Post # 1
So we have been having a hard time finding a videographer that can do they style we really like that we can actually afford. We get a call from one and it sounds really great. They like the style we are wanting (more modern, journalistic, story telling rather than a stationary camera thet just gives a boring view of the day) So, for $2,000 we get two cameras beginning 2 hours before the reception (Which is great because that is when load in starts for our venue anyway) and lasts until we leave, whatever time that will be. We get that really cool 3 minute overview of the day (which is all I really ever wanted anyway so, YAY!) and s “growing together” DVD of us growing up and growing together as a couple. That way we actually have something for our guests to do and watch while we are getting our pictures taken or during dinner. Obviously it is customized and includes our own sound track. And there is a 2 week turn around.
My only problem is deciding if it is worth is and if we really need it. I have always wanted one but have been settles on the fact that we wont have one because we just couldn’t afford it. So, when we signed with our photographer we agreed on a video fusion type thing where we get a short movie of pictures and video of important moments and even cute “photo shoot” videos of when we are getting our pictures taken. (That part sounds weird but it is so fun to see) The downside is that we don’t get all the stuff we (or, I) was really wanting from a videographer. I settles with that since it was only $400 and something we could afford.
So, question is, is a videographer really worth it or should I just leave it with the photographer?
Post # 3
This is something I’ve been struggling with as well. I really can’t justify spending more than about $1200 on it but all the videographers I really like start at about $3,000 or more. After reading others’ opinions, I’ve decided that we definitely need to have some type of videography, even if it’s not the exact style I love. The way I see it is, something is better than nothing in this case. I think I will really regret it if we don’t have documentation of our vows and all the speaches at the reception.
Post # 4
I agree with Jaynee (cool name by the way) on this one. You wont regret having some type of video but you may regret having none at all
Post # 5
All my friends who are married that didn’t get a videographer have all told me that they WISHED they did because they don’t remember or didn’t get to see everything that went on. They felt like they missed so much.
To us, it was definitely worth it to book our videographer. We are paying $2700 for 8 hours of coverage which includes the feature film, highlight montage or trailer, custom dvd authoring, and as many DVD copies as we like.
It is one of the splurges of the wedding but I am so excited for it! I know that people look down on it like, “who is going watch their wedding video over and over again” but it will be a keepsake for our children and I have two grandmas that can’t travel due to health reasons so it is a way of including them for them to be able to watch us get married!
One thing we noticed as we were researching and meeting with different videographers is that the prices range MAJORLY among them. We ended up going with someone slightly on the higher side of our budget but the quality and style of our videographer was definitely way higher than the videographers who had better prices. You get what you pay for kind of thing. We totally wanted that more journalistic approach as well!
Good luck with your decision! 🙂
Post # 6
I thought about it before we got married and was all for it… but then i thought “how often are we going to watch it” and the answer was probably once in a blue moon, plus since we didn’t have a normal big tradational wedding it was an easy decision for us. We have our photos and i dont regret it at all 🙂
Its something you need to think about together… Are you going to watch it enough to be worth the money?
Post # 7
not imo. But thats just my bias.
Post # 8
Lets put it this way. Last night I was trodding around the house in my PJ’s and i looked up and saw my wedding boquet, and then i got sad and thought…ahhh i miss my wedding. I have a book on the coffee table with all 400 pictures from the wedding in it….i didnt grab that, I grabbed my video http://vimeo.com/13903051 and i watched my husband smile and i watched us dance, and i watched my mom cry and it was great!! the emotions i get from watching the video are so much higher then looking at the pictures…i love love lvoe my video (this is the higlight I have a full length 15 minute video as well).
If i could go back and do my day over I would without a doubt make sure I had a videographer again!!
PLUS the other day i was at the mall and i heard ALL three songs that were part of my videos and i pictured my wedding hearing them and they made me smile. Love love love love.
Post # 9
Not having video is one of my biggest wedding regrets – definitely do it!!!
Post # 10
@Baileyh: Actually (and don’t think I’m a stalkerazzi!) but your video was the one that pushed me into ‘must have’ video for my wedding. It was so beautiful, I felt like I was there. Just watched it again, wow! I love the end where you were dancing and it seems you said ‘I love you’ so amazing. Now, I can’t justify spending $2k on video even though the folks I like, that’s the ones they have. I decided to spend a little. They might not be the best but at least I’d have something. I am already splurging on an open bar AND a high end photographer. Something’s gotta give 🙁
Post # 11
@bRooklynRocks: ahh thanks!! and yes…i was saying “I love you” at the end. Im so happy they caught something like that.
That being said..i was also a NO NO NO a wedding video isnt necessary. I would always cross it off my budget lists that i got from magazines etc. The only reason i got mine was bc he was free (yeah!!!). He was just breaking out into the wedding buisness. Now i love my video so much AFTER the wedding that i would now pay good coin for it.
So if you arent into paying the premiumo for a video..i would understand. My theory was, ill take a chance and the worst case scenario would be that i get a really crappy video.
Maybe look into some schools if you want one, although i think you are getting a resonable deal wwith your package anyways!
Post # 12
I wasn’t going to have one either but just recently decided on it and I am soo happy and excited. I think what you are paying is a great deal for what you are getting.
The only thing I might caution you on is to check your contract with your photographer or ask them directly, to make sure that hiring another videographer isn’t a conflict for them or breaking some rule in the contract. If it doesn’t then I would go for it! 🙂