Post # 1
I’m not sure I want to hire a videographer, have gone back and forth on this a few times. I was wondering how many of you who didn’t video regret it, and how many of you who did now feel it was a waste? In my area many videographers charge upwards of 600.00 and I am not sure I’ll ever even watch the thing.
Post # 3
We didnt have a videographer and I didnt really want one from the beginning. It would be nice to look back and watch everything but I just couldnt put that much money into something we *might* watch once a year. We did have my husband’s cousin videotape the ceremony (which is good because it went by so fast and Id love to see the processional before I was there). He was supposed to do the first dance, but Im not sure if he did. That would be the one thing I would regret because we put so much practice in but my friends FI did videotape it so we have that.
Post # 4
We will definitely be having someone videotape our wedding. I don’t know if we’ll actually pay for a videographer or have one of our guests do the taping but we both really want to have a recording (besides photos) to watch and (hopefully) someday share with our kids.
My parents had a friend tape their wedding (37 yrs ago-it’s in black-and-white with no sound) and I finally got to watch it when I was about 10 years old (he had actually forgotten he even had it on tape and when he found it he brought it over one night).
My mum has since had it put onto a DVD and we watch it about twice a year. It’s wonderful for me to watch because well….I wasn’t born then…so I love getting to see how their day was, and for all of us it’s immensely special because my grandparents have since passed away (as have some other guests), so we laugh and cry watching it.
Plus for my mum and dad, there were things they didn’t see on that day that are recorded, like my nana & my uncle (the BM) sneaking a smoke and laughing about something hilarious….what it was…we’ll never know, but the film of it is priceless to us.
Post # 5
We didn’t have a videographer and I didn’t regret the decision. We didn’t have the extra money in the budget and I didn’t really see myself (or anyone else) wanting to watch a video of the wedding. I was also afraid that I would feel self-conscious being videotaped and that it would be intrusive. In the end, I felt like our memories and the photographer were enough.
Post # 6
We hired a videographer right before the wedding because I was having regrets about not having hired one. We LOVE our video. We have already watched it a bunch of times, and we’re planning to show it to some friends this weekend. I can’t express how happy it makes me to have the video! While it wouldn’t be that big of a deal if we never got one, now that we have it I wouln’t trade it for the world!
Post # 7
We didn’t hire a videographer — I thought the videos I saw were generally just way too corny, and the only things I liked were outrageously expensive. We set up a video camera on a tripod in the back of the church to record the ceremony– and we haven’t watched it or felt the desire to watch it yet. I’d definitely say if you’re hesitating about this don’t bother. I was so glad to have that money to spend elsewhere (satin ivory on ivory striped table linens– so gorgeous).
Post # 8
We actually splurged on videography and booked the best in the industry. Although many brides consider photography one of, if not the most, important vendors – there are things that photos don’t catch. The infectious laugh of the bridesmaids in the hotel room or the energy of the ballroom when the bride/groom comes through the door. Wedding videos do have a nasty stigma of being corny, but things are turning around. Some vendors shoot in a more cinematic style and creating amazing imagery. We’ve watched our SDE countless times and I can’t imagine not having that day on video. That being said, the equipment needed to produce/edit stunning video is quite expensive and that’s one of the reasons why you’re having a hard time finding affordable cinematography – especially in los angeles.
Post # 9
I also went back and forth about this, especially since it’s a large expense. Since we are paying for the entire cost of the wedding, I kept wondering if I could justify the cost.
In the end, we decided it was important to have one, mainly because we are older and by the time our children grow up, the grandparents will have passed away, and possibly others in the family. We wanted them to be able to have some idea of who they were. Plus, we felt it was important to document our wedding day in a different way than just plain photography. Like joyce said, there are things even the best photographer in the world can’t or won’t be able to catch. There is only so much one or two people can do. Having a videographer allows for our friends and family to give us personal messages during our day – something no picture can do.
Post # 10
We didn’t hire a videographer, but my cousin and his gf filmed the ceremony and reception. We didnt’ have the budget for an awesome, expensive videographer, and I didn’t want to pay less for a cheesy wedding video. I’m happy with our decision!
Post # 11
We will be hiring a videographer. I think it is definitely worth the expense. Our families usually have a videographer at every wedding and this allows the people who are close to us but were not able to attend (due to illness, distance or other reasons) watch our special day. And we usually watch my sister’s wedding video at least once a year. I’d love for my kids to watch mine too, many years down the road.
Post # 12
I did hire a videographer, but I did not splurge on it. I was afraid if I didn’t get one, I’d regret it forever. So I did, and I’m relieved, because a lot of things are better caught as action, not stills. During my interviews, I came across lots of amateur videographers who charged around $600-1000, which is really good. Their work was not very good, but at least that way you can get A video of the wedding day. I went with someone for 2000, and I’m glad because he has an artistic eye and was a professional.
Post # 13
I wanted a video, but I didnt need a hollywood style film. I just wanted a video of our wedding. So my parents video camcorder, my 13 cousin in the front row, and a tri-pod were just the trick! We have video (and I’m sooo glad we do), and it didnt cost us a thing. We’ve watched it several times and sent out dvd copies to family that couldnt make it. I do think having someone video is a great idea, but for us, it wasn’t worth spending any money. The only $ we would have spent would have been on a new camcorder.
Post # 14
Our brother in law volunteered to set up a camcorder to record the ceremony, so I think we’ll just go with that. Thanks for all the input guys; I don’t feel unsettled at the idea of NOT having an expensive video anymore!!!!