(Closed) Did anyone not have a videographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I did not have a video, and I do not regret it at all. I also think they are a waste of money. How many times are you actually going to watch it? I put the money towards more pictures, which are going to be seen  more and to me have more sentimental  value. 

Post # 4
3025 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Not married yet, but not going to have one. I’m not even a little bit worried about it.

Post # 5
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Kabira1208:  I think most weddings do not have a videographer; it’s an extra expense and when are you really going to watch the wedding video except right after you first get it back?  Some brides really like the aspect of having a final video of  loved one at their wedding after they pass away but I hear way more often that the video was a waste of money.

I didn’t have a videographer for my first or second wedding and I don’t regret it either time.  A video is very different from a picture.  A picture is posed or captures an individual moment in time so it can look more perfect than it was.  A video is more likely to show things too real, the blemishes, the bratty cousin, the drunken uncle…

However, if you really want video of the ceremony, set up a camcorder and get it.  There is no harm and very little expense to do that so your FH should be able to support it.

While expensive, I think photobooths done well are awesome.  I have yet to see one at a wedding but I will be over the moon when it happens.

Post # 6
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Kabira1208:  We are not doing a videographer or a photobooth. For the videographer I doubt we will want to watch that past the first anniversary or so so it does seem like a huge waste of money for us. I think my aunt videos everything anyway so could you just ask a guest who already has a video camera to just get a clip for the ceremony if you are worried about wanting it later? For the photobooth we again thought for us it was a huge waste of money. We are already spending plenty on an awesome DJ and dance floor lighting and tons of food so for people not to enjoy those things to cram and wait in line around something offered at tons of other events while the dance floor sits empty just seems silly. We are only have 125 guests or less though so I could totally see if you had 200 guests so you need more entertainment or even a small group but just dont like/care about dancing too much going for the photobooth. Also my Fiance hates photobooths so he wouldn’t even go in it with me so meh hahaha 

Post # 7
9115 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I did not video tape nor photo booth my wedding. No regrets. Realistically I would watch a video of the wedding maybe once a year, if that. We had an excellent photographer so I really didn’t feel like I missed out on anything.

Post # 8
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Kabira1208:  No video, no regret.

An new alternative is to set up a camera in the back with time lapse capabilities. It’s kind of a quick, unique snapshot of the entire day 🙂

Like this: http://vimeo.com/76261384

Post # 9
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We wont have video…our friends did two years ago and when I asked her about it she said they havent even picked it up yet….

Post # 10
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Kabira1208:  Just wanted to chime in and say that we did have a videographer, and it was a last minute addition/decision to go for it. I have to say that I am so glad that we did it. We got our professional pictures back, and I had not anticipated any problems AT ALL, and I am very disappointed in the photographers work. Needless to say, Darling Husband and I are so very much looking forward to watching the video, simply because we feel as though the photographer didn’t capture everything that we would have liked. We also anticipate watching it with our friends and family, and knowing us we’ll watch it several times a year! 

Best of luck to you in deciding what to do! 

Post # 11
1979 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Kabira1208:  A couple of my friends told me the only thing they regret about their wedding was NOT having a videographer, or at least a camcorder video of the ceremony.  I think it comes down to the individual.  Do you want a video of your ceremony?  If so, then get a camcorder! A lot of cameras also have video capability and tri-pods are not very expensive.  I’m trying to find the cheapest videographer possible, but if its not in the budget, then I am for sure setting up a camcorder!  Having video of the ceremony AND our choreographed first dance is really important to me. 

Post # 12
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Kabira1208:  We didn’t have one. Figured we probably wouldn’t watch it more than once or twice anyway so it would be a waste. We had plenty of nice pictures to remember the day. No photo booth either.

Post # 13
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Same thing happened to us, I wanted one he said its a waste of money. I asked my photographer how much for just the ceremony and he told me 150. So, I went to Darling Husband with that and so we compromised. I love watching my ceremony!

Post # 14
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re still undecided. The videographer we want isn’t available on our date (destination wedding so the local selection is quite limited) so we haven’t decided whether we’d rather not have a videographer at all if he’s not a really good one. Having said that, several of our friends work in TV so we’re thinking of asking one to do a short video for us.

Post # 15
708 posts
Busy bee

Don’t want one, won’t have one.

For me though, my wedding day shouldn’t be the ONE most spectacular day of my life. It will be very special, and I will absolutely treasure the memories, but I’m going to have a wealth of unforgettable days and special memories, even after the wedding (gasp!). I’d rather spend my time taking stock of the present ones and looking forward to the next ones than watching an outrageously expensive record of just one day.

Honestly, I wouldn’t spend thousands of dollars even for a video of the top ten most special moments in my entire relationship. They’re just worth more to me in my heart than on film.

Just my take. It’s certainly no indication of how anyone else should feel about videography.

Post # 16
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Kabira1208:  I couldn’t justify the $$, but my aunt videotaped wedding-related events for 3 days and it’s sooooo wonderful to have.  Things like the ceremony, toasts, and cornering people to give us words of wisdom are just not things you can capture with photos.  It’s not like we’ll watch it every month or whatever, but just having been able to watch it once was invaluable.  If you have someone willing to do that, do it!  Overrule your fiance 🙂

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