(Closed) Did you use a videographer? Do it or skip it?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
4086 posts
Honey bee

If your budget allows, please do so. For me, pictures do not take the place of a video as some have mentioned. Absolute worst case scenario if your are unable to squeeze it in your budget, set up a tripod at a good angle with camera to capture and speak before hand to a trusted family or friend to check on the cameras (make sure you have enough batteries & chargers & backup camera). Here are the key moments to film: whole ceremony (procession, vows & ring exchanges, first kiss, recession), first dance, speeches & toasts, cake cutting, bouquet & garter toss. My SO and I love filmimg & editing weddings of friends & families and we give them as part of their wedding gifts. 

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Post # 17
429 posts
Helper bee

Originally I was going to ask a family member to record the ceremony but then I started looking at professional videos and now I’m trying to squeeze it in my budget. I already feel like I’m going to regret it and the fact that everyone says the day will go by so fast just makes me want to have something to watch. Video definitely brings a different feeling than pictures. I gotya have both! Lol 

Post # 18
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I vote to do it – I love our video! We originally planned to skip it due to cost but then I saved on some other stuff and we had room for it. Totally worth it 🙂 have a friend do the ceremony first dance and speeches worst case!

Post # 19
372 posts
Helper bee

We were on the fence too but in the end I didn’t want to have the regret and took the plunge. Haven’t gotten our video back yet but so many things happened on the day and it went so quickly I’m really, really looking forward to watching it and seeing all the parts I missed.

Post # 20
218 posts
Helper bee

Honestly, the day goes by SO fast. I am so thankful that we had a videographer, it was worth every cent and watching the video brings back to us so much of the day that we would never have remembered otherwise.

We went with an expensive photographer but a cheaper videographer, who still did an amazing job.

Post # 21
557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

DO IT! Even if you just go the cheap/basic route, it is so worth is to be able to relive the moment in a way that you can’t through pictures alone. We got a great deal on videography through our photographer, who did the full ceremony, the first dance, and all speeches, a “well wishes” video where he recorded guests at the wedding sending us a message (my favorite!) and a 5 minute “highlights” reel, which I have watched countless times on YouTube. I absolutely don’t regret a single cent.

Post # 22
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

We skipped it, and I don’t regret it. I don’t think I’d enjoy looking at video of myself anyway. But I do love photography, so I was happy to spend the money on the relatively expensive photographer that I loved, rather than an average photographer and an average videographer.

Post # 23
7002 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

newmrsk:  We were going to skip it, but in the end we had one, and it was the best decision. I myself am a wedding photographer, so I view video like that and knew that a good videographer would cost as much as a good photographer. I’m drawn to a more film/cinamatography style of video, not a traditional “wedding video”, so to me it wasn’t worth wasting the money to hire someone whos work I didn’t like – just for the sake of having video…I knew I wouldn’t have been happy with the end result. 

One thing I will say, is that video is a bit more forgiving than photography. Because of that, I was willing to take a chance on an up and coming film maker. I’d seen some of his other work and was confident he’d do a great job, and of course he gave us a super discounted rate for us being his first “big” wedding. He knocked it out of the park, and in the 3 years since our wedding is now the most hired videographer in my area. He’s amazing! We are so glad we took a chance, and as a wedding photographer I refer him to a lot of my clients.

PS – Your venue looks AMAZING!!! 

Post # 24
24 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m sure I’ll be in the minority, but I want a videographer more than a photographer. I’m tired of the same boring bridal party pictures. I want to see life in action and on the screen. I want to hear our vows and listen to the music playing for our 1st dance. Pictures are beautiful, but I’ll end up with only a handful of favorites. I’m definitely splurging on video. I want to relive that special day over and over!!!



Post # 25
1084 posts
Bumble bee

newmrsk:  we didn’t have one, I don’t regret it. I never once sat down and thought “man, I wish I had this in video to watch” randomly in a Saturday night. I use my photos everyday, as art hanging in the wall.

some people say they wanted videos so their kids could watch it one day. my parents never recorded their wedding, I never once wished I could see a video of it. Photos were more than enough.

my friends who have videos told me they watched the video the day they recieved it and never again.

Post # 26
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

newmrsk:  if you do nothing else, I highly recommend a recap video!! I think it was totally worth it!!

Post # 27
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Alexander Homestead

We were on the fence about it too but decided to get one and it was the BEST planning decision we made hands down!! Here is our trailer. 

Post # 28
4232 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

We toyed around with the idea, but ended up not getting one due to expense. But in this technology age, a lot of guests took videos on their phones. I plan on cobbling the best ones together to make my wedding video. Sure, it wont be as polished or detailed as a professional one, but I think it will be a cute project of the era.

Post # 29
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We are skipping it: Formats change, and in five to ten years, you won’t be able to view it on anything. I say this as a kid who was filmed quite a bit in home movies. We can’t even view them now because current  equipment isn’t available, and the projection systems my parents had is long gone.  Yes, you can spend even MORE money to have it reformatted later, but you lose a lot of visual clarity when it’s all said and done. 

Photos don’t need extraneous equipment to enjoy, and you will enjoy them for your lifetime and pass them down to your children and grandchildren. 


Good luck, whatever you decide.  🙂

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Post # 30
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

This is one of those expenses I’ve been debating about cutting as well. I probably will. The type of product a videpgrapher/photographer produces just doesn’t appeal to me for the cost. Unless they’re going to CGI my ass so I look flawless and manipulate the surroundings so it can be picture perfect, I don’t see a huge difference in quality between a professional and a non professional. Especially with the takeover of social media and their associated apps there are enough options for non professionals.

We’re spending a small fortune on post wedding photos, but we’re targeting a graphic designer/computer engineer to edit, photoshop, etc. The majoiry of the photos we see in magazines are more about digital editing than the actual photography. Just watch America’s Next Top Model… The majority of the time, it”s just the model in front of a screen… The magic happens with the editing.

It all depends on the result you want, I think. The type of keepsake you’re looking for.


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