Post # 1
Ok, I didn’t think I was going to have a videographer because I didn’t want to spend the money and my fiance kept saying that we would never watch it.
Then my friend told me about her friend that was getting into the business as a beginner and would charge $500 for the whole day with 3 DVDS. I contacted her and she told me the video would be edited between 5-10 minutes. I was shocked it would only be that long because she is covering the whole day and my ceremony is a full Catholic mass which is an hour long.
Then, I googled videographers and looked on here and I guess 5-10 minutes is pretty normal. I guess I had just never heard of this before. I kind of thought it would be important to hear all the music that WE picked for the ceremony and see the entire thing…….? So now I am just confused and wondering if anyone has any advice for me on this.
Were you guys happy with your edited short video or do you wish you had the entire ceremony filmed without all the editing? What if I don’t like the music they pick for the movie? I am just really confused about all this. I had never heard of it before and would love your advice or opinions. Thank You.
Post # 3
Also I had thought about just buying a camera and having a relative film. What do you guys think of that? It would be close to the same amount as the videographer after buying a new camera.
Post # 4
We just set up a tripod and taped our own ceremony. However, it was a lot shorter (20ish minutes). If it was a full hour, I’m not sure I’d want to watch it all.
Do you have a friend who has a video camera you can borrow? Maybe that way you can get a tape of the whole ceremony and be able to afford a videographer for a shortened version.
Post # 5
Thanks for responding and yes my mother in law has a camera and so does my fiance’s brother so we could probably have someone tape the entire thing….I just figured we would buy one since we will want one someday anyway but I guess we could always buy one later.
Ya people probably won’t want to watch the whole thing if it is over an hour…..very true. Maybe we will be more likely to watch it and share it if it is short. I had just never ever heard of having such short videos but the more I watch them the more I do like it. I just wonder if anyone has regretted not having the entire thing and only having an edited version?
I have to look over our budget but we saved alot on photography so I think we might be able to afford the videographer. It’s more of the fact that I want to make sure I would like a shortened video.
Post # 6
@mlharrison23: I don’t understand why your friend gets 3 DVD’s if the video is only 5-10 minutes?
My father taped our ceremony but unfortunately we can’t hear our voices because the camera wasn’t close enough. But we had a beach wedding and it’s probably different in a church though. However i am glad we have the video. As much as i love photos it’s nice to see some motion from time to time. If i had to pay for a videographer i would definately want the whole ceremony on tape, otherwise it doesn’t make sense to spend so much money, in my opinion. But i don’t know anything about videopgraphy, maybe it’s the norm to get a short version.
Post # 7
I had a friend tape it with her video camera/phone. Honestly, I haven’t watched it since though. I would go the cheapest route you can just so you have it but you won’t feel bad if it isn’t used.
Post # 8
I think it is actually the same video, but just 3 copies. I don’t really know who would want a copy besides me though. 😉
She said that these are the type of videos that she is wanting to shoot and these are pretty short. I kind of like them though. They are sweet but seem like a movie trailer almost. I don’t know. I am still confused. 😉
Post # 9
For me, I’m also having a Catholic Mass, and both that as well as the music we pick is SUPER important to FI and I, so I am hiring a college student (getting a degree in technology) to just record the whole thing, and give it to us pretty much unedited.
I think that if you want the whole thing, maybe you could ask the videographer, “listen, it isn’t any extra work for you to just give us the whole recording…” In fact, maybe if you don’t even want the short version, you could actually bargain with them to pay LESS since they don’t have to do any editing!
Post # 10
Exactly why I am thinking I do not want it edited. Sure not everyone is going to want to watch our wedding especially being a full Catholic Mass. (Ours is too.) But, I looooove the music we are picking out and that we are having a violinist and all that. I don’t think she will be willing to give us the full version because that is not what she wants to use to advertise herself since she is just starting out. Hmmm…..I will really have to think about this. Thanks for bringing that up.