Post # 1
OK! So before everyone jumps in to answer my title to this. Our photography package will include a 10+ minute fusion film/highlight film.
To begin with, I didn’t even want a video, not just because it’s so much money, but it’s not something you’re going to watch every single day, in my opinion. Maybe a few times ever from start to finish. (Like in the beginning when you’re excited to show everyone, and then a few times by yourselves, and then again years and years later when you remember you have it).
My question is, is anyone just doing a highlight video? It’s 950 which will include a whole segment with just our vows and the ceremony, and the rest will be highlights and creative shots.
A lot of people I know don’t have a video at all…but my sister-in-law is having 2 videographers at her wedding, over 2,700 extra later…I just don’t have that budget.
What’s everyones take?
Post # 3
@BellaDee: If it’s not in your budget, I would suggest to not have a video.
Post # 4
I have a video and honestly, it’s not worth it. We watched it once and will probably never watch it again lol
Post # 5
I wouldn’t do wedding videography if it’s just absolutely not in your budget, but if you can afford the highlight video, I would definitely go for it! I’m a little biased, but I think videography is underrated, and if you can find a good one that fits the style you want, it would be invaluable to be able to go back and watch those moments again, and see the reactions of your closest friends and family as you guys are exchanging vows.
When my grandfather passed away a few years ago, my family brought out all of our old cherished photo albums, as well as a family vacation video with him talking and kissing my grandmother. Being able to hear his voice and watch him for a few minutes had us all crying and really brought the memories back to life.
Plus, with the way technology is going, you’ll be able to have your wedding video playing on your fridge, and get to see it just as much as you would photographs. ;] http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9qmwdbhsbVs
Post # 6
I’m one of those weirdos that pulls out the video of our 3D sonogram to watch every couple of months, but I also do not have the budget for videography. However, I am pretty handy with a Mac and can video-edit like a champ, so I’m considering setting up a video camera for portions of the ceremony/reception and working on it by myself. Or, having the MOH’s boyfriend video a few things because, really, what else is he going to do while his GF runs around with the BMs and I all night? But, I too, am not sure about this either.
Post # 7
How often do you watch videos of yourself or your family? My mother always videoed us and even transferred them to DVD for us, but I never watch them. If it’s something important to you, then make room in your budget.
Post # 8
We skipped it, and I’m okay with that. Our photographer was AMAZING and photos were much more of my focus anyway.
Just so we have the moments captured to watch one day if we ever want to (or to show kids or whatever) we had a high school student use our camcorder and get our ceremony and first dance on video.
Post # 9
We decided at the last minute to add videography, but basically just the highlights as well. A stylized edited under 10 minutes kind of thing. We also get the raw full coverage as well. But since it’s not a long film, it was less expensive. Our photographer had also an optional video add-on for a highlight video, but because they’re focus is photography, a lot of the big moments are missed, and subsituted with still shots. So basically it’s a slideshow with their photos, with moments of video mixed in. I’d rather have them focus on photography, and let a videographer handle the video.
Post # 10
I happen to love videos and think they are wonderful. It’s more for your family and future family (kids) and it gives a lot of pleasure to see them each year as you celebrate your anniversary.
However, I agree that photography for a wedding is more important, so if it’s not in your budget, go with your highlight film – you will enjoy it and, in addition to your book, you will see yourself looking so beautiful on moving film.
Post # 11
I did a wedding video but it definitely didn’t cost THAT much!! if it cost that much, I wouldn’t do it!
Post # 12
I was torn with this as well. But then I found this neat affordable option that I plan on doing. It’s a website called wedit.com…they send you 5 mini HD video cameras which you can hand out to friends and family. Then after the wedding you send it back and they edit it all and put it to music. I think it costs around $250-$300.
Post # 13
@missgolf: We were originally going to skip video until we found the most amazing cinematographer and we are so happy we didn’t skip it. While our pictures were absolutely amazing I love watching our video. I absolutely enjoy seeing us speak our vows and hearing how emotional my husband got during the vows. There are just some things that pictures do not capture and, sometimes, even miss. If it’s in your budget go for it.
Post # 14
@Raw Fiction Pictures: I’ve been trying to get in touch with you because I’m looking for a videographer in the LA area for September 2013. Please let me know if you’ll be available. Thank you!
Post # 15
Yes wedding video! I love ourS! Here it is if u Deanna see it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgpuQnTVFZw&list=LLr9xp7pQod_s9lKzPNbF5-w it can only bee seen on desktop though. Sandra and Hector’s wedding day highlights 🙂
Post # 16
Video was a last minute addition for us and we are so glad we got it. At the time it was just insurance in case our photographer missed certain aspects of the day, but we’ve realised now that there are things that photos can’t capture.
In my experience you regret things you don’t do more than things you do, so for peace of mind, if you’re on the fence I would just go for it.