Wedding Videography – Is it worth it?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

FutureMrsW2015: I think it’s worth it to have a video, but not for THAT much money.  I reached out to my old college’s arts department and emailed the Dean to see if I could get a student for the day.  A few hundred bucks to a college kid is like a million!  Waiting for a reply, but look on Craigslist and at college’s.

I want my memories captured, but don’t need a major motion picture, you know?? 

Post # 3
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

I’m going to say most definitely yes. 

I’m about to go on my second marriage. We had one with my first marriage and I still treasure that video only because it has my grandparents on there and some friends who have since past away. My grandparents had a special message in there for me, I got to see all of them laughing and dancing and having a great time, let alone – hearing their voices again. That alone is worth every penny to me. 

Now that I’m older and so are our parents, both FI and mine, parents are older. Although it was not in our original budget, we really talked about it and found a way to have it, so that we can have video of our parents (and others of course), that we can treasure for years to come. Pictures don’t capture every expression, sound of laughs or their voices. 

We, too found one on craigslist that he does films but does weddings on the side and I told him our limited budget and he worked with it for a few hundred dollars. Score!

You never know how precious and short life really is. To me..the videography is priceless now.

Post # 4
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was on the fence, but my sister told me that not having a videographer is the one thing she regrets not doing for her wedding.  I think it will be wonderful to be able to have video of our ceremony, the people who shared it will us, and all of the happiness.

Post # 5
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Hidden Acres

We definitely think it’s worth it. Our photographer worked out a package for us that included all day videography for $950 extra. We cut back on some of the photography “extras” to have the video. We felt like the videos would help capture extra things that the photography wouldn’t be able to. Plus our photographer/videographer is giving us the raw footage so if we want more than the “trailer” video we can have a friend of FI’s edit it differently. Win win in our book!! 🙂 

Post # 6
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

FutureMrsW2015:  thats very high. I am sure with some more research you can find someone that is more affordable. 

I will tell you, that yes, having a videographer was worth it. Pictures are important, but video was just as important. We want to look back on the entire day in motion. I want to hear the vows, the I DO, see our first kiss as husband and wife, the dancing. WE want to be able to show our kids some day. Its just nice to have something to look back on 

I have heard way too many people who didn’t have one and now regret. Our wedding day was not something we wanted to regret, so we made sure to do everything possible to get what we wanted at a good price. 

Post # 7
145 posts
Blushing bee

Shop around for a videographer or better yet, ask your photographer who he recommends for the price you’re looking for, because yes, it is worth it!  Pictures are just as fabulous but having that video for the rest of your life will be a treasure you’ll regret not having in the future!

The reason I say ask your photographer is for the sole purpose that they should know one another to be able to work together.  If you hire two people that have never worked together before, make sure its in your contract that they do meet to discuss their plan for the day so they don’t get in each others way!

Post # 8
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

FutureMrsW2015:  this is one thing we’ll probably be splurging on. now, i don’t know what the average $$ is in your area for videography so i can’t speak to whether that quote is reasonable or not. but i will say this: we have non-pro video of our proposal and i am so thrilled to have that. i can’t imagine not having the same for our wedding day.

Post # 9
7155 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

It may be that I’m cynical and jaded from working in the industry, but I don’t see why anyone wants an expensive production video of their wedding. How often are they planning on watching montages of themselves? I never watched my wedding video. I was there and I don’t need to pretend it was a movie. But if it makes people happy, more power to them. 

However, I would spend money on wedding photos because theses are pictures you and your family will hang or use as a desktop and enjoy every day. 

If you want family moments captured but you don’t care about production values, get someone to set up a camera on a tripod and roll tape. Sure the lighting will be crap and the audio not as hot, but the memory will be captured and you will have saved a lot of money that you can use to buy a decent consumer grade camera to use for the next 5 years of your new life. 


Post # 10
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

FutureMrsW2015:  Yes. Plain and simple.

For my wedding, we went with WEDIT. We had a small destination wedding (30 people) and gave the 5 cameras to immediate family member with instructions on what to capture.

Not only did we get our full ceremony, cake cutting, first dances all recorded..

but we also got tons of guest snap shots.

My wedding was 3 days ago and I arleady have pics from those cameras.

We ended up getting the full editing package  (feature length and trailer) along with the cameras which cost  a total of $698.

We watched our entire ceremony the night of our wedding, and I loved the fact that his mom who sat in the front row recorded his face the entire time I was walking down the aisle.

I have 4 verisions of myself walking down the aisle, and the priceless look of my husbands expressions that I can replay over and over. And trust me I already Have

Looking foward to having my finished feature length to burn to a DVD and back up, and a trailer version to share on social media

Post # 12
46 posts

Yes, most definitely worth it!  I treasure both photos and video above anything else.  That’s what we splurged on for our wedding.  After all, at the end of the day, that’s all you will have left.  I’m sure we will watch the video at least once a year on our anniversary, but the part that is even more invaluable to me is that it’ll be something we can show our future children and grandchildren.  

This year for Christmas I got my mom and dad’s wedding video (and a few other home videos) on 8mm track converted to DVD (mom loved the gift), but even more I loved being able to watch their wedding and see my grandparents who have passed away along with several other family members who are no longer with us.  It was amazing to be able to see their day.  

Post # 13
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

FutureMrsW2015:  i am in NYC, weddings here are pricey too. When we started planning we were seeing quotes for videography starting at $5K, so trust me, I feel your pain. 

We found a great photographer/viodegrapher company, great work and we paid less than $5K, ($3900 to be exact) for the following: <br /><br />2 photographers 

1 videographer

2 hr engagement shoot

Rights to ALL photos

All photos edited and photoshopped

9 hour coverage

45 min Documentary style video

Rights to all raw video footage

There were some other extras but the ones listed are the most important.

DON’t Give up, if I can find an affordable photographer/videographer in NY, you will find it in Canada! You will find something in your budget!

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

FutureMrsW2015:  I didn’t have one, and I don’t regret it. I have been married for over 2 years, and I look at the pics, but I have yet to watch my wedding video in its entirety. I couldn’t justify spending that much on something my family could do for me. We set up a video camera, got it done, and they even set up the camera to record the whole dance, so I probably got pieces that the videographer wouldn’t have stayed for.

But I know, unlike me, a lot of people do regret not having one. I would say if you do get one, I would think $2500 would be a LOT to spend for that service.

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