Post # 1
I have another question. My Fiance REALLY wants a videographer for the wedding but I just don’t see how we will be able to fit one into the budget. We have gone waaay over on food and a string quartet for the ceremony (which was UNPLANNED), so now I feel guilty.
I have located a few videographers in my area that we can probably afford and they are in the $900 range for 5 hours of coverage, but their editing is CRAP! I would rather have no video than have a crappy one.
So my question is, how often do you watch your wedding video, is this even something worth stressing about? I can’t see us actually watching this video more than once or twice – if that.
Post # 3
We watched ours when we first got it (actually, ours is just of the ceremony), and havent again since. Who knows when we will next. I’m sure it would be nice for our kids or whatever, but I’m glad we got really high-quality pictures.
Post # 4
@red_rose: Thank you! I know Fiance really wants one but ahh I just don’t know.
I have done further research and can afford a high quality videographer for ceremony only. I am wondering how many married bees opted for a ceremony only package?
Post # 5
Do you know anyone who is really good with media stuff? We had a brother-in-law do it for us. He works with media stuff so he has a good handle on it. He gifted it to us. I don’t have mine yet, though, so don’t know how often I’ll watch it! 😀
Post # 6
We looked around and found a high quality videographer who we could afford to have for the whole day and I’m so glad we did. We’ve only watched the whole film 3-4 times so far, but we’ve watched little clips and the highlights reels hundreds of times and it brings back some amazing memories.
Post # 7
We have watched probably over 10 times since getting it in August…mostly because other people have wanted to see it. Now that I have overplayed it for myself I probably won’t watch it for a while however it is amazing and I am beyond thrilled that I have it.
We paid a great deal and definitely got a more artistic wedding video but that isn’t necessary. I would at the very least capture those moments that photos cannot such as your vows, the ceremony and perhaps toasts. I didn’t remember anything that was said on the big day and it was such a powerful thing to be able to listen and take in what was said after the day had passed.
Post # 8
Well, we just got our video yesterday so I’ve watched it a ton. 🙂
I’m of the camp that I was not going to spend any amount of money, no matter how little the price tag, on a crappy video. You really do tend to get what you pay for. I would have rather not had a video than have one that I didn’t like their work. There are a lot of videographers in my area that their work looks like a home movie, and for that kind of work, I’d rather have a family member set up a camcorder.
That being said, we hired an amazing filmmaker and are SO thrilled with the results. He’s very contemporary and we wanted or wedding video to look like a film – which it does. Totally worth the money!
Post # 9
We got a videographer, and I wish I had specifically asked for ceremony only. The idiot followed me around and videoed every conversation I had during the reception, and included it in our wedding video, so the thing is almost 2 hours long. So no, I watched the ceremony when we first got it, then I fast forwarded through the rest of it was with my ears steaming. We tried to ask him if he would re-edit it because I had no interest in that stuff, and he refused unless we paid him abother $300.
So get a great videographer for the ceremony ONLY.
Post # 10
Videography was really, really important to me. We splurged on a great one and are so happy that we did. So far we have only gotten our “Wedding Trailer” back and the “raw footage” (this is edited very lightly) of our ceremony. We have watched them both a ton. I can’t speak for the long term, but I can tell you that we have really, really enjoyed reliving it all so far. There was so much we didn’t see and the film shed some light on that (can’t WAIT to see the whole thing!).
Post # 11
We got the video about a month or so ago, and we watched it once together and just the other day at my MIL’s house.
We’ll watch it again with my mom soon, so that’d be three.
You make a good point, how often will you really watch it. But it’s nice to have. I’m not too crazy about mine and it cost me $1600.
Post # 12
I do think it’s nice to have a video but I don’t think it needs to be the best thing in the world because you probably won’t watch it frequently.
However the advice owe have gotten is not to skimp on the photographer. Everyone we know who went with a cheaper photographsanto save money said it was their biggest regret. That is the one thing you walk away with and will actually look at loads from your wedding day. We this was the thing we spent the most money on next to the venue/catering hall.
Maybe you coul search for any recent art fslam school grads looking to build their portfolio? They would be more reasonable.
Post # 13
I was very adamant about having a videographer. Even though you may not watch it frequently, it is a quality piece of your wedding day memories. I saw the question, “would you rather see photos or video of your great grandparents wedding?”. And I thought to myself video! I want to be able to show my kids the video!
Once I started researching, prices were ridiculous. So, I decided that I couldn’t get one of those gorgeous wedding recap videos that were so greatly edited. I was struggling with the idea of hiring one at all up until a month before our wedding when one of the videographers I had contacted had still not been booked for our day and was willing to do ours for only $400 ceremony and reception events only with very light editing.
Now that we received it back, I am happy that we went with a professional because I have seen other home videos where it was really shaky and you couldn’t hear much. I do regret that we didn’t have my cousin at least just take his video camera around during us getting ready and the reception dancing. Would have been nice to have that. But I still am so great full that I have the ceremony and toasts on video. I didn’t remember thetoasts and it’s great to hear them again. It is literally a nofrills light editing video. I think that we will watch it every year on our anniversary. So that it doesnt just sit there never to be seen.
Post # 14
I don’t think it’s worth it. I tthink you should use a little bit of the extra money you’d save by hiring an amazing photographer. I think sitting with your husband and going through the album will be much more intimate and special than watching the actual video. and it’s much more meaninful talking to your kids and telling them your memories while showing them the pics than making them watch something outdated and having to look at the old, tacky fashion lol (lets be honest.. it’ll be tacky by then, and they’l hate having to listen to music and see the corny dance moves in te video)..
Another thing to consider…. I was recently a bridesmaid at a friends wedding this past summer.. and suffered a heat stroke while up at the alter. I literally threw up while my friends were saying their vows Most embarrasing moment of my life.. and I feel like i somewhat ruined their day.. although they say i didnt.
I was soooooo happy there was no videographer to capture that.. and I’m sure the bride was too.. Lets face it, things go wrong at weddings, and sometimes, we dont want to remember that memory.. lol
Post # 15
Let me offer some perspective as someone who’s been married 20+ years. A friend who was a keen amateur videoed parts of our wedding and reception (for free). No editing, just an hour or so of raw footage – which was very well done.
We watched it a few times in the first year, as did a few friends. Now, we still watch it every couple of years. Parts of it make me cringe and I don’t let anyone watch it except us and our kids; but I’m very glad we have it. It captures a lot which the photographer couldn’t. Plus, we have little bits of footage of dear friends or relatives who have since died.
I’m glad to have both ceremony and reception. At the reception you catch lots of little glimpses of our guests, as well as the speeches.
If the videographers have [email protected] editing, I don’t see how that matters as long as they give you all the raw footage.
Post # 16
Hire a student. If you’re really stressed about budget, hire a videography student and you can probably pay a few hundred for the whole night. That’s what we did. Our video isn’t great but if we really want to go back and see it, it is better than nothing, and we didn’t break the bank either.