(Closed) How important to you is having a videographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Are you having a videographer at your wedding?
    Of course! : (18 votes)
    27 %
    Yes, but its not vital : (8 votes)
    12 %
    Just for the ceremony : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Nope : (37 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I think it would be cool to have a videographer, but I’m so picky when it comes to that stuff that the only one I would end up liking would cost some ridiculous amount of money! It’s just one of those expenses that we decided to do without.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    have you looked into photographer/videographer packages?  I am torn about whether or not I’d want one.  I remember something I read years ago that said your grandkids can look at the pictures but they can’t hear how you sounded when you said the vows or the excitement of your voice.   I think having the pictures set to music may solve the issue that i have or perhaps just have the ceremony recorded?? i dunno i’m stuck on this.. lol!! with that being said have you tried calling local graphic arts schools to see if they have someone?  your local news station may also have someone who moonlights as a videographer on the side.

    Post # 5
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    1230 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I agree that it would be a nice thing to have, but I think of all the things I could and will spend money on for the wedding, a videographer just isn’t on my priority list.

    Post # 6
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    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    FSIL had a family friend walk around with a tape recorder, and I’m content to have that as well. I honestly want to direct the budget towards have an amazing photographer, and a great photo package. 

    Post # 7
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    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    From a bride who had her wedding just a few weeks ago … yes, it’s very important! These memories .. the photos and video, might be the only way to actually see all the beauty of your wedding again! I only have a trailer from my wedding but I watch it over and over again and still keep seeing random things that I overlooked on the day b/c I was so distracted and having fun!

    One thing I did consider was having a student do it … from a fine arts college or something. Look into that ..

    Post # 8
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    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m so picky I’d rather have just a stagnant straight up video from the back of the church or something than some dated craptastic montage.  Now, if I could afford someone like StillMotion I’d do it… but I’m already spending a big amount of my photog, and $10,000 isn’t in my budget 🙂

    Post # 9
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    3226 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    If I had money, I would do it…but for now, I am content with just photos

    Post # 10
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    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We want to have just something simple but we do want videographer for our wedding.  We recently just decided on which videographer to go with for under $1k for 6 hours.  $1250 is decent budget for a basic videography package.  I am surprised you can’t find anyone.  Granted a lot of them are very expensive, but a few are still very affordable.  Have you tried the videographers who are newer to the wedding industry?

    Post # 11
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    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I kind of didn’t want one to begin with but I was just at a wedding where the videographer was SO intrusive and now I’m totally anti-video. It actually affected the guests. He had this big ass camera and the blinding light on me and my FI while we were gettin down on the dance floor and the two of us straight up just stopped dancing because the guy was in our face with that bright light. We both looked at each other and said WTF?!? and walked off. I hope that makes their video 🙂

    Post # 12
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    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    This is at the top of my list! More important to me than food, flowers, decorations, etc. I would cut all of that stuff before video. I want to be able to look back and watch our wedding. And when we get older, just thinking about being able to watch that with our kids…gives me chills! I won’t risk someone with a camcorder. Everything I’ve seen – not just weddings either – people are shaking it all over the place, taping the floor. I would be so disappointed.

    Post # 13
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    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would LOVE to have a videographer, but it certainly wasn’t one of our priorities. We could have fit it into our budget, but despite being able to afford it, I simply can’t justify spending $2000 (pretty much the minimum I found around here for anything decent) for a video that I know I will almost never watch. Instead, I’m going to have a family member who works a lot with video cameras (as part of his job) video the ceremony and the speeches. I don’t feel like I need a fancy cinematic video..I just want something that records the parts of the day that will be the most meaningful and likely also the biggest blurs.

    Post # 14
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    235 posts
    Helper bee

    My degree is in broadcast journalism and I was a network producer – I don’t think I could have a videographer and not try and tell them what to do!  Ha!  We selected our photographer partly because he does an option with stills (photographs) set to music and edited on a DVD.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    its not my #1 or #2 priority..but its up there. i’m going to do everything i can to get one! fingers crossed!

    Post # 16
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    1044 posts
    Bumble bee

    I made sure to have a videographer at the wedding cause I figured that years later I’d forget what happened so I could replay it again and rekindle the moment with my husband. 

    I did some research and many of the people were really expensive, so we had a person from Craigslist do it.

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