(Closed) Did anyone DIY or do alternative videography?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@BriansBride:  I am not hiring a professional videographer because photographer was way more important to me so I spent a lot on that, leaving no money for video. I am thinking of looking at a local college to see if there’s a student who we can hire for cheap a few weeks or months before the wedding.

Post # 5
4692 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@BriansBride:  I was in your same spot… I hired my sister/ MOH’s boyfriend to video the ceremony (one of the bridesmaids videoed us getting ready).  I gave him $50. He was actually kinda pumped to do it and it came out really well. A very good decision because video is truly different from photos. 

Sometimes it’s not about proffesional, bank-breaking videography, but just capturing some sweet, candid moments on camera!

Post # 6
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@BriansBride:  my aunt filmed our weddina and did a great job! It’s obviously not professional, but was sooooo nice to be able to watch our ceremony and toasts. Those things just aren’t captured by photography. 

Do you have a friend or family member with a camcorder who would be willing to do that?

Post # 7
47 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m basically in the same situation as you, but I ordered WeddingMix after my best friend used it in her wedding and it was a BLAST! The video turned out really neat and super funny because they got so much hilarious behind-the-scenes footage about wedding planning/ reception.


I ordered the $199 package because I wanted to personalize each scene for my video, but they also offer a $99 package! Highly recommend you check it out: http://www.storymixmedia.com/weddings/wedding-video-pricing-comparison.html 🙂


Good luck!

Post # 8
2488 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i got a student videographer for 300$ 

Post # 9
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My cousin filmed the ceremony, first dance,  parent dances and speeches. It was  perfect. I didn’t really  care  if it was pretty and professional, I just wanted something to help me remember the wedding, given how crazy everything was that day

Post # 11
1270 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

My husband works in multimedia. Many folks have requested he video their wedding, or I take photos (I am a photographer). Neither of us work in the wedding industry. Quite frankly, we are both rather annoyed by repeatedly being called in for the ‘favor.’ One of us will wind up without a date because the other is busy, and the friend you asked likely will not enjoy being there because they will be working (likely for free or at a much lower than market rate). If you ask your friends to be your videographer or photographer you must understand you may not be happy with the results. And they may not be happy about doing it for you.

An idea: Rent flip cameras (or something of the like) and let your guests do the shooting for fun. If you have money later on, you could hire someone to edit it together, or with some time, you could learn how to do it yourself.

Post # 12
2 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

Hi Brian’s Bride – First off, Best Wishes on your upcoming weddling! It’s such a fun time.  I got married in March and did the WeddingMix Flip Cams because I didn’t have anything left in my budget to get a professtional videographer.  Even though I was sad at first that I had to go the “non-pro” route, it ended up BETTER than any pro could do – do yo know why? Because I gave different groups of friends a WeddingMix flip cam and they all videoed the wedding from their perspectives! I was able to get all angles of the incredible night – something that a professional (or even non-professtional helping you) wouldn’t be able to do because they are just one person! Because it’s friends shooting the event for you, it can be a bit shaky (the footage), but Wedding Mix does a great job editting and makes it look great!

You get a ton of footage and wedding mix edits it all for you – you don’t have to pay someone else to do that for you.  It’s a great deal and a great way to go.  I would highly, highly recommend it.  If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to message me.



Post # 13
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My brother was in the wedding, but he set up a camera video with a tripod at the back of the ceremony. It worked well enough to capture a video. I knew it wouldn’t be professional quality, but we won’t watch it often enough for it to matter.

He used some really cool editing software to make the video into a DVD. We and each of the moms got a copy for Christmas.

Post # 14
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love the idea of giving different groups a video camera!  I checked some local places, and you can rent a GoPro type camera for under $20 a weekend.  My fiance has experience editing film, so we could save a bundle here.

Post # 15
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would definitely do some kind of video again, but I wouldn’t necessarily hire a professional. Everyone we talked to charged like $800-$3000 for video. I think we ended up with something more in the $600 range, but the quality wasn’t great at all. The sound was bad, the transitions were really awkward and I honestly think a teenager with a home video camera could have done just as good of a job. We didn’t pay for a fancy edited 3-4 minute montage set to music because we figure that’s what we’re paying a good photographer for – to catch images like that. I wanted to hear our vows, hear the music, hear from guests. I got all that, but it wasn’t worth the money we spent. We could have gotten the same thing for way cheaper if I would have just told a guests what I wanted. But hiring a professional was nice because then I didn’t have to worry about it, I just let the guy do his job. I just thought the quality would be a lot better.

Post # 16
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

A digital camcorder isn’t expensive to get, especially during Boxing Week Sales.

I have looked at cinematic quality of wedding videos (of other brides) and decided that this type of videography isn’t us. I remember watching my parents’ wedding video as a kid; it had none of those special music overdubs. Yet, it was still nice being able to look back.

Or you could create a private YouTube channel, where guests could upload wedding videos. Then, you could use Any Video Converter to rip them and edit them yourselves.

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