Post # 1
Hello BEEEESSS !
I’ve been reading the posts about whether to have a video or not. And seems like its about 50/50–. So, I just have to plainly ask — is it worth it?
I live in Northern California, and videographers around here charge about $1500 for the bare minimum. So, I was thinking –is it worth paying all that for a couple of minutes (depends on your package, I guess) of film? I know its our wedding day, but my biggest concern is — how often will we watch it? How often do you watch yours?
I’d like to have one, because let’s face it.. I just do because I know it will go by VERY FAST. BUT, the FI is not happy about spending that much. He’s also very uncomfortable being filmed (he won’t admit it but I know he is, lol). I hate to regret not filming it after the fact. Then again, we are paying for our wedding on our own, and… $1500 and more is A LOT OF $$$
Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.. and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Post # 3
I love my wedding video. I’ve watched it about ten times so far and watched the highlights hundreds of times. There are so many things that I’d almost forgotten that it reminded me of (including the best man’s dreadful speech).
Post # 4
I’m not getting a video done because, truthfully, I can tell you right now I’d never watch it again. It would sit in a box and degrade happily til the end of time. I’ll be happy with my photos.
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Post # 6
I didn’t get one, and honestly think they are a huge waste of money.
You may watch it right after you get married, but after that it’s doubtful. You cannot display your video like you can photos and no one but you hubs and possibly your parents will want to watch it.
I also think that you can get a friend with either a camcorder or an IPhone to film it so you can watch it those 3 times.
Post # 7
I really, really wanted one of those beautiful wedding videos that look like little movies. I think the style is called cinematic videography? I don’t know. But anyway we kept getting really expensive quotes and it just wasn’t do-able for us. We did get a wedding video provided by our venue. It is super cheesy and totally reminds me of the 90’s with how it’s filmed, but I am really glad we have it! The ceremony is kind of a blur to me, because I was so incredibly nervous and we had a bunch or really great toasts. I am glad it was caught on film.
Post # 8
One of my bridesmaids (and good friends from highschool) parents’ have a wedding videography company so they are doing it for us at a discounted price- Otherwise we would have either not gotten it done or got a cheaper one. It is still expensive (under $2k, but not by much), but they do really amazing stuff (He’s been nominated for two emmys, obviously not for wedding video but still!)
I love watching samples from his other weddings so I can’t wait to see what they do with ours 🙂
Post # 9
get it. everyone I know told me thats their one regret not doing a wedding vid. Even if u end up not watching it its better to have it then to wish you had done it cuz then there is no going back. We got ours for 2200 and i thought that was actually really reasonable.. all the ones I was looking into were more than 3k. and we LOVE our vid!!! there’s a lot of stuff you’ll miss on the wedding day i.e. we didnt get to see the wedding party entrance dance the day of and loved being able to relive it.. plus my guys were so talented i felt like they made us look like movie stars! it wasn’t in our budget because we spent nearly 8k in photos but we made room and Im sooo glad we did. dont want to look back on your wedding day and think shoulda did this shoulda done that..
Post # 10
I guess it depends on the kind of video? We got video for our wedding and our videographer said he’ll edit it down to about an hour or so… I imagine we’ll only watch it a couple times. Maybe my folks too. My brother also has about a 40-min video from his wedding and he and his wife like watching it haha.
The one we really love is our “same day edit” video though. It was a 6-min video (or about the length of a song) of our preparations, ceremony and some of the reception that the videographers made immediately and played for all of us towards the middle/end of our reception. It was super awesome, we all loved getting to see what happened earlier in the day haha. And I obvs didn’t get to see my groom’s preps and his & the rest of the bridal party’s march, so it was great to see that. And it was awesome having something to share with friends and family right away… photos take a while and the edited full-length vid takes even longer 🙂 It’s not long enough that it gets so old and boring so that’s great.
A LOT of people have watched our video. A lot of them even said they cried and it was so nice that they watched it again and again! Even our priest googled our names just to find our wedding video and emailed us about it hahaha. So I think it was a pretty great thing to spend on. Hubby and I have seen it quite a few times… in fact, we just watched it again today on his brand new phone haha. 🙂
Post # 11
My sister got a good deal on just raw footage and I have a copy of it and I love it. Also my 3 year old niece (sis’s daughter) watches it all the time and LOVES it. I’m def having a videographer too.
Post # 12
I paid $1,600 for mine, and, although it’s not nearly as good in terms of quality as the cinematic ones I’ve seen subsequent to my wedding (didn’t even know that was an option at the time I hired a videographer), I wouldn’t trade mine for the world!
I missed all of our hors d’oeuvres hour and about half of our reception having pics taken, getting my make-up touched up, and getting out of and back into my dress every time I needed to use the ladies’ room. I felt as if I wasn’t even at my own wedding. I never even had time to greet the vast majority of our family and friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in decades. I grieved over this for about nine months after wedding. Nine months after was when we finally received our video, and, although I’m still sad about not getting to talk with people at the wedding, at least I can watch my guests and parts of the day that I missed in the video. I also strongly dislike the way my dress photographed in so many of the pictures. However, I love the way it looks, and how much it sparkles, in most of the video. I can’t even put into words how much it means to me.
Post # 13
A few of my friends had them done. I’ve seen bits and pieces. They were cute and everything but personally, I feel that I’d rather spend the money to celebrate a 10, 25, 50 year anniversary instead. Wedding photos are enough for me; I want to save a video to celebrate the actual marriage. 🙂
(Also, it really relieves the pressure of making the wedding perfect! It’s just one day after all.)
Post # 14
I had a friend (a keen amateur who was quite good at it) do it for free. I am very glad to have it because it picks up so much you miss or forget. Photos don’t capture the sounds of the day. In the first year quite a few people watched it. Since then, only us and our kids. It doesn’t matter that some bits are embarrassing, because no one else sees it. We’ve been married 20+ years now and watch it every couple of years.
I don’t know if I recommend spending a couple of thousand dollars, but I definitely recommend you get something.
Post # 15
Thank goodness my wedding video was free because if I had paid for it it would have been the biggest waste of money. I already know how much I hate watching videos of myself so I knew I would be really uncomfortable watching my video. Sure enough, I was. I’ve watched it once and will likely never watch it again.
Post # 16
@Hyperventilate: I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Save that money and put it towards your honeymoon, or a more expensive venue, or towards new furniture!