Post # 1
Hi, FI and I are trying to decided if we should hire a videographer. I’ve heard from some that if you don’t have one you’ll regret it because it’s the only day you’ll get married. And others say that they’d rather not spend their budget on a video.
I’ve received a quote from a girl in South Jersey for about $2400 for the basic package. Anyone else receiving the same quote cost?
Post # 3
My fiance didn’t want to spend the money on one. So I asked a friend who does home videos all the time to just take a video of us. I think he’ll do a great job at capturing the event, esp since he focused more on things like interviews and the guests vs on video taping the formal portraits etc. I would say you should get a professional over a friend if
1) You really want professional quality image and sound
2) You want to have more than one camera for multiple angles or coverage edited together.
I would say you definitely should get some sort of video tape though, because you wouldn’t believe how much of your own wedding you miss. i.e. you’re at the end of the processional for both the ceremony and the reception. People were telling me all these stories about the flower girl, ring bearer, etc but I didn’t actually get to see any of it. I don’t even remember the music as I came in, so it’ll be great to hear the quartet. We did a newlywed game, but I didn’t get to see any of the groom responses. Anyway I can’t wait to see it on the video.
$2400 is about right for someone who is pretty good and experienced, and should be full day coverage and edited DVD, usualy they include the raw footage too if you ask. Sometimes you can get 2 cameras for that price.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
My videog has 20 years experience and we have his gold package — all day coverage with one camera, interviews with bride and groom, slideshow of screen pulls from the footage, childhood pics and honeymoon shots — for under $2,000.
It’s really important to my FI and me to have footage of the stuff pics can’t capture — homily during the mass, speeches, first dance in action, etc.
Post # 5
I think it’s a great idea to hire a videographer. For us, there was no question that we wanted a videographer. Pictures are awesome, I love them, and we hired a great photographer, but there are some things that pictures don’t capture. Pictures only give you a "moment in time" illustration while a video captures EVERYTHING. Also, more than likely you won’t remember anything that happens because of all the emotion running through you! You’ll be glad you got a video to document everything.
With that said, it’s important to find a good videographer and one that will work with you….and one that isn’t tacky. We met with a couple and the samples they showed us were terrifingly awful. One guy wouldn’t even let us pick what music to use in the montages! Anyway, we did find one videographer that was perfect. His info is below. The great thing is that he is super duper affordable (highest package is $1500) and has a lot of cool extras: he shoots in HD (!!!), let’s you choose music, style of editing, put things into iPod compatible formats (ie: video), etc. Here’s a link to his pricing and what his packages include: http://www.kennethstillmanvideo.com/weddings.html
He also has TONS of examples of his work (in full length!) that you can view right on the website.
Post # 6
I originally didn’t want one, thought it was a waste of money. Then my friends got their’s back. And I had to have it! I realized that I would want to someday look back on everything. What I learned on our wedding day was thank god we had one!!! It was such a whirlwind, I don’t even remember the ceremony, we were all crying, and I am so glad I get so see it all from our guests point of view. Not only that, but there were so many moments that were missed on camera, and now waiting for our video even my mother (who kept trying to convince me to cancel the videographer to save money)keeps saying she can’t wait to see it, and she’s happy I didn’t listen to her. As for price, it depends. they can run probably around $1k to $3k. Ours has been Best of Boston for the last couple years at least, and they are $2300. Make sure the sample work is good!
Post # 7
Thanks so much for the advice. I had looked at http://www.tfarrowfilms.com, but adela, once I hopped onto Kenneth Stilman’s site, I was in tears. Thanks I think he’s wonderful and very reasonable!
I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend. It’s rainy here in Ft. Lauderdale and FI is traveling on business til Monday. Boo.
Post # 8
We’ve decided to spend the money on purchasing a video camera and having a friend film the wedding. Then we have a camera for our honeymoon. I talked to several friends that are married, and basically you watch the video once and then it goes in storage. My moh got hers out for the first time in four years so I could watch it to get wedding ideas.
Post # 9
I’m from the SF Bay Area Board in California but I wanted to pounce here to the Philly board because I almost hired a videographer out of the area when my original videographer choice was unavailable.
I have heard the regret of not having video so many times. Anyway, we will have one.
I wanted to share a good videographer in your area for all of you ladies. Glenn Elliott Videography (www.glennelliottvideo.com)
Post # 10
I was the same way when I first started looking at his stuff! Let me know if you decide to meet with him!
Post # 11
I am, and after I hired him I had to call to cancel him because we just coulnd’t afford it. When I told him we woulnd’t be needing him, he said everyone deserves this service on their wedding day, knocked $500 off the price and shortened his day by like 2 hours only.
I wasn’t looking for a discount, but I have to say I was really excited to hear that he loved what he did so much it wasn’t really about the money, but about the memory. Thats what I want in a wedding vendor.
Mr S and I are glad too – because we would be really upset if we didn’t have that to look back on. I know I’ve heard the day is such a blur you should get one.
PS – VIdeographers are like photog’s, they have up and coming people trying to build protfolios – they won’t charge as much and ususally work 10 times harder!!! Check for newbies.
Post # 12
ahh but how do you find the newbie??
Post # 13
Photography has been a very important aspect of my life and so I willing to sink all the dough into the photography and boycott the professional videographer. We are having a couple friends video the wedding and reception for us so that we have those special moments on tape without spending an additional fortune!
Post # 14
definitely worth it.
photos are great, but it’s apples and oranges….. photo’s don’t capture sound or your grandma deciding to bust a move on the dance floor.
I always find it funny that people are ready to throw down major cash for flowers, monogrammed napkins and food…..stuff that is thrown away THE NEXT DAY (or crapped out in the mornin) but when it comes to documenting the event, many want a $999 product! Photos and video are the ONLY thing that last unless you’re flowers are felt!
The comment that your friends never watch it, I guarantee it’s because it’s an el cheapo special. Just like with everything in this industry, you get what you pay for.
If you don’t have the budget, then hire a professional to just shoot the wedding and on your 5yr anniversary, hire the company to edit the footage, but the most important thing is to have it PROFESSIONALLY SHOT. Invest in the editing later….maybe as a surprise gift?
I highly warn against giving your "friends" the task of capturing your wedding even if you stress that it’s ‘casual’. Unless they are starting their own company and using your wedding to build their reel….. you could be very dissappointed. And let me just say that nothing strains a friendship faster than finding out that your ‘buddy’ forgot to hit the record button while you were walking down the aisle because he was tossing back a heiniken or just plain forgot. I went to film school and yet I would never have a film buddy shoot my wedding, leave it to the professionals.
and by professionals I mean those that SPECIALIZE in weddings.
Post # 15
Hey, I would check out DreamscapeFilms.net.