Post # 1
I’m sorry that this has probably been posted before, but I’m freaking out over whether or not to get a videographer. If I get one, I know who I will have. My friend’s sister him and he did a great job on the clip video he did for them (haven’t seen the whole video though). He is $900 which is cheaper than anyone else I’ve seen around.
I contacted him kind of hoping he’d be booked already, which would solve my problem (I don’t want to bother trying to find someone else). He was available when called a few days and he emailed me tell me someone else was asking him for that day and that I have until friday to decide! (he might be bluffing, but who knows…). FI thinks it is a lot of money, but he thinks that about EVERYTHING we pay for lol. So he won’t really care if I go for it or not.
Should I go for it? What was your experience with having one? Did you regret not having one? Is that a good deal?
A co-worker told me his cousin had one and no one danced bc they were camera shy…? I’m having 350-400 ppl, so I’m not sure that would be a problem. I’ve had a decent smount of people say they skipped it and regret it bc the day went too fast. opinions please!!! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
We had one, but it was a friend who did it for free (and unedited). 20+ years later I’m very glad we have it, though we only watch it every couple of years.
If you’re worried about people getting camera shy and not dancing, you could just not video while the guests are dancing. We didn’t have dancing, but no one seemed to mind the camera coming to their table while they were talking. (And a few deliberately hammed it up, which was fun). I think most people accept that some sort of video is fairly normal at a wedding.
Post # 4
I am the Mother of the bride and my daughter had a family member video her wedding. I am looking at video posts on weddingbee/youtube sites often because I regret her not having a pro videographer. I wish I had paid him/her myself and had the wedding and reception filmed. I am very particular with what I would have liked in the film and would have paid extra for the raw footage from a good camera and videographer. I am happy I got the films I did and at least had something. My Sister’s wedding video is 25 years old and we still watch it after changing the format. We love looking at our family friends and the styles. I say if you don’t have the money or the interest in having it filmed at least have a friend or family do it.
Post # 5
Do it, girlfriend! It’s one of the things that many brides regret not having after the wedding is over 🙁
Post # 6
We haven’t gotten ours yet (only been married a little over a week) but not only have I NOT regretted it, but I have thought over and over in my head how completely happy I am that we went with it! We paid $3,000 plus and it was not a choice we made without think REALLY HARD about it. We waited till about 4 months before the wedding to commit but we’ve NEVER regretted it. The day goes by so fast, and there’s so many little things you don’t get to see or are just overwhelmed with EVERYTHING that you’re not really “there” all the time. I’m so excited to see our first look from outside of my own body, hear us say our vows again, watch our first dance, see him read the letter I wrote him…so many special moments that while pictures will capture the emotions, the video will allow us to trully re-live it! If you have the money, I say go for it and don’t look back!
Post # 7
we didn’t have one and now i really wish we had. it would be nice to be able to go back and see the ceremony and the speeches at the reception.
Post # 8
We are having a relative film it for us. I personally do not think it is worth hundreds or thousands of dollars for a video that you will watch infrequently. We are investing in a good photographer though because I love photos.
I love watching my families old homevidoes and think it is neat, even though they are not professional. The relative filming has a steady hand, so I am confident the video will do just fine.
Post # 9
I want to hire one but their quote is $2500. Although I think it’s 10% off if I book this month. If they were $900, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Post # 10
@RedWine13: I think $900 is completely reasonable for a videographer for a wedding. It also depends on the area of the country you live in too. Is this person reputable? Have you read reviews for their work? Are past brides happy with the results? He may be bluffing trying to get you to book. I would definitely make sure he is using HD cameras, has good sound with mics, will be there all day, and also ask to see samples of his work if you haven’t already. What will you be getting for $900? My FI and I were unsure whether or not we wanted a videographer but we have some relatives who won’t make it to the wedding and we wanted to make sure we had something to show them after the wedding. The one we hired for our wedding in August is $1450 but he offers all day coverage from getting ready to the end of the night, HD video, a preview video clip to share online, 3 DVDs, and professional editing. I would definitely look at reviews of this videographer on weddingwire or what have you to make sure he has decent ratings.
Post # 11
@lovelylight99: he give 3 DVDs and a ditigtal. He is rated 5/5 on wedding wire (4 reviews). 9 hours of coverage (which should be fine for us), 2 manned cameras at ceremonY and reception plus an extra unmanned at the ceremony. “true hd” is $200 more but not sure what the True part means. Edits long video and also gives a 3-5 min clip video which is the onlyexample footage I’ve seen and I LOVE those. Haven’t seen a long video. Thanks for all the things to look for!
And thanks everyone else.. I think I’m going to go for it… Now I just need to convince the FI. 🙂
Post # 12
Just a note for bluebelle. I would think she should be able to get one to do the ceremony and the reception on raw footage with a small amount of editing for 900. Maybe for her first anniversary she could have a story made if that is what she wanted. I personally like the raw footage and being able to edit my own because there are divorces in the family and I can crop out sections for different sides so people just viewed what they are interested in. I also want to be able to change the format as time goes by like I did my VHS tapes. Everyone is different in what they want. Some brides like a Love Story video with footage before the wedding and are willing to pay for it. The main thing is to know what you want and what you will be getting.
Post # 13
I didn’t have one at my first wedding. I didn’t regret it. As a professional photographer, I think photos are better than videos. You are more likely to look at/through photos over the years than pop in a DVD to watch a video. I’d put the extra money towards a good photographer instead of a videographer or both.
Post # 14
I got one to just film the ceremony and me and groom getting ready and us taking pictures after the ceremony(only cost me $380). It is maybe 40 minutes long but I LOVE it! Makes me tear up everytime I watch it(and I didn’t cry on my wedding day). I’ve mentioned this before but one day your parents and other family won’t be around and won’t it be priceless to have video footage of them on one of the happiest days of your life?
Wouldn’t you rather spend $900 and kinda regret the video(but you have it whenver you want to watch) than not spend $900 and regret not having a video?
I got my video back about 5 weeks after the wedding and I’ve already watched it a few times. I could have gone the relative or friend at the wedding route…but they would not have been able to catch our vows on camera due to the ocean noise in the background(videographer had groom wear a mic for the ceremony).
Post # 15
We had one, and I’m SO glad we did.. We’ve watched it several times already.
Pro is very expensive ($2,000 was the cheapest we could find) and we didnt have money for that, so a friend of ours did it for $250. He is by no means professional and I don’t like his editing style but I’m still glad we have it. The day was a blur to me with so much going on.. And I’m glad I can go back to watch our special day and laugh & cry at how beautiful it was 🙂
Post # 16
I’m conflicted about it. I might want to watch it once or twice after the fact, and it would be nice to have, but I’m not sure if the benefit outweighs the cost. Maybe my in laws will spring for it, we’ll see 🙂