Post # 1
Hi Hive, I just need to vent a little bit because this has been such a supportive community. I had my wedding last weekend, and LOVED every minute of it. It was an amazing, beautiful day beyond my wildest dreams. So much fun and so love-filled. My biggest regret, however, is not getting professional videography. I planned every detail so carefully, and really splurged on photography, but I am really kicking myself now for not getting pro video. I really considered videography for awhile but given that our budget had ballooned, decided to abandon it. I did have a cousin shoot some moments of the ceremony, and speeches at the reception – watching these, however, made me crave for pro videography. There were a lot of missed moments in the amateur video. I am grateful I had something at all, but really wished I had invested in video. What has been your experience? Anyone else regret not having videography? Do you know anyone who didn’t regret not having videography?
Post # 3
At least you will have amazing pictures!!! I couldn’t imagine not having photography and I would probably be sad if I didn’t have at lease something, that being said I probably will only end up watching my wedding video once, maybe twice. My pictures on the other hand I wil proudly display on my coffee table and up on my wall 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery
Ack I am thinking of not having videography because it’s either too expensive or too cheesy, I hope I won’t regret it like you!
Post # 5
i’m sorry you feel this way but at least you have amateur clips whereas some couples have nothing at all! positive thinking 🙂
even though 2 of my friends who are getting married earlier than me are not having a videographer, but i know it’s something i’d regret if i don’t (even if i only watch it once).
Post # 6
I had a friend record most of the ceremony with her camera and I still haven’t watched it a year later. Professional videography would have been a waste for me since I still haven’t watched the free stuff I have.
Post # 7
I was going to cut videography as well, but I’ve heard from so many people that it’s the first the to be cut, and often the biggest regret. So- we’ve squeezed together what was left of our budget and are hoping to hire videographers for the wedding. That is good that you at least have some footage, and if your budget is tight, that might be just as good as the footage you would’ve gotten from a low budget videographer? I know that doesn’t make it better, but just a thought!
Post # 8
I wanted both — I put alittle more into the photography but hired a professional videographer and it will be one of the more standard packages…I figured that was my trade off but still wanted the wedding to be on professional video too — its more for the bride & groom I think to look back on. The photos are more for everyone to see more often.
Post # 9
It was one of the things I was going to skip until like 2 months before the wedding, I added it because I found out my husbands grandparents weren’t going to be able to make it. I wasn’t going to get one unless I found a company that I really, really liked. We did, and I am really glad we did. So far we only have our highlight video back yet, but being able to rehear our vows to each other was really amazing. But you would get that with even amateur video, so I would encourage people to at least do that.
Post # 10
I totally feel the same way. We got married one month ago, loved the entire weekend, have amazing professional pictures, but we don’t have a video, and I do regret that a little bit…
Post # 11
It’s funny that this came up today. My cousin got married this summer, and as I was talking to her today I asked her what her favorite things were and what her biggest regrets for her wedding, and she said her favorite thing was having a videographer! I’m getting married next summer, and have not been planning for a videographer because I feel like it’s the easiest thing to screw up (shaking, poor sound, poor lighting, yadda yadda), so why spend all the money unless you’re confident it will be perfect? After her comment I’m rethinking things but I’m still not sure.
Post # 12
Try hiring someone for just the ceremony. Also look in Craigslist or look at special event company websites to see who they refer. I just found someone who was mentioned on a special event company website. I did a quick search on him. I didn’t find him on Wedding Wire which tells me he isn’t a full time wedding videographer. (He’s actully a full time TV cameraman who does this on the side.) But while most companies where starting at $900 (DC is expensive) for just the ceremony and one camera, he quoted me $300 for 2 cameras and 6 DVDs. We are still talking and I haven’t seen his work, but I just wanted to let you know it is possible to capture the day and not break the bank.
Post # 13
I lost the ten minutes my sister took at our wedding in a flood. That was the last video of my grandmother before she passed. My husband also has a friend who died in a snowmobile accident that he wishes he had video of at our wedding.
Here’s a good blog on the subject: http://www.my-photo-video.com/wedding-videography-the-great-debate/
I think one of the reasons couples don’t watch their video is because it is 2 hours and pretty boring. Getting a videographer who can create a good 20-30 minute highlight video is key.
travelista, check out this product, they can take your footage and turn it into a cool custom wedding video: http://weddings.storymixmedia.com/wedding-video-personal-videos-photos.html
Post # 14
Thank you so much for this post. FI and I were thinking we wouldn’t go with a videographer unless we had plenty left in our budget…but lately I’ve been on the fence about us going with one regardless. It’s good to get perspective from you to help in our decision!
Post # 15
At least you had photography. You will always have the memories. Plus people really only watch the video a few times. You’ll have the photos up in your house all the time!!!!