(Closed) Anyone skipping videography?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
2857 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

We’re not having videography. Even if we could afford it, we’re not interested. The photos will be enough.

Post # 33
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@ farfromordinarybride – that’s another good point. I spoke with a couple friends about it because I really didn’t want it at 1st. Three of them have small children and said it’s a blessing to just put the DVD on and little Mary or Johnny is super happy sitting there watching Mommy & Daddy and other folks they know on TV. One friend uses it everytime she wants to clean – haha!

I think it’s def. a personal decision for everyone, I think there’s a really good case for every side.

Post # 34
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

No video here, either. My family has enough embarrassing home movies of me; they don’t need another one. I hate the way I look/sound on film, too, so yeah… Photos are more than enough for me. And the money can be spent elsewhere, as others have said.

My cousin sent a DVD of her wedding with every thank-you note she wrote, and my grandparents did nothing but complain. “We were THERE! WHY would we want to watch it AGAIN?!” So, if they’re not going to watch it, and I’m not going to watch it… seems like a waste of money.

Post # 35
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I almost skipped it, but my mom convinced us to do it.  Honestly, the video a family friend did captured a lot more of the “day” instead of just the big moments the videographer wanted to catch (like the ceremony).  I think it’s a great thing to get someone you know to take a video (if you don’t want a completely pro video) because you will forget half of the day.  And even with great photos, it’s fun to watch parts of the day to see what we were saying!

Post # 36
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We skipped it, because it just wasn’t in the budget. I was hoping one of our friends would videotape it for us, but they decided not to…we had a really unique ceremony and I wish that we had a video of it.

Post # 37
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yup. Absolutely skipping. I can’t imagine we’d watch our wedding video often enough to make it worthwhile. Also, I’ve watched friend’s videos and they’ve been sooo cheesy (although I’m sure they’re not all like that). Relatives might take a little video with a flip-cam, but no official wedding video for us.

Post # 38
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Definitely no video. I can’t stand the sound of my own voice. Maybe a friend will film it, some of our friends work in TV production. But I really don’t care. I’d rather spend the money on an awesome photographer and an awesome DJ.

Post # 39
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am not having a videographer.  I wanted to spend the $ on something else.  I am going to ask one of my family members to video the ceremony and our entrance with my dad’s video camera. 

Post # 40
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m skipping both pro video and pro photog.  I know this is an unpopular move!  But I’m totally zen about it.  What I’m doing instead is a photo shoot of the wedding party and immediate family a few days ahead of time, and then asking guests to upload any photos they take during the reception to a photo-sharing site.  The way I look at it, it’s a moment for living rather than re-living, a time to enjoy rather than a time to document.  And I’ve always wanted a wedding that was one part serious religious ceremony (which I can’t imagine recording) and one part regular non-weddingy party, so we’re skipping many of the wedding details.  I love the idea of getting a video camera as a wedding present!  Maybe we’ll do that and stock it with batteries and put it on a table for people to use if they want.  All my favorite photos and videos are informal – not as beautiful as the magazines, true, but they capture the feel of the moment better imo.  I guess for me there is art and there are family pics, and I don’t feel any need to mix the two.  Anyway, I think that as long as you can say to yourself “we won’t have a wedding video” and not feel at all queasy or regretful, then you’re doing what is right for you.  Who cares what is “wedding-essential” if you and your guests are happy? 

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