Post # 1
When my FI and I originally set our budget, we figured videography was out of the question.
Now that everything has settled, I am realizing how much I truly want videography. I see other people’s videos and tear up almost every time and I always hear how it is one of the best keepsakes these days.
I found a videographer who has everything we would need for $1900. We don’t have a lot of wiggle room, and it would be a big stretch. I am in the process of buying a new car, so it might delay that for a little while. We have the money, but it would make things tight for a short while. My FI said if my parent’s agreed to pay half, we could do it. But, I don’t forsee that happening. So, is it something I should keep pushing for even if we have to eat peanut butter sandwiches for a few weeks, or do without?
Did anyone get videography and think it was the best decision, or you could take it or leave it?
Post # 2
I personally would do what it takes to make it happen. If it’s already calling to you, I bet you’ll regret not getting it.
Post # 3
We haven’t even watched our whole video to be honest…haha.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Get it. We weren’t going to do it and I just got my highlights video back and am SO glad we did. We found someone extremely reasonable, though, and only paid $700. It’s my opinion that it doesn’t matter whether you splurge or get a cheap option, like we did, as long as you have a videographer. It is so amazing getting to actually relive moments from your wedding, and getting to see things happen that you missed on the actual wedding day. Do it!
Post # 5
I just asked my cousin to film the important parts of the day on a home digital camcorder and it worked out great! He got the entire ceremony, the first dance, and the speeches. It’s not professional, but it helps remember the day, which was the important part, for me. And it was free!
Post # 6
Westwood: Yea. I heard that a lot from older generations (not that you are), but now that they do the highlight video 3-5min. you stick it all over everywhere and watch it all the time!
kimmo416: OMG I wish I could find it that cheap..This was the cheapest I could find in my area. My friend got hers done in a town 3 hours away for $1000 and it was great quality, but the travel fees were’nt worth the difference!!
JenGirl: Unfortunatly I don’t know anyone with camera skillz :-/
Post # 7
texaslemon: There weren’t a lot of skillz involved, pretty much just turn the thing on and point it toward the action! But it does require a video recorder or a camera with a video option. You can also rent a regular video recorder. There are also services that will rent you one or several cameras and you record and send it back to them and they edit it for you.
Post # 8
Well if it’s that important to you, go for it. I personally just wouldn’t rewatch my wedding video over and over (no matter the length), so $1900 seems like a huge amount to spend to me. We only paid like $200/hour I think, and the videographer stayed about 3 hours.
Post # 9
texaslemon: FI was completely against getting one after seeing the quotes, so I started looking on Craigslist for a cheaper alternative. Thankfully I found a guy who was just starting out and his videos are beautiful cinematic quality, which was exactly what I was looking for, and he ended up charging a fraction of the cost than other videographers we looked into.
For $950, him and a 2nd shooter will be staying all day (arriving at 10am for getting ready footage and they’ll be staying until the end of our reception at midnight), and we’ll be getting a highlight video, full edited video, and 3 DVD or USB copies.
I definitely recommend checking Craigslist and/or Thumbtack to see who you can find!
Post # 10
Do it!! I can’t recommend it enough. The day goes by soo fast and there’s only so much that can be captured in photos. There’s moments I didn’t really remember until I saw them again in our video. I watched our preview probably 100 times before we got the full movie. It’s very very special to have. We spent a ridiculous amount and don’t regret it for a second. $1900 is a really great deal!
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern
I just signed on our videographer and I am really excited about it. If you can make it happen I say go for it!
Post # 12
Hiring one was the best decision we made during wedding planning, we got a great video that makes me cry every time. I can’t imagine not having it, years from now we will still be watching it and crying. My husband feels the same way. It is 100% worth it. Here is the link to our highlight video if you want to see: http://www.emotionpicturesinc.com/blog/2014/9/rachel-and-brandon-celebrations-at-the-reservoir-richmond-va
I love the full video even more.
Post # 13
We got the full length and the highlight video, and we’ve watched them once. I’m sure one day I’ll be glad I have it, but my parents paid. If we were paying I wouldn’t have done it, and I don’t think I’d regret it.
Post # 15
texaslemon: I just got my wedding video and it is definitely the BEST decision I have ever made!My husband and I were completely blown away by our wedding film. I love my wedding pictures but this is on a different level. It totally brought me back to that day. I can’t watch it without getting a huge smile on my face and goosebumps all over!
Post # 16
We bought a video camera for about $500 and had my friend’s husbands take turns. It wasn’t so much about us as having video of our friends and family who will not live forever. my mom is deceased and I treasure the childhood videos I have. The bonus is now we have the video camera for all of life s big events!