Post # 1
Hi Bees – I never had any clue that videographers even existed for weddings until recently. At first I thought I wouldn’t want one and pictures would be enough, but the more I look into it, I think it would be great to have DVDs capturing the entire day.
But videographers are expensive!! I know it’s a lot of work to shoot all day and edit, but I’m just wondering if it is worth it. I found one that is willing to work with my budget, and is costing $1450 for all day coverage, 2 photographers, a trailer teaser, then 1-2 hr full length footage including 5 DVDs. Does this sound resonable? I think so and I really like the videos on the blog, but my mom (who is really helping out in paying for most things) thinks I am going overboard. FI is kinda indifferent, but keeps saying “But when will we ever watch this?”
So basically.. is anyone looking around and trying to decide to get a videographer or not? What are your thoughts and budgets? If you had a videographer, was it worth it? Anyone regret getting one or not getting one? Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
We think it’s worth it, so we’re moving things around in the budget so we can make it happen. We intend to watch the videos on our anniversary, or maybe show them to our kids one day, or just keep them somewhere in case we ever need them. People used to take home movies of weddings all the time, so this is just a more professional version of that in my opinion. My grandpa video taped my mom’s wedding back in the early 80’s, and I loved watching it when I was little. I figure there’s a chance you’ll regret any decision no matter what you decide, so it’s better to regret spending the extra money on a video you don’t watch than to regret not paying for a video you will never be able to get afterwards.
Post # 4
FI and I are also debating videography. I’m favoriting the this thread to see the responses.
Post # 5
I did not get a videographer. That is the only regret of my wedding. I had an AMAZING photographer and my photos could not have captured everything better, but I still wish I had a video. That’s the one thing I would change if I could go back. I say do it:)
Post # 6
I was in exactally the same position (mom thought it was unnecessary, FI said he doesn’t see why we needed it but he’d leave it up to me) and I finally ended up booking a videographer that charges $1000 for just the ceremony and reception (but doesn’t film too much of getting ready). I’ll let you know in a couple weeks whether or not we felt it was worth it! 🙂
Post # 7
I’m getting one because I feel like the day will be such a blur I may want to go back and take the time to listen to everything. I barely remember the words FI said to me when he proposed because it was so exciting and overwhelming. I would hate to miss all the speeches and special moments.
When my sister got married I made a speech and couldn’t remember for the life of me what I said. Everyone kept telling me how nice it was so when the video came it was great to be able to go back and hear for myself 🙂
Yes, they are expensive but I think memories are worth it!
Post # 8
YES, get one. I can’t tell you how much we love our video and how happy we are that we got one. We booked it super close to the wedding–like 3 weeks before–because we were unsure, but we were SO happy that we did. Hearing our vows over again, getting to see everyone dancing, it was just wonderful. So I would highly highly recommend it!! PM me if you would like our videographer’s name–he’s based in NYC, but I would imagine he would travel to PA.
Post # 9
I would absolutely recommend it! Our videographers were a similar package as yours, although you do get more copies of the DVD lol.
I was like you where I wasn’t sure if I wanted one or not, and everyone around me thought it was unnecessary. Well now that the weddings over I can’t wait to see it! We’ve received the wedding trailer which was about 2 minutes long and I watch that all the time to tide me over until we get the full length video.
The day goes by so fast and I can’t remember specific things that we’re said and I’m really looking forward to watching our ceremony again and the speaches. To me, it was also very important that we had a video of our wedding as my grandparents aren’t in the best health and we even moved the wedding up a year so they could be there. Now I will always have a video of us together laughing and dancing and that means the world to me, to have a recording of all of my favorite people together.
I really valued photography, and I love my photos, but as great as they are, they can’t help me remember what was said or all the little things that happened while we werent around (cocktail hour) and that’s why I think videography is so important. I can’t see anyone regretting having had a video (even if it’s not the greatest quality, you can still relive those moments) but I can definitely see regretting not getting one.
Post # 10
It’s 100% soooo completely worth it. Watching it puts you right back in the mindset of your wedding day. You see things you didn’t get to see the day of, and you have a record of your favorite memories. Do it do it do it!
Post # 11
I’m sure it’s worth it, but we’re really trying to keep down the costs.. so we’re putting that money into the party instead. It was a tough decision, but I’m still good with it.
Post # 12
YES YES DO IT!!! I’ve heard so many brides say that’s their one regret. You can’t get the vibe of your wedding from photos. It also captures all the stuff you miss when you’re bee-boppin around 🙂
Check craigslist for someone who does it on the side. It doesn’t have to be motion-picture quality, just someone who can work a camera and knows what you want. A lot of film students or video entusiasts will do it for cheap.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for the input. I think I’m going to really push for getting a videographer, so lets hope my parents go for it. I’ll show them this thread for reference 🙂 If not, I think I’m going to splurge for it myself (problem is I’m a poor grad student at the moment. I think it will be worth it though!)
Post # 14
Do It! this was the one thing i deeply regretted!
Post # 15
I was in the same position you were! Every person I talked to who DIDN’T have one said it was their one regret of the day…so we decided to make it work.
What we did to save money is we only got him to film, and then a couple months after the wedding (and a couple more paychecks) we’ll pay him to edit and make the DVD’s. We’re lucky because he had no problems with the agreement that way.
Plus, I really want to see my niece and nephew do their thing down the aisle, think of all you miss while you’re waiting in the wings to walk. Photos are great, but video is the real deal.
Good luck with your parents!
Post # 16
I was so anti-vid. DH too. (Not sure why though, since TV is his job.) Anyway, we had a friend/coworker of his do ours–it was just the ceremony and it’s amazing. I’m so pleased that we did.
I would say that’s a good price for the mid-Atlantic. Camera equipment is insanely expensive, you have to shoot at least 5x the amount of footage that will appear in the final product, and editing takes a lot of time. So it does tend to run up there. If you’ve seen and liked their product–and it seems to have a lot of features, PLUS a second camera–then you are getting a good deal!