(Closed) No videographer and feeling regret

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Have you tried Craig’s List or a local college?  Those are typically good places to find someone new to the business who just wants to build a portfolio and won’t charge a lot.  If not, than asking someone to hold the video camera might not be a bad idea.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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1044 posts
Bumble bee

Can you have a relative put up a tripod with a video to tape the ceremony and have someone use a video camera during the reception?  I’m sure that anyone in your family would be honored to do that.  I’d also try Craigslist as well.  We just got our DJ through there for way cheaper than what others wanted to charge and we’re excited.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

We talked about this a bit on BeeTV last night!  My reasoning for getting a videographer — not the base level, but definitely nothing super pricey or documentary-like — was to have SOME things that only come across on video filmed (like our vows, first dance, any speeches, parent dances, etc).  I don’t think I’ll be watching the video a ton early on, but I liked the idea of "animating" family and friends so that 10, 20, 30 years from now, if/when they’re not with us any more we’ll have a way to look back on them enjoying a great time at ou wedding!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Oh, and I agree with the suggestions above — check with a local film school and/or on Craigslist.  If you ARE able to find a professional to do it, try to cut a deal since its so close to your wedding!

Post # 7
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792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I second hhcheung’s idea of having relative or family member videotape the wedding. I did it for my brothers and my uncle is doing it for mine. As long as you don’t want something super fancy then it should be fine. Maybe ask around and see if someone has one you can borrow and then set it on a tripod and film away!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I would suggest having a friend or family member shoot the wedding so that you can at least have something to view later on. There are things like your grand entrance, first dance and speeches that not even the best photographer can capture. If it’s in your budget, get a tripod/monopod with the camera – most of the DIY wedding videos i’ve seen are almost unwatchable due to camera shake.

Post # 9
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Get some sort of video footage whatever way you can — film student hired through Craigslist, friend setting up camera, whatever. All of the now-marrieds I’ve spoken to who didn’t get videography tell me that they now wish they had, because 1) the day goes by in a blur and 2) the bride and groom miss so much of what goes on at the time.

Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

we had my bridesmaid’s fiance video-record stuff for us! Granted, they had their own videocamera, but there’s always someone who’s got one you can borrow, especially for a wedding. he didn’t know anyone at the wedding but her, so it was really nice of him to help us out!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had some family friends use their video camera and my parent’s video camera to fild the ceremony and a bit of the reception.  I originally thought it was too much money and I wouldn’t watch it enought to make it worth it, but I was kind of regretting my decision when I was so busy the day of that things were such a blur!  The video’s aren’t the best quality but they are something.  I didn’t think of checking out a local college for this, but that’s a good idea.  I have heard of people finding photographers and musicians that way.  I would urge you to at least have someone film it- even if it is a relative with a borrowed camera!

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