Post # 1
Need some advice! FH isn’t big on spending all the money on the videographer because he doesn’t think it’ll be worth the money. He says we’ll watch the video once or twice and then never again and he’d rather have the money go towards the bar or towards the flower budget.
I argue that because the day is so busy we’ll want something to look back on to remember all the little things that we may have missed. What do you guys think? Is hiring a videographer worth the money?
Post # 3
Even if you only watch the video a handful of times, I personally still think it’s absolutely worth it.
Post # 4
i thought about it and decided it was worth the cost to us.
i didn’t want to regret it after the fact that we didn’t have one.
a video can capture things that pictures can’t.
i have a feeling that the ceremony will feel like a blur and it will be nice to be able to watch our ceremony and hear our vows.
Post # 5
I think it’s great to have moving video of yourself. You might not appreciate it now, but you will as you age, and your future kids will too! My parents didn’t have video, but my grandparents have some home movies from theirs, and it’s so much fun to watch.
Post # 6
@Ctobin: I definitely think you should get a videographer. The day goes by so quickly that you miss a lot of moments, and it’s great to have them on video. We didn’t get one, but my brother-in-law stepped in for us. He filmed the ceremony, and the reception. The only problem was that the battery ran out because my husband’s speech was SO LONG. So, my speech got cut off.
He will never live that down.
Best to leave this in the hands of professionals. I think it’s worth the cost!
Post # 7
We initially weren’t going to, but as time went on, I read more and more people regretting not doing it. I’ve seen the cutest little music videos for weddings, and I think something like that I will want to go back and watch from time to time. So that’s what we’re going to do!
Post # 8
in my country, its worthwhile.
Post # 9
When DH and I were planning and budgeting, we decided we would rather hire a high end photographer than hire a videographer and photographer. So we went ahead a chose the photographer we loved, and then a few months down the road I started to regret our desicion and we re-visited the idea. I had been talking to some other brides who really regretted not hiring a videographer, plus I saw a friend’s wedding highlights video and we decided to go ahead with it and hire the videographer too. Anyways, now that the wedding is over, I am SO happy we hired a videographer. We both agreed that for us, it would have been a huge regret. I’ve only seen the highlights video so far (we have to wait a few more weeks until we get the full video), but it really brings back the emotion of the day, even more than the photos do. Plus, the videographer can capture a lot that the photographer isn’t able to.
Post # 10
@Ctobin: I don’t think so because I know I’d never watch it. I know plenty of folks who did spend the money and the dusty DVD is just sitting there. My cousin actually bought a DVD of his wedding for each guest and let me tell you how many times I’ve watched that. A great photog is more than enough for me.
Post # 12
A videographer was actually more important to me than a photographer (though I have one of those too). Photos can’t capture personalized vows or speeches. They also don’t capture those emotional moments in quite the same way that video can. Also, a quality digital video will allow you to pull still images from it–which means you could effectively get a SECOND set of wedding photos in an entirely different style.
Also, think of all the moments you won’t see (ex. the processional–since you’re last to come out). That’s an opportunity to get to see all them moments you missed.
Another great reason for a video is if you have out-of-town family that isn’t able to travel. My fiance’s grandmother likely won’t be able to come to our wedding and is very sad about that, so we’re going to show her the video when we go home to visit for the holidays.
And BTW–you’ll watch it more often if you get a good video. My fiance’s sister and her husband watch their wedding video every year on their anniversary. They loved the video so much they ordered copies for the whole family.
Just be sure that if you hire someone, they are good with sound and don’t just shoot a music video (ie. they lay a music track over the wedding and delete the actually speeches). That IS a waste of money.
Post # 13
Im planning on just having my FFIL set up his camera to tape our ceramony. I totally with your FI agree its not worth the extra hundreds of dollars to hire one. your going to look at the pictures a lot more anyway then the video.
Post # 14
This is our video, I have watched it a ton of times and so has my husband. I really takes us back that day, even more so then the pics. I think a good edited video makes a big difference as well. When I watch ours I even think that I would have paid double to have it Be a little longer, but I love it anyway.
Post # 15
For me it is more important than having a good photographer. But I love watching videos more than looking at pictures. I videoed alot of our first vacation together when we went to Jamaica together last year. And I watch those videos WAY more than I look at the pictures I took. So yeah, it’s very important in my opinion. Videos capture all those little bits that pictures miss. The sound of your husband’s voice quivering as he tries not to cry while saying his vows. Everyone laughing at your maid of honour’s toast as she quips a joke. That glow you have as your mom ties up your dress. Those are things photos can sort of capture, but not as well in my opinion.