Post # 1
My parents really would like me to have a videographer and even said they’d pay for it. Money isn’t the issue – I can pay. I’ve seen quotes from about $500 to $1,000 for the full day.
But, I wonder if its worth it? I’ve had other friends who hired a videographer and said it wasn’t worth it, they watched the video once and would have rather just brought a flip cam or two and left them out for people to use to shoot video. Plus, people have video on cell phones today anyway. My grandmother is rather sick and can’t make it to the wedding, so my parents mostly want to get a tape to show her. They also think that I will want to have it later to watch, save, show my kids, etc, and catch those moments at the reception that I might miss because I’m too busy.
However, I’ve seen TV shows with ppl who hired videographers and just the thought of having another person with a big bulky camera and big light, following me around or crowding the dancefloor is NOT appealing to me. if anything, I can see having us just get the ceremony taped and then letting friends use thier cameras or our flip to pass around during the reception. I don’t know, I’m really torn on what to do!
To the bees who did have a videographer: Was it worth it? Did you watch the video? Would you be upset if you didn’t get it? How much did you spend?
To the bees who didn’t hire a videographer: Do you regret it?
Post # 3
I would atleast get the ceremony. I wish we would have…. I mean the day goes by SO fast.. you have NO idea… it would be nice to remember more of the ceremony, vows, etc.
For our VR we’re going all out and getting one for sure!.. DH does media for our Church and I do the announcements and stuff so having a camera around wouldn’t really bother me, so I guess that goes into account to… BUT I do know that for a couple weeks after the wedding I kinda battled with not remembering as much as I thought I would and would’ve really liked to have had that.
Post # 4
I am not having one for my wedding because I always find them really annoying at weddings I go to. It’s like being on constant alert ‘oh my god am I in front of the camera? Oh shit I gotta go around this way’ ‘is anyone looking or can I fix my wedgie?’ xD I never really see a high quality video either-always just kind of looks dark or there’s an insanely bright light blinding the couple.
I mean if it’s super important to have it, do it. I think photographs always look much nicer than videos for weddings though!
Post # 5
I bet you can find someone who will be able to tape the moments you want, and not be totally in your face.
Post # 6
I was SO against one when I was doing the planning. I splurged on my photog so I figured that was enough. My in-laws insisted we have one and I was annoyed, but found a good price. What I will never ever tell them is- I am SO SO SO glad that they made us get one! I LOVE it!! Here is my recap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyIRjYxhepo
Post # 8
I think it’s worth it for the ceremony for sure. The reception – eh, not so much.
Post # 9
i didnt get one, but instead had a friend video our ceremony with our camera. it came out pretty good quality and i am SOOOO happy we have the video. i have probably watched it like 10 times already and its only been a month! i wish we asked someone to get some candid videos during the recpetion, but we didnt. we ended up with a few clips though which was cool. so i voted for your second option.
Post # 10
ABSOLUTELY GET A VIDEOGRAPHER!!!!! SOOOOO WORTH IT, PICTURES ARE PRETTY BUT THEY CAN’T TALK OR MOVE LIKE VIDEO (ALL CAPS ON PURPOSE)!!!
Post # 11
I voted that it’s not worth it. Right after the wedding you will watch it once or twice. Then life will happen and you’ll likely not watch it again. That’s what happened to me the first time around. Maybe people who didn’t make it to the ceromony will want to see it, but the people who were at the wedding won’t want to see the ceremony again. I say, get a friend to videotape it for free so you can watch it one or two times. Then it will likely be tucked away for years to come and you will not have spent a fortune on a videographer.
Post # 12
We’re not getting one because we know we wouldn’t watch it more than once. Maybe other people would but not us. I will look at pictures over and over but not a video… And money isn’t an issue- interest is the interest.
Post # 13
Did it and I’m glad! The day does go by so fast and there are so many things you miss as the bride. What reallly helped finalize my decision was when my friend said, “I watch it every year on our anniversary. There are so many people in that video who aren’t here any more. That made it worth every penny”