Post # 1
At first I didn’t think a videographer was necessary and only really cared about photography, but then I heard that many brides are happy that they chose to have it while some regret not having it. I got a good reference to one that has a journalistic approach, which means that it’s not cheap. I think if I’m going to hire a videographer, I might as well hire one that does good work cause I haven’t been impressed with most of the work I’ve seen. How many of you are thinking of hiring a videographer? Anyone have regrets or praises they want to share?
Post # 3
We were both thinking, “we are NEVER going to watch our wedding video” but then I talked to more and more people and they said DO IT. My fiance is dead against it… So as of now, i think we are just going to ask a family member to film it by hand. I think it all depnds on your budget…..
Post # 4
We buying a camera, keeping it at the head table and passing it around to have our funny friends go capture quips from our loved ones throughout the night. 🙂
Post # 5
having been a wedding planner, i could say that the wedding day goes by soooo fast, esp for the bride and groom. with that said, i think the video is definitely a great way to relive the day and even discover new things that you did not notice. videography has definitely come a long way from the 80s/90s when all it would be is a shining bright light in all of the guests faces asking them to make comments for the bride and groom. videographers these days are much more discreet and are able to capture the moments and emotion of the day without being in your face.
as a bride, and quite a sentimental one, i’m definitely looking forward to seeing our video. maybe not watch it ten times over, but i’ll definitely enjoy it once in a while. this was not a top priority for us either, so we didn’t allot for it very much in our budget. but i think there are plenty of skilled videographers now that we’re still getting a good quality one for our buck.
Post # 6
After being adamently against it, my FI finally told me (after me asking weekly btw) that a videographer was the one thing he really wanted. So we will have one. We have a fairly large budget though (for the Midwest, probably modest for you Coasters) — supplied mostly by his parents — so he gets what he wants. Plus, my grandparents won’t be there because of health issues…
I’m with the Bride888. I think if you’re going to have one, get someone good. I’d rather hire someone really good just to film the ceremony than hire someone mediocre to capture the whole day. I think we’ll find someone who can do the majority of the day, however, because I think it would be a shame not to capture the hora on film. But that’s just me and I’m super picky about videography because I’m a journalist.
But I also keep in mind that if you spend a huge chunk of your budget on a videographer, you won’t have any money left over for details that make weddings really special. Kind of like being house-poor. You know the people who spend more than they should on a house and they have no furniture?
Also, I’ve had to try really hard when looking at other videos to remind myself not to fall in love with the wedding in the video and not pay attention as much to the video itself. All the promo videos are going to be of perfect couples who likely spent 50k-100k on their wedding.Â
Just my two (no make that 20!) cents.
Post # 7
one videographer we are looking at will do 8 hrs of "raw" video (unedited) for less than $900, so we are considering that & editing it ourselves.
Another option is just buying or borrowing a camera, having a relative record the ceremony & then (like Katystardust said above) passing it around during the reception. We’d still have to edit it ourselves but less cost & future camera to use. It’s a tough call.
Post # 8
a few words of advice from someone else that made us decide against were these two words:
we’d much rather have an amazing album to look at and our own memories than pop in a tape and hear wind blowing by the microphone, or crying babies in the background (we will have a few at ours, so it’s pretty much inevitable).
plus at another wedding we went to, the sound system was really bad, so they won’t even be able to hear themselves on their tape since it kept going out.
everyone has their own feelings on it and these are just ours, so it’s all up to what you want to do.
Post # 9
i have been thinking about it and i don’t think we’re doing videography. often times we rewatch some family vacations, but that’s mostly because we will never visit those places again. with the wedding, i think the photographs will suffice. i doubt i will rewatch my own wedding video and i asked my mom and she seemed doubtful too.
i like what the others have posted about passing the camera around though- perhaps i’ll designate one relative to be in charge of that.
Post # 10
We hired a videographer, because I’m one that will watch it over and over for a while :). But we’re also getting married in FL and a lot of FI’s family/friends won’t be able to make it to the wedding. We’ll probably have a little "screening party" when we get back so they can share our day.
I also can’t wait to show it to my children and grandchildren one day – I’m corny like that LOL.
Post # 11
I knew I wanted a videographer– I always cried at watching videos of other people’s weddings, how could I not have one of my own? 😉
I’m especially glad after the fact that we had one– I can’t remember any of the ceremony, it went by so fast! I’m looking forward to watching it on our video.
Post # 12
I kind of wanted one for our wedding, but the photographer was FAR more important to me and we had a small budget. So we had a friend tape it for free, and I’ve been editing it myself. It is wonderful. I don’t care that it’s not a professional, Hollywood-style movie of a wedding video.
I still get to see the whole ceremony, our vows, the toasts at the reception, the dances, etc – all those things I want to see. And it didn’t cost us one penny.
I’m just finishing up burning the DVD today actually, as the 8th is our 1-year anniversary and my husband hasn’t seen it yet! Thank goodness for Macs that make basic video editing very easy!
Post # 13
We’re not doing it. I think it will be cool in 50 years when everyone is doing holographic 3-D recordings or some such futuristic nonesense to be able to say, "We are so old, we didn’t even have a VIDEO!"