Please convince me that I won't regret not having a videographer…

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i initially had slight regret over not having one b/c i can’t really remember what our officiant said during the ceremony.

i’m over it. it’s really not a huge deal.

 

Post # 4
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My mom hired my brother’s friend to be my videographer and I really regret not hiring a professional.  It’s been almost two years and I still don’t have a video.  The day really does go by like a blur.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I found one for $800 and he does amazing work. You might be able to find one within your budget. I wasn’t going to get one, then I started seeing people’s videos and I thought I’d look into it. Now, its one of the things I’m looking forward too the most (he seems more amazing than my photographer!).

Post # 6
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3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve found some between $900-$1500, but I can’t decide if it’s worth it!

Post # 7
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194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ksus07:  I actually just posted a few minutes ago and said, you need to get one! It’s all you have after the wedding!! If you can’t afford it, than don’t feel sad (you can’t change that!), but if you can even find a lower price videographer… I would do it. We are soooo glad that we got one.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I didn’t have one. I have never regretted it. Hell i payed $1500 for an awesome big wedding album and haven’t looked at it since I got it! I don’t need that stuff to remind me that I got married, I have my memories instead 🙂 not to Benton the big hole in my bank account to prove it haha

Post # 9
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772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t have one and I regret it. Before the wedding, I was 100% on board the “waste of money” train. I really wish I’d gone for it.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I can’t convince you that you won’t regret it — sorry.

I think it is better to “have and not need, than to need and not have” when it comes to wedding videos.

It is not necessary to go into debt to have a videographer there. A rented camera set up in a good location during the ceremony and reception is good enough to get the job done. 

I think even an audio recording of the ceremony and any speeches made during the reception is a great thing to have. 

When it comes to weddings, there is so much emotion conveyed through speaking and gestures — things you can’t always get through photography. There are things that will happen that will be unique to the day. I think it would be sad to not have them recorded in some way. You can’t go back and record those special moments once they’ve passed, so it’s better to record them now. 

Post # 11
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493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I can’t imagine sitting down to watch an entire wedding video, honestly. It seems like something that makes sense when you’re totally wrapped in wedding planning and you think about The Day a hundred times a day beforehand,  but afterwards real life reasserts and there are new milestones and memories to look forward to. Photos make sense- you can have them around your home and send them to people who weren’t there, and see parts of the day and moments you missed. But are you really going to get two grand worth of enjoyment out of a video of an event you were already the protagonist of? 

I could see having someone nonprofessionaly record your original vows or the toasts, where you might not remember everything later, but I think rather than regret not having a videographer, I’d be more likely to later regret dropping a huge amount on a video that might be watched a handful of times, if ever.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We didn’t have one and we’re still happy with that decision. We’d rather have our memories and beautiful photos than a video. it feels more magical that way.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Charlie89: +1

We have photos, but we don’t look at them very often. What matters to us it the fact that we’re married and that we share memories from that day. So while we often talk about it, we don’t do that over the photos and we certainly wouldn’t do it over a video. I’m sure your day will be wonderful and that you’ll be able to remember it just fine without having it on tape… sorry, an USB stick.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We didn’t have one and I don’t regret it at all!

I do think other people’s wedding videos are super cool, but I just could NOT picture myself watching a video of my own wedding more than like once or twice. Now photos? You can display them, give them as gifts, post them all over the Bee (lol), etc. We were all about the photos, and we spent like half our wedding budget on a photographer. But I just didn’t think I’d really appreciate a video.

My BFF took a video of the toasts at dinner (I had no idea she was even bringing a video camera, lol), and I haven’t even asked her to send it to me yet!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m having a friend with a good camera record the ceremony, speeches and first dance. I really don’t enjoy watching myself on film so to spend heaps of money on something I am unlikely to watch more than once didn’t seem worth it. Plus I have been to too many weddings where videographers were too ‘visible’ and set up their cameras on tripods, lights on tripods etc. right in front of the bridal table blocking everyone’s view of them etc. (Not all have been like this, a few were more discreet)

 

We chose to hire a photographer that specialises in candid and photojournalistic stuff so we still get a lot of the ‘moment’s and emotion caught without feeling like I’m on a film set 🙂

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Parkwood International Golf Course

Having had to sit through a few other peoples wedding videos lately… I do not regret not having a video of my own.  How often do you watch home movies??? It’s about the same as that.  Photo’s are plenty!

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