ‘we don’t need any video’ camp, but at the last minute a friend’s brother, who is a pro, offered to do it for almost no money. So we figured why not. Honestly? I love the video. Adore it. There are so many things I would have forgotten without it. Little moments. The look on my husband’s face. I love our pictures as well, but honestly the video is the thing I cherish the most. I would at the very least have someone grab a camcorder.
That said, you don’t NEED anything. If you don’t think the video is something you will watch or care about, and your husband feels strongly, than skip it.