Post # 1
I am researching videographers and I am getting so overwhelmed with all the options!
Did you have one at your wedding? How long did they shoot – was it just the ceremony or the reception too? How much did you pay? (What is a good price?)
Do you think having a videographer was worth it? Would you change anything if you could?
Feel free to contribute any other tidbits you have about videography!
Post # 3
@taylorkirby: I had one. They shot from 2-8 I think. Paid $1200 (tax in) for 2 videographers, they also did special video shoot for bridal party during the photo session.
I think it was worth it, actually maybe I would of had them stay a little longer to capture more of the party, would have made good images.
I found mine on online classifides….maybe you can look there (like craigslist)
Post # 4
@taylorkirby: I have watched the video maybe 3 times since I got married. Once to check it out and the other two times to show are grandparents who are in assisted living centres. We didn’t pay for it as the chapel added it after they had a few stuff ups with our booking but I still think it was a waste of money.
Post # 5
I did only because it was included in my wedding package (DW in Mexico). It wasn’t something I really cared about, but they did a very nice job and captured the whole ceremony. It’s nice to have.
My prefernce was to spend a lot on photography and keep it simple for video.
Post # 6
@cbgg: See, that is exactly what I want to do! FI is clueless about photography though. He practically gagged when I told him I wanted to spend over $1,000 on photography (I would prefer in the $2,000 range). He doesn’t think we need nice pictures! Gah! I want to bash him in the head sometimes.
Like, for videography I was thinking just a simple video of the entire ceremony. I don’t need a video of us getting ready or the entire party. Just the ceremony. The only videographers I have seen have been over $1000. I feel like I could give my FMIL a Canon and say “Here, film it” and I would be okay with that. Kind of…*sigh*
Post # 7
@KingsDaughter: We have a friend who has filmed random things before and is in a filmography class currently. We’ve discussed having him just film the ceremony but I honestly don’t know how much I value having the ceremony filmed. Will I regret it 10 years later not being able to watch my ceremony again? I feel like I want it filmed I just don’t want to spend that much money on it, you know? We are paying for the majority of the wedding ourselves and adding another $1000 to our bill would be hard.
Craigslist is a good idea though, I will definitely check that out – thank you!!
Post # 8
@j_jaye: So if you had a choice and it wasn’t included, you wouldn’t have paid for it? You don’t think it was worth it?
Post # 9
@taylorkirby: I would honestly not have paid the money for it. It was worth $800 and I would have chosen to either save the money or spend it on another area of the wedding such as food or drinks.
As I have said I have watched it 3 times. Even when we screened it for our grandparents by about half way through the other relatives there were talking, nodding off (my uncle lol) and wandering out of the room. I think wedding videos are firmly in the camp of no one cares about it but you.
If you think you wil be the kind of person that will pull it out all the time and look at it on your own (I hope you wouldn’t be the type to repeatedly subject it to your friends and family) then go for it but in my opinion it is not worth the money. Get a friend to video the ceremony for you and save the mega bucks. But then I feel that continually or obsessively looking at your wedding photos/video is kind of like you can’t move on to other great things in your life.
Post # 10
@taylorkirby: if it works in your budget, do it! It was an after thought for us, but Sooo glad we did it. Our short film is below:
Post # 11
@Tess63110: Awe, yours is so cute! Do you mind me asking how much you paid for your videography? The quality was really good!
Post # 12
I really didn’t want one, preferring to put the money into the photography. HOWEVER, here we are, 6 months later, and I’m so intimidated by the 2500 pictures our photographer took that I don’t have a wedding album, but I have watched the wedding highlight film about 15 times. And a little cheesy anecdote…husband and I have watched the video while we were fighting and it was a reality check about what’s important and what we promised. I love our video!
Post # 13
My cousin recorded just the ceremony with my parent’s video recorder and we love it, and it didn’t cost a cent. No need to record the reception in my opinion, and you get a great feel for the ceremony with the video we have (we’ve only watched it once!, so I can’t imagine having spent a lot of money on it)
That being said, if I had it in the budget, I would have had one. 🙂
Post # 14
We didn’t have one and didn’t want one. I had a friend who video taped her wedding (I was a bridesmaid) and she asked us all to come over and look at it every year. I just didn’t care. I would have never watched mine, it would have been a waste of money.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Other. We couldn’t / didn’t want to afford a pro videographer, but my aunt offered to video and edit a DVD for us on her camcorder. I LOVE having it! Your ceremony and toasts fly by in a blur and those can’t be entirely captured by photos. Even if I only watch it once a year or less, it’s still really wonderful to be able to remember and relive those moments.
Post # 16
I don’t watch the hundreds of family videos my parents gave me so I didn’t feel like I would need a wedding video. I don’t regret our decision.
If you said you just want someone to do record the ceremony. Do you know anyone who has a camcorder? Even some nicer cameras have good enough video recorders to work.