(Closed) How important is a videographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did you book a videographer for wedding?
    Very important, booked ours : (21 votes)
    36 %
    Not important, skipping it. : (30 votes)
    52 %
    Undecided : (7 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    There was never a question of not having a videoographer at our wedding my sister had one When she got married in 2005 and looking back on all the people who were there and dancing and hearing them say their vows is such a keepsake for my sister and brother in law. 

    And I knew the day would fly by and I wantes to be able to re live it!! Ahh I can’t wait for my video!!! 

    Post # 4
    1406 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I personally think they are ok but they do show you everything you didn’t see….

    Our chapel in Vegas gave us one of our ceremony….and I love it except for the fact that nobody was sitting on DH’s side as we started the processional.  They were arguing about where to sit (divorced parents) and they cut the video to just show Darling Husband at the alter…so no me walking down the aisle…honestly, I had no idea.

    My first wedding…ahem, different story, same results.  I only was able to watch it one time b/c while my dad and I were dancing, XH’s bitchy sister was sitting at a table laughing hysterically talking to her friend.  You could see it…and hear it over the music.  During the son/mother dance, she watched them patiently.  I was soooo embarassed/pissed off and never showed any family members the video.  

    Post # 5
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    It’s not very important to me, and I really don’t want a stranger with a huge camera lurking around our small intimate wedding, I think it’d make people uncomfortable, me at least! I think I’ll just ask a guest with a camera to shoot the ceremony so I can’t regret having no video evidence of it.

    Post # 6
    2086 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    When I did a brutally honest cost vs benefit consideration, it just didn’t make sense for us. I love those wedding trailers on blogs, but I’m far more drawn to photography.

    Post # 7
    12881 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We haven’t found anyone in our circles who used a videographer and then said they were worth it.  Everyone I know said, in hindsight, they wished they skipped the videographer and used the money elsewhere.  We will not be using one, and putting the extra money towards photography. 

    Post # 8
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We didn’t have a videographer, but my step-mother filmed our ceremony (as well as the drive to the scenic location, and some of my dress shopping, and the bits after our ceremony where everybody was crying and hugging) and I edited it in iMovie. Took me ages but my husband and I LOVE that video, it is priceless. Poor quality, but priceless. We watch it nearly every anniversary. Plus I chose all the music so it’s perfect (control freak much? Lol).

    If I had to choose between a videographer and a photographer, I’d go with the photographer. But I’d ask a guest to film. There’s just nothing like hearing your actual vows again. Both my husband and I couldn’t remember what we’d said at the time, it was such a blur.

    Post # 9
    2084 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1993

    We’ve just booked one. Oddly enough, I was never even considering one until a Bee on here showed me hers. It’s amazing – like a short, 4 minute clip to music and I love it. It’s the type of thing I’d watch over and over, so I’m all for it!

    Post # 10
    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Nah. The end product didn’t justify the cost for me. I’ll look at pictures for years but I doubt I would ever have watched a video.

    Post # 11
    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Very very important. We splurged on anything that will preserve our memory of the day. I’m pleased with our choice:



    Post # 12
    1284 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    While videography is VERY expensive (good videography) it was also VERY important to me. It was at least AS important as photography (those were my two big ones). Videography captures the voices and the words that are lost in photography. It also helps to capture more of the “feel” then photography can. 

    Here is our videographer’s site: http://lifeproductions.net/blog/

    Post # 13
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It’s very important to us as I have amnesia and probably won’t remember most of the day. But that’s a different circumstance than other people.

    Post # 14
    6248 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    Yes, we wanted a videographer and booked one with a local entertainment company from our hometown so we booked our DJ, videographer, and photobooth together and got a little discount.

    Post # 15
    189 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s one of the things I have cut due to budget, I find that it’s so expensive for what it is and I’d rather just have the photos. Just my personal preference though, my Maid/Matron of Honor was pretty much horrified when I said I wasn’t interested in having one.

    Post # 16
    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We are skipping the videographer. Our wedding is going to be super small and we are fine with just photos.

    I LOVE the videos that I see that are more modern that are usually done on vimeo. Not sure if you know what I am talking about, but those are really neat to watch, and I don’t know that I have ever watched one without it bringing tears to my eyes (I’ve only watched stranger’s vimeos)!I think those are amazing and if we werre doing a loal wedding with more guests, I would def do one of those.

    If you don’t know what I am talking about here is a link to one. The only problem (maybe my computer) is that they take forever to buffer!



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