Post # 1
I started looking into wedding videographers this morning, but my FI stopped me and said that he doesn’t really want to have a video of the wedding. He thinks we should just combine our videography budget with our photography budget and hire a really fantastic photographer and make sure we get lots of great pictures from the day. I think that if I don’t get a videographer, I’ll regret it because I know 30 years from now I’ll feel nostalgic and want to watch a video of the wedding!
I’d like to hear what other bees think- are you going to use videography? Why or why not?
Post # 3
I am really on the fence about this. I think it all depends on how much is left in the bduget for us. But it’s definitely lowest priority. I personally would prefer to spend more on the photography. But then I plan to have a DIY Video Booth Confessional and enlist the help of family and friends with digital camcorders to record the wedding. It won’t be as nice as a professional videographer….but I’m more about the photography. 🙂
Post # 4
I would say get a videographer to anyone. Yes, it can be expensive sometimes — but just like any other portion of the wedding — there are other options. You can get a friend, hire a college video student… find a cheaper company and negotiate. Whatever.
Honestly, I was big on photography because you’ll definitely hang up more pictures and pull out your album more than you will the video… but it’s still fun to have a video to watch sometimes. The photographer doesn’t catch everything and sometimes hearing things can bring back different memories.
My opinion: cut down on flowers or something else that is just a 1 day thing and get a videographer. 🙂
Post # 5
I have to agree with gerbera on this one, It’s on the low end for us. I didn’t really budget for this one. Budget is really tight right now for us. I think I’d enjoy the pictures so much more anyways.
Post # 6
We’re getting a really cheap one who will do just the raw footage and no editing. I think for 8 hours, it’s costing us around $350. I have a lot of family members who will not be able to make it to the wedding because they’re in a different country so I’d like to be able to show them something more than just the pictures. I’d also love to revisit the speeches, first dance, us saying our vows, and other things that I know a picture will not be able to fully capture.
Post # 7
we hired a videographer last week for our wedding that will take place in 3 months. in other words, it was not even on the radar screen. my parents are paying for the wedding and i didn’t want to add on an extra expense. it was my mom, however, who convinced me that having the video of our day will be worth it. of course, as only my mom would think of, it will be something that i can one day show my some-day-in-the-future kids (she can’t wait for grandkids). after doing preliminary research, i found i did want a videographer (not for her reason) and that there are lots of options to fit different budgets. just make sure you see a sample of their work to get a good feeling for the style and length of the video.
Post # 8
We originally followed the "pay more for high quality photography" train of thought, however, after watching some of the beautiful "love story" videos posted on weddingbee I really changed my mind. They made me tear up just watching another couple’s wedding story. Many videographers are non-cheesy and very stylish. Although, we didn’t budget for it, ultimately we moved some numbers around it to make it work. I feel it’s totally worth it!
We have been married for about 8 months now and have watched it about 3-4 times, and it helps us remember our wedding ceremony more vividly than any photo. Also the whole day passed so quickly, it’s great to be able to relive each moment (our vows to each other, our first dance, etc). I suppose I initially underestimated how much our wedding video would mean to us, but I am very glad we have it now.
Post # 9
We are not using a videographer. I am REALLY not comfortable on camera, and I know that I would not be comfortable with someone following me around taping me all day. I’m already nervous enough about a photographer!
Post # 10
I think I’d watch a home video (we’re having somebody just set their own up to record our ceremony) but I don’t want to shell out that kind of money for somebody to put together a pretty video for us. I really don’t think my FI and I would eVER watch it! Except once in a very blue moon, like a big anniversary. I think our photos will be plenty. We splurged on our photographer, so there will be 3 people with cameras. I think we’re good
Post # 11
I initially had no intention of getting videography for my wedding BUT after I saw a crapload of gorgeously edited wedding films in the wedding blogosphere, I started to change my mind. Unfortunately the quality of videography in my wedding area is iffy at best when the price tag was within my budget, and at this point, I can’t justify spending more than a few hundred dollars on the process, especially when I know I can do better myself. SO, I’m doing something kind of crazy and will attempt to DIY super 8 videography! I took a documentary film class in college and still have all my editing software and feel confident using it. I was able to pick up a working, great quality camera and am enlisting a help of a screenwriter friend who will hopefully rope a super talented cinematography friend into shooting the raw footage — I’ll take care of processing, transferring and editing myself. Then I’ll probably take the camera with me on my honeymoon to make my own little honeymoon film! I’m pretty excited about it =)!
Post # 12
we had one and I really really love having it and being able to revisit the ceremony, the toasts, the fun party……
Post # 13
We chose photos only, neither of us were the least bit interested in a video. My dad ended up shooting some footage and making us a little video.
Post # 14
You guys sound just as indecisive as I am!! I’d love to get more feedback on this…bumping it so that will hopefully happen:)
Post # 15
Uh no. One, I don’t want to watch myself 20 years from now on some video format that is probably extinct.
2) We have an awesome photographer and I trust her (hell, she’s my friend). She’ll catch everything in a better light and set up than anything else.
3) we didn’t have a camcorder when i was growing up so I am not ok being around them.
4) who really wants to see it?? Do you show it to random people when they come over for dinner?
Post # 16
Hehe. You make a very good point! I know that when the Fi’s parents were married they had video and that format is already extinct! I’m sure you can probably buy something to convert it tho. :)And in my family the wedding video gets circulated around….the whole family….aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. It’s almost a year later before the bride & groom get the video back. Of course, it’s usually only the copy that gets circulated. The tea ceremony usually gets so hectic that mothers usually use it as a way to keep track of who gave the couple what.