Wedding Videography?! Did you or didnt you?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We only planned to have our ceremony filmed due to cost (videography is expensive!), but our videographer had so much fun at our reception he ended up filming the whole wedding at no extra charge.  To be honest, my favorite part of the video is the highlights from the reception, so while I didn’t plan to have it I’m really glad I ended up with it.  My husband and I still watch the video here and there, but it was a great way to share our day with friends/family that couldn’t be there.

Post # 3
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Not married yet, but I feel the same way as you.  I’m not hiring a videographer.  I don’t think we will regret it, but we decided to take a video of the ceremony with the church’s camera just in case.  

I would have a friend film the ceremony with a personal camera (you can buy high definition cameras for a couple hundred bucks these days- a steal compared to the costs of a videographer).  You really don’t need cinematographic editting (which is what you are paying for with a videographer) unless you want it on a wedding blog- just a straight shot so that people who couldn’t make it can watch, and you can reflect occassionally throughout the years and show future generations.  Most of us have seen our parent’s videos, and have enjoyed watching them, and today even an iphone camera beats the quality of their videos significantly.    

Post # 4
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

We hired both a photog and a videographer, and I’m SO glad we did. We have an amazing 10-minute video to watch and reminisce about our wedding. We watch it at least 5-6x/year. In a way, it’s more special to me than the photos, because I LOVE re-watching our vows. 🙂

Post # 5
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Nikkimcq:  We feel the same way. We hired an awesome photographer and photobooth company, and in this digital age, plenty of people will be recording the ceremony and parts of the reception on their phones. It didn’t seem worth it to us to shell out the extra cash for a videographer, but I totally get why people do it.

Post # 6
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We opted not to hire one.. too many times I see couples spending thousands of dollars on something that they give to family and friends, and they maybe watch it a few times on their anniversaries.

Post # 7
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We hired a videographer and I am happy we did. I absolutely love both the short film and the long film we were provided as it caught so many important moments throughout the day. While our photos are amazing too they didn’t capture the vows, speeches and other amazing moments throughout our big day that you need words and sound to truly enjoy.

One of my most favorite parts captured was our first look. The conversation between my DH and I was all caught on film and it was full of emotion, happiness and lots and lots of teasing. Every time I watch that part I have to laugh.

Post # 8
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I hate myself on video, or even voice recorded.  I would 100% not watch it, and if my FI (or then DH) decided to sit down and watch it, I would likley walk out of the room because I wouldn’t want to watch myself.  My FI is actually the same way.  Between this and price, or decision not to hire a videographer was pretty clear. 

Post # 9
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

At first we weren’t going to have a videographer, and all my friends who had one seemed shocked and appalled. 

We eventually changed our mind because everyone was saying we would regret it… plus we got a really good deal. 

So it seems most people think it’s a mistake NOT to have a videographer. At least in my circle of friends.

Post # 10
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

At first I wasn’t sure, but my sister told me not hiring a videographer is her biggest wedding say regret, so we’re going to shell out the money.

It’s costing more than I had planned, but watching the some of the “highlights” videos this person puts together literally brought tears to my FI’s eyes, so imagine how much he’ll love watching ours! The highlights videos are about 5-7 minutes, so it’s perfect to send friends and family who couldn’t be there and for us to watch whenever we want to re-live the day. The videographer saves all the footage for a year, so we’re planning to buy the full-length video as a 1-year anniversary present to ourselves.<br />

Post # 11
1634 posts
Bumble bee

We didnt. I dont think we would have watched it! Although my dad and I did a “youtube style” dance, so it would have been nice to have that on a better quality video, and I’m sure our long distance relatives would have appreciated a video, but for us personally, it would have been a waste. We spent that money on a photobooth, which was SO much fun, I have no regrets about that!


Post # 12
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

nope. i don’t see the point. it’s an added expense i didn’t feel like having.

Post # 14
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I didn’t feel the need for it since plenty of family have video cameras and could set up the cam in a good spot to record, so that is what we did, and I’m glad. We haven’t watched the wedding, and we’ve been married nearly 2 years.

What I DID love is my cousin’s husband set up their video camera to record the whole reception and dance. They just set it in the corner and let it go, so although the video is dark in some spots, I have all of those memories on video, and it was free!

Post # 15
293 posts
Helper bee

My uncle was nice enough to film clips of the whole day for us: from the ceremony to the dances to the toasts to the cake cutting. It definitely wasn’t professional quality, but it was free and I can hear and see what was going on and that is what is important. It just depends on what your expectations are and what you would be willing to spend, but I do enjoy having a video.

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