(Closed) Anyone regret not getting professional videography?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Anyone regret not getting professional videography?
    Yes. : (7 votes)
    33 %
    No. : (14 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 3
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    1832 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @Lalk2bee:  I didn’t have one at my wedding on Jan 20 and I do not regret it. For me it was a waste of money to pay for a video I would watch maybe 5 times than it would sit in a drawer for 15 years.

    Post # 4
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    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i wouldn’t say i regret it… but i wish we would have actually looked into it.

    i thought the ‘oh, ill have someone carry around a recorder’ would safice… but it’s pretty hard to watch without getting dizzy haha

     

    if i could go back, that’s probably one of the things i would have liked to consider having

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i wish we’d had one. we got married at city hall and it went by so fast. it would be nice to be able to go back and watch it. we should’ve just had one of our relatives use a photo camera in video mode but oh well.

    Post # 6
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    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I did get a videographer for my wedding and it would’ve been my biggest regret if I passed on it. Like  mishagirls79:  I thought a videographer was a waste of money and that I would only watch my wedding video 5 times max. Luckily my sister changed my mind as I’ve watched my video 15 times already!

    Post # 7
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    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    A slightly different perspective. I didn’t care about having a video, but FI wanted one. One of the big reasons was that his dad passed away unexpectedly 2 weeks after his brother’s wedding. He is really glad he has some footage of his dad, thinks it is nice his brother has some comments of his dad saying how proud he is, etc.

    For that reasonReese are getting a video and asking our videographer not just to focus on making a pretty, self-indulgent video of us, but to focus on capturing the family and friends that won’t be around forever and that we DEFINITELY won’t ever get together in one room again. 

    Photos are awesome, but some things (voice, movement, personal messages) can’t be captured.

    We found someone who is a small business, still somewhat getting started, for $800 and she’ll give us a trailer of highlights, 6 copies of a fully edited DVD, plus all the raw footage on a hard drive we provide.

    Post # 8
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    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We weren’t going to get one and at the last minute decided to. We are SO glad We did. The day goes by so fast that you end up forgetting most of it we haven’t watched our entire video nearly as much as our highlight video http://vimeo.com/45679154  now getting a videographer is my number one piece of advice to brides! You WON’T regret it..and if for whatever reason you do, I think it’s better to regret wasting the money you will eventually make up for than the memories you wished you would have been able to look back on. Good luck in making your decision!

    Post # 9
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    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Didn’t get one. My uncle held a camcorder for ceremony and toasts and first dance and such, and it’s more than good enough. I’m so happy I pocketed the $1,000 (MINIMUM) rather than paying for a pro. Granted I also went over on my photographer, band, dress, and many other things, lol. I’ve watched my amateur non-edited video several times already, it has my uncle’s awesome hilarious commentary, and feels so much more special than something shot by a stranger anyway. Just my personal opinion, don’t regret it at all 🙂 I would have regretted not having ANYTHING, but having a friend/family member hold a camcorder was more than enough for me!

    Post # 10
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    51 posts
    Worker bee

    My daughter did not have one and and sill doesn’t care.  I would have loved to have had a professional videographer at her wedding and would have paid for the raw footage.  I love the video my brother-in-law took of the wedding and watch it and use clips from it in other videos.

    Post # 11
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    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @babecake:@letsgobowlingx:  Agree X10000000

    I DID have a videographer and it was by far the thing I’m most happy about.  We just got our first version/preview the other day and I love love love it so much!  DH and I went through it and mentioned many times “I don’t even remember that! How cool!”  It’s not even that we were drunk, but there is just so much going on, that sometimes you forget some of the sweet little occurances from the day.  I’ve already watched my preview at least 20 times, and once we get the final version, I’m sure I’ll watch it at least once a month. 

    OP, we created a custom package with our videographer and spent $800 for a 15 minute cinematic highlight video that included us saying our vows.  I think you’d be happy even if you just got the highlights, which can be considerably less. At least something to look in to IMHO.

    Post # 12
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    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @letsgobowlingx:  I saw your highlight video in another post and love it!  And your dad is sooo cute!! 🙂

    Post # 14
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    3627 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We didn’t get it and while i regretted it initially, I’m totally okay with it now. Our photographer made a lovely little slideshow set to music with some of the best photos of the day and it was as good as a video and told a story.

    TBH, I thought most of the videos I saw (when I was debating about getting one) were average to mediocre. I think you get what you pay for as some of the pricier vendors had really beautiful, nice videos.

    Post # 15
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    13896 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We did not, but we had his uncle record everything with our camcorder and tripod.  To be honest, I dont even know where the video is now, so I definitely dont regret not hiring pro videography.

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