Post # 1
I have already hired and booked a photographer that I absolutely love! It was one of the few things I was sure I was going to spurge on. Now I’m not sure if I also want to get a videoagrapher. I found a newer company that will record and edit my entire ceremony and reception, and they will also build us a wedding website for 726.00 (including travel) Before finding this site the least expensive place I was found started at 1,200.00
I want to know what you think. My mom thinks a videoagrapher wouldn’t be worth the money since it will just be a boring dvd that wont be watched very often. However, I do want something to capture things that the photographer wont, like the speeches and dances.
Mom thinks it would be better (and more financially responsible) just to have a family friend record the wedding.
I’m conflicted because my parents are paying for my wedding. However, I’m considering just paying for the videoagrapher out of my own money since its such a reasonable price.
Any advice is welcome! Thanks!!
Post # 3
I have hired a videographer…because from people that I work with to my friends that are married…the biggest regret that they had was not having a videographer.
Post # 4
NO OH MY GOODNESS YOU WANT A WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER!!!!!!!
I haven’t been married yet, and went through the same debate that you’re going through — i thought that videographer would be the perfect place to shave costs.
HOWEVER, after asking around of friends that are married, aunts, parents, and unmarried people — this is something you can’t miss!!! After I started probing, apparently young children i know watch their parents’ wedding video monthly — girlfriends watch theirs together– MOBs have women over to watch this (who knew)??? WAY more than you’ll ultimately read your wedding album.
Again – I was going to nix it until I sought advice. and then after watching wedding videos online, I can’t imagine not having one!!
The videographer will (most likely) give you a “music video” (3 minute) version, that you can share anywhere. Watch a number of videographers sites and you’ll melt and realize you need this for your kids and anniversaries to come!!
Post # 5
Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been on the fence about having a videographer. I’ll have to talk to the mr. tonight about getting one.
Post # 6
It’s funny that you should post this…..I think you must have been reading my mind. I am getting married next month and I had felt early on that I did not need a videographer. Now I am strongly having second thoughts. I was just at a wedding where a friend did the video and his wife edited it and put everything together. I loved it and feel that I really want a video. As some other posts had mentioned not having a video had been several of my friends regrets at their wedding. They cost right around $800. Now I am rushing around trying to see if I can get someone in just one month.
Post # 7
I was in the same boat as well, totally thought videographers were a waste of much needed wedding cash! But…after I stumbled upon an amazing videographer’s site, I had to have it. I thought a wedding video would be very amateur-ish (what? it’s a word!) looking, just a shaky camera at the back of the church but I totally ate my words. There are people that can make your wedding look like it’s own feature film! I highly suggest reconsidering and doing some research to find the type of video that will bring you back to your day every time you watch it!
Post # 9
We compromised and hired a student from craigslist. What he’s done is good, but he just graduated college and is getting into business so he’s only charging $15 / hour, which ends up being around $250.
We did our own website with iWeb (free) and published it for $86 / year.
Post # 10
When Fiance first insisted on a videographer I was not very into it. I thought it was a waste of money. But now I’ve definitly changed my mind. After watching my FSIL’s wedding video with her kids I realized I would love to someday show my kids what our wedding was like! And to have videos of my parents and other family members moving around and dancing for us to watch long after they are gone–I think that’s priceless. After losing my grandmother recently, I would give ANYTHING to have had video footage of her–to encapture her movements and facial expressions to have always.
Weddings go by so fast and that’s it.. for the price we pay for weddings I think it’s worthwhile to be able to enjoy them again for many years to come. It’s so worth it! I found a great videographer for $600–just for something simple.
Post # 11
To be very honest. I wanted a videographer from the start however my husband did not. Then we both agreed as a couple that it was not worth the money because the kind we would like would be WAY out of budget. Like couple grand out of budget. The only one we would be able to afford are crappy cheesy ones.
Fast forward 2 weeks before the wedding my family is adamant we should have a videographer. In my family there are always videos and a DVD always gets circulated around the families. I began to feel bad that my mom won’t have a DVD to circulate of her only daughter’s wedding. I succumbed and we hired a cheesy videographer for way more than we should have!!!
Besides the point.
Anyway, at the end of the night as cheesy as the video might be I’m really glad there was someone there to capture it. There were many parts of the day because I was on the other side as the bride I did not get to experience. I did not see all of the bridal door games because I was waiting in the bedroom. I didn’t get to see the girls walk down the aisle. I didn’t get to see the flower girls and ring bearers walk down the aisle!
So. I think if you can swing the cost and you can’t think of anything else you’ll rather spend the money on. Then why not?
Post # 12
Definitely! It has been almost two weeks since our wedding and I absolutely can’t wait to see it, and I’m one of the people who thought it was unecessary at first. You have your memories from the day; a video brings those memories into focus and shows you everything you missed. One of our guests posted a video of our first dance on FB and even just watching that was amazing to be able to relive it. Trust me, you will want to be able to see the day again fro another point of view.
Post # 14
We didn’t think we wanted one either. Then my husband found some video from his parents and he realized how cool it was and how cool it would be for our kids to watch ours in the future. Also, like above posters, a lot of people we talked to regretted not having videography at their weddings. So, we asked our photographer if she had any recommendations. She gave us a name and we fell in love with their style. So far we have only seen the day of edit (played at reception). here is the link if you would like to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qncg0op7-qU
BTW- We thought about having a friend or family member filming it for us as well. We decided this was a bad idea…we wanted our friends and family to just be guests and enjoy our wedding…not have to worry about getting a good angle or making sure they were where they needed to be to get a good shot.
Leave it for the pros!
Post # 15
Thanks for the advice! Its good to know that I’m not the only one that has struggled with this question. I think I am going to go against my mother’s advice and get the videoagrapher. Like some of you had mentioned, there are a lot of things the photographer wont be able to capture, like facial expressions and such. The post that mentioned watching the video long after my loved ones have passed greatly touched me. That was actually what made the decision for me. I want to be able to look back at the happy times when I am sad and missing my old family and friends.
Post # 16
We didnt have a videographer and I don’t regret it. We had an amazing photographer and I’m fine with the home video footage family members captured. It wasn’t a big deal for us and I personally was more comfortable not being on camera the whole day. I think it depends on your personalities but I’m glad we did not!
I know this is atypical and people will think I’m missing out. But honestly the speaches and dances were not that exciting (that sounds lame, but true) and not extraordinarily memorable. I self videotaped a lot of behind the scenes stuff on my iphone and that is funny stuff. I see a lot of the wedding videos that are tear jerkers but only due to the music and details. Don’t get me wrong I love them but it’s just not for me.