Post # 1
I’ve been going back and forth about choosing a videographer for months now and everyone is telling me it’s the way to go. Hiring a videographer is going to push me $1500 over budget because I’m only considering the best. My options are
Option 1: $50 less
- 2 filmmakers
- Cinematic trailer which is 3-5 minutes long
- Full ceremony coverage (cinematic style)
- Cinematic 20-25 feature film, which includes getting ready, ceremony, and reception
- Films are delivered to me on a Flash drive (allowing me to burn my own DVD or blueray and do whatever I want with the footage).
My concern: is 20 minutes enough, especially if some of the 20 minutes will be of the ceremony of which I already have covered? Also, they won’t stay for the entire thing and in the 20 minutes I might not have all the speeches in their entirety but they do a BEAUTIFUL job.
Option 2: $50 more
- 2 filmmakers and 1 stationary video camera (ceremony only)
- Cinematic trailer which is 3-5 minutes long
- Documentary style feature film broken into chapters and disk. One disk for the ceremony and another for the reception- This is going to be 80 minutes in length or so
- 2 DVDs, unless I want to pay an extra $250 for blu ray, which I’m having trouble justifying (opinions on this too please).
- Use of hidden microphones for excellent sound
Concerns: I wouldn’t have any “getting ready” footage, which doesn’t seem like a big deal but I really don’t know. Also the documentary style is nice but the cinematic is just such a work of art!. Once the clock starts ticking I have 6 hours. Thoughts?!?!
We’re talking a matter of $50, so that really isn’t playing role. Both companies use the same great HD equipment and neither offers raw footage (which I’ve come to terms with).
Brides who have chosen video please chime in. Those who had a 20 minute feature film, were you ok with that? Do you feel like it was enough? Is the “getting ready” footage really necessary (the photographer will be with myself and the bridesmaids for it)? My fiancé doesn’t really understand the importance of video (yet) and isn’t being very helpful in making the decision (he’s also gone half the time with work, so most of it lands on my shoulders). Help help help, opinions opinions opinions PLEASE… Is there a clear winner?!? The both do amazing work.
Post # 2
adding tags-hopefully correctly this time.
Post # 3
we hired a videographer and the results were terrible.
but that is neither here nor there.
you don’t really need getting ready on the video, your photog should take some shots of that.
ideally your video would be your ceremony, speeches, first dance, cake cutting, and some party shots. plus any other special things you might be doing.
many videog leave after cake cutting.
go with what is in your budget.
Post # 4
Thanks for the advice! The prices are pretty much on a level playing field. Getting a videographer pushes us over budget a bit. I just have so much trouble making decisions. How long was your wedding video, and why was it horrible (if you don’t mind me asking)? ajillity81:
Post # 5
Hi Amanda, my name is Anish from FlowMotion Videos. FlowMotion is a brand new wedding company that has started as an extension of our basketball series on NBA TV called On Point Basketball (www.onpointbasketball.com). We are looking to do a few weddings in May and June in order to build our portfolio and are offering VERY good pricing for high-quality, DSLR footage. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have a look at a few of the Features we have shot for reception entertainment. <br /><br />Matt and Rafa’s Engagement <br /> http://vimeo.com/78969329<br /><br />Ben and Karen’s Reception Feature <br />https://www.dropbox.com/…dding%20Video%20720p.mp4<br /><br />This was my Reception Feature <br />https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25fk4P1LiJ0<br /><br />I look forward to hearing from you <br />Anish
Post # 6
My sister just got married and she used a company called Weddingmix. It’s kind of a DIY wedding video and is literally the best thing ever. You buy a package that comes with however many rented HD video cameras you choose and then your friends and family can basically film all the parts of your wedding. The best part is that you can get all the getting ready footage for your wedding day and even the planning leading up to it. Also, if your friends get video of your wedding on their phones or anything they can upload the video to your account on the smart phone app and then you’ll have all that footage in one place. It’s also soooo cheap, the starting package is $99.
After you send in your cameras and have all the footage on your story board you get to select which clips you want in the video, and the company professionally edits it for you! You get to choose your video theme and music and stuff too. It’s a customized wedding video!
Seriously don’t opt out of video you’re going to regret it. You will want to remember your wedding day forever. And with weddingmix my sister had such great clips of her friends and fun things from her reception and inside jokes while we were getting ready…seriously. it was amazing. I’m a little obsessed
here’s the link if you want to check it out