Post # 1
Hi bees! Like many brides, I’ve been back and forth about videography because when done right, its an amazing keepsake, but its also a major chunk of money when you have a limited budget, and for me was the first thing to go when tough choices arose…
But I still want one!
Anyone know of any budget friendly options in the North NJ/Rockland County area? I’d like to keep the cost around $500 (which I realize is totally unrealistic but I’m going to try anyhow)! Also, I am totally ok with the person being new to the field, or using my wedding as a demo, etc, doing less than a full day, etc., in order to keep costs down.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Have you checked out Craigslist yet? Or looked into the film programs at any area schools to see if a student might be interested in assisting for nominal compensation?
Post # 4
Put an ad on Craigslist. I don’t know if you’ll find someone for $500, but you’ll definetly be able to think outside the box with them, AND a lot of film-makers / video folks comb CL for gigs.
Post # 5
I should have mentioned that I’ve tried CL… twice with no responses whatsoever! But its a good idea to keep trying, I will do that! And thanks for the film school idea too- definitely seems like there must be something out there!
Post # 6
we’re going to buy a videocamera (probably about $500) and then ask one of my little brother’s friends who is very social to film the ceremony and then film the reception/interview guests/catch key moments. he’s excited to be a part of the day since our guest count meant we probably wouldnt have been able to invite him at all, so it’s a win-win.
it definitely won’t be professional, but at least we’ll have it on tape for posterity and we’ll have a video camera afterwards! score!
Post # 7
Really? Did you put your budget out there? I put a CL ad up a few weeks ago (I was very much on the fence about videography), and got a lot of responses, and I’m in the same area as you (Northern NJ, getting married in Westchester County NY). Perhaps not including your budget ($500 is very little, considering editing time), or perhaps just putting it out there to see what kind of responses you get?
Post # 8
We used Videoccasions (http://www.videoccasions.com/weddings.php). They serve NY & NJ. The videographer was excellent and we barely noticed him on wedding day. The video was great, capturing the entire day. On there site they claim “All packages may be customized to fit any budget. Other Options are available.” You should give them a call and hopefully they will help you out!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venetian
maybe you can buy a low cost video camera or one of those portable video recorders (you should be able to get one for around 100 dollars) and attach a note on it that tells guests to videotape for a few minutes and pass it on to the next guest? by the time you get your camera back at the end of the night, i’m sure you’ll have a great time watching your wedding in the perspective of guests?
Post # 10
You might consider just getting Raw footage rather then a edited video so that you at least have a video. You can always get it edited afterwards. I don’t know what the cost was but my videographer offers it. I remember seeing it and saying wow that’s cheap.
I did a search but they don’t have the raw footage pricing online. I did find this blog post they did on it http://colorblindproductions.blogspot.com/2009/03/thrifty-tuesday-saving-money-on-your.html