Is a videographer worth the money?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I hire a videographer for my wedding?
    Yes : (29 votes)
    78 %
    No : (5 votes)
    14 %
    Maybe : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Abso-freaking-lutely. We got our wedding previews last week and I’ve watched our little 5:37 video at least 50 times since then. We love it so so much and are incredibly happy to have it. We can’t wait for the full movie, and are so excited to be able to show our future kids.

    Our videographers were also our photographers, so booking one company may help with costs/headache/stress. Hope you find the ones for you!!

    Post # 3
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    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I was not going to have a videographer – I hired a fabulous photographer (and spent a pretty penny at that too) and saw no need for a videographer. Probably about 6 months before the wedding, and after watching countless highlight reels, I was starting to doubt my decision. So I decided, might as well as long as I could find someone in my budget (I didn’t want to spend more than $2500). I found a woman and went for it.

    I have since received my highlight reel (still waiting on the video) and I have watched that video probably more than a hundred times, sent it to multiple family members and friends, and have had friend’s of friends watch and compliment on it too. It’s so amazing to be able to hear the sounds of the day, watch my DH and I say our vows, listen to my dad’s speech, watch our dances, and watch everyone dancing to the band.

    I would definitely hire one all over again given the choice!

     

    Post # 4
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    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    TunaCat29:  10000000 times yes. So glad I got my wedding on video. I want to be able to show my kids. I want to be able to see the happiness of the day in motion. Plus DH sang and wrote a song for me! 

     

    Post # 5
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Eh. We did it as a last minute decision a few weeks before the wedding, we found a really good deal. I’ve watched it twice. Still haven’t even gone to pick up my full day video yet..so yeah. It’s nice to have but not worth spending too much on. Find a great deal? I’d go for it. Spend $2K, totally not worth it for us anyway. Most people I know watch it when they first get it then put it away and maybe watch it on their anniversary, so how much ever that’s worth to you. 

    Post # 6
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    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    To offer a different perspective, I don’t think it’s worth it. I also feel extremely uncomfortable on camera, so that was a pretty big reason to pass on it, but it’s also incredibly expensive and I’d rather spend that money to go over-budget on my dress (which I did) or pretty much anything else. We are planning on setting up a tripod in the balcony so we can watch the ceremony again later, but that’s about it.

    Post # 7
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    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    alexsquared:  this is how I feel. I’m a little nervous about looking awkward on camera and being uncomfortable around the videographer. Was thinking about setting up a GoPro.

    However, my mom really wants the videographer there….

    Post # 8
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    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

     I am so thankful I decided to get a videographer! The day goes by so fast that it’s hard to remember every detail! It is so amazing to be able to relive the emotion in your ceremony and see all the details of the day! I cannot wait to get my long edit! If I didn’t get a video, I would have regretted it now that my wedding is over!! 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  bootsky.
    Post # 9
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    1055 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Going back I would have skimped on my photographer knowing that I had a videographer. Ours did an amazing long one of the whole day and then a 3-4 minute summary of the day that I watch constantly. Watching the videos makes me feel like I’m right back in the moment again– something photos don’t do for me. 

    Post # 10
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    111 posts
    Blushing bee

    TunaCat29:  I’m not married yet, but I did get one. Our officiant (my FI’s boss) wrote this amazing ceremony for us and while I HATE look at myself on camera, I want to have that to share with my kidlets. Also, we’re having a small ceremony and it’ll be good to share with friends and family who couldn’t be there! I’m not personally planning on watching it multiple times (the idea of seeing myself on camera totally makes me cringe), but I think it’s a moment worth recording. 

    However, videography was NOT important to the FI so we didn’t go with a wedding videographer. Instead, we found a friend of a friend who is a documentary filmmaker who does weddings on the side. Three camera set up, 2 cameramen, just the ceremony. It’s costing $1000, which is still a good amount of money, but cheaper than a company that just does wedding videos. Check out local art schools and craigslist for some options!

    Finally, if you want your ceremony recorded but don’t want to hire a videographer, consider maybe buying a nice camcorder and tripod and just having a filmmaking-inclined friend to do it? One of my friends did that, the camera (which was very nice) only ended up costing around $250, and plus she gets the camera for other uses. The film she got wasn’t edited, but it was nicely shot and if she wants to show her ceremony to any future children, it’s all there!

    Post # 11
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    TunaCat29:  As someone who married a long time ago – I’m glad we did. It captures lots of little things about the wedding which the still photos miss; including a few people who have since passed away. We went the cheap option and got a friend who did videoing in her spare time and used a proper video recorder – so not as good as a pro, but a lot better than your average guest using her phone.

    Post # 12
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    1179 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It was a last minute addition, but we are so glad we did. My husband and his best man watch it more than me.

    Post # 13
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    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Hire one. They get what you don’t remember! and to be honest..it amazing looking at a visual besides pictures. don’t get me wrong I love pictures, but its nice to actually see it in motion and they catch things you had no idea that happened!

    Post # 14
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    138 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We hired our videographer last minute, we tossed the idea around for months and then finally booked one! We have not got the video back yet but I cant remember walking down the aisle at all… or half the cermony (darn nerves!) I am so happy we booked one! I can not wait to get the video!

    Post # 15
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    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Totally worth it!!! I, too, was in the dreaded debate for months before just going for it and placing the deposit. It is easily one of the best uses of our wedding budget. 

    While we had a wonderful photographer, watching the Film from our wedding day just captured the emotion in a way pictures don’t always achieve. 

    Here is our mini preview: http://vimeo.com/m/95036489

    we got our full length film in the mail today and say down to watch it this evening. DH teared up watching it back. You won’t regret it!

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