Did you have a videographer at your wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wanted exactly what you want: Just a video to show me the whole ceremony and the important aspects of the reception. I ended up using the same guy who did my sister’s wedding, so I got a decent deal. I’ll be honest: The video quality and editing are are not amazing, but they’re good enough for me. There are some companies that will charge you thousands to give you a 10- or 20-minute highlight video that’s beautifully edited. I have nothing against that — it’s right for some people, but not right for me. I really wanted to be able to watch everything. I’m so happy that we went this route. We have two hours of footage — the entire ceremony (I think it was about 30 minutes?), some footage of the cocktail hour that we didn’t make it to because we were taking pictures, and a good portion of the reception, including some hilarious dance battles. I wouldn’t have had it any other way 🙂

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  CurlyTop24.
Post # 3
57 posts
Worker bee

We had a videographer and I am SO happy we did. Our highlights video is a great way to share the wedding with colleagues and family overseas who couldn’t make it for the wedding AND having our vows and all speeches on video forever is the best so we never forget the important moments of our big day. 

We had originally thought that a videographer was overkill but too many of our married friends told us they looked at and shared their video way more than photos, so we were sold 🙂

I have a friend who couldn’t find room in her budget for a videographer. She hired someone to shoot the footage and then took it to a film school and had a student edit it for very cheap- and it loois great! Plus she has the raw footage and could have had someone else edit it if she wasn’t happy. 

My advice is to go for it if you can!

Post # 4
11 posts

We did not have a professional videographer and had a friend do it. We completely regret that decision because he just filmed from the audience, meaning we just see our backs during the whole ceremony. A pro would know where to go and film good angles and closeups. A pro would edit the video for you and get comments from your guests too. Yeah that’s one cost I wish we didn’t skimp out on!!

Post # 5
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

we didn’t have a videographer, and I don’t regret it at all.  we barely look at our photo album as it is, so I doubt we ever would have watched the video.  Several friends who had videographers also told us it was a waste of money and that they never actually went back to watch the video.

Post # 6
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wanted to be able to go back and watch the important parts of the wedding, but I didn’t really need it to be fancy or expensive. So I asked my cousin, who has a digital camcorder, to film the ceremony and important parts of the reception. It worked great! It’s nothing fancy, but I can’t imagine that anyone other than myself and maybe our parents/grandparents would ever want to watch it, so the non-pro option worked  great for us!

Post # 7
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

SunshineSmiles:  My parents got married 26 years ago and we still watch the video as a family about once a year. It is priceless to them. I don’t think I have ever seen their album, I don’t know where it is. The video was starting to wear and not work so FI and I put it onto a DVD for them so they’ll have it forever. (we used to work at tv studio at our college- very handy!) 

You can always try booking a film student at a local college to do it. I bet they’d be thrilled to have some grocery money doing something they love. Most of them have other works you can view, even if it isn’t from a wedding, that will help you see how they work. 

If you don’t hire someone, at least ask a few friends to film it on their phones or something. Having something is way better than nothing, and if people already have iPhones that’s basically free! Just make sure they have enough space on their phones to capture what you want. 

There are also great middle of the road priced videographers who will give you a great video, maybe not quite as flashy but edited well so you can enjoy it and relive your day. 

Post # 8
3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had a videographer and I am so glad that we did. We love our video, and it really captured the emotion of the day more than the photos do. Our plan is to watch it each anniversary with a bottle of wine. 🙂 I also love that now we have footage of parents and grandparents to keep forever 

Post # 9
1824 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

If you don’t care about quality just have someone set up a video camera on a tripod and leave it in the corner. My sister in law did that and although the quality is terrible she seems satisfied.

Having the music and voices and movement recorded is totally different to none at all. At the very least do that.

Post # 10
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We didn’t have a videographer. I don’t really regret it, though it would have been a nice thing to have.

Ultimately I wasn’t willing to spend the money on it. A good video costs a lot of money. I suppose I could have sought out a student, and I would have been happy with that. I also could have asked someone to film the ceremony, and again I would have been happy with that. I didn’t need something fancy.

I also don’t think I would have watched it a ton. Maybe once a year for the first couple years, then just at random every few years? Again, nice to have (especially since you don’t get to see the processional and it really is a blur), but not worth the money if I’m not using it much!

Post # 11
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I had similar opinions as you, and I wasn’t going to shell out 2k+ for a simple video of the ceremony. We are going to use the video camera at the church to record it.  I would consider buying a HD video camera and a tripod and asking a friend to record it.  They are only a few hundred bucks, and then you get to keep the camera to use for other things.  I own an HD video camera and made videos all the time.  The quality turns out great, and it is very simple to upload online or onto a dvd.  Sure they have no fancy angles and the screen shot stays the same, but I’m really ok with that.

And as a side note, all of our parent’s wedding videos, while a great memory, were shot on cameras with lower specs that most cell phone cameras today.  I’d probably try to do a little nicer than a cell phone video for the ceremony (though that would still be better than nothing).  I’ve heard there is an app that lets guests take videos on their cell phones and it automatically sends it to you.  While it would be distruptive during the ceremony, it could be fun during the reception. At least it seems like a recipe for some laughs and good times.   

Post # 12
20 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had a videographer. At first we were both against the idea but as my husband’s extented family were overseas his parents wanted us to get a videographer. We thought about the DIY option as we DIY’d lots of stuff for the wedding but didn’t want our friends to be so busy videoing that they missed out on the wedding.

We are so pleased that we did. We found a guy who was trying to get his professional business off the ground, so got an unbeliveable deal. He was on his own and really down to earth, it felt more like having a second photographer. He blended into the background and we are thrilled with the result. We got a copy of all of the speeches in full and the highlights video. Would definietly recommend!


Post # 13
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Villa Celeste

I personally am not having a videographer, just my SIL who is a photographer. I just don’t feel the desire or want to have a video of our wedding. I really don’t see myself having any desire to watch that, and my fiance flat out told me he doesn’t care whatsoever about doing that. So we pretty much made up our mind on the issue.

I think if you want one, then go for it! If it’s something you think you’ll regret not having later, you might as well. It really comes down to what you and your fiance are feeling.

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