Post # 1
So I’m going over the budget, trying to add in the little things: shoes, undergarments, jewels, groomsmen gifts…and so forth and I’m realizing that though the numbers I’m inputing are not exactly accurate, just what I would allow myself to spend – we’re racking up dough here!! (I’m using 2 budget trackers, muse and one on my wedding web site – just to be safe I doubled up)
We’ve been blessed to have parents pay for the reception almost in it’s entirety, leaving us with everything else, and yet I’m feeling a bit distressed by the ever emptying bank account.
I’m begining to feel like canceling our videographer (we’d lose the $250. deposit) and saving that $1000 – having that "cushion" of cash left over for things we may be missing is more important then a professional at the wedding with a video camera.
I’m quite happy with two "techie" cousins running 2 cameras and possibly editing it up later on – but even if that didn’t happen I woulnd’t be destroyed. We’d have it on tape, and that’s all that would matter.
What’s everyones thoughtson this??
Post # 3
My FI’s son (17) and his friends do their own movies with a $350 digital video camera and edit them on the computer, and they look pretty professional, with sound and and music. So I know you can get a nice product with just a bunch of techie teenagers.
We are not actually having a videographer, just photography. My FI is already looking at custom matting and framing for all the various photos he is anticipating – I have a huge open staircase, and we plan to have family photos all the way up the wall on the stairs. We never really thought we would sit around and watch a wedding video much, so decided that for us the money would be better spent on something else. I suppose it depends on how important the video is to you – if it is something that you will really value, you should spend the money.
Also, I should say, that my BIL has gone totally video happy my new niece, and so (although we loooooove her much and agree that she is the cutest, bestest baby ever) we have our own opinion about how much OTHER people want to watch your videos – not nearly as much as you do!!
Post # 4
We’re not having a videographer either. If you still want a video and are ok with your cousins running the camera then I say go for it. You can also check with your videographer to see if you can get your deposit back if you find someone else that needs a videographer for that same date and get them to put down a deposit. Then post on craigslist to see if someone can help you out. I know its a long shot but its worth a try. Hang in there. I am on a budget too and every little bit counts. Just have to save where you can and spend on things that are important to you. Best of luck!
Post # 5
Losing a deposit always makes the decision harder. What if you went back to the videographer and asked to reduce the number of hours he/she works at your wedding. Or maybe he/she can do the editing work on your family-filmed videos (not sure if that’s something videographers go for, but I doesn’t hurt to ask).
Post # 6
Personally, if you could stretch the budget a smidgen and you wanted video, I would rather have family enjoy the wedding as a guest rather than having to work. If it didn’t turn out like I wanted, I would feel disappointed and may regret not having hired a videographer.
Post # 7
What if, like someone suggested, you could reduce the number of hours for the videographer? Maybe he or she could just do the ceremony.
I am not having a videographer either – we just want the pictures!
Post # 8
He only works those hours, it’s pretty much all day – one price. The cheaper package just gives you a smaller outcome – the disc is raw footage(only edits are transitions) No highlights real, nothing set to music – So if I wanted to bring him donw in price I’d be giving up the actual video in the end that we wanted.
Post # 9
I’m a wedding photographer and from what people have told me, most wedding videos almost never get watched unless the couple split or one partner leaves the world. So, because of this- I would cut the professional video and won’t be having it for my own wedding.
However, there are exceptions to every rule. If you really think it’s something you’ll want to take out and watch often or make copies and send to people or something like that – then I might not cut the pro videographer.
Post # 10
Holy buckets Sweeney – I saw two of your posts in a row and my heart started pounding for you…
"Cancel to save money?"
"Best online place to sell dress?"
I had to read your original postings twice to make sure that you weren’t cancelling the whole wedding!!!
Post # 11
Okay girl, you asked opinion… and you know me.
Cancel the videographer. Have your cousins run the video cameras. This is a $250 lesson learned- budget in for overages… I did the same thing by firing my planner… yes I lost the deposit, but I saved over 1k to use where I really needed it, like flowers, favors and random crap that I didn’t realize I needed (corset anyone?!?!)… A videographer is a want, not a need. Give up the extravagances and keep it simple! You get where I’m going with this… Budget=#1, so STAY in budget. NO MATTER WHAT. Lose the videographer- trust me, you won’t even watch the wedding video except like once or twice.