Post # 1
My wedding is in May 2015 and I’m having trouble deciding what to do about a videographer. Photos are much more important to us than video, but I still would like to have something to watch later. We spent our max budget on our photographer, so we really don’t have much room for an expensive videographer (and it seems like that’s the only kind there is). I also feel really awkward and uncomfortable when I know I’m being filmed, and that’s the last thing I want on my wedding day.
Does anyone have any experience with videographers who offered extremely basic packages? Like just a video of the ceremony, plus the toasts and first dances? I don’t need or want any fancy editing or behind-the-scenes footage. If so, how did you find them? Would I be better off hiring an acquaintance to film only the things I want? I’d like to stay under $400 at the very most, and I wonder if at that price an acquaintance would do just as well as a professional.
Post # 2
We slashed video from the budget – as first. We hired a top notch photog and out budget balloned until suddenly we wished we had video to capture all the emotions of the day. So we started looking at that point. What you end up with will depend on your priorities of the video. One of ours was good quality audio on the video from the ceremony and speeches.
First of all, videographers are expensive for a reason. Editing video is more time intensive than photos. And that is true even without all the fancy edits. The problem with just ceremony, toasts and dances is they are still around all day so you’re still paying them for the day. You can tell them to turn off cameras but that will save only on the editing costs. They won’t leave and come back.
When we started looking 4 months out from the wedding we found a bunch of flakes that kept driffing off into neverland on us. Lots of ppl that were booked. Hugely expensive alternatives. 1 company that was probably scam artists we luckily got creeped out over and ran away.
We looked at students of a film school i’m connected to – most students weren’t interested and I was told by thier instructor that my goals of the video are not reasonable at thier level (wanting good audio of the ceremony and toasts). We looked at giving out rented video cameras to guests with like http://www.wedflik.com/ or something. We thought about getting a bunch of gopros stashed in the room to backup the guests capture. We thought about getting pro recording through the PA and put lay over an audio track on the video because the audio on gopros and wedfliks was weak. All these options would still not give us good crisp audio as we desired and we were advised to stay pro unless we wanted to compromise the chance of not hearing anything.
Ultimately we found a wedding videographer that would work hourly and hand over raw video without ANY editing. This would allow us to edit it ourselves if we choose to take it on (I’ve dabbled and my fi is a photographer so it might be a learning curve but something we could figure out) or we could pay for an editing package from the same people anytime in the next 3 years which gives us some time to see if we wanted the editing and earn more money ect. So we have 8 hours with one camera person for $600. We also tried to look into freelance cameramen for the same deal which would go at the union rate. Most weren’t willing to do weddings. We found a couple that could but were on projects during our wedding. $600 was the best we could do while still getting good audio which we deemed as highly important.
I’m not sure how happy I’ll be as we’re still 3 weeks out but those are some thoughts to consider.
Post # 3
alexsquared: We are struggling with this too! My parents were offered to have video gifted for their wedding but said “we don’t even have a vcr why would we want video!” My mom said that’s her biggest regret from her wedding day! Because of that she told my FI and I that we have to have video and that even with paying for the wedding they would find a way to include video.
The reason we don’t want video is that our venue and the chaple we are getting married in is small. It may even be a tight squeeze already with our guest count! So throw in two photographers and a then a videograhper to battle with limited space already; photos are more important to us. We have also looked into WeddingMix but my FI said he’d rather just buy some flip cams ourselves… so who knows!
Post # 4
This was a tough area for us, too. We didn’t feel like we wanted to spend thousands or need sweeping panoramic shots, but we do want to be able to watch the ceremony back.
We found a videographer that is super basic. He films and gives us the raw footage. FI went to film school for editing so this works fine for us.
Consider hiring a college student from a local film school. They have access to top of the line equipment but won’t charge too much.
Post # 5
Thanks for the ideas! We aren’t having a super formal/traditional wedding anyway, so I might look into WeddingMix or handing out some cameras to guests, although it doesn’t really take care of me feeling awkward in front of the camera.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Yeah, I honestly don’t think you’re going to get anything professional for $400. I got a very basic package (the most basic they would do), which included a short cut that was like a 2.5 minute trailer/recap of the event and then a long cut of the entire ceremony + toasts. It cost a little over $4000.
Post # 7
Just my personal opinion, a videographer is worth it. You can show that video to your kids, grandkids, etc. and videos simply capture things that photos (even amazing ones) cannot. I would research videographers by looking at their past wedding videos and styles and see what suits you. Again, just from me, I would say it would be worth it to cut a few things here and there to hire a true professional. The extra flowers you won’t remember 20 years from now but you will always have a video!
Post # 8
I was convinced on video from the beginning, but my now husband was not until he watched my grandparents wedding video with me! It is incredible to see them so young and in their youth! We were also able to see my great grandparents who I have never met! It was important to me to have these memories! Also, now that it is all over, it went by so fast and I cannot wait to watch it all over again and relive it!! Maybe notice something I didn’t before and rehear our vows. It was such a whirlwind!