Post # 1
Hi ya’ll! I can’t resist…This comment is for beesknees, who said his uncle’s videocamera battery ran out before the first dance was over, but it is also for ANYONE planning or helping plan a wedding! Firstly, I was recently married & learned a ton about planning, especially about the video cuz we had an AMAZING one, and now I am helping my friend plan hers. I totally recomend our video guy without hesitation. Okay, listen up—I feel really sorry for you, beesknees, but never EVER have a relative or friend hold the video cam, not unless he or she is a professional videographer!!! Sorry, honey, but BIG MISTAKE! So many friends tell me this. Your friend/relative will do something dumb or miss a really important moment, or run out of batteries, GUARANTEED, and not only will you be mad at them always, but you will have no beautiful proof of the most beautiful day of your life! You know, the one you spent MONTHS preparing, and hours on your makeup alone!!! By The Way, we used a guy in L.A. named David Notowitz, I think his company name was just Notowitz Productions or something simple like that. But anyway, like I said the video was sooo beautiful! You wouldn’t even have to give him a list of different shots to get, he captured amazing shots that we didn’t even notice!!! Like, he got this really great shot of my elderly great aunts dancing w/ my little niece, and I was just so in a blur that day that I didn’t even see it happen, and it was just so special for him to capture it so beautifully, you know, I don’t know how long my auntie Genie is going to be with us. So it’s really amazing to know we can preserve that moment in a way. Oh, and the guy was one of the nicest vendors we worked with, by the way. Really sweet and pro. *Unlike our caterer! (lol) Anyone out there like their caterer?
Post # 3
We actually didn’t have any videographer… so even a little video would’ve been nice!
I agree though – if video is important to you, you shouldn’t just have a friend hold a videocam!
Post # 4
I didn’t think that a video was important to me, so I just asked my aunt to do it. She made me crazy at the rehearsal talking about angles and where she’d be and how she was going to do it. When I watched the video, there was a gladiola stalk in front of my face for the whole ceremony! She later said "Oh yeah, I got a perfect angle but then one of the flowers moved." No explanation for why she didn’t ALSO move. Also she got all the speeches up until my new husband’s, when the battery died, so I don’t have his speech (the only one I really wanted to relive) or our first dance. I wasn’t devastated, but I was a little disappointed.
Friends of ours had their cousin do it and he taped the whole thing, as planned, then realized there was no tape in the camera.
Post # 5
Did the same thing. The video cuts in and out constantly. For example, I have the first sentence of my husband’s vows, then our relative turns of the camera. Same thing with the toasts. I only have two random sentences of my sisters beautiful speech!
Post # 6
I think it’s important to set your personal priority and expectations for video. If you want something that looks nice, hire a professional. If you’re really not that worried about it, but would like to have *something* on video, get a friend or family member to do it.
For us, videography was not a huge priority. We bought a video camera to use for the wedding and the honeymoon, made sure the battery/card were squared away, and shoved it into a friend’s hand before the ceremony. It’s not a Hollywood movie by a long shot, but it’s nice to look at now and then, which is all we really wanted anyway.
Post # 7
We are going back and forth about having a videographer – i would love to have footage. After seeing my best friend so upset this past summer because the person that was videotaping her wedding (a friend) didn’t aim the camera at the couple (instead panned around to all the guests) during their vows – I think that we might spring for a professional. For people that have had one – how often do you really watch it after the wedding?
Post # 8
Thank you for posting this. To save money, my fiance would rather have a friend do it. I would rather have a pro do it and capture all the important moments. A good videographer is expensive, so we’re working a deal to just have no editting (to save money) but just footage.
This post was able to push my fiance over the edge. =D
Post # 9
sweetc: We ended up with two videos, which we showed to our parents, friends, etc within the first month or so of our marriage MANY MANY TIMES. We honestly got sick of watching them, and we haven’t seen them again since. We’ll probably watch them for our anniversary.