Post # 1
I need some advice…I was thinking about getting a videographer for my wedding but, I am not sure if it is worth it. My fiance and I are definitely more into still images which is why we spent a little more on our photographer. At first, we were both against a videographer and he still is but, I am a bit torn now. We have his best friend from high school marrying us and a friend of mine has written a poem to read for the wedding…the reason why I have swayed more towards maybe is because our wedding ceremony is so personalized to us that it could be cool.
The only videographer we can find inour area to do the wedding is $500.00 just for the ceremony…is that a good price? Should I do it or am I better of not?
Thanks for your advice!!
Post # 3
YES YES YES. We did not hire one and thank the lord, our photographer’s son took a ton of video to create an amazing montage. and we bought the raw footage. Had he not been there we would have not had anything.
I would definitely hire one.
Post # 4
I didn’t have one. I didn’t miss it. Are you realllllly going to sit around watching your wedding video enough to justify the expense? The price you were quoted is actually a steal, but i’d honestly rather spend $500 on furniture or a trip. At least your wedding photos can be hung up on the wall!
Post # 5
I would definitely get one! Well, we are getting one LOL. Partly to share with those who can’t make it, and because I want our kids to be able to see it etc.
Post # 6
A wholehearted yes!! We hired our videographer three weeks before our wedding and it was the best decision we made. I love our highlights video–makes me cry every time–and I can’t wait to get the full film, which will have our ceremony etc on it. I say if it’s in the budget, you should do it, even if you only have part of the wedding (like only the ceremony) with the videographer.
Post # 7
If you want a compromise, you can always buy a Flip camera for about $200 (the nicer one), and then edit it yourself. Video editing really isn’t too hard, and most computers come with either iMovie or the Microsoft version, which isn’t as cool, but I used it for a project and it works just fine.
Post # 8
I recommend it! There were so many things that I didn’t notice on the wedding day (I mean it was seriously a blur) and it was awesome to be able to see/hear them captured!! I got really lucky and had a couple of friends unexpectedly video the whole wedding and our reception too (I’d only hire the professional videographer for the ceremony) so I got 2 different perspectives of my wedding and footage of the reception! I’m so very glad that I have video of my wedding!!!
As for the price, I paid a smidge less then you, but the price you mentioned really is a very good deal!
Post # 9
I agree with Jolee you might want to ask someone to videotape the wedding so you have a record of the important events and you can edit yourself. If you have the extra money in your budget of course a professional video will be nicer but it can be done on your own too.
Post # 10
Do it! I didn’t want a videographer, but my husband did. Now that I’ve viewed it (about 3-4 times since the wedding in July), I am SOOOO glad that we did it!! Photos are lovely, but video captures every word and expression (even the silly mistakes too that make you laugh). If you think it’s too pricey, maybe you can work out a better deal with the videographer!?
Post # 11
Growing up I ALWAYS watched my parents wedding video. I loved it so much, not because I wanted to get married but I thought my mom looked like a princess 🙂 I just re-watched it a few months ago and it was just so heartwarming. SO based on that there was never any question for me that I wanted a videographer.
Post # 12
I got one! Because I want my kids to be able to watch it. I think that the pros out weigh the cons for sure. This is something you will be able to share with you family who couldn’t make it and your kids when they are born!
I wish my mom and dad would have videoed their wedding! I would have loved to have seen that.
Post # 13
My budget unfortunately doesn’t allow for one, so I’ll be going without. I DO think it adds another dimension to the day though that otherwise would be lost, and I’ve never heard of anyone regretting their decision to hire one. I agree with PP that suggested asking someone to record it on a flip if you don’t care about anything super fancy, just a record of the day.
Post # 14
@amandasmartinez: Do it do it do it! I am sooo much more a photo person. I have an album (photo) of EVERY YEAR since my first year of uni (thats TEN years of albums)
We got a videographer and i watch that vide tens time more then ANY wedding picture. you WILL NOT regret it!!!
Post # 15
FI has a family friend that does videography, and I’m SO excited to have him! I have seen some amazing film recaps on here, and with DVD technology it’s so easy to share with others and watch it whenever you’d like. I don’t know SD rates, but if it seems comparable to others around, I’d invest in it.
Post # 16
I’m probably in the extreme minority here, but I did have a videographer and now I wish I hadn’t done it. It’s a long story and I’m not getting into it, but if you feel that you’ll watch your wedding video years and years from now, go for it. I admit that there are some things I wish I had on video, such as the BM toast and the first dance, but overall, I don’t know I would have watched the video a whole lot.
Based on how you describe your wedding, I would lean more towards saying go for it. $500 is a good price, and if it’s as personalized as you say, I think it would be fun to watch over and over again. If everything is happening in the ceremony, and you don’t want the reception, it’s normal. I used to be in videography, and I went to a few weddings where we filmed ceremony only.