Post # 1
I never really considered getting a videographer for our wedding, but now I have people trying to convince me to get one. People are saying that pictures are necessary, but they don’t capture the moment like video does – They also say it’s nice to hear people’s voices and it’ll be nice to have to show our kids and look back on love ones who have passed.
I definitely agree with this and think I want one, but I really don’t want to spend the money. The money is honestly the only thing holding me back. We already spent more than we wanted on our photos and now the thought of spending almost $2000 more for the videographer makes me cringe.
SO…is getting a videographer absolutely worth it? If you had one at your wedding, were you happy in the end that you did it? Anyone think it wasn’t really worth the expense?
Post # 3
I’m not having one. The liklihood of me watching the video more than twice is very slim to none. It would sit in a drawer or a box to never see the light of day. I put the money I would have put towards a videographer towards something else.
Also, our photographer (Who also does videography) told us that she felt it wasn’t worth the money. I agreed with her.
Post # 4
I didn’t vote in the poll because I didn’t have a videographer for my wedding, so I can’t comment from first hand experience.
But I think those people that spend the money for a videographer don’t regret it, and those that choose not to have a videographer don’t miss it.
Post # 5
I’m with @babymakes3. We are not planning on having a videographer even though we’ve viewed some AWESOME ones of other weddings.
Post # 6
I voted “yes.” The movement of your dress, your grandparents dancing, the way you said your vows- these are things photography cannot capture. It seems like you can either be a video person (will watch the video, enjoys having a visual representation of your memories) or you’re not (the video will sit on a shelf). I actually wish I had considered videography in the beginning and spent a little less on other things because I realized I am one of those people.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I plan to have a videographer and it was one of the things I made sure to work in my budget. I guess it depends — are you the kind of person who likes records of things? I personally love taking photos and videos to capture moments in my life, and I do like going back to my photos and videos from time to time to reminisce. I honestly never even though of videography until I saw some of the cinematically edited videos and I immediately knew that I wanted to capture our day like that.
I think you can find some reasonably priced videographers if you look a lot — try Craigslist, try the wedding review sites, but also try looking for newer, just established studios who might be more willing to give a price break in order to fill their portfolio. Also maybe look on college message boards for any cinema students who might be interested in such a video for their portfolio. This is assuming you’re looking for a cinematic edit — if you are just looking for a documentarian, I think you might even be okay looking at the “big box photo/video companies” like George Street or Jolie (altho make sure to read reviews for your local branch; there are praises and then there are horror stories all the time).
Post # 8
I am spending a lot on our wedding photographer. While I have seen some amazing videos on the bee, its not something I felt was necessary for us to have. We decided to take the extra 2K and put it towards our 3K photographer budget. It made my favorite photographer within our budget. I am happy with our decision.
Post # 9
@chrissyb464: When my fiance and I hired our photographer, we decided not to add the cinematography package because (1) we thought it was too much money for a video, and (2) we convinced ourselves that the photos would be enough, but then my fiance’s brother got married. After watching my future brother in law’s wedding video we IMMEDIATELY decided to contact out photographer and add on the cinematography package. Yes it is a lot of money (an additional $3,000) however, knowing that we will be able to watch moments that we may have missed that day or have been too emotionally overwhelmed to process, and knowing that we will be able to have on film the sight and sound of all of our loved ones celebrating our wedding for the rest of our lives sealed the deal for us.
Post # 10
Can you find a less expensive one? Ours is only $800 and she does fantastic work.
Post # 11
@NAvery: I’ve done a good deal of searching and there are a few cheaper options, but the quality is sub-par. I think it might have something to do with my location (Philadelphia). Wedding related services seem to be more expensive here 🙁
Post # 12
Many of my friends that have gotten married have said not having a videographer was their biggest regret. I had iniitally decided not to get a videographer to save $, but have since changed my mind.
You may not watch the entire video, but many videographers do 5 min wedding highlights that are like youtube videos. Although short, they really highlight the day so well. I finally decided to get one after seeing my videographers work. My fiance and I got teary from watching the highlights of complete strangers so I can only imagine how much we’d end up loving our own.
Post # 13
I plan on having a videographer, I watch my parents’ wedding video at least once or twice a year 🙂 It is definitely a good idea in my opinion!
Post # 14
im not having one. my MIL hired one for my despedida (mexican bridal shower type thing) and i felt really self conscious and aware he was there/ couldnt relax at all
but most people aren’t like me i realise haha
i also dont think id ever really watch it again
Post # 15
I didn’t have one, and looking back, I think that’s one of my mini regrets from our wedding day. I say if you can manage a budget for it, do it!
Post # 16
@Jacqui90: That’s really sweet. I wish I had my parents’ videos to watch..
AFM, we did hire one and are relieved we did. Our photographer did an amazing job but he did miss things I thought were standard. Also as others have mentioned it’s wonderful to hear the vows and the speeches again. And lastly I can’t say I have any video of my dad other than this so I’m glad I have something of him now.
I think if you decide against pro video, at the very least, get a tripod and camcorder and get a family member to ensure the important moments are captured. You won’t regret it if you at least have something.