Post # 1
If you’re on the fence about getting a videographer for the big day DO IT!
(and I’m saying this without having seen any of my own footge)
I wasn’t going to hire a videographer because I figured spending the money on a good photographer would be enough. Then a few weeks before the wedding I visited my Grandma who is unable to travel (and therefore was unable to attend) and changed my mind. I emailed a few videographers and chose the most affordable one I could find that still fit my style. I hired her without even interviewing or anything.
Immediately after my wedding I was so thankful that I did because I was so worked up before the ceremony and walking down the aisle that I DON’T REMEMBER IT! I don’t have any idea whether or not I hugged my mom at the end of the aisle or if I was smiling, I just remmeber trying not to cry! I didn’t even hear the music that I specially hired a guitarist to play.
I can’t wait to get the raw footage back so that I can re-live every moment and see the moments that I missed (like the boys getting ready) and I can’t wait to see the highlight video that she will put together and show it off!
Seriously, if you’re on the fence make room in your budget for it. I haven’t even seen my video and already I know it was probably one of the best things that I spent money on!
In the meantime, does anyone want to share their video to help tide me over till I get mine??
Post # 3
@AllieBee12: I am glad you found a videographer worth it but I have the opposite opinion. I would say to any bride DO NOT DO IT and save the money.
We have watch the video twice, once just to watch it and then the other time to show my grandmother who was unable to make it due to health issues. Was it exciting to watch it the first time sure but now I am of the opinion that a few photos are enough.
Post # 4
@AllieBee12: i haven’t gotten married yet but i knew i had to hire a videographer because i want to relive my wedding day through something other than pictures. plus, id rather regret hiring one than regret not having a video. i’m happy to read some encouragement on the matter.
Post # 5
@AllieBee12: I think it’s each to their own.
Personally, neither OH nor myself can stand the sound of ourselves on tape/video; it makes us cringe massively. So, it is highly unlikely we would watch a wedding video much after, and if we did, it’d be either if we were VERY drunk, or if we skipped through any parts with us speaking. We’d also have felt uncomfortable knowing it was being filmed for the same reason.
Secondly, while we have a decent budget, we don’t have an unlmited budget; and getting a decent videographer would have meant making compromises elsewhere. If we had the extra cashl, we’d put more money behind the bar, or, we’d treat ourselves to an album (we’re going to have to wait 1-2 years).
We chose to splurge on photography as both of us are big into photography, and we wanted a photographer who was arty and unique, and suited our venue; and they didn’t come cheap. Further, because we love photos, I can see us looking at the time and time again after the day, sharing them on FaceBook, flipping through our album, getting a couple framed, etc; not so with a video.
So I think it’s very personal. I don’t think we’ll regret not getting it filmed for one minute as if we did, I can see it just sitting gathering dust and never getting watched.
Post # 6
@AllieBee12: I agree with you %100. I was on the fence as well and have yet to see it. But I’m so glad we did. The day is such a blur. Even if you don’t watch it often it will be a nice anniversary watch, great to show those who couldn’t attend and not to mention showing future children.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I agree! We were on a fairly tight budget and didn’t have one, but my sweet aunt videotaped for 3 days. THANK GOD!! It’s all such a blur and I can’t wait to hear the ceremony and many amazing toasts again 🙂
Post # 8
@j_jaye: But at least if you wanted to pull it out in a few years you can! I doubt my Fi will watch it more than twice, but I’m going to make sure I keep it up to date with the medium it’s in (ie: updating it from a dvd or usb to a different file in the future) so that we can show our kids and stuff.
@McBezel: “id rather regret hiring one than regret not having a video” this was my thought too
@barbie86: I totally agree that if you aren’t the type to even consider a video then don’t do it. But for the people who aren’t sure and are considering a video then I vote do it.
Post # 9
@lolot: I think I’m actually more excited to see the raw footage than the video. 3 days!?!? you’re going to have so much fun going through it all!
Post # 10
We hired a videographer for our wedding in June this year and I am so grateful we did. Our actual photo’s of the day are very good considering the rain/storm on the day but I don’t think we have enough photos that show all of the details (including personalized items that we created). Don’t get me wrong the photographer has captured certain details but it is not in a way that the video captures it. Now the video captures all of this coupled with the course of the day (including guest expressions, sound and motions of the day and things you did not see because you are the last to go down the aisle, did not see the course of the evening, etc). We are very happy with the decision to book a videographer (it was important to us). Pick the style of a videographer as you would a photographer.
My co-worker got married two months earlier and did not hire a videographer and I personally think her actual photos are stunning. But from her point of view she did not feel the atmosphere and details of the day were captured and wished she had hired a videographer. This is not to say this is right for everyone. But it depends on what you expect or want after the day is done and over and your reviewing the results (i.e. photos, expectations, etc.).
We recently received our teaser video and will receive the rest of the footage later on (3 hours or so later). See https://vimeo.com/69771152.
Let me know your thoughts. Also happy to help if there are any questions, etc.
Post # 11
100% agree! The video was our favourite thing from our wedding. You may not watch the long version a whole lot, but the shorter trailer videos make it so worth it. You could probably watch it in a shorter time than it would take to flick through your photo album too. We are so thankful we decided on video. If we didn’t go for it we wouldn’t have been able to capture our vows or speeches, or the gorgeous pieces the musicians played in the church..
Post # 12
We hired a cinematographer instead of a videographer. We will have just about 15 to 20 minutes of video, with other chapters of raw footage and vows.
It’s in the style of a cinema (movie) vs. a long, drawn out, cheesy and boring wedding video!
It also came complimentary with a 3 minute highlight video that was shared on facebook!
So excited to get ours, it should be here any day now!
Post # 13
I’m not married yet, but I knew from the beginning that hiring a videographer was a must for me. I’m not the type to stare at pics all day, but plop a video down in front of me and I’ll watch it beginning to end. In fact, I still have a ton of pics I took from FI and I’s first vacation together, that I barely look at. But the videos I took, I will watch over and over again. Plus, my friend told me that having video was the one thing she did not regret from her own wedding. So it’s a definite for our wedding.